Mexican Lasagna

My family and I love food with a Tex Mex flavor.  Anything with the earthiness of cumin, the heat of chili pepper and mountains of cheese is always a winner in this house.  The other night I made one of our favorite Tex Mex dishes: Mexican Lasagna.


It’s so simple to make, too.  Instead of taco sauce, I use Muir Glen Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes, as suggested in the recipe.  Instead of a cup of frozen corn, I add a whole can of corn.  



The recipe recommends oiling your pan with olive oil, but I coat my baking pan with Pam cooking spray to avoid the tortillas sticking to the bottom and it works just fine.  For the lasagna’s layers, I cut one tortilla into quarters, lay those pieces in the corners of the pan and lay a whole one in the center.  To make this lower in fat, you could sprinkle your layers with low fat cheddar cheese, but I use full fat colby-jack cheese.





I also omitted the scallions, because I knew my kids wouldn’t eat them.  The girls ate theirs with dollop of sour cream on top.  Allana and I added some salsa to our servings for a little extra heat.



This dish is great for a crowd as there are more than enough helpings.  I froze our leftovers for a fuss free dinner another night.


Rachel Ray’s Mexican Lasagna


3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

2 pounds ground chicken breast, available in the packaged meats case

2 tablespoons chili powder

2 teaspoons ground cumin

1/2 red onion, chopped

1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained

1 cup medium heat taco sauce or 1 (14-oz) can stewed or fire roasted tomatoes

1 cup frozen corn kernels


8 (8 inch) spinach flour tortillas, available on dairy aisle of market

2 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar or shredded pepper jack

2 scallions, finely chopped (optional)



Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.


Preheat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil – twice around the pan. Add chicken and season with chili powder, cumin, and red onion. Brown the meat, 5 minutes. Add taco sauce or stewed or fire roasted tomatoes. Add black beans and corn. Heat the mixture through, 2 to 3 minutes then season with salt, to your taste.


Coat a shallow baking dish with remaining extra-virgin olive oil (about 1 tablespoon oil). Cut the tortillas in half or quarters to make them easy to layer with. Build lasagna in layers of meat and beans, then tortillas, then cheese. Repeat: meat, tortilla, cheese again. Bake lasagna 12 to 15 minutes until cheese is brown and bubbly. Top with the scallions and serve.


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