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The EASIEST Beef Enchiladas in the Microwave

by Stephanie

I’ve shared a few different enchilada recipes here like chicken enchiladas and cheese enchiladas. Truth be told, I am a little obsessed with making (and eating) enchiladas. Prepared to be amazed with this one! These are the EASIEST Beef Enchiladas you are ever going to make!

A casserole dish full of beef enchiladas.

My mom taught me how to make these, and I could not believe how simple they are. The best part is? There is no filling or rolling the tortillas.

Wanna know the secret to the EASIEST Beef Enchiladas?

It’s taquitos! Yep, you use frozen taquitos! Who knew? It never even occurred to me. My mom is a genius!

This is even a recipe your kids can make for themselves. My mom has taught a few of her grandchildren how to make these beef enchiladas.

How do you make Beef Enchiladas in the microwave?

I love my 7 x 11 baking dish because it’s so perfect for enchiladas in the microwave, and this time is no exception. It will hold about 12-15 taquitos.

We prefer the Jose Ole brand taquitos. You could totally make these with the chicken taquitos as well.

Lay the taquitos out in the dish. Cook them for 2 minutes in the microwave, without anything on them.

Then, pour the red enchilada sauce over the taquitos and cook for another 2 minutes. If you like spicier enchiladas, I recommend using Old El Paso red enchilada sauce. If you want a milder flavor, use Rosarita’s enchilda sauce.

Lastly, cover the top with a sprinkling of shredded cheese. You can use cheddar or jack cheese. Then, microwave for one more minute to melt the cheese.

Dig in as soon as they come out of the microwave!

What’s a taquito?

Taquitos are rolled up corn tortillas with a filling and deep fried. The filling is usually ground beef or chicken.

A plate full of beef taquitos with cilantro.

I do have a little bone to pick with Jose Ole. They call taquitos and flautas both “taquitos,” but that’s not accurate. Taquitos are made with corn tortillas, and flautas are made with flour tortillas.

Now if you’ve seen my little soap box rant about using flour tortillas in enchiladas, you know I don’t like it. So, if you buy Jose Ole brand taquitos, just know that the taquitos that say “beef & cheese” or “chicken & cheese” are really flautas made with flour tortillas.

Only the taquitos that say “beef taquitos” or “chicken taquitos” will be the ones made with corn tortillas.

If you prefer flour tortillas, you can use the flautas, (but I will secretly be disapproving, lol)

What to serve with beef enchiladas?

The EASIEST Beef Enchiladas in the Microwave
Yield: 12-15 enchiladas

The EASIEST Beef Enchiladas in the Microwave

Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes


  • 12-15 frozen beef taquitos
  • 10 oz can red enchilada sauce
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese


  1. In a 7 x 11 dish, lay out 12-15 frozen taquitos
  2. Microwave the taquitos on high for 2 minutes.
  3. Pour 10 oz of red enchilada sauce over the top of all the taquitos.
  4. Microwave for 2 minutes.
  5. Sprinkle the top of the enchiladas with cheese.
  6. Microwave for 1 minute.
  7. Serve immediately


You can substitute chicken taquitos.

You can also substitute flautas if you prefer flour tortilla enchiladas.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 358Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 950mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 4gSugar: 5gProtein: 13g

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