Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Tex- Mexican "Lasagna", pre-Cinco de Mayo

This is a simple & fast weeknight dinner. I mean really simple. And really fast. The time is spent in the prep for me... Yesterday, while making my turkey meatloaf, I also baked the chicken. Then I wrapped & refrigerated it to be ready for tonight's meal. And as I also said yesterday, we're cutting more fat out of our diet so I've cut ingredients in it. But this is so versatile, you can add more salsa/spice/sour cream/smother it in cheese... it is really easy. OR you can use only refried beans & make it entirely vegetarian. And you have the ground turkey/beef/chicken option.

I can't believe next week is Cinco de Mayo already! I miss celebrating the holiday in Miami in little Cuba. So I have to bring some festiveness to my home.

Tex-Mex Lasagna

  • 8 Flour Tortillas
  • 1 lb. cooked, shredded Chicken*
  • 1/2 cup Salsa (I use Mild but any will do!)
  • 1/2 cup Sour Cream (Lowfat or regular)
  • 1 TBSp Cilantro or Parsley
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder (OR 1/2 tsp Chili Powder + 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper)
  • 1-2 cups shredded Cheese (I use the 2% milk, Mexican Mix)
  • 1 can of refried Beans (I use Vegetarian)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a rectangular baking dish with cooking spray. Combine the chicken, salsa, sour cream & herbs in a bowl. Mix together. 

Form the "lasagna"- 
Layer 2 soft tortillas then spread 1/2 the chicken mix on them, then a little cheese. 
Layer 2 more tortillas, then spread refried beans on them, then some more cheese.
Layer 2 more tortillas, the rest of the chicken mixture on them, then more cheese.
Finally layer the last 2 tortillas on top & more cheese.

Bake for 20 minutes or until the cheese on top is melted & the sides of the tortillas have begun to brown. Serve topped with scallions & a dollop of sour cream or salsa. Delish & so very easy. 

*Lishie tip- For the Chicken, I spray a foil-covered baking pan with cooking spray, then using a pastry brush, coat the chicken with a little olive oil, coriander & S & P. Bake @ 375 degrees for 35-40 minutes. Shred. Or to be easier, get a rotisserie chicken & break it into pieces.

Also, salsa is a GREAT fat free, cholesterol free component to add flavor to a meal!


  1. This looks and sounds delicious! I am printing out this recipe now! I love the healthy substitution options, depending on our needs. Fantastic Lish!

  2. Thanks, Carol! Add that dollop of sour cream- how I love sour cream, lol!!