The Red’s product line — frozen burritos and quesadillas — is geared more toward omnivores than vegetarians like myself, but offers two options (a bean and rice burrito and a bean and cheese quesadilla) for those who don't eat meat. My challenge, however, was actually finding the meat-free versions locally. Though Red's products are widely available, the nearby Publix and Target didn't carry any of the vegetarian versions. Fortunately, I finally found the burrito at the Harris Teeter in Belle Meade. I also picked up steak and pulled pork quesadillas for my husband to try.
The first thing I noticed about this frozen burrito was its heft. It weighed in at nearly three-quarters of a pound. (The company is in the process of introducing a smaller burrito that weighs 6 ounces). I cooked it according to the directions (microwave some; oven to finish) and dug in. I have a pretty healthy appetite, but I couldn’t finish it. My husband had just one of the two quesadillas in the package and was satisfied (which is a big deal). He did finish my burrito, though. The verdict? This is a damn good burrito. The kind you’d make at home if you felt like putting in all the work of dicing and chopping and cooking rice and so on. Delicious and better than most frozen burritos. More in line with what you get at Baja Burrito or Blue Coast Burrito. My husband loved his quesadillas, too (both flavors).
Here’s the deal with Red’s that sets them apart from the other products in the freezer case (aside from the huge portion and good taste): All products are 100 percent all-natural, non-GMO, preservative-free and made with antibiotic- and hormone-free meat and rBGH-free cheese. The rice is whole-grain brown rice. And the tortillas are handmade and thick, and just big enough to contain all that filling. Again, more like what you'd make at home.
There are some caveats, though. Burritos range from 440 to 560 calories each. This ain’t lean cuisine. And eating both quesadillas in a package will put you at around 500 calories per meal. Still, that’s probably fewer calories than you’d consume at your local Tex-Mex joint but more than your typical frozen meal. However, you won’t need a snack later. Or even dinner, perhaps. These burritos and quesadillas are packed with protein and will stick with you for a while.
Other things to note: The burrito I tasted had a bit more of a cayenne kick than I usually prefer. My husband said the quesadillas were spicy, too, but not as much as the burrito. He thought they were perfect. Probably what I’d call “medium” heat level. And the prices range from $3.99 to $4.99. Still cheaper than a restaurant, but a bit more than the average frozen lunch.
Overall, these burritos and quesadillas are winners. They’re going into regular rotation for my husband’s lunches. There are seven varieties of the burritos and four of the quesadillas. Look for them in the Nashville area at Publix, Kroger, Harris Teeter and Target. They’re in the frozen food section, usually with the entrees and nearer to the organic, “natural” or vegetarian foods sections.