Mexican Lasagna – A Healthy Twist on an Italian Classic

A delicious twist on a classic Italian dish, this heart healthy Mexican lasagna is perfect for a quick weeknight meal. This recipe slashes the sodium, cholesterol, and fat content found in the original while delivering a potassium-rich layered flavor feast. You’ll make this one again and again.


10 6-inch corn tortillas

2 C canned low-sodium black beans, rinsed

4 C Super Quick Chunky Tomato Sauce (click to see the recipe)

1½ C Monterey Jack cheese, grated

1 bag (10 oz) baby spinach leaves, rinsed

2 C grilled chicken, diced (leftover chicken works great)

2 Tbsp fresh cilantro, rinsed, dried, and chopped (or substitute 1 tsp dried coriander)

Nonstick cooking spray


1. Preheat oven to 400°F.

2. Lightly spray a 9- by 13-inch baking pan with cooking spray. Place two to three corn tortillas on the bottom, trimming as necessary for a good fit.

3. Add beans, 1 cup tomato sauce, and ½ cup grated cheese. Top with two to three more corn tortillas. Children can help layer the “lasagna” ingredients.

4. Add 1 cup tomato sauce, spinach, and ½ cup cheese. Top with two more corn tortillas.

5. Add chicken and 1 cup tomato sauce. Top with two more corn tortillas.

6. Add 1 cup tomato sauce, ½ cup cheese, and cilantro.

7. Bake for 30 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and browned and chicken is reheated.

8. Let stand for 5 minutes. Cut into eight even squares, and serve.


Prep time: 10 minutes (15 minutes with homemade sauce)

Cook time: 35 minutes (50 minutes with homemade sauce)


Yield: 8 servings

Serving size: 1 square

Each serving provides:

Calories 304
Total Fat 10 g
Saturated fat 4 g
Cholesterol 52 mg
Sodium 275 mg
Total fiber 6 g
Protein 23 g
Carbohydrates 31 g
Potassium 550 mg
Vitamin A 80%
Vitamin C 15%
Calcium 30%
Iron 15%

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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Reprinted with permission from Keep the Beat Recipes: Deliciously Healthy Family Meals. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. National Heart Lung and Blood Institute. NIH Publication No. 10-7531. Page 19. December 2010.