Thrive Taco TVP
Thrive Taco TVP

By RSOPerator

Preparing meals from your long-term storage cache can actually yield some remarkably good tasting dishes, and Thrive Taco TVP by Shelf Reliance is one of those long-term food storage items that I find to be very impressive. This product is a great choice for all your favorite Mexican-style dishes. Use it as a base for tacos, burritos, quesadillas, nachos, Mexican pizza, and taco salad as a low-fat, protein-rich substitute for beef. Though the product contains no real meat whatsoever, the taste once prepared is shockingly good, and we now cook with it at home on a weekly basis.

TVP (Textured Vegetable Protein) is an excellent protein source that is very easy to store and use. It is made from soy flour that has had the soy oil extracted. After being cooked under pressure, it is then extruded and dried. TVP is high in fiber and low in fat, making it ideal for both long-term food storage and everyday use. Because it is not made from real meat, it does not run the same contamination risk from bacteria such as E. Coli and Salmonella.

Just like the announcers always say, “But wait, there’s more!” TVP is soy based, Kosher certified, and is an ideal meat-substitute for those on a vegetarian diet. So, yes, you can even feed it to your whiny vegetarian friends.

According to the manufacturer, Thrive Taco TVP has an optimum shelf life of 10 years when stored unopened. This is obviously a much longer shelf life than you can achieve with any frozen meat.

The directions for reconstituting the product are as follows: Use a ratio of 2 parts water (or other liquid) to 1 part Taco TVP. Bring the water to a boil and then add Taco TVP. Simmer for 2 minutes and remove it from heat. Drain excess liquid if necessary.

I mix the recipe a little drier (approximately 1.5 parts tap water to 1 part Taco TVP) so draining the product is not necessary.

Thrive Taco TVP is available directly from Shelf Reliance (, or any of their Independent Consultants, packaged in a pouch, pantry can, #10 can, pantry can case, and #10 can case.

With a remarkably yummy taste, this is the ideal solution for making impressive Mexican-style dishes a reality in a short amount of time in everyday living or even in a disaster scenario. You really have to love the “just add water” simplicity.

Thrive Taco TVP by Shelf Reliance earns 5 stars out of 5 from me.

Review sample courtesy of Shelf Reliance Ohio.

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RSOP is the co-founder & Executive Editor of Radical Survivalism Webzine, as well as a Family Preparedness Consultant with over seven years of personal experience in the self-reliance game. RSOP's many preparedness roles within his own group include team mechanic, head of security, electrician, and project designer/engineer.