El Monterey Beef Enchiladas Review

El Monterey Beef Enchiladas

El Monterey is mostly known for their cheap burritos, but their southwest-style offerings certainly don’t end there. In fact, if you only ever try their burritos, we think you’re missing out on some of the best frozen foods they make. Take, for instance, the Charbroiled Chicken & Monterey Jack Cheese Quesadillas — those things are fantastic.

Today we’re trying another non-burrito item from this line, the El Monterey Beef Enchiladas. We’ve already tried the chicken and cheese versions of these things, so we’re ready to get real beefy today!

These take about five minutes to heat up in the microwave, which is the preferred cooking method. (If you want to see the full cooking instructions, check out our package scan at the bottom of this review.)

El Monterey Beef Enchiladas

These enchiladas come topped with a red sauce, which we’re not huge fans of. We actually prefer the creamy sauce of the chicken version or the super cheesy sauce of the cheese version to red enchilada sauces in general, and this one isn’t particularly good. It has a strange aftertaste that we really wanted to wash down with a cold glass of milk as soon as possible.

The filling isn’t bad though. It’s a blend of stringy beef, onions, and various peppers, including jalapeño, chili, and chipotle. These are definitely spicy — by the time we finished eating these, our noses were running like crazy.

This meal comes with a side of rice and beans, but neither of these is particularly exciting. The rice is pretty basic, and the beans are just a regular old black bean. This blend doesn’t do much on its own, but it’s actually pretty nice when you mix it into the red sauce — it sort of minimizes that strange aftertaste.

One thing we love about El Monterey’s enchiladas is that the packages consider two enchiladas to be a serving instead of just one. Clearly, these are designed to be eaten as an entrée rather than separated into two separate side dishes, so we appreciate that the box takes this into consideration when listing out the nutrition content.

These are a little hefty, however, coming in at 460 calories (180 from fat) per box, as well as 910 mg of sodium. These are clearly not designed for dieters, or for anyone with sodium restrictions.

The El Monterey Beef Enchiladas are decent but not great. We would recommend the cheese or chicken versions over the beef enchiladas any day of the week. But if you’re stuck with a box of the beef variety, you can mix the rice in with the sauce, which reduces the worst flaw of these enchiladas and makes them into an entrée that’s not too shabby.

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

El Monterey Beef Enchiladas