El Monterey Beef & Bean Green Chili Burritos Review

El Monterey Beef & Bean Green Chili Burritos

Sometimes, you crave a gourmet burrito and you’re willing to spend some cash to make sure you get the best-tasting burrito possible. But other times, you have three dollars in your pocket and a need to consume some calories, regardless of flavor profile. Well, El Monterey knows they’re catering to the latter group of folks rather than the former, and they don’t really try to hide it. And that’s fine. In fact, some of our staffers admit that they don’t know how they would have survived college without ramen packets and El Monterey burritos.

So we’re going into our review of the El Monterey Beef & Bean Green Chili Burritos with lowered expectations. We’re not expecting top-of-the-line burritos here; we just want to know if these things would have been a hit with the broke-college-student versions of ourselves.

With that in mind, we heated our burrito in the microwave. Even though there are oven directions on the package, we didn’t often have the luxury of time back in college, so we thought cooking these in the oven might be a little disingenuous. (Plus, we haven’t exactly had a ton of success with oven-heated El Monterey burritos in the past.) The result of our microwave experiment is the burrito you see below.

El Monterey Beef & Bean Green Chili Burritos

As you can probably tell from the photo, the filling ends up being a watery mess. After a minute and fifteen seconds in the microwave, the innards are soupy and runny.

But lo and behold, the burritos end up not tasting half bad. We had a few of our staffers try these, and the thoughts around the office were “These are better than I expected” and “Actually, not too bad.”

The meat is just so-so, but the addition of green chilies really helps to mitigate that. It’s just enough of a flavor boost to offset the low quality of the beef. It’s not even vaguely spicy, so don’t go into this expecting some southwest-style kick, but the flavor of the chilies works really hard to prevent these burritos from being overly bland.

We had a container of sour cream on hand in case we were going to have to doctor these up to make them edible, but that ended up being completely unnecessary. While you can certainly add sour cream (and even melted cheese) if you really want to, we think these burritos taste just fine on their own.

The calorie count in these suckers is not great. At 300 calories per burrito, a pair of these things will run you 600 calories. If you’re on a diet, you should probably avoid these, but if all you need is a bunch of calories for as cheap as possible, these aren’t a bad option.

The El Monterey Beef & Bean Green Chili Burritos aren’t going to win any awards, but they’re a decent value for the price and they don’t taste half bad. If you’re on a tight budget and you want to satisfy a frozen burrito craving, you could probably do a whole lot worse.

To learn more about the nutrition content, ingredients, or cooking instructions for these frozen burritos, check out our package scans below.

El Monterey Beef & Bean Green Chili Burritos
El Monterey Beef & Bean Green Chili Burritos