The pros: Trader Joe’s Enchilada Sauce is a staple item in my household and makes for a quick and flavorful meal.
The cons: The directions add extra steps which can be skipped with minimum consequence.
The verdict: Let’s talk about dinner for a second. I used to look forward to dinners as a kid as that is where I spent the most time with my parents on any given night of the week.
They were good cooks too. I’m sure I groused and complained.
Now that I’m an adult and responsible for my own dinners, I find myself less and less picky.
That is not that I don’t like to sit down to a nice meal here and there. For the most part, my husband and I are on drastically different time schedules. The number of times we sit down to dinner in a month can be measured on one hand.
So our dinner routine looks like this: I make something, I go to sleep, I leave for work, he comes home and consumes whatever I’ve left him in the refrigerator.
I know how much he likes something by how much of it is left when I get home. It’s an odd communication system, but it is our reality. If I make Enchiladas, I know I’m not coming home to any.
My parents used to make enchiladas from scratch and it was an all day affair. With this little jar, not so much.
I’ve made these several times. The first time was using the directions, every other time I’ve played around with the directions.
The directions work just fine. I’m just not a fan of adding extra oil. I’ve bypassed this by heating the tortillas a few extra seconds in the microwave to make them more pliable.
Roll them with fillings (chicken, beef, and of course cheese), and add sauce to the top. Microwave them, and you have a pretty darn easy dinner that runs laps around what Trader Joe’s offers in the frozen section with their cheese or chicken enchiladas.
The flavor here is a more smokey than spice, but it has good flavor. If you like yours hot, then mix it in before adding it to the final dish. Or you can cheat like I do and use Trader Joe’s Habanero Lime Tortillas to bring the spice level up a notch.
For $2.49 it is a good pantry item to have on hand and with the right basic ingredients you can have a tastier dinner in less time than it would take for you to heat the frozen ones up. Worth a try if you haven’t gotten to it already.
Here is the visual rundown of what you can expect if you purchase this product.
The bottle of Trader Joe’s Enchilada Sauce:
The nutritional information and the ingredients:
How to prepare:
Would I buy this again? Yes, I would buy Trader Joe’s Enchilada Sauce again. It made for a relatively quick and easy dinner.
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