Carnitas is never easy to master, especially in a fast food setting. Yet, several chains offer the porky delight. Which makes the best version of carnitas tacos? We tried Chipotle, Qdoba, Wahoo's, Baja Fresh and Del Taco, and managed to emerge with a few tasty choices.
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Who cooks the best carne tacos? Or, really, who even bothers to try making their tacos taste like carne asada? We tried 16 different steak taco options from some of the most well-known taco chains. Taco Bell, Del Taco, Baja Fresh, Rubio's, Chipotle, Qdoba, and Wahoo's. Some, of course, were better than others.
I really, really wanted to like these things. I have no particular love for T.G.I. Friday's or anyplace like it, but as soon as these new tacos were announced last month, the hipper-than-thou blogger backlash began: How on Earth could a chain restaurant serve a credible Korean taco? Well, it turns out they can't in this case.