El Burrito offers a vegan twist to traditional Mexican cuisine with their time-tested, popular, soy-based meat alternatives.
Tasting Notes for El Burrito
El Burrito currently offers 7 varieties of soy based meatless meats, thus far we’ve trialled the following.
My meat-eating husband quickly devoured the soft corn tortilla tacos I made with this filling. The texture was very “meaty”, and could fool many non-soy eaters.
I mixed in a half a cup of organic black beans while heating, and had some diced tomatoes and lettuce ready. The flavor was mellow, rich with tomatoes and a pleasant blend of spices. It was on the mild side, which I always prefer products to be. It is easy to heat something up with jalapenos and hot sauce, but taming an overly spicy product is usually an uphill battle. The taco seasoning we make at home contains more ground cumin for flavor, which I prefer, but I enjoyed the SoyTaco nonetheless.
I do agree that it works well in tacos, and would be a great vegan meal-helper for burritos, enchiladas, and Mexican pizza.
El Burrito’s Soyrizo is remarkably similar in flavor to their SoyTaco. It gives a subtle Mexican flair to any dish with seasonings that are delicious and spicy, but by no means hot. I sautéed the Soyrizo with onions and tomatoes, and then stirred it into some cooked brown rice with avocado. It was a wonderful, and incredibly simple lunch.
The Soyrizo has a slightly higher amount of canola oil than the SoyTaco, for more binding power I would assume. I found it a bit more difficult to cook with. It was quite soft, and stuck to the spoon easily. Luckily, ensuring that Soyrizo is cooked through is not a worry, since there are no animal products in it. Also, we were pleased enough with the taste and texture, that the shape was not a concern.
Soy Breakfast Sausage
The texture of their Breakfast Sausage is quite good, and very similar to traditional sausage. We found it just a touch crumbly, as it is not indulgently greasy like pork sausage. However, this is more than a fair trade-off for the ultra-low 3.5 grams of fat per serving! Including zero saturated fat and cholesterol. We also enjoyed the flavor, which was bold with spices. The use of sage and fennel rather than stick-to-your-breath garlic and onions, makes this a more valuable morning selection as well.
As a meat-cooking challenged individual, I can say that preparation was a snap. Slice, drop in the skillet for a few minutes, flip, let cook a few more minutes, and serve.
The Facts on El Burrito
Certifications: El Burrito is Kosher and made with non-GMO soy, but does not appear to be certified.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, El Burrito is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, vegan / plant-based, vegetarian. Nonetheless, always read the ingredient statement and 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 El Burrito website at elburrito.com.