The Simple Trick For Turning Frozen Taquitos Into Enchiladas

As much as we would love to cook from scratch every night, sometimes we just want a quick meal that is also tasty. Jazzing up frozen foods can be a fast and frugal option that is also strangely satisfying. If you have ever added your own toppings to a frozen pizza, you know what we mean!

Some of our favorite foods don't freeze well, but others, like the taquito, are almost as great frozen as fresh. Whether homemade or reheated from frozen, flautas and taquitos are a favorite for those nights when a little crunch is appreciated. The other great thing about taquitos is they can accommodate a range of tastes and dietary needs. Whatever your favorite flavor combination, there is probably a taquito for it!

If you've recently bought frozen taquitos from Trader Joe's or Aldi, you may already have the ingredients for this easy yet delicious frozen food hack. If you need a quick dinner but just aren't feeling excited by regular taquitos, you may transform them into another classic dish with just a few other common ingredients.

#lazyenchiladas may be a game changer!

Frozen taquitos (or flautas) can easily be transformed into "Lazy Enchiladas" for a tasty dinner within 30 minutes. We've noticed a few TikTokers and Instagramers who shared their own favorite versions. In an Instagram post showcasing their version, @awholesomedish pointed out you can use just any kind of taquitos you want, which means you can accommodate omnivores, vegans, or vegetarians with this meal. Instagram user @foodcraves214 bulks up their taquito enchiladas by serving them with rice and beans.

To make this yourself, you'll need frozen taquitos, of course, plus leftover or canned enchilada sauce and grated cheese. You can further customize by adding toppings like fresh vegetables or sour cream. TikToker @saltycocina recommends cooking the frozen taquitos first either in an air fryer or by baking them at 400 degrees F for 10-12 minutes. Then she covers the taquitos with canned enchilada sauce and cheese and then puts the dish back in the oven for about 10 minutes, or until the cheese melts to your liking.

While cooking the taquitos, prepare any garnishes or toppings you want to use. If you want to impress, garnish your saucy, savory creation with scallions, avocado slices, olives, tomatoes, or fresh cilantro. For more quick and easy meals, check out our list of dinner recipes that take 20 minutes or less.