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Frozen Burritos-Do You Eat Them?

  • bbqboy Mar 10, 2011 02:42 PM
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You can tell me your secret. Do they reside in your freezer? Do you have a favorite brand?
I've lately noticed several "upscale" brands at my favorite grocer that are roughly $2.00 to $3.00 each.
So far, my favorite is Evol from Colorado. We also get PJ's from the Bay Area, not quite as good.
Both have "real" organic ingredients, no filler.
Amy's-no meat, black beans, not pintos, and Tofu.! I'm not eating these things for my health, just a tasty quick snack.
Any others I should know and seek out?
If you love Reser's, El Monterrey, or Jose Ole, that's OK too, because I do, but I'm mainly interested in this new generation of FB's.

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  1. Trader Joe's *used* to have a fabulous roasted vegetable frozen burrito here in California. Along with roasted bell peppers, zucchini, mushrooms, and more, it included black beans for more substance.

    Alas, it seems to be discontinued so no more frozen burritos for me.

    1. Amy's are terrible IMO. Patio and Tina's are staples. Don Miguel's "The Bomb" are fantastic.

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      1. re: CDouglas

        Funny, I just picked up a don miguel to try next, but not The Bomb. What is it, as my store doesn't have it..

        1. re: bbqboy

          The Bomb is the one you get at 7-11 at 3am after who knows how much Bacchanalian fun you just had. Goes great with an orange Vitamin Water.

          1. re: CDouglas

            I'm past drinking and driving, but not either by themselves, so I will hit my local 7-11
            and check it out. :)

        2. re: CDouglas

          My 14 yo son loves Amy's bean and cheese burritos. That's his go-to meal when he doesn't want the chow-ish whatever dish I've cooked for the rest of us.

        3. Ramona's burritos are not haute cuisine by any stretch but they are quite satisfying for the low price

          1. I like the EL MONTEREY bean & beef chimmichangas, and the bean and chile burritos. Makes a great late-night snack with some Tapito hot sauce.

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            1. re: arktos

              El Monterrey are good for a quick "I don't feel like cooking but I'm hungry" supper. I usually have some of those in the freezer.

            2. Interesting that I recently got an extra freezer at last, and have been paying attention to frozen foods that seem sound in their ingredients. The Evol burritos, which my supermarket was recently clearancing (maybe discontinuing?) were quite good, and a great deal at the clearance price. But I think they're regularly $3 a pop, and maybe they just weren't selling well.

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              1. re: Bada Bing

                I love the EVOL burritos. Nicely done.

              2. I make a big batch of refried beans and store those in my freezer. If I make carnitas, those go in the freezer as well. Easy enough to defrost those and make a burrito, since I always have cheese, peppers, and tortillas on hand.

                I guess I could make them into burritos and freeze them to have later....I just don't really understand the frozen burritos thing, seems as crazy as frozen peanut butter and jelly to me. Could someone explain what I'm missing?

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                1. re: caseyjo

                  Well, let me take your question as genuine: I don't easily use up a package of burritos before they start molding or whatever in the fridge. They're dirt cheap, so it's not a catastrophe. But I also wouldn't want to defrost a big batch of beans and carnitas all at once, so I'd need to freeze those things in smaller packets, at which point I would probably just rather make burritos and freeze them.

                  1. re: Bada Bing

                    Fair. Freezing in small portions works for me; but I could see how making the burritos could be convenient. Does the texture of the tortilla change much in the freezer?

                    1. re: caseyjo

                      Good question about texture. I've actually never frozen home-made burritos; my answer to your question was hypothetical.

                      But I expect that there is probably some loss of quality in freezing. After all, in commercial frozen burritos, the selling point is always fillings and never tortilla texture.

                      1. re: Bada Bing

                        that's spot on. I'm out in the country and alone, with nowhere to go for a quick latenight
                        Mex fix. The fillings in my continuing taste test vary, but the tortilla texture, except for the
                        Evol, have been less than stellar.

                        1. re: Bada Bing

                          I used to make frozen homemade egg&bean breakfast burritos and I found that the biggest problem for the tortilla was toughness from reheating (microwave, though I didn't like the crispiness I got from the oven either)- if I let it thaw sufficiently before heating, the tortilla was just as good as unfrozen. I used whole wheat flour tortillas for these. I can see corn having a totally different result.

                          1. re: tinnywatty

                            you scrambled the eggs? I love breakfast burritos and tacos, but I've never tried to freeze made eggs.

                          2. re: Bada Bing

                            Yep. I buy frozen burritos for my son, and I also make and freeze burritos (sweet potato and black bean) for the rest of us. The texture of the tortillas is dreadful on both, but still edible.

                          3. re: caseyjo

                            I try to keep frozen burritos on hand at all times. My kids love them for an afternoon snack. I try to keep calories and fat low compared to the packaged ones on the market. If you reheat them properly they are great. 30 second intervals, turning after each usually it only takes 1 and a half minutes. When I do it for myself, I cover with hot salsa and a little cheese. YUM!

                      2. The only one I eat is Tina's, and it's not even like it's good. I just like the childhood feeling of eating frozen burrito as an after-school snack.

                        1. I try to avoid the ones made with Textured Vegetable Protein (filler). I buy breakfast burritos more ofter than the other ones. I forget the brand but they are wrapped in waxed paper instead of plastic (they may be a local brand). I think they cost around $2 each and are pretty decent tasting for an on the go breakfast. I microwave them in the wrapper so the tortillas don't get too dry or chewy.

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                          1. re: LorenM

                            Me too. I hate TVP. Blech.

                          2. I make my own breakfast burritos. Freeze individually then store 3-4 burritos per a foodsaver bag. They make a great quick lunch or breakfast — defrost, then re-heat in a toaster oven or under the broiler, add some hot sauce and it's a great quick breakfast or lunch.

                            1. I don't like burritos usually, they have raw flour tortillas on the outside that are gross unless you just had one made for you with a tortilla that was just made that day and is still warm. On the other hand, the burrito ladies that cruise the beaches at Rocky point have fabulously fresh little flour tortillas with beans and potatoes and a tiny bit of chorizo, that will have you going back for more (so you learn to buy a ton of them) time after time. I don't care for the big overstuffed rice-filled gutbombs that most US restaurants sell, although the ingredients inside can be fantastic. I pick them out when that happens.

                              That's my story and i'm stickin' with it.

                              1. I suppose this brings up a question I've had for years. yes, despite my interest in gourmet cooking, I do eat frozen burritos because they're just tasty and quick. I had a frozen burrito years ago (by 'years ago,' I mean the mid-90s) from a corner grocery which looked like the usual, average model but the company (whose name has always sadly eluded me) was based in Texas (which I was not). This was the most meaty, delicious frozen burrito I ever tasted and I never managed to find any more. I know it was not any of the majors--not Monterey, Tina's, Patio, Don Miguel or any of the usual brands, it was something i had never heard of before and i have a vague memory of something like a guy riding a burro on the cover. Any ideas?

                                1. I've been known to, but they're not my favorite thing.

                                  1. I don't even like most burritos to begin with. If I watched the tortilla being formed and griddled by an expert tortilla maker, maybe (okay, probably). But I can't think of anything that would make me heat up a frozen burrito and eat it.

                                    1. >> "Frozen Burritos-Do You Eat Them?"

                                      With relish.

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                                      1. re: Sonny_Funzio

                                        I prefer hot sauce to relish on burritos.

                                      2. That is the 2nd recommendation for an Evol product. Thanks, I will check them out, bbqboy!

                                        (I sure wish I could remember what the 1st one was. It was on a Chowhound board too)

                                        1. I often bring an Amy's burrito for lunch at the office. I put lots of hot sauce on it, and eat it with a fork and knife.

                                          1. I hate to admit it, but if you get out your deep fryer and drop any affordable frozen burrito into it, you will be in heaven ..... and someday soon become intimate with your local cardiologist.

                                            1. Nope...like them thawed and heated! (couldn't resist...)

                                              1. I just curious.. I have a LOT of these in my freezer. Store bought, not homemade. Anyway, is there anything else to do with a lot of burritos, other than the normal microwave/stove thing. Maybe some casserole ideas or something?

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                                                1. re: anglwngss

                                                  Although I think most frozen burritos are a little thick, maybe you can treat them like pre-made enchiladas and add enchilada sauce, cheese, etc. and bake ....

                                                  1. re: hawkeyeui93

                                                    ah! Well that sounds easy enough, lol. Thx!

                                                    1. re: anglwngss

                                                      Wish I could think of something more creative ... LOL

                                                2. Absolutely not. I am a stubborn purist about burritos, for some reason. I am not that way about much else. I do not think I've ever even tried a frozen burrito.

                                                  We eat burritos for lunch or dinner probably 5 days/week. I find it totally simple to heat up a flour tortilla and fill with rice/beans/cheese/chiles/leftovers. If they aren't going to be eaten right on the spot, I wrap in foil and stick in the lunchbox.

                                                  1. Nope. They aren't worth preheating the oven and the time it takes to reheat them. I can get a really good burrito from a number of places within walking distance (24 hours a day and dirt cheap,) so there's no reason to eat subpar burritos.

                                                    1. For me, frozen burritos are like frozen pizza. A good one is great, but a bad one is great too....lol

                                                      1. I will probably have to hand in my Chowhound membership card, but I have to admit I have some Aldi's burritos in my freezer. One of my kids likes them and I will eat them upon occasion.

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                                                        1. re: Disneyfreak

                                                          We don't have any Aldi's around here. Are they as good as their other house brand stuff?

                                                          1. re: bbqboy

                                                            They are pretty good for seriously cheap burritos. I think they cost under $.25 each.

                                                            1. re: Disneyfreak

                                                              That IS cheap. For a quick "stuff in my mouth" snack, that's not bad.

                                                        2. I succumbed to temptation at the grocery last week and bought a bag of El Monterey beef and bean burritos. They are a little small so had two for lunch. Refried bean taste ok, could hardly detect the beef. With a Whole Enchilada a mere mile away, I don't think I'll buy any more of these.

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                                                          1. re: DonShirer

                                                            I never keep frozen burritos in my freezer. The last one I had was bought from a gas station and microwaved in my hotel room. It was, eh, how you say - not so good.

                                                          2. I like the idea of frozen burritos. But I have never had a frozen burrito that I thought was better than mediocre. Just recently I bought a bag of the El Monterey Beef and Bean burritos. I made one, took a few bites,and threw it and the whole bag away. Lousy flavor, nasty texture to the filling, I thought it was just ghastly.

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                                                            1. re: JMF

                                                              My experience with El Monterey is that a company cannot manufacturer, transport, market, and retail a frozen burrito for 25 to 33 cents each and add real meat ...

                                                            2. I like them. I nuke them up half way, then top with shredded cheese an into the broiler. Top with salsa and sour cream. Ghetto enchiladas!

                                                              1. ewww no

                                                                1. I buy a pack of cheese bean ones about once a year to make a slowcooker dish with them. You can adjust to your slowcooker size but we take the frozen burritos, canned enchilada sauce, salsa, corn, onion and later add some cheese to melt at the end. It's lowdown and dirty but sometimes that is what you want. It's more something that will be made in the winter since those are things that are of course pantry type items and if the weather is too much to run to the store....

                                                                  1. Now that my children are adults, I never buy frozen burritos. I read the thread to see if anything was new, but I think I'll still skip them.