Tex-Mex food has a special place in America’s stomach.
When it comes to Tex-Mex fast food, Taco Bell and Del Taco are the two giants duking it out for the top spot.
I ate massive meals at both chains in order to get a sense of their menus, and I found that Taco Bell beats out Del Taco in taste in every way but one: Del Taco’s chips and guac are much, much better.
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Tex-Mex food occupies a special place in America’s stomach.
It’s not Mexican, but it comes from the Southwest region of the US that used to be part of Mexico and New Spain. Like burritos? You can thank Tejanos. Tacos? They’re as American as apple pie, spaghetti and meatballs, and fortune cookies.
Today, there are two major American fast-food chains that sell Tex-Mex food: Taco Bell and Del Taco. Both were founded in California by men with no Mexican heritage. The concept at the core of both brands is the same: cheap, tasty food made from tortillas, beef, beans, and cheese.
I sampled as much as I could stomach from both chains’ menus. I attempted to order a representative spread of food from each chain for a total cost of about $60 per meal.
Here’s how my meals compared:
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I went to a Taco Bell in my neighborhood in Brooklyn. Turns out in New York, it’s hard to find a Taco Bell that isn’t a Cantina.
Cantina locations are different from regular Taco Bells in that they serve alcohol and have a more upscale interior design.
The digs inside weren’t fancy. But I don’t come to Taco Bell for the ambience — unless maybe it’s a Cantina.
People say Taco Bell only uses five ingredients in its food. But five ingredients can be combined in countless ways, and the Taco Bell menu is a testament to that.
What are the limits of the human stomach? That is a question that I ask myself every day, and a question my body will likely answer in the near future.
All prices are specific to the Brooklyn location I went to, and are as written on my receipt.
One of the weirdest things on Taco Bell’s menu, in my opinion, is the Mexican Pizza ($4.99).
It’s two fried corn tortillas layered with beans and beef, then topped with cheese and tomatoes.
It’s both very fun and very confusing at the same time, and eating it is kind of just a more efficient nacho-eating experience.
I couldn’t deny that it was actually pretty tasty: Crunchy, salty, and cheesy, it’s everything I would want in a late-night snack.
The Crunchwrap Supreme ($4.99) is truly gorgeous, but also confusing. There are layers of beef and queso, a hard corn tortilla, and a bunch of lettuce and tomato.
The combination of soft and hard tortilla …read more
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