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Former Taco Bell Employees, Please Help!!!

Cool. I will try to make it this weekend. Thanks!

Oct 21, 2014
HoundDogz in Home Cooking

Taco Bell Pre-90s Was Good - Do You Notice the Difference Now?

I like what I see. I am going to try it but I am also going to try Hungryman's recipe too. Should be a cooking day Saturday trying different ones. Thank you.

Oct 19, 2014
HoundDogz in Chains

Taco Bell Pre-90s Was Good - Do You Notice the Difference Now?

Thanks. I will give it a go on the next weekend. I don't really think that lean Ground Beef is the right thing tho as the meat was greasy as heck way back when and I have made some Taco Bell with 73/27 and the grease content was right just not the flavoring because I didn't know the right recipe.

Oct 19, 2014
HoundDogz in Chains

Former Taco Bell Employees, Please Help!!!

Thanks for posting it. I will try it out. I will next weekend as this weekend I can't. So how did you feel it was when you did it? Pretty close?

Oct 19, 2014
HoundDogz in Home Cooking

Taco Bell Pre-90s Was Good - Do You Notice the Difference Now?

Not sure about the chicken burrito that Todd Wilbur has the recipe for since I never had the chicken burrito at Taco Bell when they had it but the Taco Bell ground beef recipe he has is not right. I tried makign it and it wasn't correct. Maybe he was basing it off the current Taco Bell ground beef not the classic from 25 years and prior. But thanks for that link because it might be worth trying to make the chicken burrito with his recipe to see how it turn out and taste.

Oct 19, 2014
HoundDogz in Chains

Taco Bell Pre-90s Was Good - Do You Notice the Difference Now?

Exactly I'd rather spend more for a better tasking product but those bean counters at corporate probably are terrified that customers won't pay the extra 20 cents and they'll lose their customer base which isn't true because better food will get them in the door even if it cost a little more.

Oct 19, 2014
HoundDogz in Chains

Shakey's Changed The Recipe For Mojos And They Are Horrible Now - Your Thoughts

First off, yes it does beat Chuck E. Cheese. Do you remember PJ Pazzaz? Not sure if I spelled that right. It was a chain also that was aimed at kids. There weren't many of them but sadly it folded probably late '80s early '90s. I remember going to it in the early '80s because they had a great video game section.

Secondly yes the good old days when the Shakey's employees wore straw hats and old style vest and clothing and they played the silent movies along with the player piano. Back then Shakey's was a big hit. It always was packed with customers and even to this day, the Shakey's near me is always packed. I think that's why the one near me is still open to this day. There are still a lot in the greater Los Angeles area. I know of a couple that have closed down but for the most part most that I knew of before are still open. If only they would just make the Mojos the right way I'd go there more. But then again I know the recipe so I can make them myself.

Oct 19, 2014
HoundDogz in Chains

Shakey's Changed The Recipe For Mojos And They Are Horrible Now - Your Thoughts

No offense taken. It's not that one person who doesn't go will hurt their business, it's just I don't think it's very good anymore and I rather not go.

Oct 19, 2014
HoundDogz in Chains

Shakey's Changed The Recipe For Mojos And They Are Horrible Now - Your Thoughts

Yeah it's probably not worth going 23 miles for a Shakey's but if you are out that way in the area I think you should try it. I mean the Mojos aren't good anymore, the pizza is okay but even that I think isn't as good as it used to be as well. The chicken is good. I am with you, I love Popeyes but the chicken at the Shakey's buffet is still pretty good and it's all you can eat so you might for scientific purposes so to speak go to the Shakey's to check out the food anyway.

Oct 19, 2014
HoundDogz in Chains

Shakey's Changed The Recipe For Mojos And They Are Horrible Now - Your Thoughts

Well they were awesome. Not just french fries or fried round potatoes. They were special. I am going to post the recipe for original Mojos here since Shakey's insist on not making them right. THey lost my business over this. I am going to post the recipe and hope that all those who loved them will make them at home and enjoy them since at the restaurant we can't any longer.

Oct 13, 2014
HoundDogz in Chains

Shakey's Changed The Recipe For Mojos And They Are Horrible Now - Your Thoughts

Come on people chime in.

Oct 11, 2014
HoundDogz in Chains

"THE BEST AND ORIGINAL MOJO POTATOS"

Are you serious? They are not even the same as they used to be. About five years ago they changed them and they are not good like they used to be. Maybe you started eating them after they changed them and don't know how they were before. I think Jacmar changed them to save money.

Oct 11, 2014
HoundDogz in Chains

Taco Bell Pre-90s Was Good - Do You Notice the Difference Now?

Exactly. Do you have Shakey's Pizza Parlour in your area? Well, if you have then you know Mojos. Mojos were awesome but now they are lousy. Have you had them lately? They don't even taste remotely the same or as good as they did. About 5 years ago they changed then. How can they do that and call them Mojos. I'm sure the bean counters at Shakey's or actually Jacmar, in Alhambra, CA, just a few miles from me, counted the pennies and figured cut back on the ingredients and type of ingredients and save 1 cent per Mojo produced and you know they make millions of those Mojos a year, therefore save a lot of money per year at the expense of the taste. I noticed that Jacmar bought out Shakey's in 2004 and shortly thereafter guess what Mojos suffered. Fortunately I figured out how to make them at home really well therefore I will never go to Shakey's again. They lost my business and maybe yours.

Oct 11, 2014
HoundDogz in Chains

Taco Bell Pre-90s Was Good - Do You Notice the Difference Now?

I know Baja Fresh claim to fame is they have no freezers. Nothing frozen, and everything fresh they say. They do have refrigerators but of course even if they use fresh ingredients they do need the refreg throughout the day. Sure it's not Taco Bell style of fast food but it's a bit more "authentic" Mexican. Too bad Taco Bell doesn't go back to fresh ingredients.

Oct 11, 2014
HoundDogz in Chains

Taco Bell Pre-90s Was Good - Do You Notice the Difference Now?

That's what I'm looking forward too, the final recipe!!! From there we open own chain of taco stands and put Taco Bell to shame!!!

Oct 01, 2014
HoundDogz in Chains

Taco Bell Pre-90s Was Good - Do You Notice the Difference Now?

Sounds good. On the weekend, probably Saturday rather than Sunday I am going to try to make some again with 73/27 that is if Walmart has it and/or Ralph's. They did in the past but don't know if that is a regular item. I am gonna use the Fresh & Easy taco mix like last time except the normal one not the hot one. I don't know if it's much different than the Taco Bell brand taco mix or not but the hot one was pretty good but the heat was not needed. The hot taste was all wrong but I can tell that other than that it was good so I think the mild one will be good.

Please post your results of yours too.

Sep 30, 2014
HoundDogz in Chains

Taco Bell Pre-90s Was Good - Do You Notice the Difference Now?

Agreed.

Also, if you have a Ralph's near you they will have 73/27. If you live back east or down south then you will have Kroger which owns Ralph's or the other way around, not sure. If you have one of those Kroger then they might have 73/27 but not sure since I have not been in a Kroger since Kentucky a couple months ago and don't recall. But try Ralph's or Kroger if you have one near you.

Sep 29, 2014
HoundDogz in Chains

What Is America's Worst Restaurant Chain?

Agreed. Taco Bell should be on the list of America's worst restaurants. That is if you could even consider it a restaurant.

Sep 27, 2014
HoundDogz in Features

Taco Bell Pre-90s Was Good - Do You Notice the Difference Now?

Well said, I agree!

Sep 25, 2014
HoundDogz in Chains

Taco Bell Pre-90s Was Good - Do You Notice the Difference Now?

I hope you can get to that Walmart for some 73/27 chuck. That will get you into the right grease level for old original Taco Bell.

Sep 25, 2014
HoundDogz in Chains

What Is America's Worst Restaurant Chain?

I remember the restaurant in the David Lynch movie "Mulholland Drive" but that one was a fictions restaurant which was filmed at a Denny's or former Denny's on Sunset Blvd. Since it was last a Denny's it changed into different restaurants about three times.

Sep 22, 2014
HoundDogz in Features

What Is America's Worst Restaurant Chain?

I first went to Olive Garden in the late '80s I believe it was. I didn't go often and stopped. Flash forward to earlier this year, 2014 so it was more than 20 years since I last went there. OG is horrible now. It used to be good. Real ingredients, cooked from start to finish now. Now it taste to me that the stuff is created in a central commissary and then just re-heated at the restaurant site. The portions are also very small. The food tasted like microwave meals.

Sep 20, 2014
HoundDogz in Features

What Is America's Worst Restaurant Chain?

I'm right handed and right-wing.

Sep 19, 2014
HoundDogz in Features

Taco Bell Pre-90s Was Good - Do You Notice the Difference Now?

Not sure if I will get to a taco experiment this weekend but if you can make it to Walmart and get some 73/27 and make it please post your results. I will try this weekend but unlikely.

Sep 19, 2014
HoundDogz in Chains

Taco Bell Pre-90s Was Good - Do You Notice the Difference Now?

Exactly. They try to portray this healthy image of getting rid of coconut oil and all these other more expensive ingredients but replace with cheapo artificial ingredients that are most likely unhealthy. Really sneaky. Also turns out coconut oil is good for you, not bad for you. Hungryman, you are on spot with your assessment.

Sep 19, 2014
HoundDogz in Chains

What Is America's Worst Restaurant Chain?

I disagree with Sbarro. The thing is I do agree with the sweetness of the dough. They need to lighten up on the sweetness but otherwise I like Sbarro for a chain. They make thin crust, NY style pizza that is very good. The meatballs are also good. Lasagna is good as well. I love the marinara sauce too. It is a lot for a piece of pizza but to stay live some of the locations are offering 2 whole pizzas for $20 so if you have friends or family with you then go for that and save money. No other chain I know of does NY style pizza. It's not as good NY pizza as the independents but for a chain it's really good. Look at Shakey's. That's California, Cracker Crust style. Look at Pizza Hut they have some "Brooklyn" pizza or something that is far from being NY style pizza. The other chains don't have it. I really love Sbarro for what it is. I don't get it much but come on, the author should have complained about Cesars or Pizza Hut being the worse.

Sep 15, 2014
HoundDogz in Features

Taco Bell Pre-90s Was Good - Do You Notice the Difference Now?

Taco Bell was tricky about it. They gradually changed things and snuck it past the people. It was not sudden like Coke back about 1985 or whenever it was they switched formulas/recipes. With Coke it was so sudden people made and outcry for the original. With Taco Bell had changed quickly like that because there would have been an uproar. The meat for original Taco Bell is so good that it's a crime they don't use it anymore. But all that grease and the health food thing going on, they will be afraid people wont' buy because they will have a non-healthy image. Not saying it's healthy now but image is everything, you know. You are right, no one is profiting here with this, we just want to make some good old Taco Bell at home rather than eat at today's Toxic Bell as you put it! LOL. Can't wait until next weekend to try again but without the spicy version of the mix. The standard with the 73/27.

Sep 15, 2014
HoundDogz in Chains

Taco Bell Pre-90s Was Good - Do You Notice the Difference Now?

Walmart has 73/27 so if you have Walmart in your area you can get it there. Sometimes I see it at grocery stores but most time you see 80/20 or 85/15.

Sep 15, 2014
HoundDogz in Chains

Taco Bell Pre-90s Was Good - Do You Notice the Difference Now?

Okay, I did well this time. The secret ingredient to being like old Taco Bell is the .......

.... should I tell you all? I just figured it out. Okay it's 73/27 Chuck, not 80/20. This time it tasted close to original Taco Bell and I did use 73/27. Admittedly, the spice mix I used was too spicy, as Taco Bell was never spicy unless you add taco sauce. But with that said, this mix from Fresh & Easy was too spicy but take the spiciness away from it and use the 73/27 you got the taste and the perfect amount of grease. If you are afraid of grease in your food don't make this and don't long for original Taco Bell. Next weekend I will get the Fresh & Easy taco mix, the non-spicy packet and do the 73/27 again and see how it is. Just mix it all together, don't brown as Hungryman and others have mentioned, let it simmer for about an hour. Man you got it. I'm not saying the taste will be perfect, I don't know until I do it but the taste this time was pretty close but too spicy. Oh mash up the meat now and then throughout the simmering process too.

Man I wish I had some wrappers. I might eat at Taco Bell this week and save the wrappers. Then I make my own on the weekend and wrap them up and see if I get the excessive greasy wrapper symdrome (EGW Syndrome or EGWS) as we used to in the old days of Taco Bell. I have to make a sacrifice in the name of food science by eating there just to get the wrappers.

By the way, I miss the old wrappers. They had gold and white with the Taco Bell mission style buildings image on the wrapper. I forgot, either white was for special order (i.e, no lettuce or no cheese) and golden color was for regular no special instructions or the other way around but either way, they had the two color wrappers. If it ain't greasy and suffering from ESW Syndrome, then it ain't real Taco Bell.

Sep 13, 2014
HoundDogz in Chains

Why isn't White Castle in L.A.?

Very true. My dad used to live there and I would visit him about 4 times a year. I loved seeing my dad but I really dislike Vegas. Now that he's not there anymore I don't have to go there anymore. With that said, Las Vegas is a city like any other once you get past the gambler's and tourist traps of the Strip. Get away from that you have dining like any other place. I do want to go to Grimaldi's but they opened one up in El Segundo I believe, which is about 25 minutes from me without traffic on the freeway. I gotta go there.

Sep 13, 2014
HoundDogz in Chains