Trader Joe’s loves their vegan and organic food so why not keep up the tradition of turning almost everything into a vegan product. Burritos are an excellent way to turn something vegan fairly easily.
You know this is one of those products that I have literally walked by a thousand times and never picked it up. It doesn’t stand out. It isn’t new, but they must sell a ton of them because from my research on this review it looks like they have been selling them for well over 10 years.
I think I was reaching for some beef burritos for my oldest son and these were sitting next to those and I thought, it’s time to review them! Why not? They are 100% vegetable-based and vegan.
I love burritos. I get them all the time at Chipolte, albeit with meat most of the time (ok, all of the time) but that’s neither here nor there. Trader Joe’s loves their burritos.
They have at any given time about 3-5 different frozen ones and then another 5 or so in the fresh food area by the salads. I always have their chicken and beef burritos on hand for the kids.
My wife loves this vegan vegetable burrito the most but I don’t think I have ever eaten it before.
These vegan vegetable burritos from Trader Joe’s are pretty standard fare for them. Two frozen burritos in a paper tray in a thin plastic wrap.
Essentially, you just microwave them and eat them after they cool down. (OK, how many of you have burned the roof of your mouth eating a burrito before it was completely cool? I see several hands out there!)
These vary slightly in that you need to rinse them with water, poke holes in them and then drape them in a paper towel and microwave on high for a few minutes, depending on if you are doing 1 or 2. I prefer putting them in the oven, but that takes fooorrrreeeevvvvveeeerrrr.
I did the 4 minutes they called for on the package and it was way underdone. I had to actually nuke it again in the microwave for 2 more minutes before they were hot enough inside. Thankfully these didn’t split and spill all over the place like so many other Trader Joe’s frozen burritos and these held it together.
Cutting into the Trader Joe’s Mildly Spiced Organic Vegan Vegetable Burritos, revealed a lot of beans. Of course, there would be a lot of beans because they are vegan and beans are a good source of protein.
After letting them cool a bit, you know how hot these burritos can get in the middle, I took my first bite. I really liked the “Mexican” flavors, but the mouthfeel was a little disappointing.
It was all mushy beans and very little rice but the bright side was the nice use of crunchy corn but it wasn’t enough to offset the mushy beans.
If I was making burritos at home, these would be filled with lots of whole beans and rice, and other veggies. These might be better doused in cheese and salsa but then that might break the Vegan thing you were after.
For me personally, I wouldn’t probably buy these again. They were just OK and there are better vegan burritos out there (not at Trader Joe’s) if I was wanting vegan. But, if you like vegan bean burritos that at cheap and easy to make, then these might be the ticket!
INGREDIENTS: ORGANIC TOMATOES (ORGANIC TOMATOES, ORGANIC TOMATO PUREE, SALT,CITRIC ACID).WATER.ORGAN ICWH EAT FLOUR.ORGANIC CORN, ORGANIC ONIONS, ORGANIC POTATOES, ORGANIC BLACK BEANS, ORGANIC SAFFLOWER OIL, ORGANIC RED BEANS. ORGANIC GREEN BELL PEPPERS, ORGANIC BROCCOLI, ORGANIC TAPIOCA FLOUR, ORGANIC GREEN CHILIES,ORGANIC WHITE RICE FLOUR, ORGANIC CUMIN. ORGANIC RED CHILE PEPPER, ORGANIC 1ALAPENOS, ORGANIC CILANTRO, BAKING POWDER (SODIUM ACID PYROPHOSPHATE, SODIUM BICARBONATE, CORNSTARCH, MONOCALCI UM PHOSPHATE). SALT, ORGANIC RICE EXTRACT, ORGANIC GARLIC. ORGANIC OREGANO.
CONTAINS WHEAT. DIST. & SOLD EXCLUSIVELY BY: TRADER JOES, MONROVIA, CA 91016 CERTIFIED ORGANIC BY QUALITY ASSURANCE INTERNATIONAL (QAI).