You better like cheese if you buy these!
Please note that this review was not paid for or sponsored by any third party. I purchased this product with my own money and the opinions in this review are strictly my own. I am not affiliated with Costco or any of its suppliers. I am just a fan of the company. I write these reviews to help my fellow shoppers.
I like to have Mexican food on Fridays! It’s just something I’ve slowly started to do every Friday and I’m sticking with it. Last time I was at Costco I saw the El Monterey Quesadillas with Charbroiled Chicken & Cheese and wanted to try them for a Friday dinner!
Cheese haters, run away because these are CHEESY. There’s far more melted, gooey cheese than chicken in these Quesadillas. The main flavor you taste when eating these is definitely Monterey Jack cheese. If you love cheese, you’re in luck but I have to say that I found the cheese tasted slightly processed and cheese whizzy to me. There’s a small to moderate amount of chicken in each quesadilla. It’s chunks of cut up chicken breast not not shredded chicken, the meat itself tastes slightly processed but that may be due to the amount of oil used in these quesadillas. There's a slight bit of tomato as well as a smoky flavor. The tortillas themselves are tasty, basically like a standard tortilla. One thing both my husband and I noticed is the ends of the tortilla become quite hard and very crispy when baked, too hard for our liking. The middle portion of the tortilla becomes slightly after baking crisp but is mostly soft. I would enjoy the taste of these more if they had less cheese and more chicken.
I purchased the box of 12 Frozen El Monterey Quesadillas with Charbroiled Chicken & Cheese for $10.99 Canadian on sale. The regular price was listed as $13.99 Canadian. On sale these are less than a dollar per quesadilla. Considering my husband ate almost seven of these for dinner the regular price point is a little pricey for us!
I could see these being quite convenient for busy families! I bet kids would love these. You can choose to microwave the quesadillas or bake them. I always prefer to bake anything when I have the choice! To make the quesadillas, I lined a cookie sheet with parchment paper and preheated my oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. I then cooked them for about 22 minutes, flipping once at the 11 minute mark. I served them with a salad, avocado, sour cream and of course salsa!
So these aren’t the healthiest option but they’re also not that bad if you practice portion control. If you plan to eat a bunch of them you may be looking at a lot of calories, fat and sodium. One quesadilla is 220 calories, 10 grams of fat, 360mg of sodium, one gram of fibre and sugar and 14 grams of protein.
I probably won’t be repurchasing these, they were fun to try but a little too expensive and I found they weren’t substantial or filling enough for the amount of calories and fat in each quesadilla!
Have you tried these? What did you think? What do you like to serve with quesadillas?