REVIEW: Burger King Crispy Taco

Burger King Crispy Taco

As a longtime Latino — 40 years and counting — for so long I have dreamed of an edible epoch in this nation’s history when there would be some form of taco available on every street corner, from every fast food chain, and on every dollar menu. Now, thanks to Burger King, this simple dream is now one step closer to fruition.

Besides the usual taco chains around town like Taco Bell or Del Taco, if I’m under oath, I’d have to admit that I supremely love Jack in the Box’s taco deal, consisting of two greasy corn shells filled with meat and cheese, both for a little over a dollar; it’s a good taste at a great price, especially when their ain’t a convenient taqueria in sight.

Burger King Crispy Taco 2

That being said, I do believe that Jack has finally met his snack match in Burger King’s tremendo Crunchy Tacos; with each equally greasy corn shell – that’s from the deep-frying, ya’ll – dripping with puro faux-Mexican flavor, the additives of a small dash of lettuce and a sprinkle of cheese, as well as a nicely proportioned glob of seasoned beef that, remarkably, doesn’t taste like ground up leftover hamburger filling, makes for a moderately spicy treat at a mostly fulfilling price.

As I sat there in the lonely Burger King, munching on the crunchy taco with affordable ease, I immediately noticed how it’s not at all rubbery, the way Jack’s tacos can often quickly get, especially fresh out the deep-fryer. Instead, the King’s maintains a stolid bite-path that never gets in the way of the beautifully greasy taste, which is far better than it sounds. These are very much like the tacos that one friend’s mom would make when you spent the night as a kid -— contrived as Hell, but delicious as Heaven.

Burger King Crispy Taco 3

Now if I had one complaint, it would be for the absolute lack of both taco sauce and taco salsa — the taco sauce that was supposed to come with the taco and a couple of packets of taco salsa to be included with my order. That’s like fries with no ketchup, if you ask me. So I guess if you happen to pick a pair — or even more, natch — of these tacos up, ask for extra sauce or, as I’m gonna start doing, just bring your own. I recommend San Luis; it’s in a white bottle that looks like bathroom cleaner.

Otherwise, McDonald’s, it’s your deep-fried taco move now. Cómpralo ya!

Purchased Price: $1.00
Size: N/A
Rating: 9 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: 170 calories, 9 grams of fat, 3 grams of saturated fat, 0 gram of trans fat, 10 milligrams of cholesterol, 360 milligrams of sodium, 19 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 1 gram of sugar, and 5 grams of protein.

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17 thoughts to “REVIEW: Burger King Crispy Taco”

    1. How much were you paid to write this review? No self-repecting Latino would ever say these tacos were good. Maybe, and that’s a HUGE maybe, they taste ok at your BK. But here in York, PA they are not even worth a dollar. This was a totally unnecessary addition to the menu. Their burgers are delish. If you absolutely insist on getting a taco from a fast food joint, run for the border. Quiero Taco Bell.

  1. I tried the BK tacos and yesterday and I am a fan. Of course, I am a big fan of Jack in the Box tacos too and these are very similar. The main difference that I notice is BK uses cheddar cheese and larger pieces of lettuce, whereas Jack uses American cheese and shredded lettuce. Also, the BK ones aren’t nearly as greasy as Jack’s tacos. BK tacos are good and since I am about two hundred miles away from the closest Jack in the Box now, they are a very fine substitute. However, I still give Jack kudos for the best tacos with these coming in at a close second. Despite that, I will probably eat more BK tacos than I should and my waistline is thankful that these are only a limited time offer.

  2. Tried these a couple nights ago. They were pretty good! I think I also prefer them to Jack in the Box. Don’t have a Jack locally, but from what I recall from the last time I had Jack’s tacos, the BK ones seemed more fresh, definitely had more of a kick, and even seem a bit larger I think. Only area Jack beats them is price. These are nearly twice as much. But I think the higher quality justifies it. Oh, and we asked for extra sauce and the lady working the drive thru said that the sauce is not provided as a side condiment. It’s already rolled into the taco.

  3. My daughter and I tried these yesterday. We loved them! The corn tortilla was super crispy where it did not touch the meat. The taco was very mild and addictive. Quite a bit of ground beef inside. Maybe better than Taco Bell??? How dare I!!!

  4. When I tried the 2010 or so version of these, they were SO good and they had taco sauce packets. If I can’t add my own taco sauce, that’d be a bummer. If you like Jack in the Box’s tacos, the old BK tacos were miles ahead of those. Fingers crossed for the new version!

  5. Ok, big question…why does it not look like the pictures posted by Burger King in their ads? The tacos in their ads look more like Taco Bell crispy tacos, not like what we’re getting. Let’s be realistic here BK!

  6. I ate a Burger King taco today for the first time and it was Yukon! It contained about 1/2 t. meat, a few shreds of lettuce, and a shred or two of cheese in a tough taco shell. They had better stick to burgers.

  7. Jack in the Box tacos are literally trash and these look no better. Both kinds look like stuff they scrapped off the floor and then deep fried to save on waste costs, and the one time I tried a Jack in the Box taco it tasted like that too.

    Someone I know on Facebook tried one of these and it looked nothing like this picture- 1/2 the meat, grayer, much greasier, and she claims even her grand-kids wouldn’t touch it. (JitB is not regional where she lives though).

    This post is an embarrassment to Mexican food, the people of Mexico, and honestly just food in general. Have some standards y’all, ffs. We may be a fat nation but we don’t have to exist as one by eating hot garbage like this. We deserve better. Even junk food can be higher quality than this. It’s a knock-off of something already terrible to begin with, c’mon.

  8. Wow… These are disgusting, greasy, no flavor, overcooked and half empty… Things (not really a taco). Tv commercial not even close to what you get. Over crisp deep-fried shell almost stale. A pocket of mush type filling in the very middle (no way to tell if it’s meat or not) with a smidgen of cheese in it. Maybe 3 strips of lettuce. No sauce unless you count the grease dripping down your fingers from being deep-fried. Shell is good size but only the center couple inches has anything in it. So, it’s basically overcooked crunchy no flavored shell you eat mostly. Really bad. It needs to go away rather quickly. Makes taco bell tacos look and taste so much better.

  9. Don’t insult ?’s by calling this monstrosity a taco. I agree with all who said this was an overcooked shelled with mush, no cheese or sauce and big hunks of lettuce. Give me Taco Bell ANY day!!!!?????

  10. I think in terms of large chains, those of us that normally eat Taco Bell tacos will not like these. Those that eat Jack in box tacos will find the shell similar and may like them.

  11. So… how much where you paid to write this review?

    This post honestly offends me. This is coming from a Mexican-American person WHO works at Burger King (I can send proof). The tacos before this nationwide “offer” was rolled out… were pretty good, I live in Northern CA and we have had them on the menu for years. We used the American cheese (the kind used on the burgers) and when done right, I would give them a 7 out of 10.

    These tacos now are a JOKE. They are a pain in the ass to make, BK has reduced the amount of meat in them and changed it to shredded cheese. We are now forced to make them ahead of time because of demand which means.. soggy tacos.

    Yes, they are less greasy than Jack in the Box, yes I know it varies from franchise to franchise but the quality has drastically gone down. 9 out of 10 really?
    Damn, 40+ years being a “latino” must have killed your taste buds if this piece of caca got you ranking it 9 out of 10.
    2 out of 10.

  12. LOVED THEM. I go back to Texas every 6 weeks to visit my dog and always head to the nearest JIB and now I can get my fix right here in NY. They are not as good as JIB but a damn close second I still have JIB packets so I added them to the BK ones and it was great. Don’t get it twisted with all the racist shit seriously its just a taco.

  13. I was very impressed with how BAD these tacos actually are. I knew they wouldn’t look like the picture; I was imagining more like Jack in the Box tacos than Taco Bell. And it does seem to be the style they were going for. However one Jack in the Box Taco (you get two for 99 cents) was far better than what I got at Burger King (2 crappy “tacos” for $2.00.

    The Meat was black and crispy. Fortunately there was barely meat in it at all so the poor quality and burnt-ness weren’t as much of a hindrance. No Cheese and barely any sauce (not to mention no packets available). I can only hope the cheese and most of the meat fell out in the frying process (on both tacos).

    Really really bad. They won’t stick around for long unless they show they care about their customers and improve the recipe.

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