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Taco Bell Cantina Tacos

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nightsky Aug 7, 2010 08:13 AM

I have to admit the carnitas is pretty good. Two soft corn tortillas filled with nicely seasoned pork/cilantro, and comes with a wedge of lime. Chicken was ok too. I wish they'd decouple from KFC and overhaul the whole chain to serve more food like this.

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    libgirl2 Aug 23, 2010 04:52 PM

    I like the inside, very tasty but they need to cook the corn tortilla! IT cracked apart as we ate the tacos. Could they not flip it on a burner or something? My co-worker had the same complaint. I would like to buy them again, but cold tortilla=no tortilla!

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      MarlboroMan Aug 26, 2010 08:19 PM

      I tried the pork and the beef. I try not to eat too many carbs, so away went one of the corn tortillas on each one. I thought the beef was "eh", but the pork was pretty good. The pieces I had were fatty, but I like that. Would I get it again? Maybe. But honestly, it made me crave real Mexican food. :)

      My favorite Taco Bell item is still the Meximelt.

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      roro1831 Aug 10, 2010 07:59 AM

      Tried one of each for lunch yesterday, not good at all, and I have no problem eating Taco Bell every now and then. These just were not good.

      1. Tripeler Aug 7, 2010 11:47 PM

        I still have trouble seeing the words "Cantina" and "Taco Bell" together.

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          joe777cool Aug 7, 2010 08:40 PM

          I tried the chix and steak ones..... the chix was decent, the steak was ehhh - but im not a very big van of TBs steak to begin with. My SO said the pork was close to inedible due to the flavor and copnsistency (and she LOVES carnitas).

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            TuteTibiImperes Aug 7, 2010 05:41 PM

            I've tried all three. The Carnitas are mushy, and not incredibly flavorful, as has been stated before, but they are still better than the chicken or beef, which are dry in addition to being fairly flavorless.

            The Pacific Shrimp Taco that Taco Bell had a few months ago was actually pretty good, and a lot better than these. They were pricey, but I hope they bring those back.

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              rockycat Aug 9, 2010 07:05 AM

              The Spouse tried all three. I asked two questions:
              How are they compared to regular TB? and
              How are they compared to real Mexican food?

              The answers:
              For TB, it's not too bad, The carnitas were the best, but everything was way too salty.
              Compared to real Mexican tacos, are you kidding? Not even entirely the same food item.

              I tasted just the meat from the chicken and the steak since I can't stand cilantro (the carnitas were long gone). The chicken was the same exact chicken they use in the spicy chicken burritos and the steak is the same steak they use in every other steak dish. We both agreed that without the sauces and cheese and lettuce you really notice how bad the meat is.

              I actually like TB for what it is. What it isn't is an authentic taqueria. I'm lucky that I live in an area with many good authenitc taquerias. When I want real Mexican, that's where I'll go. When I want TB, I'll go to TB.

              Bottom line: Will either of us order the Cantina Tacos again? No.

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                Davwud Aug 10, 2010 08:41 AM

                Agreed on the shrimp tacos. Actually quite decent.

                DT

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                Msviolatordm Aug 7, 2010 05:10 PM

                Tried the chicken cantina tacos the other night and would've been great if it had less onions. I love onions but geez not when it's half the taco filling.

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                  raleighboy Aug 7, 2010 12:30 PM

                  These tacos are a huge mistake on taco bell's part- an admission that they know what mexican food is at least supposed to be. The regular "tacos" are no longer justifiable

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                    joe777cool Aug 7, 2010 01:43 PM

                    HUH? While I am not a fan of taco bell by any means, these tacos are just another product in a long long line of products. TB isnt "admitting" anything, they are simply trying to add to the bottom line. Taco bell is to Mexican as Olive Garden is to Italian - neither is authentic, but millions of people visit these places every year because they enjoy the food. People that love the gordita crunch and things like that probably wont like these tacos and vice versa.

                    I will be trying these tacos sometime soon - my first visit to TB in probably 4 years.....mission accomplished for TB.

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                      raleighboy Aug 7, 2010 07:15 PM

                      It was a joke.

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                      Velvet Elvis Aug 9, 2010 07:16 AM

                      I visited a TB last year that had a decorative sign up saying that they proudly served "mexican-inspired fast food." They know what they are, and I don't think they try to hide it.

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