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Taco Bell's Cantina Tacos

http://www.blackbookmag.com/article/...eet-food/21210

The marketing and new product folks over at Taco Bell must be high. Anyone who prefers authentic tacos at a food stand (i.e. corn tortillas, cilantro, fresh grilled steak or braised pork) are not going to eat these at Taco Bell. I don't see how the average patron would order something like this. Am I wrong by guessing that the avg JSP prefers flour tortillas and something with cheese on it? Not that that's bad -- it's just not authentic. And I would guess a large percentage of Taco Bell patrons are either hungover, drunk, or also high and just want a bunch of sub-par food for little money.

I guess TB is aiming for the Freebird's or Chipotle crowd but I'm pretty sure neither will be fooled. And by the way, if you are from up north and love Chipotle, Freebird's is about 10 times better.

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Re: Taco Bell's Cantina Tacos

I will try one. It has to be better than the normal with sour cream caulk on it.

Although I question comparing the authenticity with Chipotle.

The best tacos I have had are typically in little hole-in-the-wall joints, or trailers in parking lots. That makes me want to head out and get an "authentic" taco.
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Re: Taco Bell's Cantina Tacos

i live in chicago and have eaten at plenty of little mexican restaurants and they all serve tacos with lettuce and cheese. though the cheese is always the white crumbly kind.
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Re: Taco Bell's Cantina Tacos

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I will try one. It has to be better than the normal with sour cream caulk on it.

Although I question comparing the authenticity with Chipotle.

The best tacos I have had are typically in little hole-in-the-wall joints, or trailers in parking lots. That makes me want to head out and get an "authentic" taco.
No I didn't mean to imply that Chipotle was authentic. It's far from it. But they use better ingredients.
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Re: Taco Bell's Cantina Tacos

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i live in chicago and have eaten at plenty of little mexican restaurants and they all serve tacos with lettuce and cheese. though the cheese is always the white crumbly kind.
That's queso fresco and it's good stuff. But again, not something you would find at a TB. But definitely something you would find from a street vendor or a real mexican-owned restuarant.
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Re: Taco Bell's Cantina Tacos

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Re: Taco Bell's Cantina Tacos

I've been to authentic Mexican restaurants... in Mexico. The bathrooms at Taco Bell are much nicer.
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Re: Taco Bell's Cantina Tacos

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I've been to authentic Mexican restaurants... in Mexico. The bathrooms at Taco Bell are much nicer.
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Re: Taco Bell's Cantina Tacos

I tried the steak and the chicken tacos - my bowels rejected them with great force.....
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Re: Taco Bell's Cantina Tacos

I tried the Cantina Tacos today. Not bad. Certainly not as good as from some of the hole in the walll Mexican joints, but all of them are not too bad on fat or calories. I'll get 'em again.
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Re: Taco Bell's Cantina Tacos

I ate Chipotle a few years back when I was in H-Town and wasn't impressed at all.
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Re: Taco Bell's Cantina Tacos

I tried the steak and carnitas version out of curiousity. Steak was okay, carnitas was dreadful.
The cilantro was tasteless as were the tortillas.

I'll stick to my local taquerias.
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Re: Taco Bell's Cantina Tacos

Originally Posted by chino77 View Post
i live in chicago and have eaten at plenty of little mexican restaurants and they all serve tacos with lettuce and cheese. though the cheese is always the white crumbly kind.
That's because they want Americans to get business. I have several friends who run Mexican restaurants and half the menu (quesadillas, etc) are all for Americans. It's not what they'd love to serve.
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Re: Taco Bell's Cantina Tacos

I remember Freebirds! I love to have lunch there when I lived in College Station. The best burritos I ever had. Too bad we don't have one in the Northeast.
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Re: Taco Bell's Cantina Tacos

If I want one of these I'll just go to my favorite taco-cart; they're cheaper and I guarantee they're better.

Plus, I can’t imagine Taco Bell hot sauce on one of those things.
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That's because they want Americans to get business. I have several friends who run Mexican restaurants and half the menu (quesadillas, etc) are all for Americans. It's not what they'd love to serve.
I've noticed that whenever you find a great authentic ethnic restaurant, word leaks out how great the food is, then Americans start patronizing it and the food goes downhill.
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I can't believe that nobody has pointed out the authenticity of serving these wrapped in aluminum foil instead of the the traditional emblem-emblazoned paper wrapper.

My wife tried these the other day and I thought it was odd. I just figured that the restaurant hadn't recieved the proper "POS" materials ("s" for sale). Then I saw the commercial on TV ... odd.
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Re: Taco Bell's Cantina Tacos

I might give them a try. I like "Chipotle", but my favorite "hole in the wall" (it's actually a really nice restaurant, but serves this style of Mexican food) would have to be a local place called "Mucho Gusto". Incredible fish burritos.
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Re: Taco Bell's Cantina Tacos

Originally Posted by Abob Teff View Post
I can't believe that nobody has pointed out the authenticity of serving these wrapped in aluminum foil instead of the the traditional emblem-emblazoned paper wrapper.
Good point. An interesting marketing move by TB.

Unfortunately the food wrapped in said aluminum foil is so underwhelming.

But I guess that's to be expected.
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Re: Taco Bell's Cantina Tacos

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That's because they want Americans to get business. I have several friends who run Mexican restaurants and half the menu (quesadillas, etc) are all for Americans. It's not what they'd love to serve.
its not like these are in white neighborhoods. they are in mexican neighborhoods.
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Re: Taco Bell's Cantina Tacos

Originally Posted by jonw9 View Post
I will try one. It has to be better than the normal with sour cream caulk on it.

Although I question comparing the authenticity with Chipotle.

The best tacos I have had are typically in little hole-in-the-wall joints, or trailers in parking lots. That makes me want to head out and get an "authentic" taco.
Just found one of those! Damn was it tasty and authentic. First time having Horchata too.
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Re: Taco Bell's Cantina Tacos

I love Taco Bell. No really. I absolutely love the taste of Taco Bell and eat there a couple times a week. Everything on their menu tastes basically the same, and I love it all.

But these cantina tacos are absolute crap.
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Re: Taco Bell's Cantina Tacos

Originally Posted by The Bus View Post
That's because they want Americans to get business. I have several friends who run Mexican restaurants and half the menu (quesadillas, etc) are all for Americans. It's not what they'd love to serve.
Thanks for ruining that. I guess I will stick with my authentic Chop Suey and Sweet and Sour Chicken!
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Re: Taco Bell's Cantina Tacos

Ive had the so called "authentic" mexican fast food..blech..

no taste, no seasonings...I like my americanized palate and the corn tortillas from those joints are horrid.

I like a taco with flour tortilla, fresco crumble cheese, lite on the cilantro and finely shredded lettuce and with diced tomato to go with whatever meat I want.

I also dont eat at Taco Bell

and I would NEVER eat a taco from a taco cart, stand, etc

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