Mexican Lasagna

Mexican Lasagna

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Healthy Mexican Lasagna - made with corn tortillas, black bean puree and ground turkey! |

I had decided a couple weeks ago that I want to make more recipes with pasta.

I think people love pasta (I mean, I love pasta, and my family loves pasta, and we’re everybody soooo), and healthy pasta dishes seem to be frequently sought after. I completely believe that pasta can be integrated into a healthy diet – not one of those foods you need to toss away and never eat again!

So. After deciding I need to make more pasta dishes, what do I do?

I make lasagna.

With corn tortillas. #pastafail

Healthy Mexican Lasagna - made with corn tortillas, black bean puree and ground turkey! |

I blame it on the Mexican tooth. It’s about as big as my sweet tooth – and my husband has one, too.

Kyle and I had planned an at-home date night, where dinner was left up in the air. He told me he wanted Taco Bell, and I said I wanted to eat something healthy. Then he clarified to say he wanted a hearty Mexican meal (Taco Bell doesn’t really fulfill any of those descriptors), and in an attempt to keep dinner healthier, I suggested Mexican lasagna.

The plan was made, and we set to the grocery for a few crucial ingredients. Then we got to work in the kitchen!

Healthy Mexican Lasagna - made with corn tortillas, black bean puree and ground turkey! |

This was a total 50/50 developed recipe between the two of us, and it turned out fantastic. Actually, some of my favorite date nights are when Kyle and I cook together. Or when I watch him cook while we/I drink wine. He loves to cook, but since Slim Sanity was born he doesn’t cook as much as he did in our previous dating years. Ya know, the years when I could make hot pockets and tuna sandwiches and vodka drinks that was about it.

I have evolved so much – sometimes I impress myself. #humblebrag

We’ve made Mexican lasagna three times now, and I’m anxious to make it again. Even though we finished the last one just three days ago! Each one serves 3-4 meals for each of us. It’s best with a big dollop of Greek yogurt and lettuce – and some avocado or guacamole on top, of course!

Healthy Mexican Lasagna - made with corn tortillas, black bean puree and ground turkey! |

Mexican Lasagna




Yield 8 servings


  • 1 pound ground turkey or ground beef (93/7)
  • 1 can of black beans, rinsed -or- use one can refried beans
  • 1.5 10 oz cans red enchilada sauce
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella
  • 1 cup sliced or diced red onion
  • 1 cup sliced or diced red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup diced black olives
  • 18 corn tortillas
  • 2-4 tablespoons chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon creole seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Place a skillet over medium heat. Brown ground turkey until completely cooked. Add 1 can of enchilada sauce, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, and cumin.
  3. In a magic bullet or blender, blend together beans, creole seasoning, and garlic salt with 2 tablespoons of chicken broth (can also use beef broth). Add additional tablespoons of chicken broth if necessary to blend until smooth.
  4. Spray/oil a 9 x 13 glass pan, and layer bottom with 6 corn tortillas. Then layer with turkey meat mixture, then 1 cup of cheese.
  5. Layer again with tortillas, black beans, turkey meat mixture, then layer with 1/2 the second can of enchilada sauce. Layer on 1/2 cup of red onion and 1/2 cup of red pepper.
  6. Layer again with tortillas, remaining beans, then remaining red onion and red papper, then black olives. Finally, layer second cup of cheese.
  7. Bake for 20-22 minutes, until cooked through.
  8. Cool 5 minutes, then serve with Greek yogurt, avocado, green onions, or lettuce to garnish.


*You can substitute canned refried beans for black beans. To make these, heat in a skillet with 1/2 tablespoon of butter, and add creole and garlic salt.

Courses Dinner

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 piece

Amount Per Serving

Calories 365

% Daily Value

Total Fat 12.3 g


Saturated Fat 4.7 g


Unsaturated Fat 3.2 g

Cholesterol 58.1 mg


Sodium 516.7 mg


Total Carbohydrates 42.6 g


Dietary Fiber 7.2 g


Sugars 5.1 g

Protein 23.7 g


* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


Healthy Mexican Lasagna - made with corn tortillas, black bean puree and ground turkey! |

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