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As you may recall, Del Taco sent me a mysterious red box at the beginning of the year that contained a bunch of feathers and a rubber turkey. Touting their new line of Turkey Tacos, I had to wait a bit as they didn't roll out until the first weekend of January.
I ordered both the crunchy and soft variety and they are both shown below. You can get any menu item that uses ground beef in turkey instead, although they were just advertising tacos and Crunchtadas at the store.
The turkey tacos taste similar to the seasoned ground beef. These, too, are seasoned and ground. If you close your eyes and don't pay too much attention, you may not even notice you are not eating beef.
The tacos cost a hefty $1.25. That's steep for a basic taco. They try to plus it up by adding chunks of tomato but it is still just a standard 3-topping taco. As you can see above, the ground turkey is dark and richly seasoned. Add in some sauce and you are good to go.
My thoughts? There is a slight aftertaste that is probably more the result of expecting the flavor of beef than an issue with the turkey itself. Otherwise, apart from the tomatoes, there is no real difference between these tacos and their beef kin. They were tasty and satisfying. They advertise these as having 33% less fat than the seasoned beef. For some strange reason, they are not available in Oklahoma. Big cattle lobby maybe?
If you're looking to trim a little fat and still enjoy the flavor of Del Taco, give the Turkey Tacos or Turkey - Anything a try.
Reader Clay sent in the picture below of his recent Wendy's order: The Bacon Portabella Melt on a Brioche bun that he received, compared with the one Wendy's food stylists prepared. No TLC went into this sandwich:
Thanks Clay. That is not pretty. I hope it tasted ok.
Searching for more combinations of the same ingredients, McDonald's rolls out some discount specialty sandwiches. The $2 Bacon Cheddar Hot 'n Spicy McChicken and the Bacon McDouble accompany the $1 BBQ Ranch Burger in this staple of basic burger goodness.
I tried the Bacon McDouble and it is everything you expect it to be. A standard double cheeseburger with a single slice of American cheese, two small burger patties, bacon, and all the normal base burger toppings.
The burger was salty but how could it not be? It tasted like it should and for two bucks it's doing what it set out to do: offer perceived value on a menu board plagued by price creep.
Still, I commend McDonald's for taking a page from Taco Bell's playbook. I imagine the people out at McDonald's HQ with a dart board of all their kitchen ingredients and they just throw six darts and out comes a new menu item. Can a beef/chicken combo sandwich be far behind?
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