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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: 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.

                1. There is nothing like a JIB tacos stuffed with some fries.

                  2 for a $1 and for $3...you get 6 greasy little bombs of goodness that could very well be, the answer to proverbial question, how do I get rid of my hangover?

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                  1. re: Beach Chick

                    You completely forget all about the hangover when the myocardial infarction hits...(g)

                    I totally admit to being a JITB taco fan (and I miss their "monster" tacos cause you got more of the meat paste in each glorious bite).

                    1. re: Servorg

                      How could I forget about the myocardial infarction. .
                      ;^)

                      Forgot all about the love and glory of the beloved 'Monster' taco from JIB..

                      1. re: Beach Chick

                        Hey, BC, I was into the Myocardial Infarctions before anyone else and I have all their CDs. They were totally great, of course, until they sold out and now they are so lame they couldn't even play drums behind Steely Dan.

                  2. The best way to enjoy them is after they've sat on the dashboard all night.

                    1. Off topic a bit, but does anyone know why Jack In The Box exited the NJ market in the late 70's early 80's and has never returned?

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                      1. re: jrvedivici

                        I'd like them to come back to the Tri-state area. I guess there just wasn't enough of a market for them here. Their breakfast sandwich was also good. You could tell them to make the egg easy over, however you liked it. None of this pre-made plastic egg you see now.

                        1. re: michele cindy

                          I double dog dare you too make that plastic egg comment on the "Chains" board in a McDonalds thread! I did once and I'm still patching my roof where the crowd came to burn my house down!!!

                          I have few memories of Jack In The Box, and honestly didn't know they even served breakfast!

                          1. re: jrvedivici

                            Look at this article. If you didn't post your answer, I would have never known this - according to the article you can request a real egg on your biscuit sandwich at McDonald's! Thank you!
                            If it weren't for your post I would have never researched it! http://www.seriouseats.com/2013/03/wa...

                      2. No. I personally can't stand them because I don't' like my tacos greasy (disclosure that I live in SoCal so we have great Mexican food here). I've tried them but they just aren't my thing.

                        But, you can go crazy and make them at home with this recipe. If you read the reviews, everyone says they taste like the real deal. It must be the TVP -- there's no way they could sell those things 2 for $1 without bulking up the meat content.

                        http://www.food.com/recipe/jack-in-th...

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                        1. re: boogiebaby

                          I live in Houston and have taco trucks, carnecerias, and taquerias everywhere but still can't resist them on occasion. My wifeacita is from the Rio Grande Valley and Hispanic and loves them. By the way, they are great re-heated in the toaster oven.

                          1. re: James Cristinian

                            James, you are truly the voice of reason here.
                            Myself, I never eat at places that are afraid to use lard in their refried beans. And I quite often use my toaster oven, sometimes to reheat chicharrones which I have with hot sauce while enjoying beer.

                          2. I don't live by a JITB presently, but I used to and now I'm sad I never tried the tacos. I will be on a mission now to try them the next I find myself in an area that has a JITB!

                            1. Similar, but not the same are the tags at Burger King. They don't advertise them and they are hidden deep in the dollar menu.

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                                1. re: michele cindy

                                  tacos. I meant tacos.

                                  damn autocorrect.

                                  1. re: Jelly71

                                    Which area are you located? I've been looking for these but haven't been able to find them. A decent substitute.

                                    1. re: michele cindy

                                      Another hound who had no idea that some BK's offer tacos. Short blog piece with photos on them here: http://www.brandeating.com/2010/08/re...

                                      1. re: Servorg

                                        It's been at least 14 years since I had a real JITB taco, the BK's were my substitute, last time I saw one on their menu was about 5 years ago. I had no idea they still carried them. I have to find them! Thank you!!!! On 2nd thought if no one knows they have them and they aren't on the menu how long have they been in the BK freezers, wonder if they are the leftovers from 5 years ago promotion! Nah....

                                      2. re: michele cindy

                                        I saw them on the menu last week at the BK in Northridge, CA.

                                2. Carl Jr. makes a very tasty cheap taco. Don't know whether they also appear at Hardee's.