Costco Street Tacos Review (Cooking Instructions, Calories, more!)


How do you cook Costco street tacos (AKA Kirkland street tacos)? Chicken street tacos from Costco are a convenient and easy dinner option from the Costco prepared foods section. Get the Costco taco kit cooking instructions, nutrition information, calories, price, and more in this Costco chicken street tacos review. Also, learn tips on making your own Costco tacos with cilantro lime crema if you don’t have a store near you!

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Does Costco still sell street tacos? Yes! You can find the Costco chicken taco kit with the other Costco ready made meals.

The Costco street taco kit doesn’t make authentic Mexican tacos. The included slaw is more common in fish tacos. That said, if you’re looking for tasty and fast Americanized Mexican food, the Costco street taco is the ultimate in convenience.

One of the major downsides of the Costco tacos is that the reheating directions are pretty vague. So, let’s begin by talking about how to heat Costco street tacos.

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Costco Street Tacos Cooking Instructions

How do you heat up the street tacos from Costco? The chicken street-tacos kit says to heat chicken and tortillas to 165F (74C) and top with condiments. That’s all the pack tells you.

You have several options for reheating chicken tacos. You can heat them in a pan or skillet on the stove on medium heat, in an air fryer, or in the microwave. In all cases, use a meat thermometer to ensure the chicken and tortillas reached a safe temp.

The microwave is the fastest way to cook Costco street tacos. Since you’re not looking to make the chicken or tortillas crispy, the microwave is the best way to cook them if you have limited time.

How long to cook Costco street tacos

Cook the chicken for 2 minutes on high in the microwave. Cook the tortillas for 30-40 seconds in the microwave on high. These directions are for a 1000W microwave, and may need to be adjusted depending on the power of your appliance.

Here are more specific Costco street taco cooking instructions:

  1. Scoop the seasoned chicken into a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 2 minutes.
  1. Check the chicken with a meat thermometer to ensure it reached a minimum safe internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit (74C). Stir the chicken and add additional cooking time if needed.
  1. Now let’s heat the tortillas. Stack the tortillas and put them on a microwave-safe plate. Cover them with a damp paper towel (squeeze excess water out).
  1. Microwave the tortillas on high for 30-40 seconds until hot. Fill tortillas with chicken and other street taco fillings.
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📋Costco Street Tacos Nutrition

The Costco taco kit nutrition is not provided on the packaging. However, here is an estimate of the nutrition information per Costco street taco from MyFitnessPal:

  • Calories: 190
  • Total Carbohydrates: 20g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Net Carbs: 18g
  • Total Fat: 10g
  • Saturated Fat: 3g
  • Protein: 12g
  • Sodium: 580mg
  • Cholesterol: 35mg
  • Vitamin A: 8% DV
  • Vitamin C: 15% DV
  • Calcium: 10% DV
  • Iron: 6% DV

This nutrition information assumes the condiments (salsa, cheese, crema, etc.) are divided evenly amongst the tacos. Please note that this nutrition info is subject to change. Contact your local store’s deli for nutrition facts that are up-to-date.

Something I liked about this tacos kit is the generous portion of chicken. You don’t have to skimp on the amount of chicken per taco. The 12 grams of protein per taco reflects this.

How many carbs are in a Costco street taco?

There are approximately 20 grams of total carbs and 18 grams net carbs per Costco street taco. Considering most will eat 2-3 tacos per meal, Costco street tacos are not low carb and keto friendly.

Are Costco street tacos gluten free?

The tortillas in Costco street tacos contain white flour, and thus are not gluten free.

Do street tacos have a lot of sodium?

Yes, a serving of Costco street tacos is high sodium. One Costco street taco has 580mg sodium, so a serving of 2-3 tacos provides 1160-1740mg sodium. This is over half the recommended sodium limit for the day (which is 2300-2400mg).

In terms of flavor, the biggest criticism I have about the Costco tacos is that they taste salty. If I were making homemade tacos, I’d definitely use less salt. If you’re on a low sodium diet, the Costco street tacos are not a great choice.

Costco Street Tacos Calories

How many calories are in a Kirkland street taco? One Costco street taco provides approximately 190 calories (source: MFP). A serving of 2-3 tacos provides 380-570 calories.

These calorie estimates assume you put an equal amount of fillings in each of the tacos. Nutrition information will vary depending on how much of each taco topping you use.

❓ Costco Street Tacos Ingredients

What’s in the street tacos at Costco? Here is the ingredients list for Costco street tacos:

  • Chicken (chicken, water, salt, maltodextrin, paprika, honey, cornstarch, sugar, peppers, onions, spices, citric acid, yeast extract)
  • Tortilla (water, corn masa flour, bleached enriched flour, wheat gluten, salt, dextrose, leavening, oat fiber, SSL, safflower oil, mono and diglycerides, fumaric acid, potassium sorbate, calcium propionate, sodium propionate, sorbic acid, cellulose gum, guar gum, lime)
  • Salsa (tomatoes, onion, peppers, water, tomato paste, cilantro, spices, onion, celery, garlic, corn gluten, xanthan gum, yeast extract, spice extracts, salt, vinegar, citric acid, acetic acid, lactic acid, cellulose gum, calcium chloride)
  • Cilantro Sauce (cultured pasteurized skim milk, cream, water, canola oil, vinegar, modified corn starch, soy protein, salt, gelatin, nonfat milk, lemon and lime juice, onion, xanthan gum, natural flavors, spice, low-fat buttermilk, red wine vinegar, cilantro, chiles, garlic, sea salt, salt, pumpkin seeds, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, enzymes)
  • Cheese Blend (cultured pasteurized milk, salt, enzymes, artificial color, natamycin)
  • Lime Slices
  • Green and Red Cabbage
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots

Though at first glance these street tacos seem simple, the ingredients list reveals they’re an ultra-processed food. The taco kit comes with a lot of highly processed foods we generally wouldn’t use in homemade soft tacos.

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What tortillas does Costco use in street tacos?

The Costco street tacos tortillas are mixture of corn tortilla and flour tortilla. That means they are not appropriate for both corn free and wheat free diets. I like how they have the taste and flexibility of white flour tortillas, while including some whole grains from corn.

What salsa is in Costco street tacos?

Some sources say that Costco street tacos use Kirkland Signature salsa. However, a quick comparison of the ingredients lists for both products shows they don’t match exactly. That said, the Kirkland salsa is a close substitute for the thick tomato salsa in Costco street tacos.

Costco Street Tacos Recipe

If you don’t have a Costco near you, don’t despair! You can easily make copycat Costco street tacos with premade ingredients. Here is your shopping list:

  • Crider Chunk Chicken in Chipotle Sauce (or plain chicken cooked in the oven with taco seasoning and a little chicken stock)
  • Small Corn Tortillas (6 inches/15 cm)
  • Kirkland Signature Salsa
  • Don Pancho Cilantro Lime Crema
  • Mexican Shredded Cheese
  • Lime Wedges
  • Cabbage Coleslaw Mix

For the Costco cilantro lime crema, you can either buy the Don Pancho crema or make this cilantro lime cream recipe on Costco’s website. That link also has a recipe for homemade cabbage slaw. If you can’t find Don Pancho, here’s another alternative.

To assemble the street tacos, simply heat the chicken and tortillas as directed above. Then fill each tortilla with the chicken, salsa, crema, cheese, and cabbage slaw. Serve with a squeeze of fresh lime juice.

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🌡 How long do Costco street tacos last?

How long are Costco street tacos good for? Costco street tacos have a “sell-by” date, but this is not the date you must use the tacos by. According to foodsafety.gov, prepared main dishes can be kept up to 3-4 days in the fridge.

🥶 Can I freeze Costco street tacos?

No, you cannot freeze all of the components of Costco street tacos. If you freeze the fresh cabbage slaw, it will become limp when defrosted. That said, you can package the chicken, cheese, and tortillas separately and keep in the freezer until ready to use.

🤔 Costco Street Tacos Price

How much are Costco street tacos? At the time of writing, Costco street tacos cost $5.49 per pound. Each Costco tacos package weighs about 2¾-3 pounds (1.2-1.4 kg), with 12 tacos per package. That means you’ll pay $15-16.50 per package, or about $1.31 per taco.

Please note that this is the 2022 Costco street tacos price. Prices are subject to change and may vary by Costco location.

🥗 How to Serve Costco Street Tacos

Costco street tacos are an all-in-one meal. After heating the chicken and tortillas, you can put out all the ingredients, making a taco bar. Have everyone in your family top their own tacos for Taco Tuesday!

Some prefer to mix the slaw and crema together before serving. I always save myself a little extra work, and I skip this. You could also add chips and guacamole on the side to make it more like a restaurant meal.

💭 Expert Tips from a Dietitian

This is a level 3 recipe (weight maintenance and active lifestyles). Are street tacos healthy? Are street tacos unhealthy? Remember that whenever we’re talking about whether a food is “healthy,” it depends on what you’re looking for.

If you’re on a low sodium diet, or using a low carb diet to manage your blood sugar in diabetes, Costco street tacos are not a good choice. Like many highly processed foods, Costco tacos are very high in sodium, and aren’t “heart healthy” for that reason.

On the other hand, if you’re looking for a quick, hot meal that has all the food groups, these tacos are not the worst thing you could eat. Choosing this Costco food court meal will probably save you money compared to taking your family to a restaurant. These tacos aren’t very spicy, so I think even picky eaters may enjoy them.

If you have any sort of severe food allergy, I do not recommend buying Costco prepared foods. Even if the allergen isn’t on the ingredients list, these foods are not prepared in dedicated spaces. That means that cross-contact with the allergen is a risk.

FAQs

Do you have to heat Costco street tacos?

Yes, for food safety purposes, you should heat the chicken and tortillas in Costco street tacos. These items count as leftover foods that should be reheated to 165F (74C).

Are Costco street tacos precooked?

Yes, the chicken in Costco street tacos is precooked and preseasoned. However, it should still be reheated to 165F to help reduce the risk of food poisoning.

Are Costco street tacos spicy?

My family did not find the Costco street tacos spicy at all. I think Costco tried to make this taco kit family friendly in term of flavor.

What’s the Costco street taco serving size?

One serving is 2-3 Costco street tacos per person. You get about 12 tortillas in a package. Thus, you can feed a family of 4-6 with Costco’s street taco kit.

Costco vs Sam’s Club street tacos- what’s the difference?

Sam’s Club offers a similarly sized chicken taco kit with the same ingredients. The main difference is that Sam’s Club kit may be slightly cheaper. Readers report the Sam’s Club tacos are only $4.98 per pound, though pricing may vary by location.

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Costco Street Tacos Review (Cooking Instructions, Calories, more!)

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How do you cook Costco street tacos? Get the Costco taco kit cooking instructions, nutrition information, calories, price, and more!

Prep Time 2 mins

Cook Time 3 mins

Total Time 5 mins

Course Dinner

Cuisine American, Mexican

Servings 12

Calories 190 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 package Costco street tacos
  • 1 Hungry family 🙂

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Instructions

  • Scoop the seasoned chicken into a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 2 minutes. 

  • Check the chicken with a meat thermometer to ensure it reached a minimum safe internal temperature of 165°F (74°C). Stir the chicken and add additional cooking time if needed. 

  • Next, let’s heat the tortillas. Stack the tortillas and put them on a microwave-safe plate. Cover them with a damp paper towel (squeeze excess water out). 

  • Microwave the tortillas on high for 30-40 seconds until hot. Fill tortillas with chicken and other street taco fillings. 

  • Hot tip! Check out the post above for tips on making a Costco street taco copycat recipe.

Notes

This is a level 3 recipe (weight maintenance and active lifestyles). Are street tacos healthy? Are street tacos unhealthy? Remember that whenever we’re talking about whether a food is “healthy,” it depends on what you’re looking for.
If you’re on a low sodium diet, or using a low carb diet to manage your blood sugar in diabetes, Costco street tacos are not a good choice. Like many highly processed foods, Costco tacos are very high in sodium, and aren’t “heart healthy” for that reason.
On the other hand, if you’re looking for a quick, hot meal that has all the food groups, these tacos are not the worst thing you could eat. Choosing this Costco food court meal will probably save you money compared to taking your family to a restaurant. These tacos aren’t very spicy, so I think even picky eaters may enjoy them.
If you have any sort of severe food allergy, I do not recommend buying Costco prepared foods. Even if the allergen isn’t on the ingredients list, these foods are not prepared in dedicated spaces. That means that cross-contact with the allergen is a risk.
 
Nutrition information listed is an estimate for one Costco street taco and assumes the condiments (salsa, cheese, crema, etc.) are divided evenly amongst the tacos. One serving will typically be 2-3 tacos; adjust nutrition info accordingly.

Nutrition

Calories: 190kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 12gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 580mgFiber: 2gVitamin A: 8% DVVitamin C: 15% DVCalcium: 10% DVIron: 6% DV

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