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Piquant Post Subscription Box Review + Coupon – May 2018

Taryn Lowman
ByTaryn LowmanJun 23, 2018 | 2 comments

Piquant Post May 2018 - Box

Piquant Post
3.5 overall rating
2 Ratings | 1 Reviews

Piquant Post is a monthly subscription box that offers a variety of freshly ground, small batch spice blends with their very own chef developed recipes that feature a new region each month.

This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

Piquant Post May 2018 - Box Contents

About Piquant Post

The Subscription Box: Piquant Post

The Cost: $11.99 a month + free US shipping. Save with 6 and 12-month subscriptions.

COUPON: Use code MSA15OFF to get 15% off your first box!

The Products: 4 spice blends from a single region or country, 4 chef-developed recipes showcasing each of the spice blends, plus online access to recipes and ingredient substitutes. 

Ships to: Worldwide

Piquant Post May 2018 Review

Each box comes with four spice blends and coordinating recipe cards. Let’s get into this month’s spices!

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Chipotle Spice

According to the Piquant Post Blog, chipotle peppers are really jalapeno peppers that are dried and smoked. Everything about this spice blend is classic. It has hints of spice along with so many layers of various spices. This blend is made with chipotle chili, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, sage, cumin, Mexican oregano, marjoram, porcini powder, and black pepper. So flavorful and delicious!

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Chipotle Pork & Butternut Squash Chili Recipe

This chili recipe looks incredible! The recipe looks quick and easy, you can just put everything together and let it simmer. The main ingredient here is pork, but I bet you could use pretty much any meat or make it vegetarian if you like! I haven’t cooked this dish just yet only because it has been in the upper 80s here in Pittsburgh. However, I cannot wait to cook it and top with some yummy sour cream and fresh avocado!

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Mexican Mole Spice

This mole blend smells amazing! The chocolate is what hits you first and it made me so hungry once I opened it. This blend will allow you to make a fresh mole sauce without having to go through all of the steps that it really takes to make an authentic mole sauce. I love something that helps me make yummy food quickly. The main spice here is ancho chili peppers along with pasilla chili, cocoa powder, white sesame seed, chipotle, cinnamon, cloves, Mexican oregano, cumin, coriander, black pepper, and paprika. There are so many flavors here that together make such a wonderful blend!

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Mole Poblano Recipe

Like I said above, the spice blend is meant to help you make a rich and creamy sauce without all of the steps! I will say though, this recipe does look a bit complicated with a longer cook time. This is made with chicken breasts (you could probably use any piece of chicken you want though). The chicken could then be used in a taco or even served with a fresh salsa or my favorite summer side, corn on the cob! I haven’t cooked this recipe just yet, but I can’t wait to serve it because I know it will be a big hit with my husband.

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Mexican Adobo Spice

This is another blend that is made mainly with dried chili peppers. It can be used on any meat or even vegetables, there are so many flavors it can work on anything! I got a sweet scent when I first opened this packet, which I also found when I tasted it. This spice blend is made with ancho chili peppers, coriander, cumin, fennel seed, mustard, black pepper, paprika, Mexican oregano, and cinnamon. I wonder where the sweetness is coming from besides just the cinnamon?

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Adobo Whole-Roasted Chicken Recipe

This recipe allows you to use the spice blend as a rub. Something my Dad does when he cooks meats a lot, but a technique that I have never tried on my own. The recipe does look a bit daunting, but I do really want to try my hand at it! I bet this recipe would be great shredded for tacos or eaten at a summer picnic.

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Taco Elixir Spice

This spice blend smelled incredible! According to the Piquant Post Blog, they took the challenge of making a healthy and fresh taco spice blend that goes above and beyond anything that you could buy at the grocery store. It is so fresh and delicious that you could use it on just about anything and for any recipes. After trying it, I really want to use the blend on turkey meat for nachos. This blend contains guajillo chili, ancho chili, cumin, smoked paprika, garlic powder, Mexican oregano, coriander, allspice, cloves, and cayenne pepper. There is a bit of heat and so many layers of amazing flavors!

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Perfect Beef Tacos Recipe

This taco recipe is quick and easy! Nothing too fancy which allows the spice blend to really shine. You also can make your own Pico de Gallo! I had just purchased some fresh salsa that I needed to use, but the next time I make this I am going to make the fresh salsa recipe. Enough talking, let’s see how this recipe turned out!

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I started by cooking the onions until fragrant in olive oil. I also added just a pinch of the spice blend to allow some extra spice into the dish early on.

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From there, I added my turkey meat (you can use ground beef as well). Once the meat started to cook, I added more of the spice blend while I continue to move around and break up the turkey meat.

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Once the meat was slightly cooked, I added half a cup of chicken broth. Once the broth was added, I covered the pan to let it simmer a bit.

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After the broth cooked down a bit, we were ready to plate!

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There you have it, my finished taco! I ate so many of these I can’t even explain how good they were! All we have is the taco meat, shredded lettuce, cheese, avocado, and salsa. So simple, so fresh, so spicy, and so good! I make tacos at least once a week, but I usually make the meat pretty quickly without doing anything fancy. Cooking this recipe allowed me to see that I can make a meal quickly while still making something very yummy.

Verdict: This month’s Piquant Post was my favorite from any I have received so far! The spice blends were so fresh and had a very traditional feel to them that allowed me to feel like I was cooking some amazing dishes with each packet. The recipes were all very unique, and they had a nice blend of easy to difficult. I can’t wait to make the chili and I will be making the tacos over and over again! You can’t beat getting four spice packets and recipe cards each month for $11.99!  

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, order by 7/15 to receive the July box!

Coupon – Use code MSA15OFF to save 15% off your first box!

Value Breakdown: This box costs $11.99 with free U.S. shipping, and I received a total of 4 spices. That means that the average value for each of those items is around $3 (not counting the recipe cards).

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Taryn Lowman
Taryn Lowman
Taryn's passion for subscription boxes started when she was gifted a monthly Birchbox. She is excited to discover more Mom and baby boxes to share with her family!

Taryn Lowman
Taryn Lowman
Taryn's passion for subscription boxes started when she was gifted a monthly Birchbox. She is excited to discover more Mom and baby boxes to share with her family!
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2 comments

Flo

Can we PLEASE get vegetarian recipe cards for these blends? I’d buy them in a New York minute.

Taryn Lowman

Thanks for your post! Have you tried providing this feedback to Piquant Post via their social media? I bet this is an extremely popular request so hopefully if they keep getting the feedback they will update to provide a vegetarian option soon!

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