What I found at ... is a series that tests and vets intriguing store-bought foodie finds. It’s the mainland and global parallel to KaSnack attack!, our series reviewing made-in-Hawaii snacks.
What: 505 Southwestern Street Tacos
Where: Refrigerated section at Costco
Cost: $8.89 for a pack of 20 tacos
Q: Are these frozen street tacos anything like SoCal street tacos?
Who can resist a yummy street taco? Years of living in Los Angeles and San Diego have ruined me for tacos, because nothing beats those little $1 saucers of handheld savory goodness. After every hit of Instagram on #tacotuesday, I am left craving soft double-corn tortillas filled with grilled meats and bright, luscious salsa. So I did a double-take when I saw Costco now carries something I fantasize about weekly.
And at $8.89 for 20 tacos, these frozen street tacos are half the price of LA street tacos! But tasting is the test.
The box describes them as soft corn tortillas filled with pork carnitas and tomatillo salsa. Sounds droolworthy, right? I opened the box to find 2 clear plastic packages of 10 tacos each. Instructions say to put 4 tacos (2 servings) into the microwave for 1 minute 45 seconds to 2 minutes. I put in 4 tacos for 2 minutes, and another 2 tacos for 1 minute.
You know what I discovered? It doesn’t matter how long you put them in the micro, the tortillas taste awful. Saggy, droopy, broken pieces of frozen tortilla to haunt your nightmares.
The filling tasted better. It doesn’t quite look like carnitas, but it’s not bad. There is some spice and flavor and a reminiscence of lime, like there once was a lime somewhere nearby, but a while ago. I did not taste any tomatillo sauce but perhaps that spice and lime were the ghostly presence of tomatillo sauce once upon a time.
I tried to help these by pan-frying them, but the weak tortillas crumbled like they knew street tacos ought to be double-layered! Grainy, mushy, hard and just not right, these tacos are a big figurative and literal flop.
A: No way, Jose!
What a disappointment. Even at the incredibly low price of 44 cents per taco, I’d still pass on these sad tacos.
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