Amazon’s Tacos Al Pastor Meal Kit Doesn’t Include A Taquero Slicing Piña From A Spit
Hey! Yeah, you. You’re familiar with tacos al pastor, yes?
If you get them at your usual neighborhood spot, they probably look a little something like this:
Beautiful, savory chunks of marinated pork with cilantro and onions.
But they’re really good when you can get ’em from a taquero who has a trompo:
Look at the flick of the wrist. Watching the taquero slice a sliver of pineapple and catching it with the other hand is always fun, no matter how many times you’ve seen it.
Guess what? Amazon is now selling tacos al pastor in a box. Seriously.
You’re probably thinking:
The tacos, which serve two people, are part of Amazon’s recently-launched meal kits, which are being tested in select cities, such as Seattle.
Here is what’s in the box:
The meal kits, which range from $14 to $18, are portioned out for two people and, according to Amazon, there is minimal prep required aside from marinating and cooking the meat.
And here’s the beauty shot of the finished product:
This is the description of the product:
“Characterized by ultra-thinly sliced pork that’s spiced up with chipotle pepper, brightened by the sweetness of seared pineapple, and made decadent by a rich Northern Mexican cow’s milk cheese, every bite is a delightful surprise on the palate.”
OK, a few thoughts: the tortillas de harina and the queso quesadilla make this more of a “gringa” de al pastor, which is pretty fitting considering it’s being sold by Amazon. Also, judging by this photo, no one told whoever created the meal kit that radishes and pickled jalapeños are usually eaten on the side, not in the taco. The shredded cabbage is a puzzling since these aren’t fish tacos and the pico de gallo probably goes best with the chips, but I’m not going to completely judge how people choose to eat their tacos because I put pickle juice on french fries.
It would just make a little more sense if I saw tortillas de maiz, cilantro, onion, pineapple and some salsa. Something like this:
But, unless Amazon includes one of these in its meal kits, chances are those tacos won’t ever come close to what you’d get from your favorite taco spot.
So, what do you think?