The other night, I cracked open a new taco kit from Aldi that included all the fixings needed to make chicken teriyaki tacos. The tacos were good and came together quickly, although portions were small. Today, I’m looking at another taco kit Aldi sold alongside the chicken teriyaki kit. This one features pork carnitas.
The Casa Mamita Pork Carnitas Taco Kit cost $8.99 at the time of publication. The package says this includes “pork carnitas with fiesta rice, flour tortillas and salsa verde.”
If you’re avoiding allergens, this contains wheat.
The box says this contains seven servings, but there are only six tortillas in the kit, so you do the math. One serving (85 grams) has 170 calories, 7 grams of total fat (8% DV), 2 grams of saturated fat (11% DV), 15 mg cholesterol (4% DV), 350 mg of sodium (15% DV), 22 grams of total carbohydrates (8% DV), 1 gram of dietary fiber (4% DV), 2 grams of total sugars, 1 gram of added sugar (2% DV), and 7 grams of protein.
These can be heated in the microwave or on the stove top.
To microwave, place the package of meat on a microwave-safe plate. Cut 2-3 small slits in the package. Microwave for 4-5 minutes or until heated through. Add the sauce, mix well, and let rest while heating the rice. Empty rice from the bag into a microwave-safe bowl. Cover and microwave 5 minutes or until hot, stirring halfway through cooking. Remove the tortillas from the package, wrap in a paper towel, and microwave for 30-45 seconds or until warm. Assemble your tacos with all ingredients and enjoy.
To heat on the stove top, heat a skillet over high heat and coat with vegetable oil. Remove the pork from the bag and put it in the skillet. Heat for about 9 minutes, stirring frequently. Add sauce, mix well, and let rest while heating the rice. Heat another skillet over high heat and coat with vegetable oil. Remove the rice from the bag and place it in the skillet. Heat for 4-5 minutes, stirring frequently. Heat an ungreased skillet over medium heat until hot and heat tortillas one at a time, about 35 seconds each, turning at least once. Assemble your tacos with all ingredients and enjoy.
I heated our tacos on the stove top. While the package doesn’t give instructions on whether things need to be thawed before heating, and I’m pretty sure everything can be cooked from frozen, I partially thawed everything to help speed the heating process. Also, adding frozen meat to a hot skillet filled with oil causes major splattering, so having things slightly thawed helped with that. I also added everything to the skillet before it got hot. It still splattered, but not as badly as when I heated the chicken teriyaki tacos in this same lineup.
As with the chicken teriyaki tacos, these pork carnitas tacos don’t feed a crowd. They had a little more meat compared to the chicken tacos, but there’s still not a lot to go around. I made these for lunch for my husband and myself, so we each got about three tacos. They’re street taco-sized, so they’re not large.
In terms of taste, these were good, but my husband and I thought the chicken teriyaki tacos had more flavor. These are all right, but if I were going to buy them again, I’d get the chicken ones.
The Casa Mamita Pork Carnitas Taco Kit comes with everything you need to make a meal: meat, fiesta rice, salsa verde, and flour tortillas. The portions are on the small side, so you’ll need more than one box if you’re feeding more than two or three people. This meal can be heated easily and quickly, and the tacos are decent. If you’re looking for something easy with fresh ingredients for your next taco night, this might be worth considering.