Gluten-Free Product Review: Evol Chicken Burritos

Lately, my local grocery store has kicked up the gluten-free offerings…or rather, food producers are expanding their gluten-free product lines. However you want to look at it, this is good news. Particularly if you’re in the market for decent tasting ready-to-eat meals.

The Evol product line caught my eye because of the catchy name and clear packaging. The gluten-free label was clear, and for the first time in a good couple of decades, I picked up a couple of frozen chicken burritos to see how they’d taste. Evol also makes about 18 other gluten-free products (list here), ranging from tacos to chicken tikka masala to mac and cheese.

Evol Gluten-Free Chicken Burrito
This great gluten-free burrito from Evol includes guacamole in addition to chile-lime flavors, chicken, corn, and beans.

I decided to try the two chicken burritos. One is your basic gluten-free chicken. The other was gluten-free chicken with a side of guacamole. While the instructions suggest you should thaw the burritos in advance — great if you pop one in your lunch bag for later — I hadn’t planned that far ahead, so it took about three minutes cooking time in my microwave instead of the two noted on the package.

Evol gluten-free chicken burrito.
This gluten-free burrito from Evol is great for quick lunches.

While the burritos cooked, wrapped in a damp paper towel (to keep the tortillas from drying out), I popped the frozen guacamole packet into some hot water to thaw. I also pulled out some chile sauce from our local taco joint.

Damp paper towel around gluten-free burritos.
Step two in cooking the Evol gluten-free burritos: wrap in a damp paper towel to help the tortillas remain soft and moist.

I loved the chicken burrito with the side of guacamole (green packaging). It had a cilantro lime flavor, black beans, rice, and corn. For a frozen burrito, it had a lot of flavor. I’ll definitely buy this one again.

Thawing guacamole in hot water.
While the Evol burritos are in the microwave, thaw the guacamole in hot water. It takes just a few minutes.

The other chicken burrito (blue packaging) didn’t have as much flavor for me. It was good if a bit bland, but won’t be my first choice the next time I’m at the grocery store. Both burritos cooked well, and, thanks to the damp paper towel, the tortilla wraps were chewy but not tough.

Overall, I’m pretty impressed with these burritos — and am eager to try other products in the gluten-free line…especially the lemongrass chicken.

Have you tried the Evol products? What do you think?

Tip of the Week

Like all gluten-free breads, gluten-free tortillas dry out very quickly. If you purchase a package, either use it quickly, or keep it frozen — refrigerators dry them out. The paper towel trick I used on the Evol burritos will help refresh dry tortillas to a degree.

Menu of the Week

After writing the above, I made a trip to the grocery store where I picked up another burrito and the chicken lemongrass (I love the flavor of lemongrass!). I also priced gluten-free tortillas — the ones that mimic flour tortillas, I mean. At $6.99 for eight tortillas, I suggest you stick with traditional corn tortillas unless you really need a burrito or wrap.

One overlooked aspect of corn tortillas is how delicious they are as quesadillas. They are also ridiculously easy to make — perfect for snacks or one of those evenings when you just want to eat, not think.

Gluten-Free Quesadilla Options

One night, I was at my local Mexican joint, and wanting something, well, cheesy. Quesadilla cheesy. Since we’ve been going to this place for about twenty years (we are nothing if not loyal customers!), the staff are accustomed to my modifications to their menu.

Mostly, this means taking the tomatoes out of whatever dish I choose. I’m not much of a raw tomato person. This time, however, I went for the big substitution: corn tortillas instead of flour tortillas in a quesadilla.

My server didn’t even blink. And, I kid you not, that was the best quesadilla I’d had in years. Even my own weren’t that tasty. Well, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but indulge me. I had a quesadilla in a restaurant. Continue reading “Gluten-Free Quesadilla Options”

Nachos

Nachos are the ultimate party food (and, sometimes, main course). They’re great for those parties where sitting around and munching is an essential part of the gathering. As with so many dishes, Nachos are a flexible food: other than a base of tortilla chips and a good amount of gooey cheese, what you put on your dish is your business.

A note about nachos: they can made vegetarian or with your favorite type of meat.

If you wish to make your own guacamole, find the recipe here.