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Aug 18, 2013 08:45 AM

Jack in the Box Style Tacos Elsewhere then Jack In the Box?

Jack in the Box has always been my most favorite fast food taco, I recall about 20 years ago, then again more recently Burger King and another chain would sell pretty much the exact same taco, it was brief. Are there any other places aside from JITB that sells the same taco these days? The nearest JITB is over 300 miles from where I live.

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  1. what makes a JiB taco special?

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    1. I don't think anyone will be able to replicate the ratio of dogmeat, spices, wilted lettuce and chewy taco shell of a JB taco

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      1. re: rexster314

        You just haven't been to a jitb that has good ones. I've mentioned this in other posts in the past, but they are the White Castle of tacos, if you like WC's you'll get what I mean, if you don't than, forget it.

        1. re: michele cindy

          " if you like WC's you'll get what I mean, if you don't than, forget it."

          Or Krystal Burgers.

        2. re: rexster314

          Agree completely.

          When you put it that way, (and it's true!), they sound disgusting, but when combined and deep fried, (lettuce and all), something magical happens and you can't really tell how disgusting it is.

          I'll take four please!

          1. re: DoobieWah

            Only four? What, you're not hungry?

              1. re: DoobieWah

                I like the contrast between the crispy outer part and the soft, inner meaty part, plus extra hot sauce. This was wasted Friday night food going back to the mid 70s.

                1. re: DoobieWah

                  Four is a snack. Ten is a meal. And if I recall correctly, twenty is stoned.

                  1. re: ricepad

                    When they were around nj, as a teenager my record was 13.

          2. I had to look up a picture of this magical taco. I can't say I've ever seen anything like it, well, anywhere. I would try your best to make it at home. Good luck:)

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            1. re: alliegator

              I've actually done that, using copycat recipes and they are almost there but just not quite the same.

            2. Sorry the copycats don't work out for you. I'll be honest and say this taco does not look like my cup of tea, but I'll openly admit that after a year in Europe, I thought I'd lose my mind without an Arby's beef & cheddar!

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              1. re: alliegator

                You really can't compare the jitb version to a good traditional taco, it's not in the same league just like a real beef & cheddar from a good restaurant isn't the same thing as Arby's version. So you get what I mean :)
                I suppose If I had a deep fryer it would help in my re-creating.

                1. re: michele cindy

                  You definitely need a fryer to replicate them. I didn't grow up with JIB but my husband introduced me to these tacos years ago and I must say, I was hooked instantly. They are THE PERFECT food when you're under the influence.

                  If I were going to try to make them at home I'd start by making the meat paste - simmer ground beef and spices in water until it has completely broken down into a super-fine texture and has thickened to the appropriate consistency. Then put some in a cheap corn tortilla and deep fry. Open it up and add a half a slice of American cheese and some lettuce. Getting the meat spices right could be tricky but the rest of it is fairly straightforward.

              2. If you are ever in San Diego try the hardshell tacos at Roberto's Taco Shops. They are kind what I think of as what the Jack in the Box tacos were hoping to be when they grow up. Taco shell is similar though much less greasy and meat is better.