Reynaldo’s Jumbo Burrito: Beef & Bean and Beef & Potato

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I’m a red-blooded American who enjoys red meat, adopting the best parts of cultures I’ve conquered and the convenience of a 90-second meal. There is no way I couldn’t have a beefy burrito day on this blog. And boy am I glad I did!

Microwavable burritos. I thought they were an urban legend propagated by Pauly Shore movies. But, similar to those backwards, small-town folk who hoot and holler about UFO abductions, I have been there and back, my friends. It wasn’t half bad and I’m convinced either these munchies are more benign than expected, or I possess a stomach of steel.

The gas station is a sight for sore eyes today. With no healthy lunch packed, this is the perfect day to sample some heartier offerings. After a direct beeline to the frozen burrito section, my eyes can’t focus on the bold and colorful meals. I opt for both of Reynaldo’s beef varieties and make my way toward the microwave.

“That’s my favorite of the burritos,” new employee (hmm… I will call her Belinda!) Belinda said, pointing at the Beef & Bean. “I’ve tried the beef and potato, too, from a different brand; and that was was also really good.”

“Well I’m about to put both of them to the test,” I retort.

“OK, you just looked like you were having trouble making up your mind,” Belinda kindly responds.

This is what I get for gazing at the gas station fare for minutes on end, touching things and reading labels carefully. In fact, thanks to my penchant for close reading, I found out these hand-made burritos need to have their packaging punctured before being microwaved for 60 to 90 seconds. Puncture? What the hell with?

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Look! Boy-girl twinsies!

I have to return to my office to scissor-slice these bad boys before microwaving. This just made the whole excursion seem like an adventure and like I was actually cooking something.

Beef & Bean

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Dios mio!

The first bite is definitely beany. I rarely get burritos with beef inside, so the flavor is a bit of a shock for me. But the filling is flavorful and somehow sweet. I could’ve eaten the whole thing.

Beef & Potato
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The scissors definitely came in handy.

I don’t really get the full impact right away. A few bites into it, I can’t believe how much I like the potato texture – it’s not too soft and takes burrito enjoyment to a new level. It’s a little greasier than the bean variety. The Beef & Potato also has more than twice the sodium of the Beef & Bean. Please hydrate plenty with both.

Beef & Bean Nutrition Info (per bag)

Calories 660
Total Fat 29g, 45% DV
Sodium 710mg, 30% DV

Beef & Potato Nutrition Info (per bag)

Calories 630
Total Fat 28g, 44 DV
Sodium 1,580mg, 66% DV

*These calculations are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, which is indulgent and wholly unrealistic.


6 comments on “Reynaldo’s Jumbo Burrito: Beef & Bean and Beef & Potato

  1. Senor Reynaldo also makes a fine cup of rice pudding, as I recall.

  2. I thought of your blog this past weekend when I went car camping with my husband. We pretty much had to buy the “best offering” from gas stations / small grocery stores. I kept thinking, what would GSG say about this? heehee! The places we went to had some pretty gourmet frozen burritos, but I was NOT sure how to cook them on a campfire. 😦 The sodium content in those things are obscene! Thanks for doing what you do!

    • Thanks, Bamboogirl! So great to know I’m making a difference … even if it’s in the frozen foods section of the gas station. Hope you had a great camping trip, filled with Ruffles, Oreos and other non-perishables 😀

      • Hee hee! Do you think they should be renamed “never-perishables”? Have you ever tried creating those taco-in-a-bag with gas station cuisine? I think you’d be the best person to figure that out… 🙂

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