Fast Food Review: Black Jack Taco from Taco Bell
It’s very easy to point at Taco Bell and call their new items very uninspired. You’ve got to give them credit though, at least they continuously market reasonably priced and reasonably tasty offerings. There’s really only so much you can do with Mexican fast food. You’ve got a ton of ingredients and coming up with something new just requires plucking a little of this and a little of that and coming up with a new name. This time around, Taco Bell has a new-look taco called the Black Jack Taco, and it’s hard to pass up at only 89¢.
Taco Bell describes the Black Jack Taco like this:
A crunchy black taco shell filled with seasoned beef, zesty pepper jack sauce, shredded lettuce and a blend of three cheeses – cheddar, pepper jack and mozzarella.
Maybe it’s a Halloween thing, I’m not sure, but a black hard shell taco for the month of October seems like a pretty cool idea. Like the red Volcano Taco shell, the Black Jack’s black shell doesn’t taste any different from what you’re used to. You’re still getting the typical toasty crunch from your standard hard shell taco. Putting aside just the look of the thing, the main concern for all the grubbers out there is, “How does it taste?” Well, you’ve got seasoned ground beef and a mix of shredded cheeses and cheese sauce. Crunchy, cheesy and beefy are three words that can describe the Black Jack. The inclusion of Pepper Jack cheeses into the Black Jack is a nice change of pace. It’s milder than the cheesy Lava Sauce found in the Volcano Menu items but still has a hint of heat that won’t overwhelm the cheese taste. Considering that a regular hard shell taco is on the Why Pay More? value menu at Taco Bell for only 89 cents, my question is Why Not Go For the Black Jack? You’re not getting more beef but the cheese blends are a nice bonus. Taco Bell could’ve easily just come out with this taco with the typical yellow shell and had a different name for it. The pepper jack and mozzarella cheeses are the only real taste changes.
In closing, it’s a no brainer to give the Black Jack a taste. It’s promo priced at only 89 cents right now so why wouldn’t you? I applaud Taco Bell for it’s cheap options all the time and grabbing three items and spending under $3.00 is really the way to go. It’s a cool, new look with a decent taste that won’t hurt your wallet. Try it. Available until December 27th.
Pros: Cheap. Zesty cheese blend. Cool look.
Cons: Black shell is just for looks. Not filling and 17 grams of fat.
Grubbing on-the-go: 6.00/10
Overall GrubGrade: 7.25/10
More Info: TacoBell.com
Calories - 210
Fat - 17 grams
Saturated Fat - 4.5 grams
Carbs - 6 grams
Cholesterol - 35 milligrams
Sodium - 430 milligrams
Sugars - 1 gram
Dietary Fiber - 2 grams
Protein - 8 grams