I taste tested 6 frozen burritos and Amy's organic breakfast burrito easily came out on top

Erin McDowell/InsiderAmy’s breakfast burrito and Southwestern burrito were both delicious.

People nationwide are cramming their freezers full of delicious – and, perhaps, not so delicious – frozen food.

When it comes to frozen burritos, not all are created equal.

To find out which frozen burrito is worthy of your next midnight meal, I tasted six different frozen burritos from three brands: Amy’s, Tina’s, and José Olé. To keep things consistent, I prepared each in the microwave by following the instructions found on each package.

Here’s how the six frozen burritos ranked, from worst to best.


In my opinion, the least impressive burrito I tried was Tina’s bean and cheese burrito.

Erin McDowell/InsiderTina’s bean and cheese burrito.

The 4-ounce burrito cost just 50 cents at Big Y, my local grocery store in Massachusetts.


The small tortilla-wrapped burrito was unassuming at first glance.

Erin McDowell/InsiderTina’s bean and cheese burrito.

It was thin and slightly crispy in texture.


It felt light.

Erin McDowell/InsiderTina’s bean and cheese burrito.

Even though the front of the burrito’s packaging only touted two main ingredients, I was expecting it to feel at least a touch more weighty.


Biting in, I tasted practically nothing.

Erin McDowell/InsiderTina’s bean and cheese burrito.

It wasn’t bad, it was just bland. I didn’t get any cheese flavour at all, just a mouthful of refried beans that lacked any flavour.

If you’re looking for a frozen burrito loaded with flavour, this one is a miss. However, for just two quarters, I don’t know what more I expected.


José Olé’s beef and cheese burrito was just average, in my opinion.

Erin McDowell/InsiderJosé Olé beef and cheese burrito.

The 5-ounce burrito cost $US1.


The small folded burrito took one minute and 45 seconds to heat up in the microwave.

Erin McDowell/InsiderJosé Olé beef and cheese burrito.

Its tortilla was on the thinner side and it looked slightly transparent when I retrieved it from the microwave.


The tortilla felt slightly hard and was coated in a light layer of moisture — what I discovered to be oil.

Erin McDowell/InsiderJosé Olé beef and cheese burrito.

Biting in, it tasted good but was somewhat mysterious in terms of flavour.


The cheese was perfectly gooey and melted.

Erin McDowell/InsiderJosé Olé beef and cheese burrito.

However, the meat, described as “carnitas” on the packaging, was covered in so much sauce it tasted mushy. I could have used more meat, less sauce, and perhaps something to up the “freshness” of the burrito, like pico de gallo or other vegetables.

This was your standard frozen burrito – nothing more and nothing less.


Amy’s non-dairy rice and beans burrito was a great basic burrito.

Erin McDowell/InsiderAmy’s non-dairy rice and beans burrito.

The 6-ounce burrito cost $US2.89.


The tortilla was thicker and was much less oily after emerging from the microwave than the José Olé burrito.

Erin McDowell/InsiderAmy’s non-dairy rice and beans burrito.

It wasn’t soggy at all and held its contents nicely.


The burrito was about the same size as the José Olé burrito but was heavier.

Erin McDowell/InsiderAmy’s non-dairy rice and beans burrito.

It weighed 6 ounces instead of 5 ounces.


The beans were flavorful and tasted fresh.

Erin McDowell/InsiderAmy’s non-dairy rice and beans burrito.

The burrito wasn’t too saucy, and I could taste all the ingredients. It was filling and satisfying.

However, I could have used just a little bit more rice – I felt that the beans almost overpowered it. I also noted that, without cheese, the burrito tasted a touch bland.


Amy’s gluten-free burrito with beans, rice, and cheddar cheese pleasantly surprised me.

Erin McDowell/InsiderAmy’s gluten-free burrito with beans, rice, and cheddar cheese.

The 5 and a 1/2-ounce burrito cost $US3.19.


The gluten-free tortilla was starkly different than the others.

Erin McDowell/InsiderAmy’s gluten-free burrito with beans, rice, and cheddar cheese.

It didn’t have that signature flour tortilla texture, and felt slightly sticky and wax-like to the touch.


It felt heavy, like the other Amy’s burritos.

Erin McDowell/InsiderAmy’s gluten-free burrito with beans, rice, and cheddar cheese.

I was excited to see if the gluten-free burrito would top the other beans and rice burrito from Amy’s.


Shockingly, it tasted more flavorful than the regular beans and rice burrito.

Erin McDowell/InsiderAmy’s gluten-free burrito with beans, rice, and cheddar cheese.

The beans were just as tasty, but the addition of cheddar cheese rounded out the burrito. I didn’t mind the gluten-free tortilla at all. Though not as flavorful perhaps as the flour kind, it held its shape perfectly and was just fine in terms of texture.


Amy’s Southwestern burrito was a favourite.

Erin McDowell/InsiderAmy’s Southwestern burrito.

The 5 and a 1/2-ounce burrito cost $US2.89.


This burrito boasted corn, refried beans, and tomatoes as its main fillings.

Erin McDowell/InsiderAmy’s Southwestern burrito.

Out of all the burritos, I wanted to try this one the most, as it had the most main ingredients of what I’d consider a classic burrito.


I was a little confused about why this one weighed slightly less than the other similar Amy’s burritos.

Erin McDowell/InsiderAmy’s Southwestern burrito.

It weighs 5 and a 1/2 ounces versus 6 ounces.


The burrito was overflowing with delicious puree and beans.

Erin McDowell/InsiderAmy’s Southwestern burrito.

It was highly flavorful, albeit a bit messy. As a quick on-the-go meal, this burrito definitely fits the bill with its smoky, Southwestern flavour. However, I wish the individual ingredients had stood out more on their own, rather than culminating in a light red, sauce-like liquid.


Amy’s breakfast burrito was the only breakfast variety I tried.

Erin McDowell/InsiderAmy’s breakfast burrito.

The 6-ounce burrito cost $US2.89.


So far, I was impressed with the tortillas used in Amy’s burritos.

Erin McDowell/InsiderAmy’s breakfast burrito.

This one was thick, but a little dry-feeling.


This burrito was marketed as “plant-based.”

Erin McDowell/InsiderAmy’s breakfast burrito.

So, despite being a breakfast burrito, no eggs were to be found in this frozen burrito.


The contents were really flavorful and moist, balanced out perfectly by the thick tortilla casing.

Erin McDowell/InsiderAmy’s breakfast burrito.

The tomatoes, beans, and onions were bursting with flavour, and the tofu was a pleasant surprise.

However, I just don’t know if I can call this a “breakfast burrito” without any eggs. It simply tasted like a really great tofu burrito if you ask me – and one that I’d surely stock up on in the future.

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