Lazy Enchiladas are a popular twist on a more traditional enchilada recipe. Lazy Enchiladas use three store-bought ingredients, take minutes to put together and are ready to serve in less than 30 minutes. They are sure to become a family favorite on those nights where you want a quick and amazingly delicious meal.
Every now and then, a unique idea pops up that sends TikTok into a viral stratosphere. Lazy Enchiladas has done just that millions of views on TikTok.
I’m not really a TikTok fan. However, when I saw how easy the Lazy Enchiladas were to make, I knew that I had to try them. The conclusion – amazing!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Minimal Ingredients: The Lazy Enchiladas only contain three ingredients. In addition, the ingredients are all store-bought meaning less time in the kitchen. In addition, the cost of the ingredients is minimal.
- Minimal Prep: This recipe only takes a minute or two of prep before the Lazy Enchiladas are in the oven.
- Quick and Easy: If you’re looking for a quick and easy recipe that your family will love, look no further. It doesn’t get much easier than this!
Here’s What You’ll Need
To make Lazy Enchiladas, you only need three store-bought ingredients: frozen taquitos, canned enchilada sauce and Mexican blend cheese.
- Taquitos: In case you didn’t know , taquitos which mean “little tacos”, are small rolled tortillas generally filled with beef or chicken and some grated cheese.
I had heard of taquitos before but didn’t really know what they were until Susan enlightened me. Taquitos are mini versions of traditional enchiladas and are available in the frozen food section of the grocery store.
- Enchilada Sauce: This recipe uses canned green chile enchilada sauce. You could also use canned red enchilada sauce or your own homemade variety.
- Mexican Blend Cheese: Generally, I shred my own cheese. However, since this is a “lazy” recipe, I bought pre-shredded Mexican blend cheese.
The Mexican blend cheese that I used contained Monterey Jack Cheese, Cheddar Cheese, Asadero Cheese, and Queso Quesadilla Cheese
Here’s How I Made The Lazy Enchiladas
- I started by spraying a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with vegetable oil spray. Then, I placed the frozen taquitos in an even layer in the baking dish and gave them a light spray with the vegetable oil spray.
- I baked the taquitos uncovered in a preheated 400°F oven for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, the taquitos were a light golden brown.
- I removed the taquitos from the oven and poured the enchilada sauce over them. Then, I sprinkled on the shredded Mexican blend cheese.
- I returned the Lazy Enchiladas uncovered to the 400°F oven for another 10 to 12 minutes, or until the enchilada sauce was bubbly and the cheese was melted.
- Before serving, I finished the Lazy Enchiladas by spooning on some sour cream and sprinkling the top with sliced black olives and sliced green onion tops.
Now the moment of truth. Did the Lazy Enchiladas taste as good as they looked? Absolutely!
I garnished the Lazy Enchiladas with some lettuce, tomatoes, sliced green onion tops and more sour cream. On the side, I added my awesome Instant Pot Mexican Rice with Black Beans. Yum!
Frequently Asked Questions
Use your favorite brand of frozen taquitos. I personally like the chicken and cheese taquitos and just bought what was available in the grocery store.
I like the Las Palmas Green Chile Enchilada Sauce. However, use whatever enchilada sauce you like!
With minimal prep, so few ingredients and so few steps, I’m not sure that it makes sense to try and make this ahead of time. By
As is true with traditional enchiladas, any leftover Lazy Enchiladas can be reheated either in the microwave for a minute or two, or in a 375°F oven for 5 to 10 minutes.
The frozen taquitos that I purchased contained a total of 18. I could have used all of them but decided to just use 12. Whether you use the entire package or just a portion is a personal preference.
Other Mexican Inspired Recipes
It would probably be a stretch to call the Lazy Enchiladas a Mexican recipe. However, they are definitely Mexican inspired.
If you’re a fan of Mexican inspired cuisine, you should check out these delicious recipes.
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- 12 to 18 count package large frozen taquitos (See Tip 1)
- 2 cups canned enchilada sauce (See Tip 2)
- 2 cups (8-ounces) Mexican blend shredded cheese
- Preheat oven to 400°F. Spray a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with vegetable oil spray.
- Spread frozen taquitos in a single layer in the baking dish. Spray lightly with vegetable oil spray. Bake uncovered in preheated 400°F oven for 10 minutes or until lightly golden brown. (See Tip 3)
- Remove taquitos from oven. Pour enchilada sauce over taquitos and sprinkle on shredded cheese. Return uncovered to the 400°F oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until the enchilada sauce is bubbly and the cheese is melted.
- Allow to cool for several minutes. Serve with your favorite condiments such as shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, chopped green onion tops, sliced black olives, sour cream, etc.
- Yield: 4 servings.
Chula’s Expert Tips
- Use your favorite frozen taquitos in this recipe. I used chicken and cheese.
- My favorite canned enchilada sauce to use in this recipe is Las Palmas Green Chile Enchilada sauce. However, use whatever canned enchilada sauce you like. Alternatively use home-made. Use any leftover enchilada sauce for another purpose.
- Frozen taquitos come in different quantities. Feel free to use the entire package or however many you want.