The Costco Southwest Wrap with Rotisserie Chicken is, in my opinion, a massive fail that I hope gets removed from the deli counter on a permanent basis.
The sooner this Southwest wrap leaves Costco the better.
I dislike the Southwest wrap for the following reasons:
- Awful Taste
- High Price
- Skimpy Portions
- Massive Calories, Fat and Sodium Content
Keep reading if you are even slightly considering purchasing this monstrosity.
The Southwest wrap looks amazing with its burnt red tortilla and overflowing veggies.
Unfortunately the flavor of the wrap is dominated by the overwhelming flavor of raw red onions. You get lots of corn, black beans, baby spinach and bell peppers in the wrap, all coated in a creamy sauce, but just about all I could taste was the sharpness of the raw red onions.
If you are a fan of raw onions then you will LOVE this wrap.
The wrap does come with a creamy dipping sauce which has a pleasant amount of spicy kick on the back end.
I think the dipping sauce is the absolute best thing about this wrap. I ended up eating a portion of one wrap, threw the rest away, and kept the dipping sauce to use for dunking some chicken nuggets.
Skimpy on the Chicken
Another aspect of the wrap that disappointed was that the amount of rotisserie chicken was dismal. I opened up a couple of the wraps for an autopsy and I was able to spot a ton of veggies but had to hunt to find any chicken.
Maybe I just got a non-representative tray of wraps but the minimal amount of chicken was absurd.
If anyone from Costco is reading this then I actually have a helpful suggestion. Just skip the chicken and replace it with rice or quinoa and have yourself a legitimate Southwest Vegetarian Wrap. I suspect your vegetarian customers would love to have this as a meal option.
Calories and Nutrition
Costco says that a half wrap (one of four in the tray) is a single serving and has the following calories and nutritional information:
- Calories: 620
- Fat: 35g
- Cholesterol: 100mg
- Sodium: 1560mg
- Carbohydrates: 50g
- Protein: 27g
This wrap is LOADED with calories, fat, cholesterol and sodium. If you are looking for a healthy lunch option then give these things a pass.
To be fair, the nutritional information (which is posted on the placard where you order party platters) assumes you are using all of the rich dipping sauce. There is no way to determine the fat/calories of the sauce separate from the wraps.
You get four half wraps and a container of dipping sauce per tray. The tray has a unit price of $6.99 per pound and, with a weight of around 2.25 pound, will cost you about $16 per tray.
This means that a single half wrap will cost you about $4 and I can’t get my head around how this is possibly a value.
Seriously, you could buy yourself:
- A rotisserie chicken for $4.99
- Some burrito sized tortillas for $3.99
- A can of corn for $1.25
- A can of black beans for $1.25
- A jar of Southwest Seasoned Mayo for $3.99
Then you could make at least three times as many wraps for the exact same cost as what Costco is charging for these.
I don’t mind paying extra for the convenience of someone else preparing a meal for me but the amount of markup on this item is hard to justify.
I really hope the Southwest Wrap leaves the store soon and our beloved Asian Wrap with Rotisserie Chicken returns in its place.
The only redeeming feature of this wrap is that it looks amazing. So, when you are at Costco, swing by the deli section, take a look to enjoy the view, and then keep on walking.