Mexican food is one of my favorites, and I love to dine out at Mexican restaurants, because what I make at home really doesn’t have an authentic Mexican taste.
I am on a diet, counting calories, and have come to depend on frozen meals to simplify my meal plans. Lunch was an hour ago, and I dined on a Banquet Mexican Style Beef Enchilada & Tamale Combo frozen meal.
Banquet’s Mexican Style Beef Enchilada & Tamale Combo is just one of the many Banquet frozen meals available at most grocery stores. These are value priced meals, this one was on sale for only $1.25.
The front of the box provides some good quick nutritional information, such as the meal contains 25% of the daily needed grains, 10% of the daily vegetables, and 10% of daily meat. The info that I looked at was the total number of calories, and this meal contains only 310, which is quite low. It does have 10 grams of fat, (seems high), but only 3.5 grams is saturated fat, and there are no trans fats. Sodium levels are high at 930 mg, which is 39% of your daily recommended amount.
Because I don’t always have the best success when preparing my frozen entrees in my microwave, I prepared this in a conventional oven today, as I had plenty of time (I’m usually rushed and the microwave is the fastest).
Banquet Mexican Style Beef Enchilada & Tamale Combo can be cooked in the microwave in as little as 4 1/2 minutes, while cooking in a regular oven takes 20-23 minutes.
Banquet Mexican Style Beef Enchilada & Tamale Combo comes in a black plastic tray with two compartments. One enchilada and one tamale rests in the larger side, and refried beans is in the other smaller side.
For the price of $1.25 I didn’t expect much, and I got my money’s worth. I felt there was very little taste difference between the tamale and the enchilada, they tasted almost identical. They are made with corn tortillas, which came out of the oven quite soft and mushy. Likewise the “beef” filling was pretty mushy, and to my taste buds neither tasted at all like beef.
I found no cheese on either of the dishes, so I sprinkled some shredded Mexican style cheese over the top, and it quickly melted. That addition really didn’t improve the taste much however. The refried beans were extremely soupy, and even after resting for 5 minutes, they did start to thicken up but still weren’t very thick.
The picture on the box shows the enchilada and tamale covered with a red chili sauce, but that’s not how it looked when it came out of the oven. All of the sauce was on the bottom of the plastic container, and I had to dip the pieces into the sauce. I found the chili sauce a tad bit on the spicy hot side, but I do have a more sensitive palate.
Overall, for the price, this is an average product, but it won’t get any rave reviews from me.