Taco night and pizza night. They are things that happen in my household with some measure of frequency. Mostly because of the wide appeal of those items. I mean who doesn't love pizza or tacos? Tacos are made to taste too. You put as much or as little as the ingredients as you like on them.
Both make for quick meals to get dinner on the table. Low-effort meals that everyone likes. Meals that allow you to get back to other things you want to do.
When this hit shelves, it went into my cart.
Now, to be fair, taco night is super easy to do at Trader Joe's. There are no shortage of tortilla types, meat and meatless options, guacs, salsa and cheese options.
I figured since the individual options are so good, then this set should be fine.
Well, I made these and my reaction was womp womp.
So let me start with the good. The meat in this is good as long as you can get a quick sear on this. So make sure you don't crowd the pan. A good amount of liquid still came out of mine regardless.
Now, let's go over the not so good. The flour tortillas have no problem holding up the contents of a taco. There really is no need to double up. If they were corn tortillas ok, maybe.
But the ingredient that added the most water was the salsa. Which of all the things they could have put into this, was not my favorite.
This would have been way better off with some pico de gallo. The cheese in this was Monterey Jack cheese. This would have been better with some of Trader Joe's 3 Cheese blend or some Cotija cheese.
And the guac, that was just some packaged guac that is basically identical to other plastic-wrapped guacamole options that are readily available.
Would I buy this again? Trader Joe's Beef Sirloin Taco Kit is a solid no from me. It was easy to have everything in one package, but they didn't improve upon what is already available for taco night on the shelves currently. And for the nearly $10 price tag, the bar was much higher. For just a bit more, you can grab a package of pre-marinated meat (or some soy chorizo) and have a much better outcome.
Did you try it? Let me know what you think in the comments section!
The package of Trader Joe's Beef Sirloin Taco Kit:
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Trader Joe's Beef Sirloin Taco Kit
Product Name: Trader Joe's Beef Sirloin Taco Kit
Product Description: Trader Joe's Beef Sirloin Taco Kit has tortillas, beef, salsa, cheese and a jalapeno for taco night.
Trader Joe's Beef Sirloin Taco Kit is a new addition to the refrigerated aisle.
- It's taco night in a box
- Sirloin was good
- You can do better by picking up a few items in the store individually
- Too many tortilla shells which add up to a lot more calories than necessary
- Salsa was watery
- Jalapeno did not hold up well