El Monterey XX Large Spicy Red Hot Beef & Bean Burrito Review

El Monterey XX Large Spicy Red Hot Beef & Bean Burrito

El Monterey burritos are like that friend you had in college who was kind of a mess but who was always there for you no matter what. To some people, that’s not a good quality in a food item, but to others it can be. We’ve referred to these burritos as “hard-times burritos” in the past, and that’s sort of what we mean here.

Anyway, today we’re digging into the El Monterey XX Large Spicy Red Hot Beef & Bean Burrito. We’ve actually reviewed a pretty similar burrito in the past, only that one didn’t claim to be “spicy red hot,” and we also tried the chimichanga version of this particularly toasty burrito. We’re pretty curious to see how the burrito stacks up against its comrades.

There are a couple ways you could cook this, but we decided to go the easy route and use the microwave. Since our burrito had thawed before we cooked it, we popped it into the microwave for a minute and a half. We were a bit concerned that this wouldn’t be enough time, but as it turns out, this came out piping hot.

El Monterey XX Large Spicy Red Hot Beef & Bean Burrito

It also came out looking a bit like some sort of monstrous mummified worm.

If you decide to heat one of these in the microwave like we did, here’s a piece of advice: when you pull this out of the microwave, flip it over while you’re letting it cool to prevent the underside from getting soggy.

Now, this is really just your typical El Monterey meal. The shell is a little chalky and sticky, but it does what it needs to. The flavor is inoffensive yet hardly craveable. The meat feels a little grainy and the beans end up a little dry in the inside.

El Monterey XX Large Spicy Red Hot Beef & Bean Burrito

While the spice level is perhaps a bit overhyped on the packaging, this does have some heat to it. It’s a strange kind of spiciness, though, that stings the back of your throat rather than burning your mouth or clearing your sinuses.

This thing is going to add some bounce to your belly. A single burrito has 650 calories (280 from fat) and 820 mg of sodium. You definitely shouldn’t try to live off these things. (To be honest, we kind of did live off El Monterey burritos for a while back in college, though we’re not sure the XX Large versions existed back then.)

The El Monterey XX Large Spicy Red Hot Beef & Bean Burrito is pretty much exactly what you’d expect. It’s the sort of cheap burrito that will fill your gut in between classes, but it’s certainly not going to be your new favorite food. We’d say this is “functional calories” more than anything else, and sometimes that’s exactly what you need.

To learn more about the nutrition content, ingredient, or cooking instructions for this El Monterey frozen burrito, check out our package scans below.

El Monterey XX Large Spicy Red Hot Beef & Bean Burrito
El Monterey XX Large Spicy Red Hot Beef & Bean Burrito
El Monterey XX Large Spicy Red Hot Beef & Bean Burrito