When Taco Bell first came out with the Cantina Bell Menu by Master Chef Lorena Garcia in 2012 I thought I would try it. However, when I pulled up to the drive thru and looked at the menu I decided I did not want to try to figure out all the steps to create my order. When I go for fast food, I just want to find what I want and order it. I do not want to go through a three-step process. Well, now that Taco Bell has updated the steak recipe for the Cantina Menu I decided I had no choice but to figure out the steps to ordering and find out how to get a Cantina Steak Burrito.
For this review, I went to the Taco Bell at 9825 Mission Gorge Road in Santee, CA. The lobby for this Taco Bell is very small but well maintained. As I entered, the young woman who was cleaning the tables in the dinning area greeted me. When I was ready to order, she came to the register and took my order. She was very pleasant and helpful with my order. I found this taco Bell to be very clean and the whole staff was friendly. I had some small issues with my order and they handled them with a smile, and an attitude of we want to make the customer happy. To me this is what good customer service is all about. It is not the fact that they get my order right to begin with. It is the fact that they take care of the problem and make it right, that is what impressed me about this visit.
How to Order from the Cantina Bell Menu
I am not sure if you will agree or not but at first I found the Cantina Menu to be confusing and off-putting. Because it showed ordering as steps, I thought there was more to it. I mean you break things down into steps to make something complicated easer to understand, right.
Well, this time I decided to actually read the Cantina Menu and finally figure it out. After reading the menu, I thought this is not that complicated. It is just spelling out the steps you would normally take when ordering any other item on the menu. First, you decide what you want from the menu, a bowl or the burrito. Next you decide what type of burrito or bowl that you want, Chicken, Veggie or Steak and finally you are decide if you want to make this a combo or not. Not that complicated.
If you decided to make it a combo, you will get chips and a drink with your order. But wait, you’re not done yet. Now that you made this a combo, there is an additional decision you will have to make. You must now decide what you are going to dip your chips in, are you going to choose Guacamole, Corn Salsa or Pico De Gallo? I know it seems like I am making a big deal about this extra step but when I placed my order I did not realize that I had this decision to make and the young lady at the register did not ask me about it either. When I got my order, I started comparing what I got with what was on the menu. I only got the Guacamole and I thought that I was to get all three items (Guacamole, Corn Salsa and Pico De Gallo). I did not realize it was a choice. I asked the young woman about it and she said “oh, I am sorry let me get you the rest of your order”. She did not realize it was an option either. Well, we got it sorted out and for this order, I was able to keep the Guacamole and she gave me the Pico De Gallo as well.
For me a more traditional menu layout that just listed each item separately would have been clearer. In fact, they could even have listed the Chips and salsa as a separate menu item. This would have allowed them to sell it separately as well as describe the choices of salsas with the chips.
The Taco Bell Cantina Steak Burrito
From Taco Bell’s website the Cantina Steak Burrito is made with tender-braised thick cut steak marinated in Chef Lorena Garcia’s authentic Latin recipe, premium Latin rice, flavorful black beans, crisp romaine lettuce, guacamole made from real Hass avocados, pico de gallo prepared fresh daily, roasted corn and pepper salsa and a creamy cilantro dressing, all wrapped in a warm flour tortilla.
I found the steak in the Cantina Steak Burrito to be very tender and tasted like real steak. In the past, some of Taco Bells steak burritos had a mushy texture that made it taste like fake meat. The combination of the different ingredients was perfect. You can taste the real Hass avocados; the pico de gallo gave it a little spice without making it to spicy. The black beans and Latin rice added to the flavor. The lettuce and roasted corn and pepper salsa gives it a little crunch and the creamy cilantro dressing gives it a little more flavor along with keeping it juicy.
So is the Cantina Steak Burrito a healthy choice. Compared to other fast foods it would not be your worst choice. Yes, it is high is calories at 780 and high in fat at 28 grams and saturated fat at 7 grams. In addition, as is the case with most fast foods sodium is very high at 1,900 mg. However, when you figure that you are getting over a pound of food, these numbers do not seem as bad. On the plus side, there is no trans fat and cholesterol is good at only 50 mg. Total carbohydrates are only 98 grams. You get plenty of fiber at 13 grams and plenty of protein at 33 grams. Following are the known allergens for the Cantina Steak Burrito: Gluten, Milk, Soybean Oil, Egg, and Wheat.
Taco Bell Cantina Chips and Salsa
When you order a Cantina Burrito or Bowl as a meal, it comes with a medium drink, chips and your choice of Corn Salsa, Guacamole or Pico De Gallo.
First, let me start my saying that the chips are very good. The chips were light and crisp, on par with the chips you would get from nice sit down Mexican food restaurant. I tried the guacamole and it was very good. I could tell the guacamole was made fresh from real avocados as I could see and taste the chucks of real avocados. I also tried the Pico De Gallo salsa. It was also very good. It was chunky with a little bit of spice to give it some bite without being to spicy. I did not try the Corn Salsa separately but it was very good mixed into the burrito that I had.
The nutrition facts given are for the chips with the salsa or guacamole together. Of course, the guacamole is the highest in calories, total fat and saturated fat. So if you are trying to save a little you can go with one of the other salsas. The good thing about these sides is that they are not just empty calories like other sides that you might have. You do get some fiber and protein that helps to make these a healthier choice for a side.
The Taco Bell Cantina Chicken Burrito
The Taco Bell Cantina Chicken Burrito is made with the same ingredients as the Cantina Steak Burrito, just made with citrus-herb marinated chicken instead of the steak.
The Cantina Chicken Burrito is about the same health wise as the Cantina Steak Burrito. Some things are better and some are worse. The Cantina Chicken Burrito fares better with 20 fewer calories and 1 gram less of saturated fat. However, cholesterol goes up by 20 mg with the chicken. You also lose 1 gram of fiber and 1 gram of protein. The known allergens are the same with Gluten, Milk, Soybean Oil, Egg, and Wheat.
The Taco Bell Veggie Burrito
The Taco Bell Cantina Veggie Burrito is made with the same ingredients as the Cantina Steak Burrito, just minus the meat.
Again, the Cantina Veggie Burrito is about the same health wise as the other two Cantina Burritos. The Cantina Veggie Burrito is about the same for calories at 740. Total fat is slightly lower at 26 grams and saturated fat is lower at 5 grams. The real health benefit of the Cantina Veggie Burrito is with cholesterol at only 10 mg and dietary fiber at 17 grams. You do lose on protein though with only 20 grams.
The Taco Bell Cantina Steak Bowl
The Taco Bell Cantina Steak Bowl contains the same ingredients as the Cantina Steak burrito minus the flour tortilla. This would lead you to believe that the bowl is by far the healthier option. Agreed it is healthier but not by as much as you would hope. There is defiantly a significant savings for calories with only 560 and total fat is reduced a little going from 29 grams to 22 grams. There is a significant savings of saturated fat by almost cutting it in half to bring it to 3.5 grams. Surprising there is no savings for Cholesterol, keeping it at 60 milligrams. Unfortunately, you also miss out on some extra fiber and protein that the burrito has. Following are the known allergens for the Cantina Steak bowl: Gluten, Milk, Soybean Oil, and Egg.
The Taco Bell Cantina Chicken Bowl
The Taco Bell Cantina Chicken Bowl contains the same ingredients as the Cantina Chicken burrito minus the flour tortilla. Following are the known allergens for the Cantina Chicken bowl: Gluten, Milk, Soybean Oil, and Egg.
The Taco Bell Cantina Veggie Bowl
The Taco Bell Cantina Veggie Bowl contains the same ingredients as the Cantina Veggie burrito minus the flour tortilla. Following are the known allergens for the Cantina Chicken bowl: Gluten, Milk, Soybean Oil, and Egg.
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