Mexican Chicken Tortilla Lasagna


Pasta is replaced by corn tortillas in this Mexican-Italian mashup lasagna recipe. Instead of the traditional pasta, tomato sauce, and mozzarella, this version features tortillas, enchilada sauce, zesty diced tomatoes, and queso fresco cheese.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
55 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 30 mins
1 8x6-inch lasagna


  • 1 (10 ounce) can mild enchilada sauce

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 small onion, diced

  • 1 pound ground chicken

  • 1 (10 ounce) can diced tomatoes with green chiles (such as RO*TEL®), halfway drained

  • ½ (1.25 ounce) package reduced-sodium taco seasoning mix

  • 5 ounces crumbled queso fresco, divided

  • ¼ cup Mexican crema

  • 1 tablespoon Mexican crema

  • 1 large egg

  • 6 corn tortillas

  • 3 ounces grated Cheddar cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Spread about 4 tablespoons enchilada sauce over the bottom of an 8x6-inch baking dish. Pour remaining enchilada sauce into a medium bowl.

  2. Heat oil in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook and stir until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add ground chicken and sauté until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes. Pour diced tomatoes and liquid into the skillet and stir in taco seasoning until incorporated.

  3. To the enchilada sauce in the bowl, add 4 ounces queso fresco, 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon Mexican crema, and egg; stir to combine.

  4. Trim tortillas to have a straight edge if desired. Lay two tortillas in enchilada sauce in the baking dish; top with some chicken mixture and some enchilada sauce mixture. Repeat layers (tortillas, chicken, sauce) twice more. Top with remaining queso fresco and Cheddar cheese.

  5. Bake, covered, in the preheated oven for 35 minutes. Uncover and bake for 10 more minutes. Let rest for 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

349 Calories
19g Fat
19g Carbs
28g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 349
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 25%
Saturated Fat 8g 42%
Cholesterol 114mg 38%
Sodium 699mg 30%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 28g
Vitamin C 8mg 40%
Calcium 226mg 17%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 494mg 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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