Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Trader Joe's Shrimp Soft Tacos
there's a whole thing about taco trucks when they start talking these tacos. Blah. That may be a way to entice a lot of potential eaters, but not me...but then again. it's a shrimp taco, so twist my arm.
I'm not going to say these are the best shrimp tacos ever, because they aren't. Far from it. But, I will say these are the best microwavable shrimp tacos that cost less than $1.25 each I've ever had. A three pack cost only $3.69, so keep that in mind with all I am about to say.
Though the taco filling looks nothing like what's depicted on the package, it's still plenty flavorful. There's a spicy heat radiating on nearly every bite, much more than anticipated - there's some potent jalapenos lurking in that salsa verde. Lots of black pepper bite, too. I wish a little more lime flavor were present to cut through the heat some - lime juice is listed as an ingredient - but something like a little lime basil would be killer on these tacos. Once done nuking, the soft 'n mild cotija cheese is kinda indistinguishable from everything else, which isn't necessarily a bad thing.
As for the corn tortillas...meh. Listen, they do the job. Each taco is actually double-tortilla'd, which is probably the right call - if left with just one, it'd be too soggy and potentially messy. That being said, for a corn tortilla, they're not awful, but not particularly memorable either. I'm spoiled by the handmade ones from two trips to the mountainsides of Mexico, and it's an unfair comparision, but one I hold every other corn tortilla to. I would have preferred flour ones.
Really, not too many complaints. The tacos could really use some vegetation if you have some on hand, just to freshen them up a little bit. Some lettuce or tomatoes or avocado would be a welcome addition if I had any one hand. A little dollop of sour cream would be nice, too, especially to help dampen the spice. Both Sandy and I could totally justify picking up the shrimp soft tacos again, and, heck, probably will for a quick, easy, and somewhat different lunch. No food truck required.
Bottom line: Trader Joe's Shrimp Soft Tacos: 8 out of 10 Golden Spoons.
Frozen?? I can't see this holding up at all... These would probably sells better if they were in the refrigerated section... All I can think of is 'soggy mush'... Their little chicken tacos are just ok- maybe its the size... even then, the tortilla and filling is pretty congealed.ReplyDelete
I won't be purchasing these again - they looked great - the price was right, but ^^ above commenter (without even trying them:) nailed it. Congealed mush. I would stay away from these ones, gang. They were gross. And I love tacos.ReplyDelete
Hrmm, not my experience. Eh well. More for me! :)Delete
I somewhat agree with Unknown. They weren't great or very memorable. I had them 2 N'd - nuked & naked (nothing added). They really do require some dressing up. I suggest some chopped tomatoes/onions/cilantro (Pico), guacamole & some hot sauce. Some Cojita chz would also be good.Delete
I've been eyeing them for weeks, probably give them a try this weekende.ReplyDelete
I love food trucks and have had some GREAT snacks from them!ReplyDelete
They were terrible! Threw them in the trash!ReplyDelete
I tried them tonight I didn't realize it was a new item. They literally look nothing like what's on the front of the box. Not even remotely similar. The taste was OK but I won't get them again.ReplyDelete
Pop them in the oven instead of microwaves for a way better experience! i absolutely loved mine and will purchase more.ReplyDelete
Suji, how long did you put them in the oven for?Delete
They were okay, I cooked the 4 mins in micro then saw at full power that should have been 2-2:30. So my shells got overly hard except where filling touched. The filled part was good but spicier than expected & I can see where a little dressing up would improve or cut that. I could see where it was more restaurant style than typical freezer fare. Now, I'm a really mild spice eater so I sacrificed 3rd taco to my teenager- if it's not dressed in spice, he's not eating it. He found them bland & said he wouldn't bother dressing up bc you can't put hot sauce on cardboard & expect a flavor beyond hot sauce on cardboard. So maybe the conflicting comments come in that for us mild spice eaters- these are on the line of heat we draw. For those spice lovers- these are weak & forgotten quickly.ReplyDelete
Yuck. Ate one and the rest went in the trash. Mushy, green and wayyyyy too salty.ReplyDelete
I cannot believe the reviews on these! I had one bite and they were so vile I had to dump the entire thing in the trash.ReplyDelete
I was so disappointed with these. I love shrimp and the idea of having shrimp soft tacos easily out of the freezer sounded great. Unfortunately, I thought they were not good. Microwaving left the little bits of shrimp rubbery and the rest was mushy. The tortilla was the typical ick of frozen corn tortillas. I really wish I had liked them.ReplyDelete
I was excited about these. Shrimp and tacos - two of my favorite things! I, too, threw them out - the shrimp were SO fishy, they made the entire house stink.ReplyDelete
I liked 'em well enough, given the price range. Too bad they appear to now be discontinued. :-(ReplyDelete