Do you want a dinner your whole family will eat? Do you want enchiladas any day of the week (no matter how busy you are)? Do you want to skip making filling and rolling tortillas? Then Lazy Enchilada Casserole is the recipe for you! See, it’s not so much a recipe as it is a brilliant idea in which taquitos and a few other ingredients come together to make a saucy, cheesy bake that satisfies any enchilada craving without any of the work. It’s about as easy as dinner can get and still mighty tasty too.
The genius trick here is that instead of rolling your own enchiladas, you’re using frozen taquitos. And it makes sense, right? I mean, a taquito is just a tortilla wrapped around some filling, and an enchilada is… a tortilla wrapped around some filling. Same, same. You can use any flavor of taquitos you’d like here, and you don’t even need to thaw them.
You’re not really making anything here, you’re really just assembling. But let’s think of it as bringing some ingredients together in harmony. The first step is to spread some refried beans out in the bottom of a baking dish and scatter some diced green chiles over the top. (Yes, you can skip the chiles if you want, but they are very mild!)
Then you just line the taquitos up in a single layer. You’ll need to turn a few the other direction to make it all fit, but that’s just fine. Pour enchilada sauce allllll over the top and pop it in the oven for twenty minutes.
Then add a layer of shredded and cheese and put it back in the oven just long enough to melt and you’ve got the easiest “enchiladas” out there! You can go with beef, chicken, cheese, bean — it all works and it’s always delicious!
Lazy Enchilada Casserole
10m prep time
30m cook time
- 1 (20 pack) frozen taquitos of choice
- 1 (4 oz) can diced green chiles
- 1 (16 oz) can refried beans
- 1 (20 oz) jar or can of enchilada sauce
- 2 cups shredded Mexican blend cheese
For serving (optional):
- Sour cream
- Sliced black olives
- Green onions, chopped
- Cilantro, chopped
- Tomatoes, chopped
- Preheat oven to 400°F and grease a 9x13-inch baking dish with nonstick spray.
- Spread refried beans evenly in the bottom of the baking dish. Scatter with diced green chilies.
- Arrange taquitos in an even layer over the beans and chilies. You might need to arrange a few in the opposite direction to create a single layer.
- Pour enchilada sauce over the top and bake for 20 minutes.
- Remove from oven, top with cheese, and return to oven to bake until cheese has melted, about 10 minutes more.
- Serve with favorite toppings and enjoy!
Recipe adapted from The Lazy Dish.