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Corn Tortilla Chicken Lasagna Recipe

Corn Tortilla Chicken Lasagna Recipe

This Southwest-style lasagna will satisfy a hungry crowd. It can be “stretched” with extra beans, and it’s super-easy to put together. People love it! —Susan Seymar Valatie, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 35 min. + standing YIELD:24 servings


  • 36 corn tortillas (6 inches)
  • 6 cups shredded or cubed cooked chicken breast
  • 2 cans (one 28 ounces, one 16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3 jars (16 ounces each) salsa
  • 3 cups (24 ounces) sour cream
  • 3 large green peppers, chopped
  • 3 cans (3.8 ounces each) sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 3 cups (12 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 3 cups (12 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese


  • 1. In each of two greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dishes, arrange six tortillas. Layer each with 1 cup chicken, 2/3 cup kidney beans, 1 cup salsa, 1/2 cup sour cream, 1/2 cup green pepper, about 1/3 cup olives, 1/2 cup Monterey Jack cheese and 1/2 cup cheddar cheese. Repeat layers twice.
  • 2. Cover and bake at 350° for 25 minutes. Uncover; bake 10-15 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. Yield: 2 casseroles (12 servings each).

Reviews for Corn Tortilla Chicken Lasagna

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Reviewed Feb. 21, 2016

"My family loves mexican, so this is perfect!"

Reviewed Jan. 13, 2015 Edited Oct. 3, 2015

"This was good, but it took so long to make!"

Reviewed Oct. 28, 2014

"My 9 yr old felt that something was missing. My husband ate the serving on his plate and then made a ham sandwich. Picture looks great, but overall disappointing."

Reviewed Oct. 8, 2012

"I make lunch once a week for a group of 20 homeless people at a local church. I make the food at home and deliver/serve it. I'm always looking for new recipies for a crowd, and am so glad to have found this one. It was a huge hit. Everyone raved, including the staff. I used a mild salsa not knowing whether everyone would enjoy a more pungent one, and there was hot sauce on hand for people to season to their own taste. I followed as directed and they LOVED it. Thank you so much for this submission."

Reviewed Jun. 5, 2012

"After reading through the recipe and thinking about the ingredients, I thought "AHA!" this one is a keeper because it looks so adaptable. So, I followed the recipe with some changes: someone commented that their corn tortillas got soggy so I lightly sauteed room temperature corn tortillas on each side for 7-8 seconds in moderately hot vegetable oil and then blotted them well in paper towels - the oil became a barrier to leaking through. I used black beans by Bush instead of kidney beans and fresh salsa from my grocer's deli section. All in all it's a terrific recipe - so easy follow and so easy to change to your own tastes. I am definitely making this over and over again! Thank you Susan for sharing it!!!"

Reviewed Mar. 14, 2012

"This casserole turned out very mushy- I won't be making it again."

Reviewed Jan. 14, 2012

"I added jalepenos and a little of the chicken broth after I boiled the chicken breasts. We had to do a homemade salsa because my friend has diverticulitis and cannot have seeds."

Reviewed Jul. 19, 2011

"LOVED this inexpensive, easy recipe. I used pinto beans (although I would probably use black beans next time), a Mexican shredded cheese blend, and medium salsa. It was delicious. It tasted great leftover too, although the bottom layer of tortillas got a bit soggy. I will definitely be making it again, at the request of my fiance! He even bragged about it to his mom... score!"

Reviewed Jun. 16, 2011

"BTW it also freezes very well. Just don't put the cheese on the top layer until you are ready to bake it..."

Reviewed Jun. 16, 2011

"This recipe was excellent. My whole family raved about it, so its definitely a keeper. I did vary it a little. I used 1 quart of salsa mixed with the sour cream, I also left out the green peppers since we didn't have any. I used just one can of chopped olives and more cheese. I do think that it could use a little bit more seasoning. So next time I will probably add some taco seasoning to the chicken and maybe throw in some chopped jalapenos!"

Reviewed Mar. 17, 2011

"Made this for a Family reunion BIG HIT"

Reviewed Mar. 17, 2011

"Have not made yet but sounds great! Could you freeze one before baking?"

Reviewed Oct. 3, 2010

"This is wonderful and easily halved if you don't want two casseroles."

Reviewed Sep. 26, 2010

"I cut this recipe in half...and used red bell peppers instead of green like many of you did. We liked it...didn't LOVE it...this dish tasted better as a left over for some reason. I will make it again....but not often, I think it will make for a great pot luck dish!"

Reviewed May. 16, 2010


Reviewed Jan. 19, 2010

"Our family loves this casserole, and I make it a couple times a year. It has a wonderful Mexican flavor, but if you use mild salsa, it's not too spicy. We omit the green peppers and olives as our family doesn't care for them, and we also use light sour cream to cut the calories and fat."

Reviewed Nov. 14, 2009

"Took this to a potluck. Was asked repeatedly to please give out the recipe."

Reviewed Nov. 9, 2009

"Very easy & inexpensive to make! Since this was my first try of this recipe, split amounts called for and make just one 13X9 pan until I was able to see how it came out. When I made it, I used a combination of red and green peppers (keeping the 3 cups called for if doing the 2 pan method), used 4 cups of cubed cooked chicken breasts, added in 1 cup of corn kernels, used 4.5 oz black olives, substituted black beans for the kidney beans, and used a combination of Mexican style and Monterey Jack cheeses. Absolutely LOVE this recipe and its versitility! Will definitely make this recipe again!"

Reviewed Mar. 4, 2009

"We don't like cooked green peppers, so I switched them for red peppers and just didn't include the olives. I made it months ago for the first time and my husband loved it so much he has been asking for me to make it again.

It has helped me to mix all the ingredients in the amounts requested so then i get a nice sauce to just spread over the tortillas. 10 minutes uncovered i found it to be perfect so it does not dry out."

Reviewed Jan. 7, 2009

"I need the nutritional information. qh"

Reviewed Nov. 3, 2008

"I also made some adjustments...added one can of black beans in place of kidney, added one small can diced chiles, diced red onion, and cumin to taste. It was a big hit, and I will make it again! Nice texture...not mushy...thanks T of H!!!"

Reviewed Oct. 30, 2008

"This was very tasty, but it needs a lot more chicken. Also I was suprised that there were no onions in the recipe. I added chopped onions. It turned out real good"

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Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.