Cheesy Pantry Enchiladas

Cheesy Pantry Enchiladas

I would like to formally introduce you to the recipe that will save your a@% because it uses all pantry staples. To clarify, I consider foods that lives in your cupboards and freezer to be a pantry item. With only a few fresh ingredients, and let’s be honest, if you didn’t have them this dish would survive. (Sorry, cilantro, avocado and radish, Everyone one wants to feel needed!) In addition. these enchiladas are quick and you don’t even need to know how to cook to make them. Read: your kids can make them so it’s a great introduction to the kitchen for them.

I like to use a box of Spanish or Mexican rice but you can use any rice you have available. I’ve even made plain brown rice and just mixed Mexican seasoning into it. I also recommend adding more vegetables or leftover proteins if you have them. These are your enchiladas so saute some red and green peppers, toss in your leftover steak, pork or chicken or add more beans. The skies the limit with the fillings for the enchiladas just get yourself a yummy sauce to bake them in and lots of cheese to swaddle around them.

By Ashley van der Laan

Cheesy Pantry Enchiladas

Makes: 4 servings


  • 1 box Spanish or Mexican rice
  • 1 18 oz can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 tbsp olive oil, plus more for skillet
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1/2 a lime, juiced
  • 1 tbsp chopped cilantro, plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 350 ml jar enchilada or taco sauce
  • 2 cup shredded montery jack cheese or cheddar
  • 8 medium corn or wheat tortilla I have a great brand I get that is a combo of both.

Toppings and sides

  • sour cream
  • 1 avocado, sliced into chunk
  • sliced radish


  • Follow package directions for making the rice and then set aside.
  • Preheat your oven to 400.
  • Over medium heat, warm a skillet. Add a drizzle of oil as well as your corn. Allow the kernels to brown; about 5 minutes, stirring a few times.
  • Add the kernels to a medium bowl, with your black beans and onion. Stir in oil, lime juice, cilantro and salt. Set aside.
  • Pour almost half the jar of enchilada sauce into a 11 x 13 inch casserole dish and create an even, thin layer covering the bottom of the dish. Take one tortilla and spread a tablespoon of rice, bean mixture and cheese along the centre. Roll the tortilla around the filling and place it seam side down in your casserole dish. Repeat process until you have used all your tortillas. Cover the rolls with remaining sauce and cheese. 
  • Cover the dish with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and return to the oven and bake another 10 minutes; or until cheese is melted and a light golden brown and sauce is bubbling. Remove from the oven and let rest for 5 minutes. Serve enchiladas with a sprinkle of freshly chopped cilantro, sour cream, chunks of avocado and slices of radish.

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