Katie Workman’s Mexican Tortilla Casserole Recipe

This Mexican-style lasagna is vegetarian-friendly but will satisfy even the heartiest of eaters.

Katie says: “This is essentially lasagna, but with tortillas standing in for noodles. It’s one of those dishes that can miraculously be on the table in short order, made from things you most likely have in your pantry and fridge.” Read more about The Mom 100 Cookbook here.

Katie Workman’s Mexican Tortilla Casserole RecipeTodd ColemanMexican Tortilla Casserole

IngredientsNumber of servings: 4 to 6

• Nonstick cooking spray

• 1 tablespoon olive, vegetable, or canola oil

• 1 onion, chopped

• 1 teaspoon ground cumin

• 1 1⁄2 teaspoons chili powder

• 1 teaspoon minced garlic

• 1 can (14 ounces) chopped tomatoes, drained, with 1⁄3 cup juice reserved

• 1⁄4 cup tomato paste

• 2 cans (15.5 ounces each) white, black, or kidney beans (or a mixture of any two), rinsed and drained

• Kosher or coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper

• 1 can (15 ounces) sweet corn kernels, drained, or 1 1⁄2 cups frozen corn, thawed

• 3 cups coarsely chopped spinach

• 4 medium-size (8-inch) flour tortillas

• 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack or cheddar cheese

• Chopped fresh cilantro (optional), for garnish

• Sour cream (optional), for serving

• Salsa (optional), for serving


  • 1

    Preheat the oven to 400°F. Spray a 9-inch round cake pan, springform pan, or baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

  • 2

    Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, cumin, chili powder, and garlic and cook until you can smell the spices and the onion is softened, about 3 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes with the 1⁄3 cup of reserved juice and the tomato paste, then stir in the beans. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Let the bean mixture simmer until everything is hot, about 3 minutes. Add the corn and spinach and stir until the spinach has wilted and everything is well blended and hot, about 3 minutes. Taste for seasonings, adding more salt and/or pepper as necessary.

  • 3

    Place 1 tortilla in the prepared cake pan. Spread one fourth of the bean and vegetable mixture evenly over the tortilla, then sprinkle 1⁄2 cup of the shredded cheese evenly over the top. Repeat with 3 more layers, ending with the last quarter of the bean mixture and then the last 1⁄2 cup of shredded cheese.

  • 4

    Bake the tortilla casserole until it is hot throughout and the top is lightly browned, about 20 minutes. Let the casserole sit for about 5 minutes, then cut it into wedges using a sharp knife and serve it with a spatula or better yet a pie server. Sprinkle the top with cilantro, if desired, and serve with sour cream and/or salsa on the side, if you like.


Excerpted from The Mom 100 Cookbook: 100 Recipes Every Mom Needs in Her Back Pocket. Copyright © 2012 by Katie Workman. Used by permission of Workman Publishing Co., Inc. New York. All Rights Reserved.

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