Costco Catarina Chicken Quesadillas Review

Craving Mexican food? I am! The Costco freezer section has a few frozen Mexican products like these Catarina Chicken Quesadillas. These quesadillas are conveniently ready to eat in just 15 minutes. Find out below if these Costco quesadillas satisfy my craving for Mexican!

Costco Catarina Chicken Quesadillas box sitting on a table.
Costco Catarina Chicken Quesadillas.

There are a few Mexican-style foods in the Costco freezer section and I’ve tried a few. These Costco Catarina Chicken Quesadillas have been at my Costco for the last six months at least and I had yet to try them so I picked them up to review.

Other Mexican-style food items I’ve reviewed from Costco are the Costco Rojo’s Street Corn Dip, Costco Rojo’s Black Bean Six Layer Dip, Costco El Monterey Quesadillas With Charbroiled Chicken Breast & Cheese, Costco El Monterey Egg, Sausage, Cheese and Potato Breakfast Wraps, Costco El Monterey Chicken & Cheese Taquitos and the Costco El Monterey Signature Chimichangas.

Location in Store

You can find the quesadillas in the freezer section at Costco, near the other frozen entrees and appetizers. The item number is 2266814.

Taste

I like these quesadillas as an appetizer or quick dinner/lunch. They’re very flavorful, the main flavor I notice is cheese mixed with a bit of tomato and spices. Although these are chicken quesadillas there honestly isn’t too much chicken in each quesadilla. Give me more chicken, please! They are very cheesy though and the cheese is kind of creamy, almost like a cheese combined with sour cream.

Image of two Costco Catarina Chicken Quesadillas cooked and served on a white plate with salsa and sour cream beside the quesadillas.
Ready to eat! I highly recommend the sour cream and salsa on the side.

The tortilla became slightly crispy after being baked in the oven, I bet they’d get really nice and crispy in the air fryer. The tortilla really doesn’t have much flavor but it tastes fine. I think if it had a lot of flavors it would take away from the quesadilla filling.

Closeup image of the inside of a Costco Catarina Chicken Quesadilla showing the filling.
The filling is mostly cheese and tomatoes with some chicken.

I served my quesadillas with sour cream and salsa because that’s what I had in the house but I think they’d also taste amazing with fresh guacamole. These Costco quesadillas aren’t nearly as good as homemade or restaurant-quality quesadillas, they’re okay, nothing special.

Cost

The box with 12 100-gram quesadillas costs $15.99 Canadian at Costco. This isn’t cheap, the quesadillas are pretty small in my opinion and don’t have as much chicken as I’d like.

Image showing two Costco Catarina Chicken Quesadillas in plastic packaging, before cooking.
The quesadillas aren’t very large.

Convenience

The cooking instructions for the quesadillas have a microwave method as well as a conventional oven method. I used the oven method and would not recommend the microwave method if you want your quesadillas to be at all crispy. Even in the oven, they weren’t exactly as crispy as I’d have liked them to be.

Costco Catarina Chicken Quesadillas cooking instructions from box.
Cooking instructions.

As I previously said, if you have an air fryer I would use it to cook these. The quesadillas need to be kept frozen and the best before date is 11 months from the date we purchased the quesadillas.

Image of a recipe for chipotle sour cream to serve with the quesadillas, from the box.
The box has a recipe for chipotle sour cream on it.

I think these make a great appetizer, snack, lunch or light dinner. It would take about three of these to really fill me up, so that’s why I say a light dinner. I love quesadillas with salsa and sour cream on the side as a dip so I would serve them like that. I also think kids would absolutely love these for lunch or after-school snack!

Nutrition

Calories

One quesadilla has 210 calories, six grams of fat, 26 grams of carbohydrates, two grams of fibre, zero grams of sugar, 14 grams of protein and 350 milligrams of sodium. There isn’t a ton of fat or calories if you eat just one quesadilla but as I said previously, I could eat three in one sitting, which still isn’t absolutely horrendous if it were my whole dinner. I like that there are 14 grams of protein in each quesadilla.

Costco Catarina Chicken Quesadillas nutrition facts from box.
Nutrition facts.

Ingredients

A homemade quesadilla would have much fewer ingredients and wouldn’t have any unnecessary ones like added sugar! These are not gluten-free or dairy-free, obviously. I can’t say I love the long ingredients list with things I can barely pronounce and I’m not even sure what they are or what they do. The quesadillas may contain sesame, rye, oat triticale and eggs.

Costco Catarina Chicken Quesadillas ingredients from box.
Ingredients.

Scoring

Taste: 7/10

Cost: 6/10

Convenience: 10/10

Nutrition: 4/10

Overall

Give it a try!

They’re quick and convenient but if you’re a true quesadilla conniseur you’ll be disappointed. Kids I’m sure will enjoy these!

Have you tried these quesadillas? What are your thoughts on them?


Please note that this review was not paid for or sponsored by any third party. This product was purchased by Costcuisine for the purpose of producing this review. The opinions in this review are strictly those of Costcuisine. Costcuisine is not affiliated with Costco or any of its suppliers. In the event that Costcuisine receives compensation for a post from the manufacturer of a product or some other third party, the arrangement will be clearly disclosed (including where the manufacturer of a product provides Costcuisine with a free sample of the product).

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4 thoughts on “Costco Catarina Chicken Quesadillas Review”

  1. I detest these tacos and the quesadillas.
    Not sure if it’s a supply chain issue as to why they don’t carry the El Monterey Quesadillas which were a regular staple. After seeing they weren’t in stock we tried these but these are horrible. It’s Costco, so returned both.

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  2. I was getting the El Monterey brand of quesadillas from Costco for a while. They were quite decent and enjoyable and I’d buy taco sauce to squirt atop them for added taste and convenience. Then finally I went to Costco again and El Monterey was no longer there. They only had this new brand so I decided I’d try this brand. Soggy out of the microwave unlike El Monterey and overall soggy and greasy to boot. Months have passed and still no El Monterey and only these which I’d never buy again.

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  3. These quesadillas are probably the worst we have ever had. The contents are nothing like the picture on the box shows. It consists of ground-up chicken in a pasty sauce. There was maybe two recognizable chicken chunks in three quesadillas. Would not buy again.

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