As seen on TikTok: these lazy enchiladas come together in 20 minutes with only 4 ingredients! An easy one-pan meal layered with flavorful taquitos, enchilada sauce, beans and cheese.
The Easiest Enchilada Recipe Ever
Living in Texas, enchiladas are a staple at any Mexican or Tex-Mex restaurant. And for good reason! Enchiladas are pretty much the ultimate comfort food: cheesy, meaty goodness wrapped in a tortillas and slathered in flavorful sauce…and more cheese!
(this is my family’s enchilada recipe) Homemade enchiladas take about an hour to make — definitely worth the wait — but maybe not going to work on a busy night.
And that, my friends, is why I present to you….LAZY enchiladas!!
This easy enchilada recipe is ready in 20 minutes. Yep, you read that right!
We started with frozen taquitos to majorly cut down the prep time and cook time. My kids LOVE taquitos, so we always have a package in the freezer!
Now all you have to do is layer everything in a casserole dish and bake! The crispy corn tortillas soften a bit, the melty cheese coats everything…and you’ve got a delicious dinner that is sure to be a crowd-pleaser!
I am in no way claiming that these are authentic enchiladas. BUT if you’re looking for an easy dinner (and I mean EASY) that you can whip up in minutes using only ONE PAN, then this is it!
Related: For another shortcut Mexican-inspired recipe, try our Instant Pot Taco Spaghetti too!
Only 4 ingredients needed to make these shortcut enchiladas!
- Frozen Taquitos (Beef taquitos or chicken taquitos would both work)
- Refried Beans
- Enchilada Sauce
- Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Kitchen Tools Used
- Glass casserole dish (9×13″ can fit all 20 taquitos)
Preheat oven to 400°F and spray your casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray.
- Scoop the refried beans into the dish and spread to evenly coat the bottom.
- Arrange the taquitos in a single layer on top of the beans.
- Pour enchilada sauce on top so all of the taquitos are covered. Bake for 15 minutes.
- Remove pan from oven, sprinkle with the shredded cheddar cheese, and bake for 5 more minutes (or until the cheese is melted).
What to Serve with Enchiladas
Here are some of our favorite fixin’s to serve with enchilada casserole:
- Mexican rice (get our recipe here for easy Mexican rice!
- Sour cream
- Green chilis
- Shredded lettuce
- Diced tomatoes
- Diced onion
- Black olives
- Extra cheese (such as Monterey Jack)
Of course I wouldn’t suggest putting ALL of these toppings on at once. But if you wanted to make an enchilada bar as a fun family meal, these are tasty items to have out for guests to choose from!
Frequently Asked Questions
What Size Baking Dish Should I Use?
If you’re feeding a crowd, the entire box of 20 enchiladas (pictured here) fits just about perfectly in a large 9×13″ casserole pan. You can also use two smaller dishes like we did, or make a half batch in one small dish.
Can I Use Green Enchilada Sauce?
Of course! We made ours with the “traditional” red enchilada sauce and cheddar cheese. If using green sauce, I recommend switching to a milder white cheese.
What is the Best Taquito to Use?
For our original recipe, we used ground beef taquitos. However, you can use any type of frozen taquito that you like! Chicken and cheese taquitos are both great choices!
How do you Reheat Leftovers?
Store any leftover enchiladas in a covered container in the refrigerator. They can stay good for 3-5 days.
To reheat, you can microwave, but if you have time, I recommend reheating in the oven.
To do so, set the oven to preheat to 350 degrees and immediately place the pan of enchiladas inside. When the oven beeps that it is to temperature, your enchiladas should be warmed through and you can take them out of the oven.
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Lazy Enchiladas (The Easiest Enchilada Recipe!)
- 1 9x13" casserole dish
- Frozen Taquitos enough to fill the bottom of the pan
- 16 oz Refried Beans 1 typical can
- 1 can Enchilada Sauce
- 8 oz Cheddar Cheese Shredded
- Scoop beans into the bottom of the casserole dish and spread evenly.
- Place the taquitos in a single layer on top of the beans, covering as much of the surface as possible.
- Pour enchilada sauce on top, so everything is covered.
- Bake for 15 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and top with the shredded cheddar cheese.
- Bake for 5 more minutes, or until cheese is melted.
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Your recipe for Lazy Enchiladas shows TWO cans of Enchilada Sauce in the picture. Your recipe says one can. Which one should be used? Thank You.
Stacey aka the Soccer Mom says
One can should be fine, unless it does not cover your enchiladas (this can vary based on your pan size).