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. They have a huge assortment of frozen entrees, and each category has some vegan offerings. To keep things organized, we’ve grouped the reviews by region, and this review focuses on Amy’s Mexican Meals.
Tasting Notes for Amy’s Mexican Meals
Amy’s Mexican Meal assortment includes a variety of enchiladas, burritos, and tamales that are dairy-free. So far we’ve trialed 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!
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 with 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.
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