As a college student, I am ashamed to admit that I don’t eat as healthily as I should. I know that I need lots of fruits, vegetables, and protein in my diet but between class, work, and other commitments, I find that I rarely have a spare hour in the kitchen to whip up a balanced meal.
I turn more often than not to frozen, canned, or packaged meals to get me through my jam-packed schedule, so I try to find options that use real food and still taste good. On a recent grocery trip through my local Safeway, I spotted Frontera’s new frozen taco bowls. The company is already one I trust from their line of delicious chips, salsas, and their gluten-free friendly restaurant in Disney Springs so I couldn’t wait to see if these frozen creations could deliver the quality I have come to expect from this brand.
The first bowl I tried was Frontera’s tinga taco bowl, which features grilled chicken and fire roasted vegetables (peppers, tomatoes, red onions) atop a rice-grain blend. I loved the flavorful tinga sauce that lends the bowl its name, because it had notes of smokiness with the rich flavor of tomatoes and chiles. The chicken was generously portioned (especially for a frozen meal), and the a stir of the bowl’s ingredients perfectly blended the flavors of the rice, protein, and vegetables.
My favorite of the two was the veggie taco bowl, which featured white kidney beans, vegetables (squash, corn, caramelized onions, peppers) in a zippy tomatillo sauce. It figures as such because I am a huge fan of Frontera’s tomatillo sauce! This bowl cooked up perfectly and each component had spot-on flavor. Beyond the sauce, the caramelized onions stole the show in the ingredients department, but the kidney beans proved to be a filling, satisfying plant-based protein that could hold it’s own. It’s rare that I find meat-free options that excite me so I am so glad Frontera’s veggie taco bowl is a delicious new option in the freezer aisle!
After tasting both taco bowls, I was incredulous that the delicious flavors of each shone through despite being a microwave meal. While they are no substitute for the authentic Mexican eateries near me, I give them top marks for convenience and enabling me to eat real food when in a pinch. They are a perfect serving for lunch or dinner, and need only a minutes to spring to life.
Disclaimer: This review is current to the original publication date. Updates will be noted. Ingredients and manufacturing processes can change without notice. Each product should be reviewed for individual nutritional needs. Feel free to to contact me with any questions or comments. I purchased the above products independently and I was not compensated from my review.