Amy’s Black Bean Tamale Verde Review

Amy's Black Bean Tamale Verde

In the past we tried Amy’s Kitchen’s Tamale Verde with Cheese. While it’s not the healthiest dish in the Amy’s frozen food lineup, we thought it tasted pretty alright. Now, we’re finally getting around to trying out its cousin, the Tamale Verde with Black Bean. This one is dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan, so it’s available to even the strictest of eaters.

This version of Amy’s tamale removes the monterey jack cheese and replaces it with more black beans (there are other differences too, of course, but this is the major one). That’s a far better choice than we expected, as the black beans and corn really enhance the flavor of the shell. When you throw the verde sauce into the equation, you won’t miss the cheese at all.

The shell here isn’t a tortilla, but a corn masa soft shell. It doesn’t have the holding power of a corn tortilla, but it’s surprisingly rich in corn flavor. It might have an off-putting appearance — like someone dropped a wet burrito into a pile of birdseed — but don’t let that fool you. It tastes excellent.

Amy's Black Bean Tamale Verde

The brown rice is pleasant to eat, since it comes mixed in tomato puree. This keeps it nice and moist and adds a nice flavor to it. Don’t expect a dry, bland rice here — this is pretty tasty. If you’re willing to add the calories and the dairy, a dab of sour cream makes this rice practically legendary.

This has less calories, fat, and sugar than its cheese-filled counterpart, but it’s just as loaded with sodium, at 780 mg. It does have a fair amount of vitamin C, though.

For vegans or those avoiding gluten, Amy’s Black Bean Tamale Verde is a true hero. For anyone else, this is a tasty Mexican-style dish with a lot to love.

To see the full list of ingredients, as well as the nutrition info straight from the box, check out our package scans below.

Amy's Black Bean Tamale Verde

Amy's Black Bean Tamale Verde