Healthy Cinco de Mayo: Mexican Lasagna made over by Everyday Health

Mexican Lasagna

We all have our favorite Mexican dishes that are oh-so-bad for us – mine’s rolled tacos with guacamole and sour cream. Well, Everyday Health has taken Mexican Lasagna to Recipe Rehab, an online show where celebrity chefs remake a fattening family recipe in a challenge and the family chooses the winner.

Recipe Rehab episodes air every Friday at 1 ET on the Everyday Health YouTube Channel, but you can check out Cinco de Mayo Favorites Without the Fat where Chefs Jill and Aida compete in Cinco de Mayo recipe makeover.

The nutritional breakdowns



Servings: 6

Amount Per Serving

Calories: 1025

Total Fat: 64.39g

Cholesterol: 182mg

Sodium: 914mg

Total Carbs: 47.49g

Dietary Fiber: 6.18g

Sugars: 1.67g

Protein: 44.82g



Servings: 10

Amount Per Serving

Calories: 391

Total Fat: 11.38g

Cholesterol: 78mg

Sodium: 761mg

Total Carbs: 40.48g

Dietary Fiber: 8.77g

Sugars: 4.77g

Protein: 31.44g



Servings: 8

Amount Per Serving

Calories: 643

Total Fat: 20.96g

Cholesterol: 38mg

Sodium: 1371mg

Total Carbs: 78.06g

Dietary Fiber: 10.99g

Sugars: 5.30g

Protein: 30.21g

Original recipe

  • Used 2 pounds full fat ground beef
  • Used 24 corn tortillas
  • Used 2 cups full fat mozzarella cheese
  • Used 2 cups full fat shredded Colby cheese
  • Used pre-packaged taco seasoning with sodium and additives

Jill’s recipe

  • Used skinless boneless chicken breasts instead of beef
  • Added black beans for protein and fiber
  • Cut corn tortillas down to 12 instead of 24
  • Replaced high fat cheeses with fresh queso fresco (lower in fat and sodium)
  • Added lots of spices with no calories instead of using “taco seasoning packet”
  • Added lots of vegetables: onion, celery, carrot, bell pepper, garlic, spinach, and fresh tomato salsa

Aida’s recipe

  • Replaced ground beef with ground white meat chicken breast and reduced to 3/4 pound
  • Added low fat refried beans for protein and fiber
  • Used whole wheat tortillas instead of corn tortillas to add fiber
  • Used 3/4 cup of part skim mozzarella instead of 2 cups (eliminated Colby)
  • Added lots of vegetables: corn, garlic, scallions, and salsa verde
  • Add Greek yogurt and fresh avocado for creaminess and good natural fat

Who do you think should have won – Chef Jill or Chef Aida?

Picture, video and nutritional information courtesy of Everyday Health.

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