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Are QuikTrip Tacos Worth the Purchase?

QuikTrip Tacos
Brisket, Chicken & Pork Tacos

By Mike Thayer

Who makes the best tacos in the Wichita Metro?

Clearly not QuikTrip.

No, not to be taken seriously as a contender for the Best Taco in Wichita, on a whim I did swing by my neighborhood QT while out-and-about running errands to see just how good or "eh" QT Tacos might be.

For those of you just tuning in, I've been traveling around the ICT, sampling the taco offerings from just about any joint that has tacos on the menu.  It doesn't really matter who, I'll be eating tacos from local joints, regional restaurants and the national chains.  To determine a true champion of tacos in the metro, a broad sampling has to be taken in order to measure the best.  I'm on a mission in the name of "taco science" (cough). 

QT Tacos Unwrapped
Regular Taco Size Flour Tortillas, not the smaller, street taco size.

I'm a regular QT customer, stopping in for the occasional fountain drink and/or a bag of chips, perhaps a bag of ice when hosting a party.  I haven't been a fan of QT Kitchens however, after having a couple less-than-stellar breakfast sandwich experiences a few years back.  Since then I haven't given their food a serious look, until recently purchasing a QT Coupon Card for a fundraiser.  I reviewed their pizza a couple of days ago and it was surprisingly good.

Related: Food Review: QuikTrip Pizza

So today, I figured "What the heck" I'll check out their tacos for lunch.

QT Pork Taco
An inside look of the pork taco, a decent amount of meat.

QT has a lineup of three tacos, Brisket, Chicken and Pork.  Make no mistake, QT isn't going to win any "Best Taco" competitions with these offerings, they're basic, a simple pairing of seasoned meat wrapped in a tortilla.  It truly is a convenience food and made for a warming bin.  So is it worth purchasing with that convenience and your possible taco craving in mind?  I "purchased" all three varieties today to sample, they were free using my QT Coupon Card.  I also got a fountain drink and a bag of Nacho Cheese Doritos.

The Brisket Taco has a nice shred, it's tender and surprisingly juicy considering the warming bin environment.  The meat received a decent rub, I picked up the classic notes of chili powder, garlic, paprika, salt and black pepper but it is a bit on the sweet side from the brown sugar in that rub.

The Chicken Taco was a bit dry, with the sliced chicken breast and rib meat treated with essentially the same rub as the brisket, with a little added kick of lime.

QT Taco
All the tacos provided meat in every bite.

The Pork Taco, my favorite of the three was done in BBQ fashion, pulled pork style.  Like the brisket it had a nice shred and I picked up the sauce notes, the vinegar, onion, garlic, Worcestershire, pepper, paprika and sugar.

Like I stated, these are pretty much just seasoned meats wrapped in a warm tortilla, they're a convenience food and they're palatable.  You can (should) doctor these up at the condiment bar and if it's not road food, you could take these home and doctor them up with lettuce, tomato, chopped onion, some cilantro and they'd actually end up being a much tastier taco.  And you don't have to restrict yourself to the warming bin.  You can get made to order tacos to include lettuce, tomato, onion, peppers etc., using the QT Mobile App.

The regular price per taco is $3.69, but you can get 2 tacos for $6.  The total price at the register for 3 tacos then would be $10.41 with tax.  That's a reasonable price and worth the purchase, but ONLY if you're ordering the doctored up versions using the QT app to make them a far better taco than the warming bin version.  As they are, straight from the bin, the QT lineup of tacos scored only 37 out of a possible 63 points, earning 2 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.  It may be convenient pulling from the warming bin, but without veggies to contribute to the flavor profile (which you can't do with the warming bin in mind), these things aren't worthy of a repeat buy.  Order using the QT App or take the tacos home and doctor them up.  Better yet, get your tacos from a local Mexican joint.

2 stars

$pend Wisely My Friends...

Related:  Other Taco Joints Reviewed So Far

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