The pros: Trader Joe's Chile Relleno makes for a tasty meal. It's located in the freezer section. It's loaded with melted cheese once prepared. High in Vitamin C.
The cons: Still not as good as your local Mexican Restaurant, but probably as good as your are going to get in the freezer aisle. High in both sodium and saturated fat.
The verdict: For $2.99, I found this dish strangely addicting. It's absolutely tastier that any of the enchiladas available in the freezer section, but not as tasty as Trader Joe’s Shrimp Tacos. It's cheesy and most importantly well done for a frozen entree.
Now, anything that comes out of the microwave will never compete with your local restaurant, but as a quick and easy entree it is worth a try.
Here is the quick visual rundown before I give you my final thoughts on this product:
The box of Trader Joe's Chile Relleno:
The nutritional information:
How to prepare:
Out of the package you get this:
After being cooked in the microwave you get something that looks like this:
Would I buy this again? Yes, and I have since trying it for the first time. There is something magical about melted cheese that keeps drawing me to this dish. The salsa is good but not very spicy. There was the smallest bit of crunch on this, but much of it was lost to the sauce here.
Traditional chile relleno is usually a deep fried pepper. This had only the mildest sense of being fried here. Overall it made for a tasty and quick lunch. Trader Joe's Chile Relleno is worth a try at least once if you haven't gotten to it already.
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