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Jun 26, 2020

Review: Frontera - Al Pastor Taco Bowl

Frontera's Al Pastor Taco Bowl features "seared, braised pork with New Mexico chile sauce, peppers, grain blend, and pineapple.

A 10.75-oz bowl was $2.99 on sale.

The pork was relatively plentiful in comparison to the other ingredients, It was both tender and flavorful with some seasoning and sweetness.

The sauce was thin with a nice, savory depth with a bit of tang, a little sweetness, and just a touch of heat. There was a bit too much sauce as it left the other components of the bowl perched on a shallow pool.

The grain blend is a combination of brown rice, white rice, red rice, and amaranth. It seemed to be parboiled, which is the norm for frozen food meals in my experience. The result is a firmer, non-sticky grain. Flavor-wise, I didn't pick up on flavor differences in the rice but it may have been covered up by the sauce.

The peppers were soft and a little mushy. The pineapple was stewed through since it's cooked with everything else. Fresh pineapple would add a more fresh, vibrant flavor but I don't think it can be helped.

Taken altogether, Frontera's Al Pastor Taco Bowl would have gone really well over some corn tortillas to make some tacos as there was a lot of flavor and texture here. While, it's still tasty as is, the small portion of rice felt underwhelming against the sauce, pork, and bell peppers, and pineapple.

Nutritional Info - Frontera Al Pastor Taco Bowl (304g)
Calories - 300 (from Fat - 90)
Fat - 10g (Saturated Fat - 3.5g)
Sodium - 650mg
Carbs - 35g (Sugar - 10g)
Protein - 16g