I wish Jack in the Box’s Enchilada Monster Taco was an enchilada inside of a taco, but it is not. But I’m sure Taco Bell will one day accomplish that feat and give it a name, like Enchitaco, Enchilataco, or Talada.
For those of you not keeping score at home, and I’m pretty sure that’s 100 percent of you, Jack in the Box has introduced six Monster Taco varieties since 2013. There’s the original Monster Taco, Nacho Monster Taco, Bacon Ranch Monster Taco, Breakfast Monster Taco, Southwest Monster Taco, and this one
The Enchilada Monster Taco features seasoned ground beef, shredded lettuce, cheddar cheese, and an enchilada sauce in a partly crunchy, but 75 percent greasy taco shell. At a quick glance, it doesn’t look too different than a regular Monster Taco, but within the grease-stained shell there’s a difference. The original version has slices of American cheese and taco sauce instead of cheddar and enchilada sauce.
As you can see below, my taco had a whole lot of taco beef sludge and shredded lettuce, a bit of enchilada sauce, and not a lot of cheddar cheese. The enchilada sauce is a nice change of pace from Jack’s regular taco sauce. It’s not as spicy as the taco sauce, although the amount of lettuce my taco had might’ve dampened the spiciness. The enchilada sauce is also sweet and has a nice tomato-y, garlicky, and oniony flavor to it. I think I prefer it over Jack’s taco sauce.
As a whole, I did enjoy Jack in the Box’s Enchilada Monster Taco. It’s tasty and the shell, like all Jack in the Box tacos, has that wonderful crunch on the edges. But it’s too slight of a variation from the original Monster Taco. Adding enchilada sauce to a taco is as exciting as adding ketchup to a burger.
The Nacho version has jalapeños and nacho cheese sauce, the Ranch Bacon has a strip of bacon and ranch sauce, and the Southwest one had black beans and roasted corn. But the Enchilada Monster Taco just has enchilada sauce and shredded cheese. Compared with the others, it sounds unimaginative to me. And I don’t think it’s worth its premium price, which is a few dimes more than the original Monster Taco.
Now if it was an enchilada inside of a taco, then it would be a whole different story.
(Nutrition Facts – 308 calories, 177 calories from fat, 20 grams of fat, 7 grams of saturated fat, 1 gram of trans fat, 27 milligrams of cholesterol, 693 milligrams of sodium, 317 milligrams of potassium, 22 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 2 grams of sugar, and 11 grams of protein.)
Item: Jack in the Box Enchilada Monster Taco
Purchased Price: $1.99
Purchased at: Jack in the Box
Rating: 6 out of 10
Pros: Enchilada sauce has nice flavor. The crunchy edges of the Taco Shell. Glad it doesn’t have American cheese.
Cons: Too slight of a variation from the original Monster Taco. Not worth the premium price over the original Monster Taco. Not using their creamy sriracha sauce on a taco (it’ll probably happen this year). Mine had a lot of lettuce and not a lot of cheddar cheese. Not an enchilada in a taco.
3 thoughts to “REVIEW: Jack in the Box Enchilada Monster Taco”
Here’s how you get your Tacochilada.
1. Go to the counter at Taco Bell when it’s dead, preferably at a branch with reasonably bright employees (there’s only one local TB I’d trust with this mission).
2. Order a Double Decker taco but with a “soft taco” corn shell as the outer shell, rather than a flour tortilla, AND have the filling be only beef, shredded cheese, and enchirito sauce. (Alternatively, skip the sauce, for neatness, and use dipping sauce or sauce packets.)
3. Proclaim the merits of this “secret menu” item to the vast audience of teh interwebz.
And yeah, the Southwest Monster Taco seemed more exciting than this one. I liked it a great deal in a guilty pleasure way. (“Jack in the Box: More entertaining to eat than actual food would be.”)
My issue with these is price. They aren’t that filling, so I need to buy 2 and now I’m paying $4 for 2 tacos. The value minded in me says, why not just get 4 regular tacos for $2. If these were $1.50, I would buy them all day.
The Monster Enchilada Tacos at the JIB on S Riverside Ave in Rialto are only $1.59. So I guess this is a deal. I better by more of these deliciously different concoctions before they realize their pricing mistake!
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