Why? How do they taste?
I’d like to believe I’m not picky about my fast food choices. I didn’t go to Burger King with grand expectations on what a $1 taco would taste like. I expected seasoned ground beef, a crispy shell that wasn’t filled quite right but had a reasonable enough meat-to-tortilla ratio, some identifiable cheese, taco sauce, and lettuce. That’s what was advertised, at least.
What I got was a bizarre, sludgy, half-filled taco with translucent chunks of lettuce spilling out. The ground meat mixture was so overly processed that biting into it felt like eating a meat paste -- like a wet, uncooked sausage without the casing. It’s perplexing because BK could easily use leftover ground beef from their burgers, hit it with some taco seasoning, and stuff it into their tacos. It makes me curious about what I’m actually biting into -- unless it is burger meat that's been blended beyond recognition.
I appreciate that the shredded cheddar cheese was melted -- often fast food tacos contain strands of dry, gritty cheese -- but because the meat was already inherently gooey (a word I have never wanted to use to describe meat?) it didn’t help matters much.
The taco shell was far too big for the amount of filling it contained, which meant some bites were just plain, cracker-like bits of tortilla that are stiff enough to cut the roof of your mouth. The lettuce did no favors.
The one dim upside was the taco sauce; it was bright, albeit lacking in heat. Unfortunately though, it wasn’t included generously enough. I’d prefer to have my own packets, with varying levels of heat à la Taco Bell, so I could season the taco to my heart’s content in an attempt to save this taco -- though I’m unsure how much sauce could truly help.
Compared to Jack in the Box’s famous taco deal, I’d say these are a bust. Jack in the Box offers you double the tacos for the same price, and the meat actually has texture that lets you know it’s supposed to be meat. I mean, I’m not saying Jack in the Box’s tacos are the greatest tacos in the world, but as a comparable fast-food joint that also doesn’t necessarily specialize in tacos, they win in a landslide.