We Eat It So You Don't Have To: Del Taco's Turkey Tacos

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The abominations

I really don't like turkey, but I have a big soft spot for Del Taco, so when a box full of green and red feathers arrived at our office announcing the debut of some new ground turkey tacos, I didn't really know how to feel.

I was confused and conflicted, torn between my love for a fast food restaurant that -- by all standards -- is much better than it needs to be and my hatred for one of the worst proteins in existence.

Why would Del Taco do this to us? Is turkey meat cheap right now? Does Del Taco want to cut food costs without going the way of Jack in the Box and using soy protein? Are they really, really trying to be healthier?

All I knew that, as hesitant as I was, I'd have to try the turkey tacos, if only for you guys.

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The insides!

The tacos are meh, just slightly worse than their beef brethren.

It's a boring answer, I know, but when you're buying $1.29 tacos from a fast food chain, meh is all you're going to be getting.

From what I can tell, the turkey tacos are just the standard Del Taco skeleton -- tortilla or taco shell, grated lettuce and cheese, some pico de gallo -- around a new protein, which isn't a bad thing per se. I'm not even convinced that you'd notice the turkey if someone just handed you a taco on the street and didn't tell you what it was (Note: Please don't eat random stranger tacos.).


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ICregular
ICregular

Del Taco is my "go to" when I am looking for cheap fast food tacos. Cheaper than Alberto's ,Alejandros, or any other Bertos. Fuck, I am hungry now. 

Ro Hart
Ro Hart

yeah!! like the original Naugles Macho Nachos made with actual Doritos Nacho Cheese tortilla chips!!

Raquel Clovery
Raquel Clovery

I had one yesterday and I thought it was good although I could've done without the pico de gallo. I like the turkey option because that is all I really eat, turkey and chicken.

Thomas Barnes
Thomas Barnes

there's a lot of turkeys that are left over from x-mas & thanksgiving. I like to wait until early Jan. when they're about .15/lb at your local grocery and get two of them, defrost them, break them down into about 10 pieces each & vacuum seal them. those two birds could keep a family of 3 happy for a while, on the cheap

Charles Lam
Charles Lam

The Double Del is one of my favorite fast food burgers!

alfred.martinez
alfred.martinez

@Gregory NagelYou've done waay too much research on this subject :)

Mike Frenes
Mike Frenes

Because they're being innovative like all the rest. You get dull and dry when you don't keep the new product line going. (Marketing 101)

Chris J Caroselli
Chris J Caroselli

Am I the only one around here who prefers the Double Del Burger over everything else on the menu?

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

"Random Stranger Tacos" sounds like an awesome name for an (ahem) adult film. ;-)

Josh Dutch Schultz Gaitan
Josh Dutch Schultz Gaitan

We only use turkey meat in our house. I can't remember the last time we had a bbq with ground beef, it's always been turkey burgers and you know what? I ain't even mad.

Jason Guthrie
Jason Guthrie

It's a nice option for those that don't eat beef (or pork), and aren't really feeling like a chicken taco.

Rick Hale
Rick Hale

Love Del but I'll be passing on those.

Jed Spellum
Jed Spellum

If I had the economy of scale a fast food company does, I could serve cheap, healthy food.

Rachel Peress
Rachel Peress

All these fast food places are garbage! Don't poison your bodies by eating it!

Laura Grayson
Laura Grayson

Turkey belongs ROASTED on a table with stuffing ......or maybe in a cold sandwich...

Mike Rodriguez
Mike Rodriguez

I stopped eating there when I found a hairball inside their" chicken" tacos. And the corporate office compensated us with two gift cards that had a $0 balance.

Gregory Nagel
Gregory Nagel

Del Taco is all about location as each store has subtle differences in bean, tortilla and meat consistency. I tried the Turkey Taco at a few locations now and stand by this. Worst: Anaheim at Harbor/La Palma. Best: Avery Parkway/5, Honorable mention: East side of the 55 at Dyer (also the best chicken and fries at this location)

Susan Garcia
Susan Garcia

I think Del taco is gross and this isn't a mexican Taco.. if you want a Taco go eat at a mexican restuarant..

Ward Anderson
Ward Anderson

Can you please clarify that say protein is just added to the meat as a filler so you don't confuse people because I'm so tired of people telling me "you can eat jack in box tacos, it's soy...ahhh duuur"

Dean Jacobs
Dean Jacobs

Screw the turkey items, bring back some or all the Naugles menu and watch your sales go through the roof...!!

Charles Lam
Charles Lam

I mean, Jack uses soy protein in their tacos sooooo I feel like "protein" is pretty apt when talking about fast food tacos.

Tom Slick Pearson
Tom Slick Pearson

This article's title is deceptive; wording it as if the Turkey is "replacing" the beef. This is just another option, and good on them for bringing more choices to the table. Now carry on, and do not waste the 2 minutes of your life reading this mediocre filler story...

David Rando
David Rando

I had one this week, they are not too bad

Art Guevara
Art Guevara

Morons.... Fast food is junk food cheap food unhealthy food what any one expect for a dollar or two???

Jake Westenberg
Jake Westenberg

Fast food is garbage and o lot of people are realizing it. So these companies have to change their product to deal with that fact.

Puggzly Axdd'em
Puggzly Axdd'em

OC Weekly, why do you think everything is a conspiracy???? why you gotta knock the last fast food joint i enjoyingly patronize?

Marily Madrigal
Marily Madrigal

Aw it's not bad. Well at least the Morningstar brand is good.

Sherry Edwards
Sherry Edwards

So happy to hear they are offering taco's with ground turkey. Not a ground beef. YAY!

Cris Whetstone
Cris Whetstone

Is there anything grosser than soy "meat"? *shudder*

Alex Cassidy
Alex Cassidy

Sorry, I can't take anyone seriously who repeatedly refers to meat with the blanket category of "protein". Technically accurate though it may be, CUT THAT SHIT OUT.

Marily Madrigal
Marily Madrigal

They should've went with soy meat. Turkey meat is gross!

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