The pros: Tasty, good flavor, very tender meat off of high heat. Be sure to cut Trader Joe's Carne Asada across the grain for the most tender texture.
The cons: Cooking directions could be elaborated a bit and should be easier to see. There is a distinct acidic taste to the meat which not everyone will find pleasing. Also if you have someone in your household who does not like cilantro, this is not a good product to try.
The verdict: For $8.49 per pound (mine came out to $14.09) you aren't getting a log of meat, which you might expect when you look at the packaging here. What you actually get is a bunch of thinly sliced sirloin steaks that will grill up relatively quickly. They were well seasoned and marinated, so if you don't have that type of time to prepare, then this is something good to reach for so as long as you don't mine an acidic tasting meat or the flavor of cilantro.
Here is the visual rundown of what you can expect if you purchase this item.
The bag of Trader Joe's Carne Asada in the refrigerated aisle:
The nutritional information:
The ingredients and how to prepare:
Out of the package you get:
It's 20F out. I'm not grilling it. I'll do the next best thing:
After being cooked you get (sorry I won't cook my beef to 160F, that's too well done for my liking):
Would I buy this again? For me Trader Joe's Carne Asada is only a maybe. It was very tasty right off of the pan. When it cooled down, I too cooled down on liking it. Served cold on a salad I found myself avoiding some of the meat. The acidity here grew when it cooled down. If you are serving a bunch of people right away (who embrace the flavor of lime and cilantro), this is a good choice to reach for. If you are cooking for one or two, do yourself the favor and break down the package into separate bags and only prepare what you need. Fresh off the grill is best on this one.
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