August 28, 2010

Taco Bell Cantina Tacos

cantinataco.jpgThe fast food company known more for taking the same five ingredients and creating some loosely-based Mexican concoction has created something totally different and seemingly actually authentic. The first thing you notice about the tacos is that they are wrapped in plain foil and the two tortillas per taco are made of corn, not the usual flour. The tacos are simple, like they should be, with only meat, onions, cilantro and an optional lime wedge, no cheese or sour cream or special sauce. The lime wedge is a nice touch and makes the taco taste fresh. There are three options for filling: pork, chicken or steak. The pork is a nice change of pace but the chicken and steak are the same used in all of the other items and really tastes out of place against the better quality of the other ingredients. As an added bonus, the tacos are about as low in calories and fat as anything else on the menu. The chicken and steak varieties have just 2.5 grams of fat.

Phoood ratings:

Carnitas taco: Good.gif
Chicken taco: So-so
Steak taco: So-so

Posted by Shawn on August 28, 2010

This has got to be one of the worst, most tastless offerings ever by a fast food company, the corn tortillas are mushy with horrible mouth feel and the meats are grade D at best. Hard to keep down.

Posted by: frank alarcon at August 29, 2010 6:05 AM

the taco's are alright,but, you can make them at home with the same ingredients for alot less and still take them anywhere. you get the same thing at any taco stand in tulsa ,if you want to take the chance of getting assaulted for a late night fix.

Posted by: scott at August 29, 2010 5:48 PM

I loved these tacos. These are more authentic then their everyday tacos. Which are not mexican food. Those crunchy taco shells are not what you'll find in Southern California or acutally in Mexico. Very common to get two plain corn tortillas with meat, onions, cilantro and ALWAYS with a lime. LOVE THEM!!

Posted by: Amber at August 31, 2010 6:34 AM

The quality of these tacos varies greatly depending upon the location. I tried a steak one in Santa Clara, CA and thought it tasted great, and very similar to the ones I make at home. I got two more steak ones a couple of weeks later at a San Jose location and thought they were extremely bland and dry tasting.

I think that unlike their normal ground beef these meat ingredients require more care and attention, which can cause them to taste differently depending on the location.

Overall they were pretty good, but not really worth the price.

Posted by: Sommer at August 31, 2010 9:04 PM

Worst tasting tacos and if that is an "authentic" tasting taco then Mexico can keep them. I'll stick with Americanized tacos anyday.

Posted by: Tyson at September 1, 2010 7:43 AM

Yeah, these tacos suck and are a joke compared to real tacos.

Posted by: Meno at September 2, 2010 2:28 AM

Tacos do vary from different places, but I prefer min in Mexico, where it originated. The sad thing is that if ever I want to have another taco, i should go visit Mexico again or have their taco delivered to me. heheheIf you wont mind I'd love to guide Foodista readers to your post. Just add the foodista widget to the end of this post so it will appear in the Foodista pages and it's all set, Thanks!

Posted by: christine at September 7, 2010 7:55 AM

I tried the carnitas taco on a whim and ugh it was bad! The meat looked like dog food slopped into the tortilla. Never again!

Posted by: Lola at January 31, 2011 10:58 AM

I couldn't do it, the tortilla was simply disgusting in texture and taste. It's one of those things that I liked at first because it was such a unique texture and taste I've never experienced, but then it died.

Would never order these again.

Posted by: Lexxy at February 3, 2011 8:27 PM
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