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Taco Dinner Kits spotted at Costco
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dairyairy



Joined: 17 May 2012
Location: South Korea

PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2012 1:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've seen avacados in the Costco produce section. They were 4 for 12,000 won.
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atwood



Joined: 26 Dec 2009

PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2012 1:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Seoulman69 wrote:
What about sour cream? Did you see any available at Costco? I quite fancy making some tacos, but would want sour cream and possibly guacamole.

They definitely have avocados, but haven't ever checked for sour cream.

Go here: http://www.bettycrocker.com/Products/Old-El-Paso/ for hundreds of ways to make tacos, with and without ground beef. As for the price, a six-pack of kits is $17.70 at amazon.com

Personally, I've always been a burrito man.
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radcon



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2012 2:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those pre-formed hard taco shells found in "kits" are the lamest and white trashiest way to make tacos imo.
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atwood



Joined: 26 Dec 2009

PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2012 3:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

radcon wrote:
Those pre-formed hard taco shells found in "kits" are the lamest and white trashiest way to make tacos imo.

I agree, but since the OP was so enthusiastic about them, I didn't want to rain on her parade.
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smithy



Joined: 17 Aug 2009

PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2012 4:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Seoulman69 wrote:
What about sour cream? Did you see any available at Costco? I quite fancy making some tacos, but would want sour cream and possibly guacamole.


Yeah, they always have sour cream. You have to buy a bucket of it that no sane person would ever use in time before it goes bad so I usually find somebody to split it with. It is 6000-8000.
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dairyairy



Joined: 17 May 2012
Location: South Korea

PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2012 10:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

atwood wrote:
radcon wrote:
Those pre-formed hard taco shells found in "kits" are the lamest and white trashiest way to make tacos imo.

I agree, but since the OP was so enthusiastic about them, I didn't want to rain on her parade.


We don't all live in Itaewon and can eat at Taco Bell every day. Some of us make tacos at home. How do you make tacos at home in Korea?
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atwood



Joined: 26 Dec 2009

PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2012 3:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

dairyairy wrote:
atwood wrote:
radcon wrote:
Those pre-formed hard taco shells found in "kits" are the lamest and white trashiest way to make tacos imo.

I agree, but since the OP was so enthusiastic about them, I didn't want to rain on her parade.


We don't all live in Itaewon and can eat at Taco Bell every day. Some of us make tacos at home. How do you make tacos at home in Korea?

I don't and I don't go to Taco Bell. Plus, as I stated earlier, I much prefer burritos to tacos.
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adzee1



Joined: 22 Jul 2010

PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2012 9:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

dairyairy wrote:
atwood wrote:
radcon wrote:
Those pre-formed hard taco shells found in "kits" are the lamest and white trashiest way to make tacos imo.

I agree, but since the OP was so enthusiastic about them, I didn't want to rain on her parade.


We don't all live in Itaewon and can eat at Taco Bell every day. Some of us make tacos at home. How do you make tacos at home in Korea?




You should consider yourself lucky you cant go to Taco bell everyday!! I lived in Mexico for 3 years and my wife is Mexican and i cannot really go without decent tacos. The ones I have had in this country have been a bit lame and paying 4000 won for a lettuce taco at Fuzel Navel doesnt really appeal. So here is how I make real tacos....

Go to Emart, Homeplus or any other large supermarket and buy some tortillas, meat, onions, hot chillis and tomatoes.
To make the salsa just put the chilli, tomato, 2 cloves of garlic and a bit of onion in a pan with a decent amount of salt ( no oil ).
Cook until all the ingredients are charred and slightly brown on the outside, blend and then add the toasted salt from the pan to suit your taste.

Then cook some meat, cut it up and put it in the tortilla with the salsa and some finely diced onion and you have a taco which will taste a thousand time better than Taco Bell, and is still quite cheap.

Regarding meat I tend to go for steak or pork but you can use any type of meat. In the past few weeks I bought some lamb from the Asia Mart and used that and i also bought a roast duck from Emart and used that to make duck tacos.
You can obviously add other things too as you please such as cheese, mushrooms, cooked onions, avacado. If you want the harder style shell then you can simply fry the taco on each side for a few minutes once you have put the meat in.
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NYC_Gal 2.0



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2012 10:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I make tacos at home. I order or go to Costco for flour tortillas (they have large and smaller sizes.)

I use spices and make my own blend. You only have to invest once and you're set for a long time. If lazy, I order the mixed packets or buy a couple whenever I'm in Itaewon. I usually just mix my own, though.

Cheese and veggies are available nearly everywhere with supermarkets.

As for the beans, I order or buy dried pinto beans, or, when really lazy, I just use canned Kidney beans.

I usually just buy salsa, but that's because I prefer roasted salsa. I've made it a few times, but it's very time consuming, considering the size of my oven.

Meat's easy, I guess, but I make veggie tacos using refried beans.

Making tacos is extremely easy. I'm glad that you found the kits, but you can make superior stuff at home with not too much extra work.
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adzee1



Joined: 22 Jul 2010

PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2012 10:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

NYC_Gal 2.0 wrote:
I make tacos at home. I order or go to Costco for flour tortillas (they have large and smaller sizes.)

I use spices and make my own blend. You only have to invest once and you're set for a long time. If lazy, I order the mixed packets or buy a couple whenever I'm in Itaewon. I usually just mix my own, though.

Cheese and veggies are available nearly everywhere with supermarkets.

As for the beans, I order or buy dried pinto beans, or, when really lazy, I just use canned Kidney beans.

I usually just buy salsa, but that's because I prefer roasted salsa. I've made it a few times, but it's very time consuming, considering the size of my oven.

Meat's easy, I guess, but I make veggie tacos using refried beans.

Making tacos is extremely easy. I'm glad that you found the kits, but you can make superior stuff at home with not too much extra work.


I agree with most of what you said but you can make a authentic, delicious Mexican style salsa in less than 10 minutes and without any oven at all.

Just stick all the ingredients in a dry pan with salt and cook until slightly burnt and black on the outside. Put in a blender or even better use a mortar & pestle and your away.

You get the same flavour you would get from roasting it and as most people in Mexico dont use or have ovens this is the traditional way of doing it.
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dairyairy



Joined: 17 May 2012
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2012 12:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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If you want the harder style shell then you can simply fry the taco on each side for a few minutes once you have put the meat in


You're talking about quesadillas, not tacos.
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adzee1



Joined: 22 Jul 2010

PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2012 12:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No im not actually.. ever heard of a taco dorado ? or a taco de barbacoa ?

Both have a harder shell which has been fried, a quesadilla has cheese, tacos de barbacoa and tacos dorados do not.

Here is a definition just so you can be sure:

"Tacos dorados (fried tacos, literally, "golden tacos") called flautas ("flute", because of the shape), or taquitos, for which the tortillas are filled with pre-cooked shredded chicken, beef or barbacoa, rolled into an elongated cylinder and deep-fried until crisp."


Thanks !
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byrddogs



Joined: 19 Jun 2009
Location: Shanghai

PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2012 2:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you want a hard shell taco, just do as mentioned before and lightly fry some small flour or corn tortillas and then hang them folded-like on a rack (a toaster oven rack works fine for this) immediately afterwards. Let sit briefly, and voila.

For salsa, yeah, fresh is the way to go. I make mine more pico de gallo style, so no cooking or salt involved. Thank goodness cilantro is plentiful where I am. Very Happy
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NYC_Gal 2.0



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 25, 2012 7:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's good to know about the salsa. Still, we go through so much of it that it makes sense just to buy the stuff from Costco. Embarassed

Also, frozen corn tortillas are available online or in Itaewon. Just fry them, as other posters suggested.

I prefer soft wheat tortillas for tacos, though.
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Flashcard_Queen



Joined: 17 Apr 2012

PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2012 4:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Has anyone else from N.A. found the taco kits from Costco taste/smell different from what they're used to? I have taco seasoning from Canada, which I stocked up on last Christmas. Since I don't have taco shells or tortillas, I usually cook the beef and use it to make nachos.

The taco kits at Costco are manufactured in the UK. My brother picked one up for me recently, and I made some this week. As soon as I added the seasoning, I noticed it didn't smell the same. Honestly, as far as the smell and taste go, it reminded me of curry/Indian food. That might sound odd, but it wasn't at all like the stuff I'm used to.

Chalk this one up to first world problems, but I'm just curious to know if any other Canadians or Americans have noticed the same thing.

Note: the kits from the UK and the seasoning packs I have from Canada are the same brand - Old El Paso.
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