Here’s some advice for Burger King: Figure out how to make a good hamburger before expanding your brand with this merger of meat and cultural appropriation. For those of you worried about the authenticity of this Tex-Mex product, you can relax. The Whopperrito was invented by a BK franchise out of Pennsylvania. You know, the birthplace of Tex-Mex. And I use the word “invent” loosely when describing the science that went into creating this pickle-filled abomination. I guarantee you that anyone who has ever gotten Whiz Khalifa high has made a “Whopperrito” in their own dorm-room kitchen.
I guess we can thank Burger King for tackling this part of the market none of us knew existed. The Whopperrito was introduced in test markets this past June, and barely two months later, it’s being sold nationwide, making it the fastest product to launch from the test phase. Maybe one day Latinos will find the same mainstream acceptance the Whopperrito is currently enjoying. But hey, maybe I’m just a naive dreamer.
Get your vapes and Pepto ready, the Whopperrito is going nationwide August 15.
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.
But turns out Taco Bell has nothing to worry about.
Burger King announced the nationwide launch of their $1 taco on Wednesday.
Yup, Burger King is being weird again. However, unlike when it tweeted cryptic messages and unleashed alarmingly colorful burgers, this is the supposedly good kind of weird. The Whopper slinger announced that it’s adding a taco to its nationwide menu. Yes, a taco… at Burger King.
No, this isn’t some weird IHOP nonsense where Burger King is going to show you a burger and call it a taco. The Crispy Taco is hitting BK menus nationwide for just $1, and you can get it now (it will cost a little more in Hawaii and Alaska). The menu item features seasoned beef, shredded cheddar cheese, lettuce, and taco sauce, all encased in a crispy tortilla shell.
And the reviews of this supposed taco are already rolling in.
With one reviewer saying: “I’d like to believe I’m not picky about my fast food choices. I didn’t go to Burger King with grand expectations on what a $1 taco would taste like. I expected seasoned ground beef, a crispy shell that wasn’t filled quite right but had a reasonable enough meat-to-tortilla ratio, some identifiable cheese, taco sauce, and lettuce. That’s what was advertised, at least. What I got was a bizarre, sludgy, half-filled taco with translucent chunks of lettuce spilling out. The ground meat mixture was so overly processed that biting into it felt like eating a meat paste — like a wet, uncooked sausage without the casing. It’s perplexing because BK could easily use leftover ground beef from their burgers, hit it with some taco seasoning, and stuff it into their tacos. It makes me curious about what I’m actually biting into — unless it is burger meat that’s been blended beyond recognition.”
Yea, that doesn’t sound great.
Some of the reviews are down right savage…
Like this one that called out the taco filling for how it looked – like canned dog food. I don’t think that’s the look that Burger King was going for.
I mean the tacos are so bad people are like mad confused.
Though as this Twitter user pointed out, maybe they just missed the mark because it wasn’t #TacoTuesday…?
Even people on Snapchat were sharing their Burger King taco horror stories.
And yea, if I got a taco like that, I’d be making that exact same face and probably a lot worse.
People seriously took to Burger King’s original tweet just to tell them how gross their tacos really were.
You know things are bad when people who don’t even use social media take to social media to come for a brand…in this case…Burger King.
Many urged the burger chain to stick to what they already do – burgers!
There are all sorts of brands these days wanting to capitalize on Latino culture, including our food. In fact, several major fast food chains already offer rough versions of traditional Mexican classics (looking at you Jack In The Box). So it’s not too surprising that now the classic burger chain, Burger King, is getting in on the action.
While others pointed out the obvious…
The obvious being that you kind of deserve a bad taco if you’re going to Burger King expecting a good one.
Even if they’ve tried the tacos, people are still wondering what they just saw.
People are not having it.
Considering that Burger King briefly rolled out a similar beef taco nine years ago, this menu item might also have a certain nostalgia factor for some customers. And if the tacos are a big hit, perhaps Burger King will consider bringing more bringing back more oddball junk foods from years past. (Hopefully, the Whopperito will stay locked safely in the vault.)
The dollar tacos are landing on menus nationwide starting this week for an unspecified limited time.
In a video that has been making the rounds on social media, two women can be heard telling the Puerto Rican manager of a Burger King restaurant in Florida to “go back to Mexico” after they heard him speaking Spanish to an employee.
Footage of the interaction that was recently shared on Facebook shows the two women in a heated exchange with Ricardo Castillo, the general manager of the restaurant.
The two women were filmed by another customer who happened to be Latina.
Two racist customers at a Burger King in Florida told the manager to go back to Mexico – when he is from the US territory of Puerto Rico.
Another customer videoed the heated exchange as the Spanish-speaking manager told the two women to leave his restaurant near Orlando.
‘Go back to Mexico if you want to keep speaking Spanish,’ one of the woman is heard to say from her seat after overhearing manager Ricardo Castillo speaking in Spanish with an employee.
You can see the video that has gone viral here.
The clip, posted onto Facebook by Neyzha Borrero on July 6, shows Ricardo Castillo, who is Puerto Rican, repeatedly condemn the two women for being prejudiced before asking them to leave after they told him to “go back to Mexico” because he was speaking to an employee in Spanish.
“When you’re in America, you should speak American English,” one of the women can be heard telling Castillo.
Raising his voice, Castillo adds: “Guess what ma’am, I’m not Mexican, I’m not Mexican but you’re being very prejudice and I want you out of my restaurant, right now.”
One of the women then says they’ll leave after they have finished their meal. The general manager retorts: “You know what, I’ll do it for you ma’am, I’ll call the cops.”
Eventually the women get up and leave the restaurant as Castillo tells each of them to have a great day.
Of course, reactions on Twitter came quick and strong.
Nearly everyone on Twitter came to support Castillo and commended him for his calm attitude in the face of discrimination and abuse.
Some pointed out just how common these types of racist exchanges are becoming.
With many people saying that thanks to racist comments from our leaders in government and our media (such as Fox News), people are feeling more emboldened than ever to share their racist views.
Others took to Twitter to tell Burger King that Castillo deserves a big raise for how he handled the situation.
Borrero, the woman who filmed the incident said “I was very surprised by his reaction. I think even though he was being verbally attacked and discriminated, he handled it very, very well. He never used profanity to them. He never insulted them, he just asked them to leave and never come back to his restaurant.”
And some pointed out just how racist this exchange was.
Sadly, it’s totally true. If Castillo had been white and speaking a language other than Spanish, we can pretty much guarantee that this racist, abusive exchange never would of happened.
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