Costco Chicken Street Taco Kit - Pros & Cons + Taste Tips

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Costco Street Taco Kit Review
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Product Name: Kirkland Signature Chicken Street Taco Kit

Product Description:
Price: ~$15-$17
Quantity: 3 Pounds
Location Within Costco: Prepared Food - Deli Area
Price Per Pound: $5.49/Pound

Summary

The chicken street taco kit from Costco was better than I thought! The ingredients aren’t necessarily the most authentic, but the tacos are flavorful and the meal is enjoyable.

The portion sizes were small, and realistically, it’s more for 8-10 tacos than 12.

Overall, Costco’s street taco kit is fun and great for a build your own taco night.

Overall
7.6/10
7.6/10
  • Value - 7/10
    7/10
  • Convenience - 9/10
    9/10
  • Taste - 7/10
    7/10
  • Nutrition - 8/10
    8/10
  • CFDB Score - 7/10
    7/10

Pros

  • Good tasting chicken
  • Healthy
  • Cilantro Lime Crema and salsa is a great combo

Cons

  • Not authentic
  • Thick tortilla
  • Small portion sizes

Table of Contents

Chicken Taco Kit at Costco

Costco sells their 12 count Chicken Street Taco Kit for $5.49 a pound. This taco kit can be found in the prepared meals section of the deli area and will often be near other items such as the beef bulgogituna poke, and garlic chicken drumsticks

Each taco kit contains approximately 2.75-3 pounds of total food and includes 

  • 12 tortillas
  • marinated and cooked chicken
  • coleslaw
  • shredded cheese
  • salsa
  • cilantro lime crema
  • lime wedges

This kit has everything you would need for a simple heat and eat taco night.

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How Authentic are Costco's street tacos?

Unfortunately, the chicken street tacos don’t do too well on the authenticity test. This is definitely Costco’s version of a Mexican street taco.

The Tortilla is Too Thick

The provided tortilla in the taco kit is more of a traditional tortilla and not really a street taco tortilla. Street Taco tortillas are typically smaller, made with corn, and can be doubled up. These Costco tortillas are thicker and made with flour. 

The chicken is fine, will do well in this taco. I also have no problem with the shredded cheese which appears to be from Costco’s Mexican style blend shredded cheese which can be found in the frozen food aisles.

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Say No to Coleslaw

The big authenticity killer is going to be the coleslaw. Street tacos do not have coleslaw as a topping, and coleslaw is usually found in baja style fish tacos. 

Typically, a street taco will consist of meat and topped with onions, cilantro, and salsa. 

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The salsa that is included in the kit seems to be Kirkland Signature Salsa. It’s a little bit thick for a street taco, but the major drawback is that it is lacking in heat.

The cilantro lime crema is also rarely found in street tacos. 

Source: Mexican Wife

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Costco Cost Comparison - Street Taco Kit

How much is the taco kit at Costco?

The Chicken Street Taco at Costco costs $5.49 a pound and in total will cost approximately $15-$17 depending on the exact size of the taco kit you select. 

The taco kit price is too damn high, but upon further considerations it seems to be only slightly too damn high.

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Are The Tacos Fairly Priced?

When looking at it at the price of $5.49 per pound, it seems expensive. The chicken, even cooked and marinated, should cost $5 or $6 per pound max, while everything else including the cheese, tortilla, salsas, and coleslaw should only cost $1-$3 per pound, depending on the item.

When looking at it on a per taco basis, it seems pretty fairly priced. There are 12 tortillas and allegedly enough meat and toppings for 12 tacos which breaks down to a price of $1.33 a taco. Finding tacos for less than $1.50 is pretty rare nowadays.

Costco vs Sam's Club

Sam’s Club does sell their own near-identical 3 pound chicken taco kit for $4.98 a pound. Sam’s Club’s kit includes 12 tortillas, cheese, coleslaw, chicken, cilantro lime crema, salsa, and limes. This kit comes in at 10% or $.50 cheaper than Costco’s taco kit.

Costco Street Taco Kit - Taste Test

Very Quick Cook Time

The major appeal with Costco’s taco kit is the convenience and the fun of building your own tacos. It only takes about 5 minutes to heat the tortilla and the chicken, and to begin assembling the tacos. 

As a whole, the chicken tacos are not half bad. I’ve already accepted they aren’t going to be authentic tacos, but they are not bad tasting. The coleslaw felt a little out of place, but the tacos were enjoyable.

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The Chicken is Tasty

The chicken breast pieces were tasty and flavorful. There was a certain level of spiciness that was pleasantly surpising for a mass produced taco kit like this one, and the flavors were definitely on point. 

Even after being cooked and refrigerated, the seasoned chicken breast was still juicy and moist. 

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The taco kit does come with approximately one pound of chicken. 

The cheese was fine and nothing special. This is the same shredded cheese from Costco’s frozen food/dairy aisle. 

How is the Coleslaw?

The coleslaw was the ingredient that was the least authentic, but didn’t ruin the taco. The coleslaw offered a nice crunch and mix up to traditional street tacos. 

I didn’t hate it, but I would have enjoyed this taco just as much without the coleslaw.

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The cilantro lime crema and the salsa both are surprisingly good. The salsa is Kirkland Signature’s organic salsa, which I currently have a jar of in my refrigerator, and the cilantro lime crema can also be purchased at Costco. 

When combined, the salsa and cilantro lime crema blended together perfectly. The flavor was refreshing and super flavorful. It added a really nice depth and layer of flavor to the chicken tacos.

Taco Kit from Costco Portion Sizes

Costco does call this a 12 count taco kit, and after going through the whole container, I have to say this is actually closer to a 8-10 count taco kit. 

The only ingredient that is an appropriate portion for 12 tacos is going to be the 12 tortillas.

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Not Enough Meat or Cheese

There was 1 pound of chicken, which split between 12 tacos is 1.33 ounces of chicken per taco. This is actually an acceptable amount for street tacos, but I would have liked maybe 1.75 ounces of chicken to go with each of Costco’s double thick flour tortillas. 

The cheese was significantly lacking as there was maybe enough for 6 tacos. This is a significant problem with a DIY taco night kit if you don’t have shredded cheese at home. 

The coleslaw, while unneeded, would have been adequate for about 8-10 tacos.

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The salsa and lime crema were also slightly under portioned. The salsas are best when combined and there was realistically enough for 10 tacos. 

Taco Kit Review Summary

Overall, these tacos make for a fun and easy taco night. The portion sizes are a little underwhelming, but the kit makes some fun and tasty tacos. The cilantro lime crema was surprisingly delicious and the chicken was flavorful as well.

Costco Chicken Street Tacos Heating Instructions

Costco doesn’t provide a lot of direction when it comes to their Kirkland Signature chicken street tacos aside from noting that you need to heat the chicken and the tortilla to 165°F.

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Pan-Fry Costco Chicken Street Taco Heating Instructions

They don’t provide any specific instructions, but here is what I did:

For the tortillas, Cook them 1-2 at a time on a medium heat skillet until the tortillas were cooked through. Flip the tortillas half way through the cooking process to avoid burning them.

Heat the chicken breasts on a pan over medium heat. It takes just a few minutes, and make sure to toss and flip the chicken once or twice while cooking. 

Pro Tip: Coat the pan with a tablespoon of oil and give the chicken pieces a nice sear.

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Air Fryer Street Tacos - Costco

The chicken can also be heated in the air fryer. Pre-Heat the air fryer to 325°F and cook the chicken for 3-5 minutes (depending on portion size) until they are properly heated. 

Thing to Note: The chicken is already fully cooked, and you don’t necessarily have to heat the chicken all the way to 165°F. 

After heating the tortilla and chicken, build your taco and add the cheese and coleslaw before topping with the salsa or cilantro lime crema. 

Finally, squeeze a little bit of lime on the taco for a refreshing citrus flavor boost.

Costco Chicken Taco Kit Nutrition

I, unfortunately, do not have the nutritional information for Costco’s street taco kit, but from tasting the ingredients, these tacos are going to be on the healthier side as far as tacos are concerned. 

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The chicken breast is a high protein, low fat and carb food which is great. The cheese is standard and coleslaw is low calorie. The thick tortillas may be somewhat of a carb issue, but when combined with the rest of the taco, it seems manageable. 

Salsa is a low-calorie food, and the Cilantro Lime Crema isn’t the worst dressing/sauce/salsa out there. 

Overall, this taco kit is probably going to be one of the healthier street style tacos. 

DIY Chicken Street Tacos from Costco

The beauty of these street tacos from Costco and most other deli prepared meals is that you can often recreate these meals at home for a fraction of the cost.

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In this case, all the ingredients can be found at Costco except for the cole slaw. 

Only the Costco business center near me has coleslaw, and they sell it in a 5 pound bag!

Either way, the coleslaw is not at all authentic when it comes to tacos, and you are going to be better off dicing up a white onion and some cilantro.

Cilantro Lime Crema at Costco

Do you enjoy the Cilantro Lime Crema from Costco’s taco kit? Well, Costco also sells a 2 pack of Don Pancho Cilantro Lime Crema Everything Sauce for $7.79. This crema salsa is found in the refrigerated deli area near the other salsa and dips.

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How Much Does Don Pancho Cilantro Lime Sauce Cost at Costco?

Each 16 ounce bottle of Don Pancho Cilantro Lime Crema costs $3.90. This is a little pricey for a jar of sauce or salsa but this is the exact same Cilantro Lime Crema that Costco uses in their street taco kit. 

Don Pancho proudly announces they are the official crema provided for the taco kits on both the bottles and the packaging! 

According to the packaging, this sauce is great on Tacos, wraps, burritos, protein bowls, nachos, salads, quesadillas, grilled corn, tostadas, taquitos, grilled seafood & more! 

I would bet it would also go amazing with the chicken flautas or mini tacos from Costco.

Thing to Know: Don Pancho Cilantro Lime Crema is also made by Reser’s Fine Foods, who makes the scalloped potatoes at Costco.

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The crema tastes as great as it does from the taco kit and is exceptional when paired with the Kirkland Signature Salsa. The one issue is going to be the shortish shelf life for the crema. 

I have about 5 weeks from my purchase date to finish both of the Don Pancho Cilantro lime Crema bottles. 

It can be done, but there might be a little bit of a challenge near the end to make sure we use up the crema.

Costco Cilantro Lime Cream Nutritional Information

How Many Calories in Cilantro Lime Crema?

Each serving of the salsa sauce is 2 Tbsp and contains 40 calories with 3 grams of fat, 2 grams of carbs, and 1 gram of protein. 

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This is a fairly low calorie sauce with a low amount of carbs. With a nutritional profile like this, the sauce can be used often. 

Final Thoughts on the Costco Chicken DIY Street Taco Kit

Originally, I had low expectations because of the ingredients and the slightly high price, but the Costco taco kit did impress for what it was. The tacos weren’t authentic, but they were enjoyable. 

The portion size was a little small, but the meal was flavorful and the salsa and cilantro lime crema were amazing. For a quick and easy build your own taco kit, this is a great and fun purchase!

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