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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Del Taco Testing Carnitas

UPDATE: Del Taco has brought the carnitas items back that they first released about a year ago and added a Primo Carnitas Burrito to the lineup:


You can also get a coupon from their Facebook page to get a free carnitas taco al carbon with any beverage purchase:


And while I still miss their jalapeño rings they do have these new Cheddar Potato Poppers now:


Here's their press release about these new items:

Del Taco's Primo Carnitas Burrito Headlines Star-Studded, Flavor-Packed Carnitas Lineup of New Tastes

(LAKE FOREST, CA) June 11, 2012 – A new Primo Carnitas Burrito leads the pack as Del Taco brings back for a limited time the Shredded Pork Carnitas line that has become a fan favorite. Del Taco's carnitas, unlike anything available in the quick-service category, offers customers the savory taste of tender, slow-braised pork that is simmered in small batch kettles as found in the cooking methods of the traditional Mexican kitchen.
The new Primo Carnitas Burrito delivers the traditional flavors of carnitas in a burrito loaded with shredded pork, seasoned rice, spicy jack cheese, creamy chipotle sauce and fresh pico de gallo salsa. Other shredded pork Carnitas items appearing on Del Taco's menu for a limited time include the Carnitas Combo Burrito, Carnitas Taco al Carbon, Macho Carnitas Burrito and Carnitas Macho Nachos.
Also, for a limited time, consumers can find a coupon for a Free Carnitas Taco al Carbon with any beverage purchase on Del Taco's Facebook page – www.facebook.com/deltaco.
"Del Taco fans love our shredded pork Carnitas tacos and burritos, so we're glad to bring them back for a limited time to fulfill their cravings," said John Cappasola, Chief Brand Officer at Del Taco. "Our shredded pork Carnitas is just one example of the great tastes and quality that we're proud to deliver out of our kitchens at a value that is unmatched in the category."
Del Taco is also adding another cravable menu item with the introduction of new Cheddar Potato Poppers. These cheesy crunchy potato bites feature bits of jalapeno for a hint of flavorful spice. A four piece order is $1.79 and a six piece order is $2.49.
At Del Taco, all menu items are made to order using fresh ingredients including freshly grated cheddar cheese, hand-made salsa, slow-cooked lard-free beans and marinated chicken grilled fresh in our kitchens every day. The menu includes Mexican offerings of tacos, burritos, quesadillas and nachos as well as American favorites like hamburgers, fries and milk shakes. Del Taco also serves breakfast and most restaurants are open 24 hours with a drive thru. Del Taco restaurants serve more than three million customers each week.
Del Taco has more than 535 restaurants in 17 states.
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Below is our old entry from June 8, 2011:

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First Taco Bell tried introducing carnitas meat and now Del Taco is testing (at least I think it's just a test item for now). Posters in the windows show the burritos but when you go in you see they also have a carnitas torta and carnitas big fat tacos:

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I tried it in the torta and the carnitas meat was pretty good, certainly less processed overall than the Taco Bell attempt was.

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The location I got it at was here, and I think I also saw a poster for it here. Click any of the three images here to be taken to the complete Del Taco flickr album.
UPDATE: Del Taco has moved these items from testing to being regular items in all their stores. Here's the press release:

Del Taco Adds Shredded Pork Carnitas: Menu Items Include Combo Burrito, Taco al Carbon and Macho Nachos Free Carnitas Taco Al Carbon Coupon on Facebook

(Lake Forest, CA) Sept. 14, 2011 – Shredded Pork Carnitas is available now for a limited time at Del Taco, offering fans the savory taste of tender, slow-braised, pork that is simmered in small batch kettles as found in the cooking methods of the traditional Mexican kitchen.
Shredded Pork Carnitas menu items include Carnitas Combo Burrito, Carnitas Taco al Carbon and Carnitas Macho Nachos – as a la carte items and meals.
The Carnitas Combo Burrito, features slow cooked beans, tender braised pork, grated cheddar cheese and green sauce wrapped in a warm flour tortilla. The Carnitas Taco al Carbon features shredded pork, California Chili sauce, diced onions and chopped cilantro wrapped in two warm corn tortillas. The Carnitas Macho Nachos start with fresh tortilla chips, loaded with slow-cooked beans, carnitas, nacho cheese sauce, diced tomatoes, sour cream and topped with sliced jalapeño peppers.
Consumers can receive a coupon for a free Carnitas Taco al Carbon with any purchase at Del Taco's Facebook fan page – www.facebook.com/deltaco.
"Shredded Pork Carnitas reinforces once again that Del Taco is the destination for more flavor, more variety and great value," said John Cappasola, Del Taco's Chief Brand Officer. "Fans will find the delicious flavor unlike anything available in the quick-service category. And we've got it for a limited time. So, we're encouraging anyone looking for a fresh taste to come and try our new Carnitas."
At Del Taco, all menu items are made to order using fresh ingredients including freshly grated cheddar cheese, hand-made salsa, slow-cooked lard-free beans and marinated chicken grilled fresh every hour. The menu includes Mexican offerings of tacos, burritos, quesadillas and nachos as well as American favorites like hamburgers, fries and milk shakes. Del Taco also serves breakfast and most restaurants are open 24 hours with a drive thru. Del Taco restaurants serve more than three million customers each week.
Del Taco has more than 525 restaurants in 17 states.
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4 comments:

Dave Lieberman said...

Oh yes, I'm sure there's some guy out back of every Del Taco with a big copper or steel cazo and a big paddle, slowly stirring every part of the pig in simmering lard until it's just perfectly done... (roll eyes).

No fast food restaurant is ever going to make carnitas. They're going to make dry, stringy pork shoulder.

ChristianZ said...

Yes, this is clearly a fast food version. Didn't think anybody would be surprised by that. It should just be seen in the realm it exists in, not as a suggested substitute for other stuff you prefer.

The meat in my torta was so mixed up with the other ingredients that it was hard to judge it on its own.

Juliette @ Orange County Carpet Cleaning said...

No kidding, no fast food place in my eyes can ever compare to a authentic mexican restuarant, ever! If they did it wouldn't cost 99 cents for a taco. Any quality taco or burrito at a fast food chain would go for 4 to 5 bucks hands down and taste like the real deal. That will never happen.

Anonymous said...

Really? Why would you (Dave Lieberman) even expect it to be authentic? A steel cazo? Maybe in their huaraches and sombrero too. Get real.... it's freakin Del Taco....It is what is is...