Healthy Mexican Lasagna

There are two things you need to know about me: I love lasagna and I love Mexican food. So it is no surprise that I have combined the two into this Healthy Mexican Lasagna!

{Updated from it’s original release in 2015}

A piece of Healthy Mexican Lasagna with a large bite on a fork.

And there is nothing not to love about this whole food makeover of a Mexican style lasagna.

Are you ready for another new recipe that your family will beg you to make over and over again?

You all should know that my mother-in-law makes the best, and I mean the best lasagna in the whole world. The first thing I did after Ryan proposed to me was to ask her if she would finally teach me how to make it!

A large pan of Mexican bake with a piece removed showing the layers.

For any of my family reading this, don’t worry, I have no plans of “healthifying” her lasagna recipe.

It’s an ooey, gooey pan of cheesy deliciousness and I love it! There is nothing healthy about it, but guess what? I don’t care–at all!

We only eat it a few times a year and I enjoy every last bite. It is truly comfort food at it’s finest.

An up close slice of Healthy Mexican Bake on a spatula topped with tomatoes, red onion, and cilantro.

My own mom passed down a beloved family recipe to me as well: Really Great Mexican Bake.

No joke, that is the title written on the recipe card.

And after you taste this healthified version, you will not dispute that title.

Every time I make this meal, I wish I had made a double batch because I get so sad when my family gobbles it all up without leaving leftovers. They make the best lunches, right?!?

Beautiful shot of a piece of Healthy Mexican Lasagna on a white place topped with plain Greek yogurt.

It seems as though the kids have bottomless pits for stomachs on nights I make this recipe! 

Needless to say, this Healthy Mexican Lasagna one of their favorite meals and for good reason.

Who can resist tortillas, a spicy meat and bean mixture, a little cheese, and tons of veggies? Plus, you can always dress it up with a smorgasbord of toppings like salsa, plain Greek yogurt, and you guessed it, more veggies! 

A Mexican casserole using gluten free tortillas in a pretty white and turquoise pan.
This Healthy Mexican Lasagna contains at least 5 WHOLE FOOD INGREDIENTS.

If you want to bump that number up to 7 or even 10, here are some delicious whole food side dishes to serve with this recipe:

 1. Try adding a cob of grilled corn with a South of the Border Coleslaw{Bumps up the whole food count to 9}

2. This Mexican Street Corn Sweet Potatoes with Creamy Chipotle-Avocado Sauce looks like a great addition. {Bumps up the whole food count to 7+}

3. Serve with a side salad, any greens of choice, cucumber, tomato, shredded carrots, and pepitas. If you are tired of the same old boring salads, be sure to download our FREE Digital Cookbook with 14 unique salad recipes in it.{Bumps up the whole food count to 10+}

A bird's eye view on a piece of Mexican Lasagna with lettuce, red onion, and olives.

Lastly, if there are food allergies or intolerances, use gluten free tortillas made from corn and/or dairy free cheese that is plant based. Happy Eating! 

Healthy Mexican Lasagna

You will flip over the delicious layers of tortillas, spicy meat and bean mixture, cheese, tons of veggies and toppings galore! This nutritious and healthy casserole is a family favorite in our home and contains over 5 whole food ingredients. It's super simple to prepare and you probably have most of the ingredients in your pantry right now!
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time50 minutes
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: casserole, family friendly, healthy, lasagna
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 500kcal
Cost: $13.00

Equipment

  • skillet
  • cutting board
  • knife
  • 8x8 pan

Ingredients

Meat Mixture

  • 1 lb ground meat (turkey, beef, venison)
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 can 15 oz chili beans, don't drain
  • 1 can 15 oz tomato sauce
  • 1 can 4 oz chopped green chiles
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/16 teaspoon cayenne powder (optional)

Toppings and Tortillas

  • 4 to 8 flour tortillas (see notes)
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  • 1 can 2.25 oz sliced black olives. drained
  • lettuce, sour cream, salsa, avocado

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F. Spray an 8x8 oven-safe pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Brown ground meat in a large skillet on the stove top. Add in remaining "meat mixture" ingredients and simmer uncovered for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. The mixture will begin to thicken and the flavors will combine.
  • Assemble the Lasagna: Place just enough of the meat mixture to barely cover the bottom of the greased 8x8 glass pan then cover with 2-4 tortillas* (depending on their size and the shape of your baking pan). Cover the tortillas with half of the meat mixture then cover with 2-4 more tortillas. Cover the top tortillas with the remaining meat mixture. Top with the cheese and as many black olives as desired.
  • Bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until the cheese is melted and meat mixture is bubbling around the edges.
  • Let the casserole cool for 15 minutes and then cut into pieces and serve. Top with shredded lettuce, sour cream or plain Greek yogurt, salsa, lettuce, or avocado!
  • Store leftovers in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

Notes

Tortillas - Use 8 fajita-sized tortillas or 4 to 6 taco or burrito-sized tortillas in this recipe. If using taco or burrito sized tortillas, cut the tortillas in half or quarters and stack them so they cover the meat mixture evenly. This is not typically needed if using fajita-sized tortillas. (You cannot mess up this recipe, if you want to use more or less tortillas than what I suggest, the casserole will still turn out well!)
Meal Prep - This meal is perfect to double! Either make two pans to eat during the week or prepare one casserole to enjoy immediately and place the other half of the meat mixture in the freezer. Defrost the meat and assemble the casserole per instructions above. 

16 Comments

  1. I am a nut for Mexican food and this looks DELICIOUS! Thanks for the recipe. I’m trying this for sure.

    • Hi Pattie! I really think you will like this recipe if you are crazy about Mexican food too. πŸ™‚ This is definitely one of our favorites! Happy Cooking!

  2. I truly love this recipe and the specific spin that you’ve placed on it.
    Pretty clever. I’m gonna be preparing this for my husband next week and
    I’ll report back on how I get on. Thank you for the
    great idea!

  3. Your Mexican Lasagna sounds amazing! I can’t wait to give this one a try. I love it when delicious is healthy too! Thank you for sharing it with us at the Heath and Soul Hop.

  4. Love this idea! Both Lasagna and Mexican food are very popular at our house but we never thought to combine them. Yum!! Thanks so much for sharing on the Healthy Living Link Party πŸ™‚

    • Well you know, sometimes combining works and sometimes it doesn’t…but this time it TOTALLY worked!! I’m craving this meal again already. I may have to make it this weekend πŸ˜‰

  5. Sammi ,Love this healthy version of Mexican lasagna , thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop, pinning and tweeting.

  6. Hi Sammi,
    Yum! I love Mexican food and lasagna as well! I appreciate the turkey version, I am not a fan of cooking with beef. πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing at Talented Tuesday.
    Cheers,
    AJ

  7. This sounds great! I want to try it – and I bet my boys will love it too! Thanks for sharing on the Healthy Living Link Party!

  8. This looks delicious!

  9. Looks yummy. Thank you for sharing with us at #HomeMattersParty. We would love to have you again next week.

  10. I need to make this! Thanks for sharing on the Healthy Living Link Party.

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