Cantina Steak Burrito is Just So-So

While my first love will forever be curry, I do have the occasional adulterous fling with Mexican and Chinese cuisine

When I heard Taco Bell’s Cantina Steak Burrito was now available “Nationwide,” my passion for the dear puta was reignited.

On a cold, windy afternoon, I drove up to the nearest Taco Bell to fill my empty tank on Burritos.

Cantina Burrito comes in three kinds – Steak, Chicken and Veggie.

Taco Bell New Cantina Burrito - Image © SearchIndia.comCantina Steak Burrito goes National

In a gluttonous mood, I asked for both Cantina Steak Burrito ($4.99) and Cantina Veggie Burrito ($4.79).

For the sides, my choices were Nachos with Pico De Gallo ($1.49) and Nachos with Guacamole ($1.49).

The ordering process was not smooth at Taco Bell but more on this irritation later.

My Burritos and sides were ready in about six minutes and came in a plastic bag.

Cantina Steak Burrito

Cantina Steak Burrito came neatly wrapped, but lukewarm.

Taco Bell Cantina Burrito Steak - Image © SearchIndia.comCantina Steak Burrito – $4.99

It looked big and bulky.

The Steak Burrito included Steak, Corn, Rice, Black Beans, Guacamole, Pico De Gallo, creamy Cilantro dressing and Lettuce.

Taco Bell Cantina Burrito Steak from inside- Image © SearchIndia.comCantina Burrito Steak – Inside Story

The serving size of the stuffing was decent, all wrapped in a big flour tortilla

SI’s take on Cantina Steak Burrito:

* Sure, my Steak Burrito was a big and hefty but the taste was kind of ho-hum. Nothing to get excited about and not much different from the standard, boring Taco Bell Burrito taste.

* The outer flour tortilla was just lukewarm. I like my tortilla to be warm on a cold windy day.

Taco Bell Cantina Burrito Steak stuffing- Image © SearchIndia.comCantina Burrito Steak Stuffing

* The quantity of the stuffing was alright. Since the taste was not up to par, I added some Salsa to jazz it up.

* Cantina Steak Burrito Steak is  filling and adequate for breakfast, and maybe even lunch if you’re not the gluttonous, Bakasura kind like me.

Taco Bell Cantina Burrito Steak Side - Image © SearchIndia.comCantina Burrito Steak Side View

Cantina Steak Burrito – Nutrition Information

Serving Size (g) – 458
Calories – 780 (from Fat – 250)
Saturated Fat (g) – 7
Total Fat (g) – 28
Trans fat (g) – 0
Cholesterol (mg) – 50
Sodium (mg) – 1900
Carbohydrates (g) – 98
Dietary Fiber (g) – 13
Sugars (g) – 7
Protein (g) – 33

Cantina Burrito – Veggie

My Veggie Burrito also arrived neatly wrapped, but again barely lukewarm.

Taco Bell Cantina Burrito Veggie - Image © SearchIndia.comCantina Burrito Veggie – $4.79

Veggie Burrito included Rice, Black Beans, Corn, Lettuce and Guacamole.

Taco Bell Cantina Burrito Veggie from inside- Image © SearchIndia.comCantina Burrito Veggie Inside

Although the Veggie Burrito stuffing was a bit tastier than the Steak Burrito, I was still compelled to add a dash of Salsa to make it more appealing to my spice hardened Indian palate.

Taco Bell Cantina Burrito Steak stuffing- Image © SearchIndia.comCantina Burrito Veggie Stuffing

Egg in Cantina Veggie Burrito

Surprisingly, the Cantina Veggie Burrito includes Egg, a fact I was unaware of when ordering.

Taco Bell Cantina Burrito Veggie Side - Image © SearchIndia.comCantina Burrito Veggie Side View

It was only later when I checked the Taco Bell web site for ingredients, I realized the Cantina Veggie Burrio includes Egg making me wonder when Egg became a Veggie.

So if you are a pure Indian vegetarian, I suggest you steer clear of all three Cantina Burritos.

Cantina Veggie Burrito –  Nutrition Information

Serving Size (g) – 435
Calories – 740 (from Fat – 230)
Saturated Fat (g) – 5
Total Fat (g) – 26
Trans fat (g) – 0
Cholesterol (mg) – 10
Sodium (mg) – 1750
Carbohydrates (g) – 107
Dietary Fiber (g) – 17
Sugars (g) – 8
Protein (g) – 20

Cantina Burrito Allergens and Sensitivity

Both the Steak and Veggie Burritos include egg, milk, wheat, soybean oil and gluten ingredients that may not be appropriate for some people.

While Soybean oil is not marked as allergen, the Taco Bell web site clearly marked egg, milk and wheat as containing allergens. Also, gluten is marked as containing ingredient that may cause sensitivity.

Taco Bell Nachos, Guacamole, Salsa

Nachos were crisp, cold and came in a small serving.

Taco Bell Nachos with Salsa - Image © SearchIndia.comNachos with Salsa

Salsa was at room temperature, slightly tangy and decent tasting.

But the Salsa was not Mexican restaurant quality decent.

Taco Bell Nachos with guacamole - Image © SearchIndia.comNachos with Guacamole

The Guacamole side, however, turned out to be horrid disaster, without any taste or flavor.

It was a green, guey chemical paste. 🙁

Easily, the worst Guacamole to land on my taste buds.

Taco Bell Order Mess ups

My order-taker at the Taco Bell counter was clueless about availability of Pico De Gallo and Guacamole sides.

Instead of Pico De Gallo side, she provided Salsa with my Nachos chips .

Also, there was no marking on my two Cantina Burritos to differentiate the Steak from the Veggie.

In the absence of any sticker or marking the Cantina Burritos, I was forced to unwrap the Burritos to figure out which one was a steak and veggie. She never asked me whether I wanted takeout or dine-in.

Cantina Burritos Verdict – No Big Deal

Like any Indian, I look at both taste and value-to-price ratio carefully when I dine out.

On both taste and value for money, the Cantina Burritos were meh.

One of SI’s standard comparison points is a Chinese Buffet. At any Chinese Buffet restaurant in the U.S., you get 100+ items (including four varieties of ice creams) for $6.50. By that yardstick, the Cantina Steak Burrito was not good value for money.

I doubt the Cantina Burritos will remain high on my list for a quick takeout!



2 Responses to "Cantina Steak Burrito is Just So-So"

  1. vjcool   February 22, 2013 at 5:25 am

    about eggs being veg, I read it in my UG classes that eggs is veg as they are not fertilized (the commercial ones). Thats to make the very staunch hindus of N.india add some animal protein to their diet.

    But for Mexico??, are there any other places that consider egg as veg … I googled it and found something called vegetarian egg, the egg of the hen fed only veg and not worms or meat byproducts..Well the human mind is such a mess, coming up with all kind of xcuses and ways to do whatever they like and not do it unapologetically.

    So I tried if Mexicans consider eggs vegetarian..and I got these recipes

    I think Egg still is non veg, whether fertilized or not. and it’s like the Bengali Brahmins eating Fish and Chicken but why make a non veg dish veg.. why not parcel off the guilt and just eat? (I’m assuming that guilt may be the reason for the labeling) Responds:

    1. In the U.S., some places consider seafood as vegetarian. 😉

    2. Most U.S. grocery chains sell organic eggs but with the corporatization of the food industry the whole business is screwed up.

    Horror show

    3. If humans were civilized, they wouldn’t eat meat, eggs or even drink milk.

    Alas, I love my sausages too much! 🙁

  2. vjcool   February 22, 2013 at 5:26 am Responds:

    Well, going by your above link I suppose that makes SI an Higher Class Indian (albeit, a sausage-loving one). 😉

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