Del Taco recently added a trio of new turkey items to their menu that are 33 percent lower in fat than the ground beef alternatives. But, are they any good? We tried the crunchy turkey taco to find out.
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Del Taco has two new deep-fried "crunch bites" to tempt you: caramel apple and mac n' cheese, and we inhaled them.
Yet, plenty of chains offer bowls as viable alternatives to the tacos and burritos I've come to love. So be it. With similar (or, on occasion, exact) ingredients as what's found in my burrito, I can swing a bowl. Heck, I usually opt for the ice cream cup over the cone, so there! Now, down to business. Which Mexican chain makes the best bowls?
Let's look past the bean & cheese. Obama may not have mentioned this in his DNC speech, but as a nation it is imperative that we move past the bean & cheese as the only available option for vegetarians at our taco chains. The B&C has its place, of course, but we were looking for more than just sloppy pinto beans and greasy cheese in this tasting. Taco Bell, Del Taco, Chipotle, Baja Fresh, Rubios and Wahoos battle it out for the title of best vegetarian burrito.
Over the past month, we've covered many different chain tacos (see: carnitas, steak, ground beef, and fish). After weeks of staring at the same menus in the same national chains, one thing became abundantly clear: all of them serve chicken. So this round of the chain taco tasting was epic. Winners and losers revealed!
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.
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.
Save your steak burritos for another day. Leave your carnitas at home. We're talking ground beef tacos, the absolute baseline for Mexican fast food eats. Heck, a few chains that don't otherwise mess with the Mex at all (ahem, Jack in the Box) even have ground beef tacos on their board. So who has the tastiest, beefiest tacos? We found out.
If you don't happen to live near the salty Pacific, where can you go to find a serviceable fish taco in your area? Well, that depends on what sort of Mexican-inspired chains exist around you. If it's nothing but Taco Bells and El Pollo Locos, you might be in trouble. But if you've got a Baja Fresh—or better yet, a Rubio's—you might be in for a pleasant surprise.
Carnitas are back at Del Taco for a limited time. You can get your shredded pork in nachos, taco, or burrito form, including the new Primo Carnitas Burrito. We tried the four carnitas variants, plus a new breakfast burrito.
Del Taco's burger offerings haven't changed in years, but you can make a few new versions using existing menu items.
[Photographs: Damon Gambuto] Of the many tastes and behaviors I developed in childhood that persist in this manchild, a taste for fast food isn't one of them. I rarely find myself struggling to simply drive by a late night...