Costco Chicken Street Taco Kit - Pros & Cons + Taste Tips
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 bulgogi.
Each taco kit contains approximately 2.75-3 pounds of total food and includes
- 12 tortillas
- marinated and cooked chicken
- shredded cheese
- cilantro lime crema
- lime wedges
This kit has everything you need for a simple heat and eat taco night.
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 tortilla provided 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 and 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 of shredded cheese, which can be found in the frozen food aisles.
Say No to Coleslaw
The big authenticity killer is going to be the coleslaw. Street tacos do not have coleslaw as a topping; coleslaw is usually found in baja style fish tacos.
Typically, a street taco will consist of meat and is topped with onions, cilantro, and salsa.
Salsa & Cilantro Lime Crema
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 lacks heat.
The cilantro lime crema is also rarely found in street tacos.
Source: Mexican Wife
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.
I first thought the price of the taco kit was too damn high, but upon further consideration, it seems to be only slightly too damn high.
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. 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 is priced fairly. 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. Their taco kit includes 12 tortillas, cheese, coleslaw, chicken, cilantro lime crema, salsa, and limes.
Sam’s Club’s tacos come in at 10% or $.50 cheaper than Costco’s taco kit.
Costco Street Taco Kit - Taste Test
Very Quick Cook Time
The major appeal of Costco’s taco kit is the convenience and the fun of building your own tacos.
It takes about 5 minutes to heat the tortilla and the chicken and assemble 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 slightly out of place, but the tacos were enjoyable.
The Chicken is Tasty
The chicken breast pieces were tasty and flavorful. There was a certain level of spiciness that was pleasantly surprising for a mass-produced taco kit like this one, and the flavors were definitely on point.
The seasoned chicken breast was still juicy and moist even after being cooked and refrigerated.
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 least authentic ingredient, but it 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.
Salsa & Crema
The cilantro lime crema and the salsa are both 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 a 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, this is closer to an 8-10 count taco kit.
The only ingredient that is an appropriate portion for 12 tacos is going to be the 12 tortillas.
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.
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 also flavorful.
Costco Chicken Street Tacos Heating Instructions
Costco doesn’t provide much 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.
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 are cooked through. Flip the tortillas halfway through the cooking process to avoid burning them.
Heat the chicken breasts in 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.
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 adequately 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 And Calories
I, unfortunately, do not have the nutritional information for Costco’s street taco kit, but from tasting the ingredients, these tacos will be on the healthier side as far as tacos are concerned.
The chicken breast is a high protein, low fat and carb food which is great. The cheese is standard, and the coleslaw is low-calorie. The thick tortillas may be somewhat of a carb issue, but it seems manageable when combined with the rest of the taco.
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 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.
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 authentic when it comes to tacos, and you will 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 near the other salsa and dips in the refrigerated deli area.
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 for the taco kits on both the bottles and the packaging!
According to the packaging, this sauce is excellent on Tacos, wraps, burritos, protein bowls, nachos, salads, quesadillas, grilled corn, tostadas, taquitos, grilled seafood & more!
Thing to Know: Don Pancho Cilantro Lime Crema is made by Reser’s Fine Foods, which makes the scalloped potatoes at Costco.
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 will be the short shelf life of 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 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.
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.
Costco Street Taco Kit Review
Product Name: Kirkland Signature Chicken Street Taco Kit
Quantity: 3 Pounds
Location Within Costco: Prepared Food - Deli Area
Price Per Pound: $5.49/Pound
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.
Value - 7/10
Convenience - 9/10
Taste - 7/10
Nutrition - 8/10
CFDB Score - 7/10
- Good tasting chicken
- Cilantro Lime Crema and salsa is a great combo
- Not authentic
- Thick tortilla
- Small portion sizes
Final Thoughts on the Costco Chicken DIY Street Taco Kit
Initially, 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 was terrific. This is a great and fun purchase for a quick and easy build your own taco kit!