I compared Burger King’s new $1 taco against Taco Bell — and it was not a close contest

We tried Burger King's new Crispy Taco, and it didn't come close to Taco Bell's hard-shell classic.

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We tried Burger King’s new Crispy Taco, and it didn’t come close to Taco Bell’s hard-shell classic.
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  • We tried Burger King’s new Crispy Taco, which costs $1 and is made with deep-fried tortillas, ground beef, shredded cheese, and lettuce.
  • We compared it with Taco Bell’s Crunchy Taco, which costs $1.49 in Manhattan, New York, and is made with hard corn tortillas filled with ground beef, lettuce, and shredded cheese.
  • Taco Bell’s Crunchy Taco was clearly the superior American-style hard-shell fast-food taco. It was not only much bigger, but it also had visible beef and more balanced and satisfying flavors overall.
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If you want a real Mexican taco, you don’t go to Taco Bell.

But if you want a reliably tasty American-style hard-shell fast-food taco, you go to Taco Bell.

So when we heard that Burger King was bringing back its tacos, we naturally wondered how they compared with Taco Bell’s tacos. At $1, Burger King’s Crispy Tacos have the potential to pose a threat to Taco Bell’s Crunchy Tacos, which are $1.49 at our Manhattan, New York, location.

In a press release, Burger King said, “The Crispy Taco features a crispy, crunchy tortilla filled with seasoned beef, shredded cheddar cheese and crisp lettuce, all topped with just the right amount of our savory taco sauce.”

This sounded a lot like the Taco Bell Crunchy Taco, which is described on the unofficial Taco Bell fan wiki as “a crispy corn tortilla shell stuffed with ground beef, lettuce, and shredded cheese.” (The official description is a lot longer and much less straightforward.)

But Taco Bell’s Crunchy Taco came first. So what’s Burger King up to?

We went to both Taco Bell and Burger King to eat their tacos. Here’s how they compare:

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TACO BELL — CRUNCHY TACO, $1.49. They looked the same as they ever did — maybe even better.

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The hard corn tortilla was slightly cracked on the bottom, and the meat juices had soaked through slightly.

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There was a fluffy pillow of shredded lettuce and cheese.

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The beef was juicy and saucy with a springy bite, and the crispy, albeit watery lettuce provided sharp, fresh contrast. The cheese added a barely noticeable tang.

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All-in-all, you get what you expect from a Taco Bell Crunchy Taco: a satisfying, light, and well-balanced snack.

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BURGER KING — CRISPY TACO, $1. This dense, malformed food creature should have stayed in the bag.

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Burger King’s taco was much smaller. At first glance, the filling was a mystery, and the outer shell was strangely warped.

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And upon biting into it, I was even more bewildered. The beef wasn’t there at all, and the filling actually tasted more like beans.

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The cheese was melted, even though Burger King’s description promises shredded cheese. The hot sauce was nowhere to be seen, found, or tasted.

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Even though BK’s Crispy Taco is almost $0.50 cheaper, it’s much smaller and tastes worse than Taco Bell’s Crunchy Taco.

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If I’m craving a classic hard-shell taco, I’m sticking with Taco Bell’s. It’s more than worth the premium.

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