Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Bremer Selects Steak Fajita Skillet Meal (Aldi)

Also available in chicken.
There is nothing like a good fajita.  The simple blend of meats, peppers and onions, paired with some sour cream…oh man, there‘s nothing quite like it.  It’s definitely my favorite Mexican offering, but now, the more I think about it, it may just crack the top 10 overall.  So you can imagine the saliva that was dripping from my mouth as I stumbled upon the Bremer Select Steak Fajita meal at Aldi.

You can also imagine the reservations I had.  After all, I had just discovered a restaurant not five minutes from my work offered shrimp fajitas during lunch for under $6.  I realized there was no way that a frozen dish was going to come close to compare, but I had to give it a shot.  After all, while the restaurant is close to my work, it’s twenty minutes away from my home, so not something worth going out of the way for.  So I bought it, in the hopes that it could fill the empty void of a cheap fajita dinner for a low price, without having to travel all the way across town.

First things first, as the title implies, this is a “meal”, so everything you need comes right in the package.  Included is the steak, the onion and pepper mix, as well as six tortillas…basically everything but sour cream and any other Mexican condiment you might crave.  While I didn’t prepare it, that‘s what I married my wife for, it didn’t take long at all to prepare.  From the opening of the package to the completion of the cooking, it couldn’t have been longer than ten minutes.  So that definitely starts it off on the right foot.  But how would it fare in the most important department of all?

There are two things I noticed right off the bat:  The smell is perfectly reminiscent of those great restaurant fajitas, and the peppers are chopped very finely.  The aroma consists strongly of peppers, but it also smells very sweet.  It definitely smells delicious and, for me at least, got the mouth watering immediately.  As for the peppers, that was merely an observation.  Obviously, to have large vegetable pieces would more than double the cooking time, and no doubt raise the price.

Now onto the taste trials.  It should be noted that I added some sour cream to the finished product, given my theory that no fajita is complete without it!  I slowly raise the stuffed tortilla towards my face, close my eyes, and dive right in.  Immediately, my taste buds are blasted by a very sweet taste, and even though the scent suggested it would be, I was caught relatively off guard.  It’s not so sweet that it’s off-putting; quite the contrary.  It’s just about perfect.  I’ve never had a fajita that’s tasted quite like this.  I would even go so far as to say that it‘s one of the best ones I‘ve ever tasted.  No kidding.

And it somehow seems to get better with very bite.  The sour cream acts as the perfect compliment to the mix of peppers and onions.  I also like the rather small bits of meat…one of my least favorite things about the fajita is the fact the meat chunks are usually so large, that they take forever to chew.  These are the perfect size, and for the price, there’s a relatively good amount of meat in there.  And while the meat itself is rather bland on its own, it feels right at home mixed with tortilla, sour cream, and the sweet veggies.  The tortilla, which I was afraid would be overly dry, is actually pretty moist.  Of course, they’re relatively small, but that should be expected from a kit that offers everything.

The kit ended up making six decent-sized fajitas.  Obviously, there’s not going to be enough to cram each tortilla full of meat and veggies, but you can actually put a good amount in each one.  And I suppose it’s a good thing you can’t put a whole lot in there, as the tortillas are very prone to breaking.  After my first bite, the bottom of the tortilla ripped, and almost sent its contents falling all over my plate.  That might be something to be mindful of.  But that is just a minor quip for something that, at least in the world of frozen food, is almost flawless.  It’s quick to prepare, inexpensive, offers a good amount (it could easily feed two adults, and could probably stretch out across more people if kids are involved), and most importantly of all, has a ridiculously good flavor that I couldn’t possibly have expected to come out of the bag.

Overall: 10/10. Just about the perfect fajita, yet it comes inside a bag!  This kit gets perfect marks for its quick preparation, good quantity, and its flawlessly sweet flavor that still makes my mouth water just thinking about it.  The meat is a little bland on its own, and the tortilla is prone to easy breakage, but these are just minor quips.  The only other downside is that these are a special buy at most Aldi stores, so once they’re gone, they’re gone.  Go out there and get ‘em while you still can!  At $4.99 (for most markets), these are well worth every penny…and then some.

11 comments:

  1. dude, if youre so lazy that your wife has to prepare a frozen meal for you, and she actually does it without tellin you to stop bein a douche and do it yourself, then i feel sorry for your wife, cuz her husband is lazy and shes probably an idiot...sounds like youre both sending civilization back a few years, wow, just...wow, aldi is an awesome store though

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    1. She likes cooking, so it's not a problem around here. At least we agree on Aldi, though.

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    2. FLONKthis, I am not sure why a fajita review warrants such an overly nasty reaction but I believe it is YOU who is a sad douche/ idiot.

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    3. Thanks, MantleTen. I was wondering exactly what the big deal was myself. I didn't know a fajita review needed a "trigger warning" at the beginning.

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    4. I agree with other reviews that this has very tough pieces of some type of meat....it was in a clump and I tried to cut it apart, but could not....it was all tendon or something....my husband, who is not a picky eater, said these were the worst fajitas he had ever had!!!! Do Not Buy!!!!

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  2. Don't waste your money! This had exactly 11 tiny pieces of "steak" (tough tiny pieces of something that vaguely looked like meat...but didn't taste that way), lots of peppers, spices, a few onions, and four tiny soft taco's. Paul should be ashamed of him self! Worst of this brand so far!

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    1. In retrospect, a 10 might be a little strong, but the peppers and onions are very good, and I thought the meat tasted like steak. Throw on some sour cream and these things are an excellent, quick meal. The fact they only come with a few tortillas isn't a big deal, considering those can be had for cheap. Wouldn't hesitate to get these things again in a heartbeat.

      Also, I have no idea who Paul is.

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  3. This is the worst fajita meal I have ever had.....I agree w/ Anonymous form 2014 who said there were pieces of some type of meat that were very tough....I tried to separate the frozen pieces, but could not....they were actually pieces of tendon, I think. Even my husband who is not a picky eater refused to ever eat these again.

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    1. See, I haven't had that meat problem, but I guess getting weird pieces is always a risk with frozen corporate meats. I mean, when animals are butchered in a factory setting by the hundreds, there's probably no way for the companies to guarantee only "quality" cuts. But I guess I've just been fortunate.

      Even casting aside the meat pieces, the vegetables have a nice crunch and a delicious sweetness to them, at least in my opinion. With some sour cream tossed in the mix, it's a decent meal, especially for $5. I'd even be down if they removed the meats (they also have a chicken, which I've gotten more often lately) entirely and just offered a few more veggies in the mix.

      In retrospect, the ten rating IS a bit on the extreme side, so I may have to revisit this review soon. And they are available now...

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  4. Hi yall, just wanted to say that this is by far, the worst so-called "steak" fajita, that I've ever had in my entire 41 years of life! OP, I'm forced to assume that you were just extremely hungry when you had yours.

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    1. I definitely was, but I still dig 'em. As I've said in a previous comment, the 10/10 rating is definitely WAY overrated, to the point a re-review is in order one of these days, but I still think they're good for the price.

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