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Product Review: Amy’s Tamale Verde (Cheese) – gluten free/ organic ingredients

Posted on | December 30, 2008 | No Comments

This is another quick meal option from Amy’s that I was anxious to try. I don’t know about you, but I have a hard time finding  restaurant prepared Mexican style  foods that I can have.  If I want Mexican, I usually end up making it myself, just to be safe.

Amy’s cheese tamale verde  meal may be found in the frozen foods section of many local grocery stores, and comes with a single cheese tamale and a serving of rice and beans.  I simply popped mine in the microwave and it was ready to eat in a few minutes.

After I removed this from the microwave, I noticed the verde sauce had spread over the rice and beans. I hoped the remainaing sauce was enough for my tamale. I admit, after living in Texas for a few years,and  home to the best Tex Mex I have ever tasted ( pre-Celiac disease days),  I am pretty picky about mexican style dishes.

The tamale actually looked pretty good, even though it was pretty flat and not round and full like the picture on the box. This gluten free tamale had a thick corn masa that was soft, fluffy and mealy. The filling was sparse and again, nothing like the photo on the box.  It consisted of monteray jack cheese, chilis and jalapenos. However, I only tasted a hint of spice, so this product woud be perfectly fine for those with a sensitive pallate.

The verde sauce was quite zesty and flavorful. However, I wish there was more of the sauce, or at least a way to keep the sauce from abandoning my tamale for the rice and beans. Because of this, the tamale was a bit on the bland side.

The spanish style rice and beans was more like rice with a few beans scattered here and there. I actually appreciated this, because I am not a fan of beans. I found the flavor and texture decent- again nothing bad, but nothing to make me say “wow!”

pros: pleasant flavor and texture, not spicy

cons: it’s good, but not great, tamale filling is sparse

Rating: 3 1/2 stars

Please click HERE for nutritional information and ingredients list.

Can’t find this gluten free product in your local grocery store? Visit Wellnessgrocer.com for ordering information.

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