Turning Up the Heat on Supermarket Mexican Food

Need to spice up your life? Your local supermarket can help. Back in the day, the Mexican section of the grocery store included a few boxes of hard taco shells, some taco seasoning packets, and, if you were lucky, a couple of jars of salsa. But as Americans? desire for more international flavors, and our quest for heat increased, the size of that spicy little section of the market has exploded. Now you can find almost any kind of South of the Border food you desire in boxes, bags, cans, and frozen pouches, some ready to be eaten in only minutes. Ole!

Don’t Get Burned. When it comes to meal kits, several Mexican food manufactures provide nutrition information only for what’s in the box and do not account for the ground beef, chicken, or other ingredients required to make the meal. Keep this in mind when shopping.

  • Watch the salt. As with many processed foods, supermarket Mexican foods can be notoriously high in sodium. One way to get around this is to ditch the seasoning packet found in many of the dinner kits. It’s easy to make your own by combining a few common spices: cumin, chili powder, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder.

  • Use Mexican meal kits to your advantage. The benefit of kits is that you have greater control over what you eat. Choose lean protein sources such as extra lean ground beef, skinless chicken breasts or soy crumbles. Use reduced fat cheeses and load up on the veggies.

  • Choose condiments wisely. Your choice of condiments, along with the amount you use, may have quite an impact on the calories, fat and sodium content of your meal.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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