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Looking for quick and easy ways to add more Mexican flavor to your meals? Try one of our side dish recipes or add a tasty twist to your favorite El Monterey® product with our fast and flavorful serving ideas. Just search by serving occasion (like side dishes or snacks & dinner) or product to discover your new family favorite.

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How to Make Tamales

The basic tamale recipe calls for seasoned meat placed inside a layer of cornmeal dough (masa) that is then wrapped in corn husks and either baked or steamed.

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How to Make Enchiladas

The Mayan people of southern Mexico filled corn tortillas with special ingredients and then covered them with tomato sauce.

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How to Make a Burrito

Burritos are made with flour tortillas and originate from northern Mexico. In southern Mexico, tacos made with corn tortillas are more popular. In fact, the primary difference between burritos and tacos is simply the type of tortilla that encases the filling: wheat or corn.

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Zesty Cocoa Rub and Dip

For the rub: Combine all rub ingredients and mix well; store in an airtight container. Use on meats, vegetables or in sauces and dips. For the dip: Combine the two ingredients and stir to combine; refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Homemade Ranch Dip

Mix herbs together in bowl. Stir 1 tbsp of the herb mixture with 1 cup of sour cream. (Or use the entire amount and double the sour cream for a large portion.) Refrigerate for an hour, serve and enjoy!

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El Monterey Corn Taquitos con Mac ‘n Cheese

Savory taquitos and Mac 'n Cheese make a delicious combination in this dish kids of all ages will love!

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Mexican Cheese Ball

Prepare taquitos as suggested on package and keep warm. Place ground tortilla chips in a large mixing bowl or on a flat cookie sheet; set aside. Combine all ingredients except taquitos and tortilla chips until thoroughly mixed and the lumps have been worked out of the cream cheese. Lightly spray food release on your hands […]

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Slow Cooker Nacho Dip

Preparation Time:
15
Total Time:
75

Brown ground beef and onion in a saucepan; drain. Place ground beef in slow cooker. Combine taco sauce, refried beans, cream of mushroom soup, taco seasoning and cheddar cheese in slow cooker. Set on high for about an hour or until cheese is melted, stirring occasionally. Serve and enjoy.

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Creamy Jalapeño Ranch Dip

Blend sour cream, mayonnaise, fresh cilantro and your choice of outstanding seasoning for just the right combination to cool the heat of El Monterey taquitos.

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Easy Game Day Guacamole

Preparation Time:
10
Total Time:
10

Place all ingredients into a bowl and mash together. Then dip and devour!

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Battered Taquitos with Avocado Lime Dip

Preparation Time:
10
Total Time:
10

Preheat oven and cook taquitos according to directions on the box. While taquitos are cooking, combine dip ingredients in blender or food processor. Pulse several times until dip reaches desired consistency; scoop into a serving bowl. Put taquitos on a serving platter and enjoy!

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Quick and Easy Chicken Enchiladas

Preparation Time:
5
Total Time:
40

Preheat oven to 375. Spray a 13 x 9 dish with cooking spray and place taquitos in the pan until no space remains. Cover taquitos completely with enchilada sauce, and sprinkle the top with the shredded cheese. Cover and bake for 25 minutes, then uncover and bake for 5 minutes. Serve with sour cream, salsa […]

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Roasted Tomatillo Salsa

Place the tomatillos, jalapeño and garlic on a baking sheet and broil for five minutes or until they begin to blacken. Flip everything over and broil for another five minutes. Remove from the oven and cool. Place the roasted ingredients (including the juice and everything stuck to the baking sheet), onion and cilantro into a […]

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Chili Lime Ranch Sauce

Southwestern Chicken Taquitos also taste good with some Chili Lime Ranch Dip

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Avocado Guacamole Bowls

Make your own guacamole and salsa, using whichever preparation you prefer. Mix a couple spoonfuls of salsa into the guacamole, then add some salt, minced garlic and a couple squeezes of lime juice. Spoon the mix into hollowed-out avocado skins and serve.

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Taquitos with Sour Cream and Salsa

Hollow out the bell peppers and serve the salsa and sour cream them. Slice the top halves of the peppers into thin strips and serve them, too, as they’re also great for dipping!

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El Monterey Jalapeño Ranch Shell Shockers with Ranch and Jalapeño

A side of ranch dressing for dipping adds a nice complementary flavor to the “bang” that comes from the jalapeño peppers in El Monterey Jalapeño & Ranch Shell Shockers Taquitos. Cut the large jalapeño pepper in half and fill it with the ranch dressing for festive, tasty dipping

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El Monterey Cheesy Pepper Jack Taquitos with Bleu Cheese and Hot Wings Sauce

Add even more spice to El Monterey Cheesy Pepper Jack Taquitos with these dipping sauces. Of course, you can cool things down a bit by including celery sticks alongside the sauces on the platter. In case your mouth isn’t watering enough, how about a close-up look?

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Mango Salsa

Chop mango and onion into very small pieces; combine with lemon juice and chopped cilantro. Stir to combine and serve.

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Guacamole

Mash the avocado and stir the lemon juice into it. Add the salt and garlic powder, then stir. Finally, chop the onion and seeded tomato into very small pieces, then add it, along with the chopped cilantro, to the mix. Stir to combine and serve.

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Taquito Enchiladas

Preheat oven to 375°F. Pour 1/3 of the enchilada sauce into a lightly greased baking dish. Arrange taquitos over enchilada sauce; use enough to make a single layer of taquitos on the bottom of the dish. Top taquitos with remaining enchilada sauce. Bake, covered, for 25 minutes or until heated through. The last five minutes […]

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El Monterey Taquito Chilaquille Scramble

Preparation Time:
8
Total Time:
20

Wake up to scrambled eggs El Monterey-style. Taquitos add a savory flavor and crisp texture that make eggs special.

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Salsa Spiked Spanish Rice with Taquitos

Preparation Time:
10
Total Time:
10

Spanish rice with an extra tangy kick is the perfect side dish for your El Monterey Taquitos.

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Spicy Black Bean Hummus Dip

Preparation Time:
8
Total Time:
8

This dip will give you, your family and all your party guests a spicy new way to enjoy taquitos and quesadillas.

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Guacamole Vinaigrette

Preparation Time:
5
Total Time:
5

Try this creamy dressing to add a Mexican twist to your next side salad, and your El Monterey entree will have an ideal partner.

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Fresh Green Salad & Citrus Vinaigrette

Preparation Time:
10
Total Time:
10

For a fresh entree, dress your salad with this tangy dressing and pair it with an El Monterey Wrap.

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Fresh Green Salad & Balsamic Dijon Vinaigrette

Preparation Time:
10
Total Time:
10

The perfect dressing for the perfect side salad to go with any of our delicious Mexican entrees.

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Burrito Pile-up w/ Spanish Rice

Preparation Time:
15
Total Time:
25

With a big enough serving spoon, you can serve a delicious, well-rounded meal all in one scoop!

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El Monterey Burritos-n-Fries Pile-up

Preparation Time:
2
Total Time:
17

Pile your favorite El Monterey Burritos on a bed of french fries, and top it all with a delicious cheese sauce and toppings.

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Easy Mole Chimichangas

Preparation Time:
4
Total Time:
25

There are three big reasons this recipe is so popular: Chimichangas, mole sauce, and easy.

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Taquito Quiche Cups

Preparation Time:
10
Total Time:
40

Bake El Monterey Taquitos right in these individual quiches for a unique appetizer.

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El Monterey Green Chile n Beef Burrito Bake

Preparation Time:
1
Total Time:
15

With already-prepared El Monterey Burritos, you can have this family casserole table-ready in no time.

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Spinach Artichoke Guacamole Dip

Preparation Time:
5
Total Time:

Served hot or cold, this creamy dip is a perfect pairing with El Monterey Taquitos.

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El Monterey Chicken Corn Taquito Soup

Preparation Time:
15
Total Time:
23

Fresh vegetables lend flavor and crunch to this Mexican soup served with El Monterey Chicken Corn Taquitos.

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Burrito Pile up w/ Corn Chips

Preparation Time:
15
Total Time:
23

Layer Corn Chips, Chile Con Carne, El Monterey Family Pack Beef n Bean Burritos and Cheddar Cheese for a festive platter.

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El Monterey Taquito Ranchera Enchiladas

Preparation Time:
1
Total Time:
4

You’re just 4 ingredients away from putting these easy enchiladas on the table.

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El Monterey Taquito Croutons

Preparation Time:
5
Total Time:
6

Try crunchy taquitos transformed into croutons to liven up your next meal.

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Stuffed Chimichanga

Preparation Time:
20
Total Time:
50

There’s no shortage of flavor when you serve grilled tri-tip and vegetables atop our Chimichangas.

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Taquito Bite Kabobs

Preparation Time:
60
Total Time:
70

Taquitos let you create Mexican Kabobs with ease.

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Chicken Cheese Chimichanga w/ Grilled Vegetables

Preparation Time:
20
Total Time:
50

Grilled fresh vegetables make a fast and flavorful side dish with El Monterey Chimichangas.

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Mexican Grill Taquito Tempura Battered Bites

Tempura batter and teriyaki glaze give this Mexican favorite an Asian flair.

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Mexican Knock-Out Grilled Chicken Cheese Chimichangas and Vegetables

Preparation Time:
30
Total Time:
80

Looks great and tastes even better! This grilled Mexican platter makes a fun family-style meal.

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Taquitos Over Rice & Beans

Preparation Time:
10
Total Time:
20

Taquitos, onions, peppers and spices create a flavorful dinner dish for 4.

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Shredded Steak Corn Taquitos with Braised Mexican Caldo (soup)

Preparation Time:
5
Total Time:
20

Loaded with vegetables, this hearty soup is both easy and quick to prepare.

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Beef Taquito Scramble

Preparation Time:
5
Total Time:
10

Onions, peppers and El Monterey Beef Taquitos add aroma, flavor and fun to this egg-based meal.

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Beef Tamales Over Southwestern Cream of Tomato Soup

This creamy soup recipe gives you a whole new way to serve up our El Monterey traditional tamales. Three simple ingredients combine for a flavorful soup base, perfect for a wintry evening. The addition of frozen vegetables simplifies preparation and makes this recipe a complete and satisfying meal.

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Tomatillo Sauce

Tomatillos, which look much like green cherry tomatoes, are very common in Mexican cooking. Try them in this flavorful dipping sauce that you can serve with El Monterey Taquitos.

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Quick Instant Mexican Rice

Preparation Time:
5
Total Time:
20

Salsa is the secret ingredient that takes your rice from ordinary to something special.

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Chicken Taquito Suiza Enchiladas

Preparation Time:
5
Total Time:
15

Top our Chicken Taquitos with this easy-to-prepare sauce and you have a spectacular looking meal that tastes delicious. Add more restaurant-style flair by adding a slice of avocado or some black olives just before serving.

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Chicken n Cheese Chimichanga in Mexican Red Chile Cream Sauce

Preparation Time:
5
Total Time:
15

Heat up Chimichangas according the instructions on the package and keep warm. In a heavy bottom saucepot combine enchilada sauce and evaporated milk or cream and bring to a simmer. In a casserole dish pour enough sauce on bottom to just cover the bottom of casserole, arrange chimichangas on top of sauce, pour remaining sauce […]

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Beef Tamales Over Southwestern Cream of Tomato Soup

Heat up El Monterey® Beef Tamales according to package instructions and keep warm. Mix and heat up the red chile sauce and tomato soup, and milk or cream in a saucepot, simmer for 5 minutes or until all the flavors have blended, adjust flavor with salt & pepper; keep warm on a back burner. Add […]

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Mini Fiesta

Preparation Time:
5
Total Time:
15

Heat up El Monterey Fiesta Minis according to the instructions on the package. Serve appetizers hot. Pair the mini tacos with the chile con carne sauce, the mini taquitos with the black bean sauce, and the mini chimichangas with the tomatillo sauce.

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Beef Tamale Nachos

Preparation Time:
5
Total Time:
20

Add a fresh twist to your next crowd-pleasing platter of nachos with El Monterey Beef Tamales. Layers of sliced tamales, chips, cheese and tomatoes meld together for a flavorful snack that will have your guests asking about your secret ingredient. Make it fiesta-ready, with a topping of green onions, black olives and fresh cilantro.

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Beef and Bean Burrito Dumplings in Beef Stew

Preparation Time:
5
Total Time:
35

Put a Mexican twist in your beef stew by adding El Monterey Beef and Bean Burritos.

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Black Bean Sauce

Place all ingredients in blender and blend well until smooth. Pour sauce in a microwave proof bowl and microwave on high for 2 minutes and serve hot.

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Calabacitas & Rice Casserole

quick and easy Cheesy Squash and Mexican Rice Casserole Recipe. Raise the level of your harvest dinner by serving a quick and easy Cheesy Squash and Mexican Rice Casserole as an extraordinary side dis

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Flour Taquitos with Southwestern cream of Squash Soup

Flour Taquitos with Southwestern cream of Squash Soup Recipe. Come in out of the cold and warm up to some crispy El Monterey Flour Taquitos served with a Cream of Southwestern Squash Soup.

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Tamale Rice Bowl

Tamale Rice Bowl Recipe. During half time, do the El Monterey Super Tamale Bowl. Serve up El Monterey’s authentic Beef, Chicken or Pork tamales over top Mexican rice smothered with your favorite Chile

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Roasted Corn Guacamole

Roasted Corn Guacamole Dip Recipe. Dress up your chip and dip bowl with El Monterey’s Guacamole, give it a twist and fold in some fire roasted corn nibblits to bring out the savory and sweetness of Av

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Quick Taquito Salada

Crispy Flour taquitos with Classic creamy Ranch dressing mixed with the smoky and spicy flavors of Chipotle peppers in adobo.

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Grilled El Monterey Burritos in Smoked Southwestern Corn Custard

Preparation Time:
60
Total Time:
65

This corn side dish perfectly complements the authentic flavors of El Monterey Burritos.

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Carb Friendly Burrito con Calabacitas Casserole

Preparation Time:
10
Total Time:
30

El Monterey Carb Friendly Burrito served with a red chile and tomato sauce along side a cheesy casserole of green and yellow summer squash.

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Carb Friendly Chipotle Chicken Burrito Salad

El Monterey Carb Friendly Char Broiled Chicken Burrito & Grilled Veggies

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Shredded Steak Flour Taquitos & Mexican Cabbage Slaw w/ Tomatillo Vinaigrette

Preparation Time:
20
Total Time:

When the weather turns warm, try this refreshingly cool and crisp side dish with El Monterey Taquitos

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Pine Nut Encrusted Shredded Steak

Preparation Time:
30
Total Time:
55

El Monterey Tamale accompanied by a sweet potato cream sauce and garnished with pomegranate.

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Steak Tamales and Rice Bake

Preparation Time:
15
Total Time:
25

A Steak & Tamale Rice bake Recipe. This easy casserole has just 4 main ingredients, plus your choice of garnish.

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Chicken Burrito & Stuffed Chayote Squash

Preparation Time:
60
Total Time:

A good accompaniment to any of our burritos, or center of the plate products

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Chicken Quesadilla Tacos

Preparation Time:
10
Total Time:
20

A creamy sauce and crunchy garnish turn El Monterey's Quesadillas into a truly memorable meal

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Shredded Steak Corn Taquitos & Mexican Fondue

Preparation Time:
3
Total Time:
20

Fondue goes Mexican! Try this flavorful dip with our taquitos, chimichangas or mini tacos.

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El Monterey Taquito Salad

This taquito salad has beautiful presentation with its many different layers of ingredients.

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Sweet Avocado Vinaigrette

Preparation Time:
5
Total Time:

Sweet Avocado Vinaigrette Recipe. Optional red pepper flakes could make this a spicy dressing favorite

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Avocado Vinaigrette

Preparation Time:
5
Total Time:

Avocado Vinaigrette. Try this creamy alternative to ranch dressing.

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Burrito Bake

Preparation Time:
10
Total Time:
30

By defrosting the burritos in advance, you can have this family-pleasing casserole on the table in 30 minutes.

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Five-Layer Dip

Five-Layer Dip Recipe by El Monterey Mexican Food. Fun to look at, and even more fun to eat, this dip assembles in a flash.

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Crab & Guacamole Dip

Crab and Guacamole Dip Recipe by El Monterey Mexican Food. Bursting with flavor, this warm dip takes only minutes to prepare.

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Chunky Guacamole

Chunky Guacamole Recipe, Fresh tomatoes, chopped onion, and a few spices let you customize our guacamole to your family's taste.

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Chef’s Surprise

An unexpected side dish or two just might garner a hug for the family chef.

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Power Lunch

Next time you hear a stomach growling, fill it up fast with this energy-packed menu.

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Burrito Man

Here's a fun, easy, surprise lunch that's sure to bring a smile to your child's face.

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Santa Fe Roll-Ups

This hand-held appetizer is an ideal choice for your next gathering.

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Nacho Style Taquitos

Taquitos take the starring role in this tempting appetizer.

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Traditional Taquito Platter

Preparation Time:
5
Total Time:
20

Traditional Taquito Platter Recipe. This is a traditional way to enjoy rolled taquitos - Very easy and refreshing.

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Quick Taquito Salada

Turn your store-bought salad mix into a main-dish meal by adding El Monterey Taquitos and your choice of toppings.

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One-Dish Burrito Casserola

Preparation Time:
5
Total Time:
55

One-Dish Burrito Casserola Recipe Burritos, rice and a flavorful sauce will make this easy dish a family favorite.

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Enfrijoladas (Taquitos in Bean Sauce)

Preparation Time:
30
Total Time:
50

Enfrijoladas - Taquitos in Bean Sauce Recipe. This is a delicious breakfast or dinner serving idea for burritos or chimichangas.

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Burritos with Breakfast Sausage Hash Topping

Preparation Time:
6
Total Time:
20

This is a delicious breakfast or dinner serving idea for burritos or chimichangas.

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Chimichangas Ahogadas (Drenched)

Preparation Time:
5
Total Time:
15

The famous "Tortas Ahogadas" typical of Guadalajara, Jalisco, México, and the delicious "Wet" turkey and gravy sandwiches served a day after Thanksgiving inspired this idea.

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