El Monterey Egg, Sausage, Cheese & Potato Burritos Review

El Monterey Egg, Sausage, Cheese & Potato Burritos

The thing about burritos is that they’re versatile enough to cover a plethora of needs. If you want something extremely tasty, for instance, you might try the Evol Sriracha Chicken Big Burrito or the Trader Joe’s Chicken Burritos. If you’re looking for something a bit healthier, you might try Sweet Earth’s Peruvian or Kyoto burritos.

But sometimes you just need something cheap, quick, and loaded with calories to help you out the door when you’re running late for work, or when it’s 4am and you’re cramming for a final exam. For those times, there’s the El Monterey brand. Today we’re checking out the El Monterey Egg, Sausage, Cheese & Potato Burritos.

Ours came in a pack of eight that cost about $8 (we’re told they also come in packs of twelve) which means each burrito costs about a dollar. In the pack we bought, each burrito was individually wrapped.

El Monterey Egg, Sausage, Cheese & Potato Burritos

El Monterey does provide oven instructions on the packaging of their burritos (see our package scans below if you want to see the full cooking instructions), but we tend to just toss our El Monterey burritos into the microwave. We did try cooking an El Monterey burrito in the oven once, but it didn’t come out that much differently than the ones we cooked in the microwave, so we decided to save ourselves some time and use the microwave. Besides, when it comes to El Monterey, we figure the microwave version of these is the typical experience rather than the oven.

So let’s begin!

Now, you’ll notice that these aren’t the most jam-packed burritos on the market; in fact, they’re a little flat. The tortilla seems to account for about 40% of the burrito as a whole.

El Monterey Egg, Sausage, Cheese & Potato Burritos

The tortilla is just fine. It’s no mind-blowing tortilla or anything, but it’s acceptable. We were actually surprised that, even in the microwave, our tortilla didn’t get really soggy (that’s been a problem for us in the past).

The filling is actually pretty creamy, which is due to the cheese sauce. This sauce is a mix of cheddar, sour cream, and some other things, and it tastes pretty good.

While the chunks of scrambled eggs are so-so, we were surprised by how tasty the sausage is. It has a lot of flavor, and it’s even a bit spicy. The only problem is that there’s not a ton of it present. A little more sausage and we’d have been really impressed with these burritos.

The potatoes weren’t what we were expecting. We’re used to larger chunks of potato, while these are chopped up pretty small. They certainly don’t dominate the flavor of the burrito, but you can sort of taste that they’re there. They do make these burritos a little more filling than they’d be otherwise.

These are no slouch in the calorie department. Each burrito contains 280 calories (and 630 mg of sodium to boot), and even with those starchy potatoes, we’re pretty sure you’ll be gulping these down two at a time. A single burrito just doesn’t do much to fill the ol’ tumtums.

In the past, when we used to eat El Monterey regularly (back in our college days), we’d often doctor them up with some cheese, sour cream, salsa, or even some nacho cheese sauce. While all of those are viable options, they add even more calories to these already-calorie-loaded burritos. Eat with caution.

The El Monterey Egg, Sausage, Cheese & Potato Burritos can be warmed in a flash, and they taste halfway decent. While we would have loved a bit more sausage, we don’t think these are bad for a buck apiece.

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

El Monterey Egg, Sausage, Cheese & Potato Burritos
El Monterey Egg, Sausage, Cheese & Potato Burritos
El Monterey Egg, Sausage, Cheese & Potato Burritos
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