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May 5, 2011

Chicken Taco Lasagna with Cilantro Lime Sauce, for Cinco de Mayo!

I'm baaaaaaaaaack! It's strange, right? You usually don't see me this often in one day. But it's for a good reason... to post some yummy Mexican recipes in celebration of Cinco de Mayo!

If you just saw my homemade taco mix, you also saw that I said I would be sharing a yummy taco lasagna recipe, which we used the taco mix in. So here it is! Brace yourselves!

The original recipe called for black beans only, and no meat. Well we are meat eaters at our house, (plus we had some chicken in the fridge to use up!) so we decided to turn this into a Chicken Taco Lasagna with Cilantro Lime Sauce. We just cut down on some of the black beans and subbed in some shredded chicken instead. But if you wanna be all vegetarian on me, then do only use the black beans. And I guess we can still be friends :)

I also used more tortillas, to make another layer. I like my lasagna to be stacked! Oh, and try to find larger sized tortillas. We used what we already had - fajita size - and it wasn't quite large enough to fully cover the lasagna. So buy a larger kind if you can!

Chicken Taco Lasagna with Cilantro Lime Sauce
adapted from Sweet Peas and Pumpkins
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 of a red bell pepper, deseeded and chopped
  • 1/2 of a green bell pepper, deseeded and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon jalapenos, chopped
  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 boneless skinless chicken breast (about 1.5 cups), cooked and shredded
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 recipe of Homemade Taco Mix
  • 1/4 cup beer (I used what I had on hand - Bud Lite Lime)
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup mayo
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar or Mexican cheese
  • 8 flour tortillas
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Heat the oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat. Add the onions and cook for 5 minutes. Add garlic, bell peppers, and jalapenos. Cook for 4 minutes or until veggies are browning slightly.

Add black beans, shredded chicken, and corn and stir well. Add in the taco mix and beer. Stir and bring to a heavy simmer. Reduce to a slow simmer until beer evaporates, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat. 

In a bowl, mix the sour cream, mayo, cilantro, lime juice, and salt and pepper.

Spray a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray, and then layer two tortillas on the bottom layer. Add 3/4 of the black beat and meat mixture. Top with 3/4 of the cilantro lime sauce and 3/4 of the cheese. Repeat two more times, creating three layers of lasagna. Top with the last two tortillas and sprinkle with cheese on top.

Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes, or until bubbly and cheese is melted. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Printable Recipe 

We served this with some yummy Mexican Sour Cream Rice, recipe coming soon! And it definitely makes enough for leftovers!

Linking up to:

Don't you love those cute little plates? I do! They were a gift from my future-mama-in-law, she knows my love of food blogging and picked out some adorable 'tomato' and 'pepper' appetizer plates. They are perfect for displaying small portions of food, and the peppers and tomatoes (and Spanish!) go great with the Cinco de Mayo theme. Thanks, Mama!
Hope you guys are having a fiesta of a good time!

Peace, and bacon grease!


Mostly Food and Crafts said...

This looks so good! I definitely would have made this tonight if I didnt just get back from my last minute grocery run.


Unknown said...

Loving this idea...though I'm a sucker for any kind of lasagna!!

maiylah said...

that looks real good and filling! would love to try that one of these days...

many thanks for linking up with Food Friday this week! :)

Miranda | Mangoes and Chutney said...

I think cilantro lime sauce is so yummy. This looks like a great lasagna and I think the chicken was a great addition. Thanks for linking this with Fat Camp Friday this week! See you next week!

 gmirage said...

i love the plating! looks so yummy! -

darly said...

last week we had fajita, well looks like we'll have taco this week. Thanks for sharing the recipe

have a blastful weekend, and hope you check out my entry here too.
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I Love Darly!

Anonymous said...

This looks so so so good...I really felt the need to swear there but I held my self back. Thanks for linking up to Foodie Friday. I hope to see you again next week!!

Cheerful said...

wow, that looks really succulent, and beautifully done! thanks for sharing your recipe, i hope i can try making it someday! have a great weekend!

Chris said...

look at all those STACKED layers of goodness! Delicious.

The Gentle Mom said...

That looks amazing! I do Mexican lasagnas all the time, but I've never made a cilantro lime sauce for any of them. Thanks for sharing!

Miz Helen said...

Hi Desi,
I will take a stack of that goodness, oh my it just looks awesome. I just love that lime sauce and the addition of the chicken. This is a really great recipe. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you next week!

Desi said...

@ Danielle - No biggie, you just have a reason to make it another night!

@ Jenn - lasagna is such a great comfort food, and I love the versatility of it!

@ Maiylah - It was definitely filling, but maybe because I went back for seconds and thirds ? lol

@ Miranda - I have had 2 different recipes for a cilantro lime sauce recently and they both are amazing! The flavors really do go perfectly together :)

@ Gmirage - I do too, thanks so much!

@ Darly - I had fajitas last week too! Off to check out your entry :)

@ Little Brick Ranch - Haha I understand completely! Food makes me wanna swear too sometimes, out of happiness!

@ Cheerful - I would never think to call my food beautiful, so thank you!

@ Chris - The more stacks in a lasagna, the better if you ask me! Thanks for following me :)

@ The Gentle Mom - I would love to see your takes on mexican lasagna! Off to check out your blog!

@ Miz Helen - The addition of the chicken does make it a definite hearty and filling meal, oh and you've got to try that lime sauce! My fiancee didn't think he liked lime flavors that much but this sauce made him change his mind!

Unknown said...

Great recipe! Thanks for sharing.

Janie said...

That looks SO amazing!

BTW, thank you so much for linking up at Twisted Thursday. I'm just now catching up on all my emails and I keep meaning to stop by and tell you thanks! :)