Amy’s Mexican Meals – Burrito and Tamale

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One of my favorite brands for convenience is Amy’s. They are a vegetarian frozen food company that focuses on organics and ingredients you can pronounce. You can see my take on many of their products in our product reviews. As a fan of the Indian and Italian meals, we were excited to give some of Amy’s Mexican offerings.

Tasting Notes for Amy’s Mexican Meals

Amy’s Mexican Meals include a variety of enchiladas, burritos, and tamales that are dairy-free. So far we’ve trialled the following…

Gluten-Free Vegan Burrito

I was seriously impressed with the wrap portion of the burrito. It had kind of a tamale corn look, but was surprisingly sturdy. The flavor was pleasant, with a touch of sweetness and a nice bite. The filling was basically beans, brown rice, and spices. Nothing fancy here. The flavor is good and I love that the beans and rice are organic. If your child likes bean burritos, then these will be a hit!

Amy's Gluten-Free, Non-Dairy Burrito

Since they are non-dairy (no dairy ingredients, but they are made in a facility that processes dairy ingredients – most foods are!), they are cheese-free. I don’t think the cheese is missed at all here; there are plenty of flavors going on. However, I think Amy’s might benefit from an additional bean and “cheese” version using Daiya vegan cheese alternative, too.  Just thought I would give them a heads up on that issue.

Overall, I liked it and would buy it if on sale. However, I think I would still opt for some of the other wraps from Amy’s over this one, simply because I’m not a big Mexican food fan.

Tamale w/ Roasted Vegetables Whole Meal

To make it a bit more satiating, I diced half an avocado and sprinkled it atop the beans once ready. I was pleasantly surprised with how the tamale turned out. It looked just like the package. But the black beans, not so much. I went with the “looks aren’t everything” theory and dove in.

Amy's Tamale Roasted Vegetables Frozen Dinner

The tamale was generously sized with a thick layer of masa that was surprisingly light and fluffy. Overall, the tamale was tame, as far as Mexican food goes. There was a light spicy kick that added interest and flavor, but in no way threatened to send me running for water. The filling was unlike any other I have tried. It was definitely Cal-Mex-style with sizable chunks of veggies throughout. Honestly, this tamale tasted “fresher” than most.

The black beans were done in a refried-style, but the overall texture was good. They were good filler for the entree, but lacked pizzazz.  Next time I would stir in some spices, or in a pinch just a sprinkle of hot sauce should do.

The Facts on Amy’s Mexican Meals

Certifications: Amy’s Mexican Meals are Certified Kosher DE. They are labeled as Non-GMO, but we didn’t note any certifications.

Dietary Notes: By ingredients, these Amy’s Mexican Meals are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan / plant-based, and vegetarian. Some varieties are gluten-free. Nonetheless, check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.

For More Product Information: Visit the Amy’s website at www.amys.com

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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