Photo: Elizabeth Hait (from left to right: Carnitas, Chicken and Steak Tacos)
Last week, Slashfood announced that Taco Bell was introducing street food-inspired "Cantina Tacos," which include fire-grilled chicken, beef carne asada, and pork carnitas. The comments were overwhelming -- our readers were not happy with the new menu items. We had to find out for ourselves.
One thing is for sure, if you don't like cilantro and/or onions, these tacos are not for you. While we're big fans of cilantro here at Slashfood, we can say that there was too much onion on all three of these tacos -- it obscured the flavor of the meat. However, we did really enjoy one of them.
Each taco reviewed after the jump ...
Cantina Taco - Chicken
Nutritional Info: 2.5 grams fat, 170 calories
What's in it: "Southwest" chicken, onions, lime, cilantro (wrapped up in corn tortillas)
Our testers said: "This taco is easily better than any other item on their menu. The moist chicken had just the right amount of spice and the corn tortilla's were still warm, not gummy. If we had just one request, it would be to add more sauce or a spicy salsa."
Cantina Taco - Steak
Nutritional Info: 2.5 grams fat, 160 calories
What's in it: Onions, lime, beef, cilantro (wrapped up in corn tortillas)
Our testers said: "The steak and wrap were both dry -- when we tasted the beef alone, it was extremely chewy and lacked the simple basics like salt and pepper. It wasn't worth more than two bites."
Cantina Taco - Carnitas
Nutritional Info: 7 grams fat, 200 calories
What's in it: Onions, lime, shredded pork, cilantro (wrapped up in corn tortillas)
Our testers said: "Never has food looked so completely different in real life than in the advertised photograph. A pile of mush and odd flavors, this mixture of sweet pork and onions never came together. To be brutally honest, when opened up, this taco looked like cat food -- and not chunky style. We couldn't get through more than one bite."
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