El Monterey Egg, Applewood Smoked Bacon & Cheese Burrito Review

El Monterey Egg, Applewood Smoked Bacon & Cheese Burrito

While we don’t mind El Monterey’s frozen burritos from time to time, we do usually warn our readers that these are not designed to be high-quality meals. No, El Monterey makes what we refer to as “hard-times burritos,” or burritos you pick up when you’re down and out. They may not taste great and they may not be healthy, but they’re cheap, they have a good amount of protein, and they taste vaguely like Mexican food. They’re the McDonald’s of the frozen burrito world.

El Monterey has strayed into the breakfast burrito world, and we tend to love a good breakfast burrito. So we tried the Egg, Sausage & Cheese Burritos a while back, and today we’re going to see what the El Monterey Egg, Applewood Smoked Bacon & Cheese Burrito is all about.

In the past, we learned that the oven doesn’t do much for El Monterey burritos, so we now just toss them into the microwave to see how they come out. We popped the Egg, Applewood Smoked Bacon & Cheese Burrito into the microwave for about a minute and ten seconds (the packaging says a minute and a half, but our burrito had thawed in the fridge overnight, so those additional 20 seconds weren’t necessary).

El Monterey Egg, Applewood Smoked Bacon & Cheese Burrito

Now, we should warn you that this burrito is a bit watery inside — the scrambled eggs are especially watery. You’ll have to get past the dampness if you want to enjoy this burrito. But if you can get past it, this is actually a pretty tasty breakfast burrito.

The main flavor on display here is actually the cheese. It’s a cheddar cheese, and we couldn’t tell if it was designed to be a sauce, or if ours just sort of melted into the eggy water from the soggy scrambled egg portion. It tastes quite good, and it does a lot to carry this burrito from mediocrity into breakfast goodness.

The Applewood smoked bacon is the next major flavor in this. It gives the whole burrito a smoky, porky flavor that complements that cheese sauce perfectly. It’s a good thing these ingredients work so well together, because the scrambled eggs are watery — as we pointed out earlier — and they don’t have much flavor. The cheddar-bacon combo really saves the day here.

Unfortunately, a majority of the filling ended up in one end of our burrito. So two-thirds of our burrito were packed full, while the other third was a thinly-packed gob of shell. Obviously, the stuffed part was a lot better than the skimpy part.

Is this a healthy burrito? Heck no. One of these suckers contains 300 calories (110 from fat) and 500 mg of sodium. While that may not sound too bad, keep in mind that one of these won’t fill you up. You’ll easily end up eating two of these in a single sitting.

The El Monterey Egg, Applewood Smoked Bacon & Cheese Burrito is better than we expected. It’s a bit watery and the filling isn’t consistent, but this isn’t bad for a cheap burrito. In fact, this is one of the better items in El Monterey’s frozen burrito lineup.

To learn more about the nutrition content or ingredients in this frozen breakfast burrito, check out our package scans below.

El Monterey Egg, Applewood Smoked Bacon & Cheese Burrito

El Monterey Egg, Applewood Smoked Bacon & Cheese Burrito