Monday, August 9, 2010

Taco Bell: "Authentic"?

Taco Bell has introduced "Cantina Tacos": two grilled corn tortillas around grilled chicken, "carne asada steak" or "carnitas shredded pork" with chopped onion, cilantro and lime wedge. Pork is a new offering for the national chain. They're $1.49 for one, $2.79 for two.

To quote its press release: "For years, Taco Bell was and still is considered Mexican inspired. Now at Taco Bell, we will offer authentic and freshly prepared Mexican tacos with a variety of proteins ... Cantina Tacos are based upon authentic Mexican Street Tacos which are all about the simple, but high quality ingredients ... We are excited to bring both protein and form innovation to our consumers."



Anonymous said...

They actually are pretty dang good...especially for Taco Bell

J said...

"For years, Taco Bell was and still is considered Mexican inspired."

Someone at Taco Bell should ask the Mexicans. My wife told me about a trip to San Antonio she made when she was single. A native asked her and her friends if they liked Mexican food. My wife said, "about the only Mexican food I've ever had is Taco Bell." The natives laughed at her. Hard.

I don't mind eating Taco Bell now and then; it tastes good and is cheap. But I hold no illusions about it being Mexican at all.