Lean Cuisine Ranchero Braised Beef Review

Lean Cuisine Ranchero Braised Beef

Sometimes, the craving for a hearty beef dinner strikes, and there’s nothing you’d like more than a feast of beef with a side of mashed potatoes. Well, Lean Cuisine has you covered with their Ranchero Braised Beef. This meal features chunks of braised beef in a spicy red chile sauce, and it comes with a side of mashed sweet potatoes.

So, does this all work? Will it give that craving a good jab in the eye with a sharp fork? Well, maybe.

The picture on the box seems to imply that all this stuff is mashed together. It’s actually separated out with a divider so you can keep the sweet potatoes and beef apart (though you might get a little sauce in those sweet potatoes when you stir each portion). The box also shows what looks to be some jalapeño pepper slices, which are not actually included in this dish.

Lean Cuisine Ranchero Braised Beef

The beef isn’t all that bad, though it probably won’t impress serious beef connoisseurs. It’s juicy and gristly, and the meat falls apart nicely in your mouth.

It comes drenched in a chile sauce, which tastes a little bit weird. It’s something you might expect to find on an enchilada, and it lends the dish a southwestern vibe. It’s not anywhere near as spicy as the package would like you to believe, and there’s something a little off about the flavor, though we couldn’t put our finger on exactly what that is. It tastes perfectly fine on the beef, but once the beef is gone you’ll probably want to discard the leftover sauce — and believe us when we say there will be plenty of leftover sauce.

The sweet potatoes might be best part of this dish. They taste sweet and they have a nice, airy, puffed consistency. There’s a bit of a strange aftertaste, however, which diminishes the overall flavor and makes them less pleasant to eat than they could have been.

All things considered, Lean Cuisine’s Ranchero Braised Beef is halfway decent. It might soothe a serious beef craving, but we doubt you’ll want to pack your freezer full of these things.

If you want to learn more about the nutrition content or ingredients in this frozen beef dish, check out our package scans below.

Lean Cuisine Ranchero Braised Beef

Lean Cuisine Ranchero Braised Beef

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