Review: Del Taco Turkey Tacos
For those who know me, it’s no surprise to hear that Del Taco is one of my guilty pleasures. I avoid most fast food, but Del Taco’s tasty little tacos keep me coming back for more. They’re cheap, crunchy, and addictive; despite their poor nutritional qualities. So imagine my surprise when I pulled into Del Taco for some lunch the other day and found they were offering ground turkey tacos! What? Ground turkey? A “healthy” option at my fast food chain? That’s gotta be a first in the industry. The sign said 33% less fat than their regular beef tacos, and I was sold.
New Turkey Tacos at Del Taco are Delicious
I ordered a couple of the turkey tacos, and a few of my traditional beef hard shell tacos and took my seat with haste. I unfolded the paper wrapper on my first turkey taco and found a perfectly constructed taco half-filled with ground turkey, the other half with lettuce, cheese, and pico de gallo. It looked delicious. I added a little hot sauce on top and took a bite. Crunch! Chew, chew, mmm…..
“What is that on my tongue? There’s actually texture to the meat, like what I’d expect from a ground meat taco. And there’s…..FLAVOR!” These turkey tacos are full of delicious flavor. A nice clean tasting spiced meat. I devoured taco number one and promptly bit into taco number two. But then I remembered that I wanted to compare the standard beef tacos to the new turkey version, so I put the turkey down and opened up its little beef brother.
What a disappointment! My once favorite fast food taco now tasted like crap. The first note on my tongue was of undiluted beef bouillon. The next, cheap meat. But the texture was what really disappointed me. It was more like canned dog food than ground beef. What the hell just happened here? I loved these little beef tacos, but now all I wanted to do was to throw them on the floor, yell at them, and replace them with turkey tacos!
Del Taco Turkey Tacos Come in Two Different Sizes
On my way out, I asked the store manager a couple questions about the turkey tacos, namely about size comparisons with the beef taco. She informed me that the advertised turkey tacos are the equivalent size to the double beef Classic taco. She then informed me that they also offer a Value Turkey Taco version for $0.89 that is equivalent to the regular beef taco ($0.59). Sweet! I went back the next day and ordered some of each to compare. Here’s how the two look side by side:
As you can see, there is a substantial difference in the amount of filling. But for $0.40 more, is the larger turkey taco worth it? Well, I guess that depends on your taco preferences. Both are delicious, and both are significantly better tasting than the beef versions. But I think I like that larger turkey better because there is more meat/flavor to each bite. Oddly enough, the pico on it doesn’t really do much for me. In fact, I found the flavors of it distracting against the turkey. But me being me, I ate it anyway. So if you want more crunch and are looking to cut cost, go with the Economy taco. Otherwise, sink your teeth into the happy grown sibling bird.
Del Taco Turkey Taco Nutrition
Don’t get fooled thinking these tacos are good for you. They’re still from a fast food restaurant, and are filled with sodium, fat, sugars, and wheat and soy fillers. But compared to their beef counterpart, these are actually pretty decent. Del Taco hasn’t published the Value version nutritional information yet, but here’s the regular version’s info with a comparison to the classic beef:
So there you have it. 33% less fat, and 25% less calories than the Classic Beef Taco. Del Taco’s Turkey Taco is better tasting, and is a healthier pick as well. I’m sold and am in love. $1.29 is quite a bit more than the $.59 regular beef tacos at Del Taco, but it is worth every penny both in flavor and calorie reduction. You have a winner here Del Taco. I hope you keep turkey on your permanent menu!
The Bald Gourmet loves the new Turkey Tacos at Del Taco.