One Pot Enchilada Orzo

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A single dish is all you need to fix this flavorful one pot enchilada orzo and make it an instant family favorite. 

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This is my comfort food. This one pot, Mexi-flare, 30 minute yumminess. For some people it’s bread, for some it’s mashed potatoes, other’s it’s creamy Italian pasta. For me? Cheesy, saucy, enchilada-inspired goodness I can heap into a bowl, top with all of my favorite fixins, and douse with hot sauce galore.

No but really. Hot sauce G A L O R E.

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I would curl up in my sweat pants on the couch with a ginormous bowl of enchilada orzo and watch Grey’s Anatomy re-runs every single night if I wasn’t feeding people besides myself. Because other people seem to get sick of eating the same thing over and over and over. So weird…..

I’m not completely unreasonable, I’d swap out the avocado slices for guacamole on night three if that helps??

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Leftovers are my plan B. This recipe makes a pretty sizable batch of enchilada orzo and if you’re feeding only 2-3 people, like I am, you’ll have leftovers for a couple of days which means >LUNCH PLANS< for you.

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If you’re feeding a larger group, you likely won’t have leftovers – sorry but it’s just too good, no one will give up their portion for your said lunch plans. But this dish is so darn easy, with hardly any prep and only one pot to clean up, you won’t mind one little bit putting it on the weekly rotation.

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What people are saying about this One Pot Enchilada Orzo

“I made this last week while my husband was away (he hates Mexican food which makes no sense to me because I LOVE Mexican food!) Anyways, this was SO good. It had really good flavor, and I loved the leftovers! I will definitely be making this again!” – Emily

“I just made this for dinner and it was so good!! I usually don’t enjoy leftovers but I can’t wait to eat this again tomorrow!” – Stephanie 

“I made this last night and I am blown away by its simplicity. It’s a super delicious, cheap, easy one-pot meal – what more could you ask for?! My only deviation from the recipe is that I cooked mine at a bit of a higher temperature since low-medium wasn’t cooking the orzo well in the 25 minutes (I think it’s my stove). Overall, I loved it though and will definitely make it again!” – Britt

“This is now a staple in our house. it has all the flavors of enchiladas without all the work, sometimes we throw in some chicken or just eat as is. Thank you!” – Caitlin

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One Pot Enchilada Orzo

A single dish is all you need to fix this flavorful one pan enchilada orzo and make it an instant family favorite.
4.05 from 20 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1 cup dry orzo pasta
  • 2 cups low sodium chicken broth (sub vegetable broth for vegetarian)
  • 2 15-ounce cans mild or medium red enchilada sauce
  • 1 15-ounce can yellow corn, drained and rinsed
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 cup shredded Mexican-blend cheese
  • optional toppings: avocado, tomatoes, chopped cilantro, olives, sour cream, cottage cheese, salsa


  • Combine orzo, broth, enchilada sauce, corn, beans, and seasonings in a large nonstick (or well-greased) pot and sitr to combine. Cover and cook over medium-low heat 20-25 minutes, until liquid is absorbed and orzo is tender.
  • Uncover, stir, and sprinkle cheese over the top. Cover again and allow to cook 1-2 minutes until cheese is melted. Add any desired toppings and serve.
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4 stars
After reading the comments i tried this recipe with 1.5 cups orzo and 1/2 of the chicken stock and it turned out great. Very easy.

    Nice job, Mike! Thanks for sharing!

I just finished eating this for lunch. we only used one can enchilada sauce and a whole packet of taco seasoning, but it was great. we topped with black olives, sour cream, guacamole and salsa. i give it a thumbs up. will definitely have again.

    Yummy!! You are making me crave fresh enchiladas now!

I can’t seem to find any NUTRITION INFORMATION for this recipe. Is it listed somewhere and I am just missing it?

    Hi Kimmie- I recommend using MyFitnessPal. They have a great online tool where you can input any recipe URL into and it will generate all the nutritional information for you.

5 stars
I added chicken and a can of green chilies and it is amazing!! Adding this to my go too for meal prep for the week!

    I bet those additions were fantastic! Thanks for sharing 🙂

i made the ONE POT ENCHILADA ORZO from the recipe. it was very good. but I ran into a problem. I only use stainless steel cookware and some of the orzo would stick to the bottom of the pan. I had to stir it every few minutes. I cook orzo all the time in stainless and never had this problem. I think the reason is that I go through a Browning process with the orzo using butter. the orzo still gets nice and plump and I never had any sticking. I’m going to try it next week on this recipe. I’m going to also add some pan cooked boneless, skinless chicken thighs to add to it.

    Thanks for your input, Dale!

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