Taste Test: The Best Frozen Burritos

We taste-tested dozens of frozen burritos from the grocery store to find our favorites.
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BEST VEGETABLE

Trader Joe's Mildly Spiced Vegetable Burrito

Far too often with burritos,"meatless" means "tasteless." But TJ's veggie burrito tidily does away with that association. While others were filled with mushy mystery ingredients, our panel could clearly see and taste every bit of the all-organic produce stuffed inside the soft shell: corn, tomatoes, bell peppers, potatoes and broccoli. Just don't let the "mildly spiced" name fool you -- there's a major kick, thanks to garlic, sea salt, fresh jalapeños and other green chiles. ($2.49 for two 7-ounce burritos, at Trader Joe's stores)

BEST CHICKEN

Cedarlane Fajita Chicken Burrito

Our tasters practically overdosed on dozens of processed chicken burritos. Then came a ray of hope in a sunny yellow wrapper. Stuffed with big chunks of white-breast meat, Cedarlane's Fajita Chicken Burrito made one judge suspect: "I swear this is from my favorite local Mexican joint." The chicken tasted even juicer thanks to bright organic red bell pepper and oodles of other organic ingredients, like pinto beans, brown rice and monterey jack cheese. ($2.99 for a 6-ounce burrito, at grocery stores)

BEST BEAN

Phil's Fresh Foods Basic Bean & Cheese Burrito

Do bean burritos with a conscience taste better? Phil thinks so. His feel-good wrap includes fresh, organic ingredients from local Colorado farms. The Basic Bean & Cheese flavor won over our buds with creamy pinto beans smothered in monterey jack and cheddar cheeses. Panelists also noted a subtle spice, but couldn't quite pinpoint it. The secret: roasted green chiles, which have a milder heat than raw ones. ($2.99 for an 8-ounce burrito, at natural grocery stores)

BEST BREAKFAST

JosÚ OlÚ Egg, Sausage and Cheese Breakfast Burrito

Our judges have been known to slap the snooze button, but this "Egg McMuffin in a burrito" just might get them to change their lazy ways. Tasters lapped up its fluffy scrambled eggs piggybacked on a "wake-up call" of spicy sausage and salsa. In fact, more than a few claimed this burrito could actually convert them into morning people. ($1.19 for a 4-ounce burrito, at grocery stores)

BEST BEEF

El Monterey's Shredded Steak & Cheese Chimichanga Supreme

We knew we had a winner on our hands when we eyed our panelists' plates: Not a morsel of this burrito remained. Sure, the star here is a slightly spicy filling of seasoned, slow-cooked beef, but tasters also cheered the supporting cast of an extra-cheesy blend of cheddar, mozzarella and monterey jack. That trio made the meat even more tender, and the lightly-baked-then-fried tortilla (aka chimichanga) lent an addictive flaky crust. ($1.19 for a 5-ounce burrito, at grocery stores)

Prices and other details were accurate when we published this article in April 2009.

 

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