Tacos are f*cking great. And anything that awesome is going to attract a whole lot of hot takes about which is the absolute hands down, no doubt, I’ll-fight-you-in-a-battle-to-the-death-if-you-disagree-with-me best taco. Just the idea of a great taco hits so many pleasure centers of salty, crunchy, and sometimes cheesy goodness — how can you not love (and, by proxy, love arguing about) them?
So which chain has the best fast food taco? Well, the crew at Ranker asked their users to answer this tough conundrum. And what they came up with will surely raise some eyebrows, especially with a near upset almost taking the number one spot.
One thing’s for sure (Spoiler Alert) people love themselves some damn Taco Bell. We know, shocking.
10. MACHO TACO — DEL TACO
The Macho Taco is just Del Tacos standard taco but giant, or Macho if you will. And, honestly, who doesn’t like a huge taco that only costs a couple bucks?
9. GROUND BEEF SOFT TACO — TACO BELL
Here is where Taco Bell starts to dominate. Their ground beef soft taco is a Taco Tuesday Lunch Lady stone-cold classic. It’s cheap, fast, and fills you up … after, like, five of the things.
8. VOLCANO TACO — TACO BELL
Taco Bell’s “Spiciest Taco Ever” is also know as the Volcano Taco and has a distinctive red shell making it very eye-catching. But the real fire comes from the nacho cheese “Lava Sauce” that gets slathered on the ground beef — who doesn’t want that?
7. COOL RANCH DORITOS LOCOS TACO– TACO BELL
It’s kind of amazing it took Taco Bell and Doritos until 2012 to team up for their taco shell game-changer. Yet, here we are. It’s five years later and the food crossover is going as strong as ever.
6. CHICKEN SOFT TACO — DEL TACO
Del Taco’s back in the mix! Their chicken soft taco is a tasty fast food treat. The fried chicken pieces are topped with iceberg lettuce and shredded cheddar then topped with Del Taco’s signature secret sauce giving it a nice tanginess.
5. DOUBLE DECKER TACO — TACO BELL
Can’t decide if you want a soft or hard-shelled taco while you’re (likely drunkenly) standing in line at your local Bell? Then get both with a nice layer of refried beans in between the two shells. That seems like a pretty good compromise all around.
4. SOFT TACO — TACO BELL
This one is simplicity done right. For 99 cents you get a flour tortilla, ground beef, a little bit of iceberg lettuce, and a little bit of cheese. Boom, done. (This is repeated, right? Damn voters, get it together! This is tacos — eyes on the ball!)
3. DORITOS LOCOS TACO — TACO BELL
People love these tacos so much that the classic version shows up in the top three. It’s really just regular taco filling in a Dorito, and apparently we’ll never get enough.
2. TACO — JACK IN THE BOX
The dark horse comes out of nowhere for the number two spot! Jack In The Box’s addictive and very simple tacos are one of the store’s biggest sellers. According to the Wall Street Journal, we ate over 550 million of these deep fried masterpieces last year alone — making it Jack’s number one selling item.
1. CRUNCHY TACO — TACO BELL
But, alas, even Jack In The Box’s deep frying can’t beat the gold-standard of them all — Taco Bell’s classic crunchy taco. Coming in at 89 cents a pop, you can’t beat the Tex-Mex simplicity of this taco’s hard shell, ground beef, lettuce, and cheese.