Review: Strawberry Churros from Del Taco

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Every culture has its own version of deep-fried dough, and for Mexico, the most popular version is the churro. According to their Wiki page, the prism-shaped pastry is typically consumed for breakfast, dipped in cafe con leche or hot chocolate. I’ve eaten a lot of churros since moving to San Diego, and the best ones are always from churro carts, where the deep-fried, sugar-coated pasty sticks are served hot and fresh (and typically come 6 to a bag for about $2-$3).  While I was in Del Taco doing research for another review, I noticed something new, and potentially not completely terrible: churros with strawberry filling. I had to try one. For comparison purposes, I also got a regular cinnamon churro.

The two items couldn’t have been more different. The regular churro was pale, with a crunchy exterior coated with cinnamon and sugar. Inside, it was fairly moist, and the flavor of the cinnamon came through. For 99 cents, it was alright… nothing tremendously special, but fine.  The Strawberry Churro was golden brown, with a softer, more doughnut-like texture. The first bite was OK, but when I hit the warm fruity gel inside, it made the whole thing taste like is a jelly doughnut in stick form, minus the powdered sugar. The filling was too sweet, and tasted artificial. A more accurate name for it would be “red”, because it was like a synthetic conglomeration of fruit, not actual strawberries (no big shock, considering the source).

Of the two, I preferred the regular cinnamon churro. Though it was dry, it tasted like a churro should, not like some freakish jelly donut hybrid masquerading as a churro. Neither of the options are particularly good, but the original has a slight edge (and will also save you over 100 calories).

Pros: Relatively cheap, more convenient than crossing the border into TJ, sweet enough to do the trick

Cons: Regular churro is on the dry side, strawberry churro is too sweet and artificial

Taste: 5.50/10
Value: 6.00/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 8.75/10
Price: 1.29 (Strawberry Churro) | 0.99 (Regular Churro)

Overall GrubGrade: 5.75/10 (Regular Churro) | 5.00/10 (Strawberry Churro)

More Info: DelTaco.com
Nutrition Facts:
Cinnamon Churro (45 grams)
Calories: 180
Total Fat: 9 g
Saturated Fat: 2 g
Cholesterol: 20 mg
Sodium: 0 mg
Total Carbs: 21 g
Dietary Fiber: 0 g
Sugars: 9 g
Protein: 2 g
Nutrition Info – Strawberry Churro (84 grams)
Calories: 290
Total Fat: 13 g
Saturated Fat: 2 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 260 mg
Total Carbs: 41 g
Dietary Fiber: 2 g
Sugars: 16 g
Protein: 2 g

6 comments on “Review: Strawberry Churros from Del Taco

  1. Manavee says:

    My only experience with churros comes from U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago at Sox games. They always seem to look so good in the cart, and yet I’m consistently disappointed after I buy them.

  2. wenkie says:

    Baby if loving a jelly donut in stick form is wrong – I don’t want to be right!

  3. Chefprotoss says:

    I shake my fist at this review! Damn you for having easy access to Del Taco! Stop teasing me with things I lust for but cannot have!

    =P

  4. Erin says:

    That Del Taco I have easy access to is (without question) the saddest food establishment in all of downtown San Diego. You are really not missing out on all that much.

    I did find a relatively edible alternative to their double cheeseburger. It’ll be posted on that other site, next week.

    • Chefprotoss says:

      When I was a kid I would get the half pound bean and cheese burritos, 2 for $.99 and they were awesome. Simple but rediculously great. I have never tried a burger from Del Taco. I guess I’m not missing much.