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Mexican Lasagna With Chicken and Beans

    A fun spin on the traditional Italian dish, this naturally gluten free cheesy Mexican lasagna recipe is made with shredded chicken, black beans and corn and packed with 33g of protein each serving.

    Mexican Lasagna with Chicken and Beans

    June is National Dairy Month and to celebrate I was recently partnered with a local dairy farmer here in West Michigan, Annie Link from SwissLane Dairy Farms. As part of the United Dairy Industry of Michigan Meet #MIFarmFamilies, I had the chance to chat with Annie to learn more about her life as a busy working mom like myself.

    Asher Feeding Cows

    What made the partnership even more special? As luck would have it, my oldest son’s preschool class had a field trip last month to visit Annie’s farm! He and his classmates had the chance to learn more about where their favorite foods like milk, cheese and yogurt come from. They even got to feed baby calves!

    Visit to Swiss Lane Farms

    In fact, that’s Annie there on the top right. When I chatted with Annie I wanted to learn more about how she gets her kids in the kitchen and what foods they love to cook together. Almost every recipe she shared was Mexican themed so I knew that this month’s recipe in honor of Meet #MIFarmFamilies Campaign would be just that – a Mexican dish!

    Cheesy Mexican Lasagna with Chicken - a crowd-pleasing dinner recipe

    This Mexican Lasagna with Chicken and Black Beans made with corn tortillas, Greek yogurt and salsa verde is naturally gluten free and protein-packed. Layered with shredded chicken, black beans and sweet corn, each serving has over 33 grams of protein.

    Salsa Verde Mexican Lasagna - a fun dinner recipe with chicken and black beans

    Of course, like every lasagna, you can’t forget the cheesy topping. We love using shredded sharp cheddar but Monterey jack or a Mexican blend would work too! To serve, top with creamy avocado chunks, minced red onion and a little Sriracha if you like a kick.

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    Mexican Lasagna with Chicken and Beans - a delicious dinner recipe

    Mexican Lasagna With Chicken and Beans

    4 stars average
    A fun spin on the traditional Italian dish, this naturally gluten free cheesy Mexican lasagna recipe is made with shredded chicken, black beans and corn.
    PREP: 15 mins
    COOK: 45 mins
    TOTAL: 1 hr
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    Servings: 6

    Ingredients
     

    • 2 cups 5-Ingredient Salsa Verde – divided (homemade or store-bought)
    • 2 cups plain non-fat Greek yogurt
    • 12 ounces shredded chicken breasts (such as rotisserie)
    • 15 ounce can black beans (drained or rinsed)
    • 1 cup corn (fresh or frozen)
    • 1 tablespoon cumin
    • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • 12 corn tortillas
    • 1 ½ cups shredded 2% sharp cheddar cheese
    • avocado (cilantro, red onion – optional garnish)

    Instructions
     

    • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and have a 9 x 13 baking dish ready to use.
    • In a large bowl, mix together 1 cup of the salsa verde with the plain Greek yogurt, shredded chicken, black beans, corn, cumin and smoked paprika. Check for seasoning and add salt and pepper to taste; set aside.
    • Begin assembling the lasagna by adding a quarter cup of the remaining salsa verde to the bottom of the glass baking dish. Using a rubber spatula to spread to prevent tortillas from sticking.
    • Lay four corn tortillas on top of the salsa verde over-lapping as little as possible.
    • Scoop out 1/2 of the chicken and bean mixture and spread in an even layer on top of the tortillas.
    • Place another layer of four corn tortillas on top of the chicken mixture, pressing down firmly to remove any excess air.
    • Add the remaining chicken and bean mixture and spread out evenly once again on top of the tortillas.
    • Top with remaining four tortillas and press down once more to remove excess air. Drizzle the top with the remaining 3/4 cup salsa verde then sprinkle with cheese.
    • Bake until cheese is golden and bubbly, about 45 minutes. Let sit 5 minutes to set before slicing to serve.
    • Garnish with avocado, cilantro and red onion before serving.

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    Notes

    Can be prepared ahead of time and refrigerated for up to 5 days.
    Freezes well.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 398kcalCarbohydrates: 40.4gProtein: 33.8gFat: 12.6gSaturated Fat: 5.4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7.2gCholesterol: 61mgSodium: 857mgFiber: 7gSugar: 6.6g
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    Liz DellaCroce

    Liz Della Croce is the creator and author of The Lemon Bowl, a healthy food blog. Since 2010, Liz has been sharing delicious recipes that just so happen to be healthy. By using real ingredients with an emphasis on seasonality, Liz has built a growing audience of loyal readers who crave good food for their families. Click Here To Subscribe to my newsletter:

    26 Comments

    1. I really want to make this, and I have everything on hand except the corn tortillas… could I sub the flour or would that change the whole deal?

    2. Hi Liz:
      I’ve made this once before, I’m going to try it again tomorrow, but mylasagna came out a bit dry. Any suggestions to prevent this tomorrow? I was thinking covering it for 40 mins and finishing it off uncovered could help lock in moisture?

      1. Hi again,

        I ended up covering it up for the first 40 mins and then finishing it up uncovered and it worked! I guess my oven is just really strong.

        1. 06/16/2020
          I made the Mexican Lasagna tonite and it was great. Everyone liked it, We went for seconds. Even a fussy eater ate it all

        2. My husband is a huge Mexican cuisine lover, and we are not even Mexicans. LOL. I don’t make it often so he’ll love this dish for Father’s Day. Thanks for the recipe!

        3. How cool was that to talk dairy/farming and then lo and behold you show up at the farm then next week with all those kiddo’s! So fun meeting you! I love the twist you put on the Mexican Lasagna- it’s going on the menu for this weekend!

        4. Wow love this idea! Corn tortillas for the “noodles” are genius! I’m Italian so I’m obviously biased towards traditional lasagna but I’m also obsessed with Mexican food. ;)

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