A friend of mine is hosting quite an ambitious taco bike tour (El Tour de Taco) today throughout Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn. Without a bike, I resorted to Taco Bell to try their new Black Jack Taco (black shell taco with beef and pepper jack sauce). I didn’t see it on the menu and I was a little nervous to ask if they had “the Black Taco” while two black girls were standing waiting for their order. But then I remembered it was called the “Black Jack” so all was good.

The black shell reminds me of blue corn chips, even though it’s most likely food coloring.  It’s like when I tried Pepsi Crystal and thought it tasted like Sprite, only because of the visual association. Although the black shell doesn’t do anything different outside of appearances, the Black Jack is a winner with that zesty pepper jack sauce. I didn’t need to add flavor via taco sauce like I usually do.

Note that prices vary. $1.49 in NY.

So they made red taco shells for the Volcano Taco and now black for this Black Jack. I wonder what’s next. I wonder if Harry Connick Jr. is offended.
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17 Responses

  1. Sarah

    I had one today, too. It wasn’t crunchy, due to prolonged transportation time from TBell to home to mouth.
    I liked it a lot, sign me up for more. I agree, it didn’t need any more sauce. I did think the sauce was a bit like a slightly spicy ranch but still good. Great deal for the money.

  2. Dennis

    The pepperjack sauce as advertised is the baja sauce they have had for a long time. You can get that sauce added to anything. Try the Crunchwrap supreme, no sour cream, add baja. Awesome.

  3. Conveyician

    LOL! Well, pink tacos were always racist – white women only. Now the NEW Black Jack Taco! Yummy! no more racism! Could this be in response to our new president?

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    Remember the time they had bacon club chalupas? Spicy chicken crunchwrap supreme? Chicken flatbread? Insert 50 other amazing items here? Me too. Assholes.

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