Trader Joe’s Vegan Enchilada Casserole Reviews
Product description: red chile sauce, seasoned pinto beans, and roasted vegetables layered between corn tortillas and topped with plant-based mozzarella and cheddar style cheese shreds. Just heat and serve.
Ingredients: red chile sauce (water, chile puree [water, chile pepper, lemon juice], tomato paste, apple cider vinegar, cornstarch, olive oil, cumin powder, sea salt, dehydrated onion, dehydrated garlic), seasoned pinto beans (cooked pinto beans [pinto beans, water, salt, calcium chloride], water, olive oil, chile puree [water, chile pepper, lemon juice], apple cider vinegar, cumin powder, sea salt, dehydrated onion, dehydrated garlic, cayenne pepper), roasted vegetable filling (sweet potato, onion, zucchini, poblano pepper, red bell pepper, olive oil), corn tortillas (corn flour [corn, trace of lime], water, citric acid, cellulose gum), shredded mozzarella and cheddar style cheese alternative (water, tapioca starch, coconut oil, canola oil, cornstarch, contains less than 2 % of natural flavors, tricalcium phosphate, sea salt, sodium citrate, cultured dextrose, citric acid, xanthan gum, modified cornstarch, paprika oleoresin [for color], sunflower oil or canola oil, rosemary extract).
Nutrition Facts: 260 calories per serving; 640 calories per package (2.5 servings/package).
Heating instructions (conventional oven): Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove outer sleeve. Lift one corner of film and place tray on baking sheet on center rack of oven. Do not place tray directly on oven rack. Heat for 25 minutes or until heated thoroughly.
Heating instructions (microwave): Microwave heat times may very depending on oven wattage. For 1200 watt: remove outer sleeve. Lift one corner of film. Heat on high for 3 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes before serving.
This is pretty good! It doesn’t taste vegan at all; the cheese is a good texture and taste (unlike some dairy-free cheeses). I don’t really love enchiladas in general, but I enjoyed this one more than most. Good combination of flavors, textures, and ingredients. I thought that I would probably finish it in one serving despite the box claiming to be multiple servings, but it was very filling and I couldn’t finish it all at once.
Martha Pottmeyer –
there were no expiration dates on the plastic box or cardboard envelope this came in. I traveled 80 miles to a Trader Joe’s to get some good things to eat. I had it in the fridge for a week and a half. Do I eat it? No idea how long it has been in the refridg. section. What a waste of money, time and gas.
Pretty darn great.
So good! Not too high in calories. Will be a new go-to.
Denise Komornik –
I’m not a vegan and love enchiladas in red sauce. This vegan enchilada casserole, which had an expiration date sticker by the way, was so delicious. The dairy-free cheeses had a good taste and texture.
Val Tomsic –
VERY nice! I added black beans, chopped fresh cilantro and some hot sauce.
Linda Brittain –
We did not enjoy this product. Very mushy and bland. It needs to be doctored up with something – corn, vegan sour cream, something. We won’t buy again. I do recommend the TJ Enchilada sauce which is 5 star delicious.
Not yummy. Bad example of vegan food. Definitely nothing like real Mexican food. Disappointed since I usually like TJ’s stuff. Hope it’s discontinued.
Pamela W –
As a true Mexican food fan, I found this to be more interestingly tasty than other convenience items. Added more cheese on top and baked in oven. 2 filling portions and will buy again.
Megan R. –
I love this dish!! It is perfect for those nights you need something fast and it includes a lot of nutrition. The real bonus is it tastes great!
It’s not worth it. Cook a meal yourself instead.
Nicholas Ianello –
Where is the less than one star button?? Disgusting, tasteless, bland. Had hospital food better than this last week. Put more than half back in the tray and looking around the fridge. If I had a dog. Wouldn’t even give it to him.
Love it. Very satisfying, hearty and tasty.
Pretty good. Please don’t discontinue. Tasty.
Vicki Mercy –
Extremely bland and flavorless. Needs everything salsa, corn, hot sauce, vegan sour cream, salt, pepper, taco seasoning, onions…..everything. Will not buy again. Just find a good vegan recipe and make it yourself.
Mary Waite –
I bought this on the spur of the moment. It really tastes great! People complaining must really like spicy food. I will buy it again.
NYC Vegan –
Pretty tasty. I’m not super excited about it because it’s over $5, but it tastes authentic and the vegan cheese is good. Plus it’s so easy! And filling!
Remember to read the instructions carefully. You peel off a corner of the top before baking. I assumed that the whole top came off because it looked like plastic. But I had so much trouble removing it that I re-read the directions and discovered that most of the top stays on. Since I had already removed all of the plastic top, I simply applied some aluminum foil and bent a corner back, and that worked fine.
Two of us couldn’t finish the one carton. We had other stuff with dinner, but this was our main. So it’s filling and tasty!