October 4, 2012

National Taquito Day

“Nowadays, hoy en día, with our world full of war and violence and lack of love, a world full of greed, a world of domination, grasping power, venal stupidity, real evil, don’t get me started, it’s good to know that a conversation about tacos will always engender a sense of comfort and happiness. If only we could sit down at a big round world table and eat tacos in a spirit of love we might begin to work on world peace!” -Denise Chavez, A Taco Testimony

It's National Taquito Day!
(Please note: I don't know if this is actually a "real" food holiday, but I'm celebrating it anyway!)

Sponsored byStarlite Cuisine

Taquitos are rolled-up corn tortillas stuffed with beef or chicken and then fried. Like we saw with tacos yesterday, both the fillings and toppings can differ depending on region of Mexico you're in.

I had never had taquitos until this year. In all honesty, they used to make me nervous. Every time I conjured up an image of one, all I could think of was some greasy looking, neon yellow tube of processed animal parts that had been sitting on a convenience store roller grill for days, if not weeks. But on May 5th, I got to celebrate National Enchilada Day using StarLite Cuisine's vegan beef taquitos. And I became an instant believer. Sad as this might sound (unless you're a foodie, then I know you won't judge me [too much, that is]), I've actually been looking forward to this particular food holiday ever since then.

StarLight Cuisine is probably in the Top-Five-Best-Companies-I-Discovered-This-Year-Because-of-Almanac-of-Eats list. They're absolutely delicious. And addictive. They have the perfect balance of Mexican spices and traditional flavors, and feature both a crisp outside textures and soft meaty interior. It was recommended to me that I eat them with a homemade guacamole, so I did... and I had to talk myself out of just polishing off all three boxes (I've always had a case of the "eyes being bigger than the tummy," though). After two of each kind - the beef, chicken, and chorizo with black bean - I was pleasantly stuffed.


StarLite Cuisine products are totally vegan. What impresses me most about them beyond just their food, is the 5-Core Value system they operate as a company from:

"1. Freedom: We encourage self-mastery, non-conformity, being free from fear, spontaneity and making conscious choices.

2. Love: We care. As a family business we promote family values. Our compassion for life promotes vegetarianism and healthy lifestyles.

3. Integrity: We value authenticity, impeccability, honor, integrity, vibrant aliveness and respect for all life.

4 Spirituality: We believe in God or a Higher Power, spirituality, sacredness, reverence, passion, enthusiasm, inspiration and living a soulful lifestyle.

5. Creativity: We support originality, playfulness, entrepreneurial spirit, vision, innovation, imagination, and creative expression."

I love this company.

And - because of them - I think I now love taquitos!

Happy National Taquito Day!

Disclaimer: The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer. Opinions expressed are totally my own and are NOT in anyway influenced by monetary compensation. Logo used with permission of company.