“Sometimes I just can’t be bothered to cook” said every food blogger more times than they care to admit. Contrary to opinion, we don’t spend every night whipping up culinary wonders for dinner. I’m not adverse to beans on toast or the odd bowl of pesto pasta despite what my instagram says!
Last weekend we went to M&S to spend some vouchers my Nanna had given us when we moved. We couldn’t really find anything we wanted so we decided to spend them on food! We stocked up on the lovely things you would normally only buy for a treat – sea bass, salmon, king prawns and posh bread. It was at this point that I exclaimed that I could not be bothered to cook – so Dave suggested we pick up a taco kit. I often turn my nose up at ‘meal kits’ but I do love Mexican food so when he offered to make them too, I agreed!
According to the packet, we’d be ready to eat within 15 minutes. From box to plate, it was closer to 30 minutes by the time he’d warmed the tacos, cooked the beef mince with the seasoning and carefully spooned it into the taco shells. Oh, and by the way, this is not including the 5-10 minutes it took him to read the instructions!
The kit came with a packet of seasoning, some tomato salsa and 12 taco shells. The only additional ingredient listed as a requirement was the mince despite there being sour cream on the box photography. I’ve seen other taco kits list cheese as well as additional extras. Let’s be honest, a taco without cheese isn’t a proper taco. I think either it was missed off by accident or someone in the M&S food development kitchen has no sense of what is right in taco world.
How did it taste?
The beef seasoning was great. Really smoky and rich. The tomato salsa was also really good, it didn’t have that metallic preservative taste you often get with those jarred and packet salsas. I’ll be honest though, a taco without the extras is a sad little taco and we ended up jazzing ours up with sour cream, cheese, coriander, guacamole and of course – jalapeños.
Although by the time we’d finished, they were truly magnificent, I would have felt a bit depressed eating a dry taco of just meat & tomato salsa as per the box instructions. At £3 (and right now, buy one get one free) this worked out cheaper than buying the taco shells, seasoning and salsa individually. As is often the case with these things, it was advertised for 4 people but we scoffed it comfortably between two.
Pretty good flavour combo and really easy to put together BUT we added lots of ingredients to compete the dish. Would we buy again? Yes, because tacos are fun. // Did Dave wash up after? No. Sad face.