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Jack in the Box Tacos (new recipe?)

I just had their 2 regular tacos for 99 cents and it seems the beef inside is much more ground-beef-like and less pasty compared to before. I remember they use to be meat paste and now they actually have the consistency of ground beef. Surprisingly I think I like the paste better...

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  1. I hope they didn't mess with the taco too much, I love those things! I'll have to run out tonight to get some.

    1. I had the tacos last weekend and they tasted the same to me - that addicting paste-like filling was still there.

      1. One of my guilty pleasures. Though they are owned my Purina. Maybe that's why I purred everytime I ate one. There's one down the block I'll give it a try and report back

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        1. re: LuigiOrtega

          ralston purina sold jack in the box in 1985. i miss those tacos, as jack in the box abandoned the northeast some years back.

        2. I had them too and I didn't detect a difference. Pasty as always, just how I like it!

          1. I ran to JITB today to get a blackberry shake for my mom's caregiver who just had her wisdom teeth pulled and had to succumb to a couple tacos for myself as well. Didn't taste any difference at all. Same oddly delicious filling as always.

            and if you haven't tried that blackberry shake yet...do so before the go away for fall! so good!

            1. SO GLAD to see that I'm not the only fine food addict who secretly adores those stupid tacos! Sheesh, I feel like I'm in the confessional here...

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              1. re: tsfirefly

                Maybe I'll have some for lunch.The tacos here at the jack in the Box in Universal City
                still has the meat paste,but will report back if any change.
                Lots of mexican places around here but jack is quick,and for weekends i try to go to other places sometimes to be different.

                1. re: tsfirefly

                  food addict.I got one for you. ME. I live in Indiana where there is no jack in the box..I am from Texas as well where there are JITB. I drive once a year to NASHVILLE,TN just for jack in the box. I just went 2 weeks ago and ordered 80 of those yummy tacos. I have been trying to get them to get one here with no luck.IF only our Sonic had tacos i would have to drive so far cuz there tacos are pretty much the same.Funny thing is I am not the only one who travels for them

                2. Eerily as it seems, I'm hoping this was just a one-time batch that didn't get processed enough.

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                  1. re: Danimal n Hustler

                    I tried them again today and they were still much more ground-beefy. Same location as my last visit.

                    1. re: Danimal n Hustler

                      Is there another location within driving distance you can try?

                      1. re: monkuboy

                        Sounds like a single location although aren't most regionally supplied? Any way, I had a couple of JIB tacos yesterday...they're the same "dog food-like paste" but good as ever.

                  2. had 2 last week as good as always

                    1. From childhood, I love those tacos...I remember when they were 25 cents a piece..
                      Please don't change the recipe!

                      1. Beef Regular Taco or Beef Monster Taco® Filling Ingredients: Beef, Water, Textured Vegetable Protein (Soy Flour, Caramel Color), Soy Grits, Seasoning [Chili Powder (Chili Peppers, Spices, Salt, Garlic Powder), Wheat Flour, Taco Mix (Chili Pepper, Garlic, Salt, Spices, Monosodium Glutamate, Dextrose, Onion), Imitation Beef Extract (Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Hydrolyzed Soy, Wheat and Corn Protein, Monosodium Glutamate, Dextrose, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Disodium Guanylate, Disodium Inosinate), Silicon Dioxide (added to prevent caking)], Salt, Tomato Paste, Worcestershire Sauce (Distilled Vinegar, Molasses, Corn Syrup, Water, Salt, Caramel Color, Garlic Powder, Sugar, Spices, Tamarind, Natural Flavor, Sulfiting Agent).

                        Beef does not necessarily mean a piece of meat you're familiar with, or would willingly eat, even if the prize was a million bucks. It's a soy product with yummy goodness that should be sold three for a buck.

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                        1. re: YGBSM

                          the formula has not changed ever since it was introduced. and will not change in the future.

                          1. re: YGBSM

                            Guess this must be one of those "just smile, take a bite and pretend you didn't see it" type ingredient lists... On the other hand, I've never been able to bring myself to actually try one of these things, and I'm not sure this is helping any.

                            1. re: Vexorg

                              I took the plunge recently. It was unlike any taco I've ever had.

                              And totally addictive in a strange, inexplicable way.

                              1. re: QueenB

                                Your first time? Congrats and welcome to the club. I had 4 of them for lunch today, and they are still the same, addictive mysterious things they have always been. Love that weird texture!

                                1. re: monkuboy

                                  Yes, I am no longer a JITB taco virgin. I admit that I was scared, at first...but they had me at first bite.

                            2. re: YGBSM

                              Actually, when the list says "beef" the worst it's going to be is skeletal meat, basically whatever's left on the bones after butchering the cow into steaks. Any organ meats or other offal has to name the part. Take a look at supermarket chorizo some time... the primary ingredients are often beef salivary glands and lymph nodes.

                            3. Wow I can't believe how many people on this web-site love these tacos, nary even a negative post. I, of course, love them too...

                              1. My favorite medicine after too much fun~ love these things.

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                                1. re: chef chicklet

                                  In my younger days, they were a neccisity after club hopping. The oily deep fried texture aaaand vinagery hot sauce. I would always get 2 tacos, breakfast Jack and onion rings. Haven't been to a JITB in 20 years since I moved to ohio.
                                  Ah, I can taste one now. I tried doing them at home with frozen supermarket tacos, just couldn't get it right.


                                  1. re: chef chicklet

                                    Okay, Okay... I admit I eat them too! Whenever I've lost a couple of pounds, I "reward" myself with a couple of these tasty, greasy, crunchy, hot sauced things. They sooooooo bad for you, but what a deliciously naughty flavor.

                                    1. re: mfitzsimons

                                      Does anyone know exactly how bad they are for you - fat content, calories and whatnot?

                                        1. re: yamalam

                                          Oh they're bad for you...but unless you're eating them all the time, who's counting? If you had 2 every month my guess is you breath in more bad junk driving your car. Since I take a commuter train daily, that means I can eat way more! Okay, just looked at the nutrition chart...they're bad. Every 1-2 months seems okay.

                                          1. re: ML8000

                                            Hmm, I thought they were worse than that! 160 calories each and 8 grams of fat. Better than a burger, and more satistying too. I guess as long as you only eat two, why not.

                                    2. When we moved to Texas from Indiana we were introduced to the Jack tacos. Man alive - we thought we had died and gone to heaven. There wasn't any Tex-Mex back then, in Indiana, so we were used to frozen Patio tacos that my mom topped with a weird mixture of grated cheese mixed with mayo and diced onion. No too bad, but Jacks were way better and we could get them whenever we wanted. I remember us begging dad to go out at midnight for tacos!

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                                      1. re: danhole

                                        Mmmmm. Jack's tacos. If I'm home I'll actually dab them with sour cream, along with hot sauce. Ooooeeee gooooeey greasy goodness. The beef in them is so unrecognizable that vegetarians for years circulated the myth that they could eat them because they're meat-free. Even faced with the official ingredient list, which Jack has to adhere to by law, my vegetarian friends insist that this is no meat found in nature. They really are a miracuous food.

                                      2. Tacos are really good but so are Jack in the Crack, Jumbo Jacks. Yummmm! -BnF

                                        1. OK, Thanks giving is over, dumped the turkey. So I just took out of the freezer the 4 sacred Dallas Born Jack in the Box Monster tacos left to us here in Northern Indiana. After genflecting, we placed them in the microwave and gently thawed them for three, three minute periods at three power. 333... Imagine that.

                                          Then we placed them on a cookie sheet at 333 degrees close to the element at the bottom of the oven. 6 min one side 3 min the other.

                                          We scraped them off the cookie sheet with a spatula and the Texas wind began to blow. I was again in St. Louis, I was 18 and drunk on two Buds at 2 am in a green Mercury. It was Great! Same Crunch, same meat.. added some frozen sauce. Who needs crisp lettuce anyway?

                                          1. I had them a couple weeks ago and they tasted the same as they always have. if it aint broke?

                                            1. Oh Man!!! Now I want some!!! I used to eat them as a teenager all the time, when they were still in NY! And I've missed that unique taste ever since!! Luckily, last year I went on vacation in TN, and ate my fill!! Oh greasy goodness!!! And they tasted exactly the same as they did 20 + years ago!! I couldn't believe it! I even got my teenage daughter to fall in love with them, and now she wants to go back down south to get them again!

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                                              1. re: tasaday

                                                AAhhh! I too tasted them as a child in the 70's outside Detroit, but have only had them twice more since when we went to Hawaii. I lived in Santa Fe NM for a while and had what tasted like the real thing at Burger King. This month I will be in Santa Barabara and will make a beeline to the first JITB I see!!

                                              2. The tacos aren't actually made with meat or meat paste. it's tofu.

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                                                1. re: stephizm

                                                  While there is soy in there as an extender, there isn't actual tofu. The first ingredients are beef, water, textured vegetable protein (which is soy flour with caramel coloring), and soy grits.