Mexican Lasagna

Mexican Lasagna

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 6
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 352.0
  • Total Fat: 5.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 55.0 mg
  • Sodium: 240.3 mg
  • Total Carbs: 45.6 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 9.5 g
  • Protein: 30.3 g

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Introduction

Perfectly seasoned ground turkey, loads of crunchy vegetables, and a velvety tomato sauce spice up an Italian classic. Queso fresco takes it over the top. Perfectly seasoned ground turkey, loads of crunchy vegetables, and a velvety tomato sauce spice up an Italian classic. Queso fresco takes it over the top.
Number of Servings: 6

Ingredients

    1 pound (16 ounces) 99% lean ground turkey breast*
    1 large white or yellow onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
    1 large red chili pepper diced, (about 1 cup)
    1 cup frozen corn kernels
    1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
    2 teaspoons chili powder
    Zest and juice of 1 lime, divided
    1 1/2 cups low-sodium marinara sauce, divided
    1 can (15 ounces) fat-free refried beans
    1 can (15 ounces) black beans, drained and rinsed
    4 (7-inch) corn tortillas, cut into strips
    1/2 cup queso fresco, crumbled

    *You could swap in extra lean beef or ground chicken breast, leftover cooked chicken or beef, or even omit it for a vegetarian dish.

Tips

Brown the ground turkey and chop your veggies ahead of time to save time.

Whole wheat flour tortillas work well in this recipe, too.

Queso fresco is a mild white Mexican cheese. You could swap in Monterey jack or cheddar.


Directions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Prepare a 9X13 inch baking dish with cooking spray.

Over medium-high heat, brown the turkey in a large skillet coated with nonstick spray. Break up the turkey with the back of a spoon as it cooks.

When the turkey is no longer pink, add the peppers and onions. Cook for four minutes, stirring often, until the vegetables are soft.

Stir in the spices and corn. Cook for two minutes, then stir in the lime juice and 1 cup of the marinara sauce. Remove from heat.

Spread the refried beans in the bottom of the baking dish.

Layer on the black beans, the meat and vegetables, then the tortilla strips.

Cover with the remaining sauce and the cheese.
Bake, uncovered, for 15 minutes, until the cheese melts and the casserole is bubbly.

Garnish with lime zest before serving.

Serving Size: Makes 6 one cup servings

Photo credit: PhotoKitchen.net


Member Ratings For This Recipe


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    26 of 28 people found this review helpful
    I have been making a version of this for years, except I use fresh salsa instead of marinara sauce and I use whole wheat lasagna noodles. I also add lots of veggies, zucchini, spinach and mushrooms. - 1/27/13


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    Incredible!
    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
    Yummy! I used salsa instead of marinara and 2 Tbsp of chili powder for a spicier dish. Will definitely make this one again. I sprinkled half of the corn on top with the cheese to make it look festive. - 3/10/13


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    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
    You are cutting the tortillas into strips to go on top, not building a layered tortilla dish - 1/27/13


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    Incredible!
    8 of 13 people found this review helpful
    DELICIOUS....you can use Tofu instead of meat..and tastes pretty close - 1/27/13


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    Incredible!
    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
    AKA enchilada casserole here in the southwest - lol - 1/27/13


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    Incredible!
    4 of 12 people found this review helpful
    Because the tortillas are round I will use a cake pan to do this...it sounds really good - 1/27/13


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    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
    My whole family loved this! I left out the red pepper because my husband doesn't like food too spicy. This is definitely a keeper. - 6/2/13


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    Very Good
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Using what I had on-hand I substituted extra lean ground beef for the ground turkey, green chilies for the red chilies, some low sodium homemade enchilada sauce for the marinara and some fresh mozzarella (grated) for the queso fresco. It was delicious! - 5/6/13


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    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    You can use salsa in place of marinara and all the spices if you wish - works great. - 3/19/13


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    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Great! Just the right amount of spicy. Used mild salsa instead of marinara. Fam loved it. - 2/6/14


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    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I, too, used salsa to make it more Mexican. I skipped the meat and used black beans instead of refried. It was filling and delicious! - 10/29/17


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    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
    looks like a winner with only 6 grams of fat and 30 grams of protein it has 120 calories from protein and only 54 calories from fat. - 5/1/14


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    Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    it was my first time trying this it was good will make it again soon!!!! - 1/27/14


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    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
    I'm going to try this! Instead of meat and cheese, I'll substitute Morningstar crumbles and Follow Your Heart Fiesta Shreds. Should be yummy! - 12/10/13


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    Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Delicious and Filling! Spice was just right! - 10/30/13


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    Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    The family loved it!! - 10/20/13


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    Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This recipe was excellent. I kept out the Red Chili cause my family does not like spicy. But when done on my dish I sprinkled some Crushed Red Peppers. That did it good for me. - 4/11/13


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    Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Wonderful, satisfying and easy to make. My wife and I love it and love to experiment with different ingredients. - 2/19/13


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    looks good - 10/29/20


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    Very Good
    Ok - 10/29/20


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    Very Good
    Thanks for sharing - 10/24/20


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    Incredible!
    This is delicious! I subbed beef and salsa. I used green chili's, cilantro, zucchini, mushrooms, and bell peppers. I also left off the tortilla and cheese and instead layered 3 whole wheat lasagna noodles in the center just to make it feel more like a lasagna. - 9/13/20


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    Interesting - 8/15/20


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    Very Good
    I reduced the marinara to 1 cup and added salsa for the rest. - 8/3/20


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    Incredible!
    I too use salsa instead of marinara. Lovely - 5/27/20


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    good but did not use corn. allergic to it - 5/14/20


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    O.K.
    I skipped the cayenne, used leftover broken tort chips.. - 1/13/20


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    That's a lot of calories for one cup and way too many carbs, but it sounds delicious so I might just try it. - 12/16/19


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    Incredible!
    I used fresh salsa instead of marinara sauce, whole wheat lasagna noodles and added lots of veggies including zucchini, spinach and mushrooms. - 12/12/19


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    Great - 11/8/19


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    This can be easily modified to suit the ingredients you already have in your larder and refrigerator. I prefer to toast the tortilla strips and serve as a side. Will try the substitutes suggested by other Fellow Sparkers. Definitely a keeper. - 10/30/19


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    Very Good
    Tasty - 10/30/19


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    I would have to go for Monterey jack.
    - 10/29/19


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    Very Good
    Good on a cold night - 10/29/19


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    This looks great - 10/29/19


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    Very Good
    This is so good - 10/29/19


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    I will definetly try this one some time soon - 10/29/19


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    Incredible!
    this is easy to make and the taste is out of this world .love it thank you for posting . - 10/29/19


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    Works better with 80/20 ground chuck - 10/29/19


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    Good
    Tasty recipe. - 10/28/19


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    very good and can add some more veggies - 7/20/19


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    I cut back on the spices because I don't really care for spice heat in my food. Pretty good mix of flavors. - 12/19/18


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    Incredible!
    I made this tonight and it is especially yummy! Wouldn't change a THING! - 11/13/18


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    Good
    good - 11/5/18


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    nice - 11/2/18


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    Incredible!
    Substituted green chilies for red pepper and venison for the turkey. What a great casserole. Great for pot lucks. - 10/29/18


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    Very Good
    Yummy - 10/29/18


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    Sounds interesting. - 10/29/18


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    Incredible!
    This is so good!! - 10/29/18


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    A nice change from regular lasagna. - 10/29/18


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    Incredible!
    I make my version ofte. I use salsa, jalapeņos. - 10/29/18


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    Good
    Monterey Jack cheese, salsa instead of marinara, family liked it. - 10/29/18


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    Good
    I use strips of zucchini in place of the tortillas... have the tortillas chips on the side.. I can limit them that way... - 10/29/18


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    Definitely a favorite - 10/29/18


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    Good recipe for company visiting. - 10/29/18


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    thanks - 5/27/18


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    Incredible!
    This was super delish! - 11/1/17


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    Good
    HAD SOMETHING LIKE THIS BEFORE. WAS GOOD. WASN'T CALLED LASAGNA THOUGH. - 10/30/17


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    Incredible!
    DELICIOUS - 10/30/17


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    Very Good
    This is pretty good. I had to change out a lot of the spices as the doctor would let me eat it. - 10/29/17


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    Thank you. - 10/29/17


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    Incredible!
    Very good. I did as others and used salsa instead of marinara. Delicious. - 10/29/17


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    NICE - 10/29/17


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    interesting - 10/29/17


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    Can't wait to try it. - 10/29/17


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    Delicious! - 10/29/17


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    Incredible!
    yum. - 10/29/17


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    yummy - 10/29/17


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    yummy - 10/29/17


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    Very Good
    Interesting recipe I'm going to try it. - 10/29/17


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    Mexican Lasagna, multiculturism at its best! - 10/29/17


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    Incredible!
    This Mexican lasagna recipe is delicious!! - 10/29/17


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    we make it all the time with some variations - 10/29/17


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    Delicious! - 10/29/17


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    Sounds good - 10/29/17


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    Incredible!
    What a tasty dish! I used salsa instead of marinara and it was fantastic. - 10/29/17


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    Enjoy this during cooler weather - 10/29/17


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    I would make this again. - 10/29/17


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    Very Good
    Great Lasagna - 10/29/17


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    Incredible!
    Delicious! - 10/29/17


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    left out beans and tortillas. pretty good - 10/29/17


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    Spicy if you like spicy. - 10/29/17


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    Excellent! - 10/29/17


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    O.K.
    This recipe would be better if we could find an alternative for ground turkey. I'm thinking maybe a solid fish which would be pre-pouched, then ground with the vegetables. Needs experimenting. - 5/1/17


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    I'm going to have to try this Mexican lasagna recipe! It sounds delicious! - 2/18/17


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    Very Good
    I made this last night using fresh salsa instead of the marinara sauce then followed the rest of the recipe. It was spicy and delicious! - 5/28/15


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    Incredible!
    I used ground chicken. This was amazing and full of flavor. Definitely one for the recipe book!! - 3/16/15


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    O.K.
    This was very good! Just spicy enough. One tip, use clothes when cutting hot peppers. The "hot" stays on your hands a long time, evem after scrubbing! LOL - 1/28/15


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    Looks delicious - 11/14/14


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    Incredible!
    This was yummy. Only change was a plabano pepper instead of a chili pepper and my 3 year old grandson loved it. - 10/30/14


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    Very Good
    I like to use my own sauce and homemade beans for this. It is very filling and my family enjoyed it very much! I did not use the red chili pepper to keep the taste mild. - 10/29/14


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    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
    try - 2/18/14


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    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I do something like this but with out the meat...more vegetables. Butternut or zucchine Can you say yum - 1/27/14


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    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
    This sounds yummy! Can't wait to try it. Will cook my own beans as DH's multiple food allergies make using canned products difficult at best. - 1/27/14


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    Incredible!
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    For a country girl from Canada - delicious! - 11/12/13


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    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
    I'm sure it's tasty but too many carbs and calories.....and ingredients for me. - 3/22/13


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    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I never thought about putting spinach in withthe other vegetables. - 3/19/13


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    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Too many ingredients for me. I like to keep it simple. Looks really good - 3/19/13


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    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    A good dose of healthy fat in this would slow the spiking of blood sugars from all the carbs. - 3/19/13


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    I loved this recipe. - 2/7/13