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Oct 11, 2009 04:16 PM

Taco Bell's (new) black tacos

The hard shells are black. Is anything else different? Is the flavor better or at least different?
What kind of corn did they use?

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  1. Why don't you try one, and report back. That way you can be a Chowhound Pioneer.

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    1. re: Muskrat

      There's a "pepper jack" sauce on the taco in addition to the usual ingredients. I put it in quotations because I'll have to take TB's word that that's what it was. I saw a white sauce on the taco but there wasn't much difference in taste.

      I thought the shell was less crisp than the regular shell but I have that problem with any colored taco shell or corn chips.

      On the whole, I didn't think the sauce was worth the extra calories. Your mileage may vary.

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      1. it's hard for me to think of many things that sound less appetizing to me than a black taco bell taco.

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        1. re: chez cherie

          Maybe it's a squid ink shell (blahhhh)

          1. re: kimmieokc

            please, they wouldn't got through the trouble.... its just food coloring. I wonder if your tongue turns black?

            1. re: libgirl2

              Forget about your tongue...think about your colon. Taco Bell is a grease party, proceed with caution.

                1. re: Fibber McGee

                  I haven't seen any ads for Taco Bell featuring black tacos.
                  I assume it is a promotion for Halloween?
                  Now there is blue corn. It is a corn that is blue naturally and is used mainly in places like Arizona and New Mexico. You can buy blue corn chips in the grocery stores.
                  There is also in old seed catalogs a corn called Black Mexican. The corn is white at first, but naturally turns black. You could Google it, someone might still sell the seeds. There is also an heirloom corn called Howling Mob. How in the world it got it's name I will never ever know.
                  Now i think blue corn chips kind of look more of a grayish color, but it's been awhile since I have eaten them.
                  Now if the shells are black,I mean real black, then they either used squid ink to dye them or some awful fake food color.I have seen around here at Christmas time tortilla chips dyed red and green.

                  1. re: HollyDolly

                    The ad is all over the tv these days, all the time, saw it lot on Sunday during football.

                    1. re: HollyDolly

                      Squid ink? Black food color. More than likely the same food color used to make Halloween cakes and stuff.

                      1. re: HollyDolly

                        Don't over analyze it.
                        It's just a black taco shell dyed with food coloring.
                        It doesn't appear to be a Halloween promotion.
                        More like "black" is edgy and the in color.

                          1. re: Fibber McGee

                            Checking your past posts. I knew the Goldbergs at Stage Deli. I wish I could duplicate that rye. Anyway your regional accent is a little off.
                            But that ain't the way I heerd it.

                    2. re: libgirl2

                      You're right. It would take waaay to long to milk that many squids;)

                2. I tried 2 the other day. they weren't bad. I think the black shell is just food coloring, because it didn't taste any different than a normal taco shell. They put a melted jack cheese on it which is a little spicy. I'd buy them again when I get one of my once every 6 months Taco Bell craving.

                  1. Once again reminds me of the brilliant Onion headline:

                    "Taco Bell's Five Ingredients Combined in Totally New Way."

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                    1. re: ferret

                      Ha ha, the Taco Bell think tank must be working way overtime these days.