Whole Food Makeovers: Mexican Lasagna

There are two things you need to know about me: I love lasagna and I love Mexican food.

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?

Whole Food Makeovers: Mexican Lasagna | You will flip over this delicious recipe overflowing with layers of corn or gluten-free tortillas, spicy meat (ground beef, turkey, or venison) and bean mixture, cheese, and tons of veggies! This easy 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!

By: Sammi Ricke

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!

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.

 

Whole Food Makeovers: Mexican Lasagna | You will flip over this delicious recipe overflowing with layers of corn or gluten-free tortillas, spicy meat (ground beef, turkey, or venison) and bean mixture, cheese, and tons of veggies! This easy 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!

 

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. Leftovers are so my jam! They make the best lunches, right?!?

 

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It seems as though the kids have bottomless pits for stomachs on nights I make this recipe! Needless to say, this is one of their favorite meals and for good reason.

 

Whole Food Makeovers: Mexican Lasagna | You will flip over this delicious recipe overflowing with layers of corn or gluten-free tortillas, spicy meat (ground beef, turkey, or venison) and bean mixture, cheese, and tons of veggies! This easy 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!

 

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! 
While most versions of spaghetti are made with enriched pasta, a jar of spaghetti sauce, and ground beef with a side of garlic bread, we have transformed this American favorite into one healthy and dare I say, DELICIOUS homemade dish with at least 5 WHOLE FOOD INGREDIENTS. If you are wanting the best clean eating, easy, and family friendly dish this one's for you! www.groundedandsurrounded.com/recipe/whole-food-mak…-and-meatballs/
Our Whole Food Family 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+}

We hope you enjoy this Mexican lasagna makeover and decide to join us for the rest of the “Whole Food Family” Series.

 

Whole Food Makeovers: Mexican Lasagna | You will flip over this delicious recipe overflowing with layers of corn or gluten-free tortillas, spicy meat (ground beef, turkey, or venison) and bean mixture, cheese, and tons of veggies! This easy 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!

 

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Whole Food Makeovers: Mexican Lasagna
Print Recipe
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! Find more "healthified" recipes like this at groundedandsurrounded.com
Servings
4-5 people
Cook Time
30 min
Servings
4-5 people
Cook Time
30 min
Whole Food Makeovers: Mexican Lasagna
Print Recipe
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! Find more "healthified" recipes like this at groundedandsurrounded.com
Servings
4-5 people
Cook Time
30 min
Servings
4-5 people
Cook Time
30 min
Ingredients
Meat Mixture
  • 1 lb ground meat (turkey, beef, venison)
  • 1 can 15oz chili beans, don't drain
  • 1 can 16 oz tomato sauce
  • 1 can 4oz chopped green chiles
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/16 tsp cayenne powder (optional)
Toppings and Tortillas
  • 6 flour tortillas (corn tortillas for gluten free)
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese
  • 1 can 2.25 oz sliced black olives. drained
  • lettuce, sour cream, salsa, avocado
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Brown ground meat in large skillet on stove top. Add in remaining "meat mixture" ingredients and simmer uncovered for 20 minutes. The mixture will begin to thicken and the flavors will combine.
  3. Now you are ready to assemble: Place just enough of the meat mixture to barely cover the bottom of the greased 8x8 glass pan then top with a tortilla**. Cover that tortilla with some of the meat mixture and repeat until you end up with the meat mixture on the top. Top with cheese and black olives. Bake for 30 minutes or until cheese is melted and meat mixture is slightly bubbling around the edges. **I usually cut the tortillas in half or quarters and stack them so they cover the meat mixture evenly.
  4. However, if you want to make this dish even more simple and do it like my mama taught me: Place half the meat mixture in the bottom of a 8x8 glass pan. Cover with tortillas. Pour the remaining meat mixture on top of tortillas. Top with cheese and black olives. Bake for 30 minutes and remove from oven when the cheese is melted and meat mixture is slightly bubbling around the edges.
  5. Let the casserole cool for 15 minutes and then cut into pieces and serve. You can top the casserole with shredded lettuce, sour cream (I use plain Greek yogurt), salsa, lettuce and/or avocado!
  6. Store leftovers in refrigerator...if you are lucky enough to have them!
Recipe Notes

This meal is perfect to double! Prepare one casserole for your family tonight and place the other half of the meat mixture in the freezer for a rainy day. Assemble the 2nd casserole in a flash the next time you are craving some Mexican food!

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12 thoughts on “Whole Food Makeovers: Mexican Lasagna

  1. 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. 🙂 Thanks for sharing at Talented Tuesday.
    Cheers,
    AJ

    1. 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 😉

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