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

I finished making it and ate it. As I was making it, it seemed to be bland and missing something and all the time I was making it I was tempted to add cumin. Not sure if cumin was in Old School TB (OSTB) but I was tempted so I did add some. I added only 1/2 TSP and mixed it in. I know that's not much but it did add some additional flavor. I added another TBS of Peanut Oil as it was a bit dry and I recall OSTB being very greasy or oily. Finished and made some tacos. It still was missing the mark by a lot but I will say it's way better than anything TB makes now so I'd take this over that.

What I would do different is add less de-hydrated onion. The onion flavor was too overwhelming. I like onion but we don't want it to over power it so I will back off a little. Maybe add a little more cumin. Like I say not sure if OSTB had cumin but it will add a little to the blandness of the way it was and hope it brings out something better.

I have a bottle of Old EL Paso taco seasoning and I saw the ingredients and I don't see mention of chili powder but it does say Cayenne Pepper. I wonder if chili powder is not in it or if there is but it falls under the term "spices" that is listed. The stuff is more yellowish powder than it is red powder so it might just be that no chili powder is in it. I have not used this stuff in some time but next time I make tacos I am going to use it and see how it taste.

HM8 I hope you can make some soon so we can hear how your results are and how yours taste. Thanks!

about 1 hour ago
HoundDogz in Chains

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

HM8 skearwig was saying that the old school 1970s TB was just onion, salt, oil and water so I am trying to make some now. I will post my results. Then he mentioned the '80s version was different than the '70s version. I wonder how my '70s version will turn out. I used 3/4 cup of water, 1 TBS of de-hydrated onion, 1 TSP of salt, 1 TBS of Peanut Oil. I thought I had corn oil but don't. I would think TB would have used corn oil for the meat more than they would have used peanut but that's what I got. I used 1 LB of ground beef too of course. I don't know how good this will turn out or if I even got the right measurements. I am simmering it in the solution now. I am not browning meat first as you all have mentioned it's not the way to go. HUNGRY, I hope you come up with a good recipe because I wonder how mine will be when it's done.

about 2 hours ago
HoundDogz in Chains

"Starbucks Demands Barista Remove Tattoo or Resign"

I think it's fine. I have worked at places that have "dress policies" and it's just the way it is. I was working in the IT department at a hotel chain and we had to dress a certain way. It goes with the job. Even if I don't agree with the policy just say, I am fine to that they have policies because it's how they want their image to be.

about 17 hours ago
HoundDogz in Food Media & News

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

I would like that if we could all try to come up with the correct receipt for old school TB. It might take a lot of experiments but will be worth it once we get it down. Speaking of chicken, all these places that had real pieces of chicken in their food items, whether pressed or solid are now made of some mushy stuff they call chicken. My dad used to not like McNuggets because he said it was pressed meat and it might have been but that's better than this foam stuff they call chicken in the McNuggets now..

Jul 18, 2014
HoundDogz in Chains

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

True. I don't really like that chili flavor in the tacos.

Jul 18, 2014
HoundDogz in Chains

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

Thanks for the info on how to make it more authentic. I never added onion. I will do that. You mean dice up real onion or use the dried onion they sell in the spice section of the grocery store? Thanks. Will try in a few days and report back.

Jul 18, 2014
HoundDogz in Chains

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

What do you guys think of this guy's taco receipt? He's not claiming it to taste like TB, old or new, and probably doesn't but what do you think of this?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sack5...

Jul 16, 2014
HoundDogz in Chains

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

This TB taco seasoning isn't bad but it still doesn't taste like old school TB. I haven't used it in sometime but I am going to give it a go again and see how I like it. I recall it pretty good but not like original TB but good enough so I need to try it again.

Jul 16, 2014
HoundDogz in Chains

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

Agreed HM8. They changed to the thicker stuff for efficiency rather for taste. Typical of YUM. TB lost my business years ago because of all these changes that made the quality less and made it taste bad. Yes, low fat cheese taste bad, hence the cheese at TB now. Sadly most people are too young to know that TB used to taste out of this world and those who are old enough don't seem to have good sense of taste like we do.

Jul 16, 2014
HoundDogz in Chains

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

I agree with you but just I probably had to doctor it a little more to make it taste right but I just use the stuff right out of box and I did sift out the green peppers you told us to. This is just an experiment. I plan on doing more. I really an interested in hearing your results. Thanks!

Jul 15, 2014
HoundDogz in Chains

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

Well, I made tacos with R-a-R. It didn't taste anything like old school or even current TB. I know you mentioned that there might need things added to the mix as well to make it right, but I wanted to try it as is and as is it's not right. Back to the drawing boards.

Jul 15, 2014
HoundDogz in Chains

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

Hi, mine says Make It A Meal. Yeah good idea, I will experiment and then take notes and see how it goes and get back to you guys and let you know how I like it. Thanks.

Jul 15, 2014
HoundDogz in Chains

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

Oh, on another note, TB uses this thickly shredded cheese and it always was thin shredded. The thick stuff started about 10 years ago though. I prefer the texture of thin shred over thick. I have posted so much here and other places so not sure that I might have mentioned this cheese thing before so I will post again.

Funny enough when I called TB when they first changed to the thick shred, the customer service rep didn't know anything about the old thin shred and claimed that it has not changed at all and always was the same thickness of shred. I wonder if this women ever ate at TB because she should know. She also claimed the taste of the meat is the same as the past and never changed. Man what rep is that that knows nothing of her company's products?

I wonder if Yum or whomever it is ever wanted to make TB taste good again if they even have the original recipe still and could replicate it or it's been lost forever because they don't care? Or is it in a vault somewhere?

Jul 15, 2014
HoundDogz in Chains

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

Hi HM8, I just bought Rice-a-Roni (RaR). I didn't realize they have so many difference chices but from I gather what slearwig says, I think it's the Spanish Rice mix so I got that one. Cheap, only a buck. I will see if I can make this tonight. slearwig says that it might need added oil and added spices. I have a bunch of corn oil at home so I will add that. I am not sure how much of what extra spice to add but I will just go with the RaR and some extra added corn oil and no other spices to see how it taste as is.

It's interesting how simple TB was before just meat, onions, salt and a few other things. Very minimalistic but very tasty. It's amazing that a fast food chain did everything from scratch back then because most chains won't do that now so the thought of this back then is amazing. I love watching the old TB commercials on YouTube. As dated as they are they bring back great memories of being a kid and eating at TB.

Jul 15, 2014
HoundDogz in Chains

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

I know what you mean about too much Chili taste. I know there are mixes out there that taste too much like that which I don't like. This is what made Taco Bell in the past so special, it wasn't tasting too much for one flavor, it really masked each flavor and came together to make it's own special flavor.

Jul 15, 2014
HoundDogz in Chains

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

Thanks for the detail on this. I am going to try the Rice-a-Roni thing. I have a strainer and will sift out those chilli's you mention that don't belong in the recipe. I will report back later this week how I feel about it. Long ago I tried that recipe on the Internet, the one with the flour in the recipe that you mention. That was not correct in my opinion. I do look forward to your Rice-A-Roni suggestion tho. Thanks so much!

Jul 14, 2014
HoundDogz in Chains

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

Thanks HUNGRYMAN8. I wasn't on CH for a while and it just came to me that check the discussions either I started and/or took part in. I am glad you and others agree Taco Bell was way better before and they changed it for the worse. LOL, I agree Play-Doh & Oscar Meyer & Alpo. is the right way to describe it now. I only go to TB maybe once every couple of months just for the heck of it and after regret it. I was just intriqued by the thought that Rice A Roni could make a good old school Taco Bell taco but that sounds odd so I hope that he could elaborate on this. Thanks for welcoming me back!

Jul 14, 2014
HoundDogz in Chains

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

If you put Rice Aroni Spanish Rice seasoning pack in your ground beef won't you be putting in rice as well as the spices in your taco meat? The seasoning might be right but the rice won't be. What do you do?

Jul 13, 2014
HoundDogz in Chains

Best ice cream bar is at the Costco food court

I guess you will never have a Costco hand dipped ice cream bar since they discontinued it. I feel sorry for you.

Jul 10, 2014
HoundDogz in Los Angeles Area

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

Hi. I am the original poster of this thread. I like your insight into Taco Bell. I read some of your post but a little confused. Can you do a list of ingredients that you think will make an original TB tasting taco? A recipe maybe I should say. I want to try it out. Thanks.

Jul 10, 2014
HoundDogz in Chains
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Best ice cream bar is at the Costco food court

Never heard of the Magnum Bars but I do love the Haagen Daz. They are not as good as the Costco hand dipped that we all are saddened by the discontinuing of, but the Haagen Daz are quite good nevertheless.

Jul 10, 2014
HoundDogz in Los Angeles Area

Cole's P.E. Buffet - last chance?

I know this is an old thread but I was doing some research on the new version of Cole's and was reading some post and threads. You predicted that the vibe would not be changed but in fact six years after the remodel it is totally different in vibe, feel and atmosphere. When you used to go in there per-remodelling you felt like you were stepping thru a time warp into the past right early 20th Century. Sure they kept the old photos on the wall, or a lot of them, the floor is the same and the bar is the same but one it's too bright in the place and two some how they destroyed the old feeling that you got when you enter into the place. They closed off some rooms too. They got rid of the carving line and the food was much better than before. This new owner has bad taste in food and in his renovation ideas. He eliminated 100 years plus of old school, old school charm in a matter of a year remodeling the place. Piece by piece, Los Angeles is being destroyed by people trying to make this place appeal to hipsters. LA is not LA anymore it seems.

The old owners were very nice and down to earth. They were Middle Eastern I believe. Possibly Syrian or Lenanese. Don't know why they sold or how long they actually owned it because I started going there about 1999 until it closed. Don't know who owned it before them. Not sure why anyone would want to sell that place. I mean with the hipterification of the area that place is a gold mine. Maybe the owners were just wanting to retire.

But yeah this place is not even close to being as cool as it was in the per-renovation days.

May 26, 2014
HoundDogz in Los Angeles Area
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Is it just me, or is Galco's really gross?

I don't get that smell you smell. I like going in there. It's like going back to when I was a kid when mom and pop stores were around and you got to know the owner(s). I like the way he runs the place. Sure it's mostly sodas and beers now rather than groceries but I get that old school grocery vibe that I used to feel as a kid in the '70s. Great place.

Dec 10, 2013
HoundDogz in Los Angeles Area

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

That's right about Jack In The Box. They use beans with the meat and it is a paste. Never had a taco like that before. Whether good or bad, taste great or horrible, it's brilliant. Taco Bell used to be so good as you know too. Wish they would just make the meat the same as before. Tight wads won't do it at Yum brands.

Jan 29, 2013
HoundDogz in Chains

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

Not sure when because I don't go to Shakey's much but about three years ago was the last time I went to the buffet and had the Mojos and they were not good at all. They lacked the taste and texture of the way they used to. I thought maybe it was a fluke so tonight I went to Shakey's, a different location this time, and just ordered a drink and Mojos and they were horrible again.

Have any of you noticed they have changed? I used to love the way they were and wish they were the same. I used to be able to eat lots of them but I could hardly finish my order tonight because they didn't taste so great.

When a restaurant changes recipes it's for a number of reasons and some are -

1) decrease the cost of making the item by using different ingredients, therefore maximizing profits. That is if people still buy the item after it's changed.

2) Health reasons. Make items more healthy in order to spin that on the public hoping that will increase sales of these food items, therefore maximize profits.

3) They are not selling so well as is originally so they change the recipe hoping to improve the item which will hopefully increase the sales and maximize profits.

4) Vendors for the ingredients went out of business or raised prices so they change the product ingredients to keep the item in production at a low price.

Regardless of changing them I don't want to buy them any longer. They just aren't what they used to be nor do they taste right or good now.

Younger generations won't notice and will probably just buy them and eat as if nothing is different but for those who are aware of these do you notice these are different now? And how do you like the change?

James

Jan 25, 2013
HoundDogz in Chains

Former Taco Bell Employees, Please Help!!!

Exactly they were excellent, grease and all.

Jan 25, 2013
HoundDogz in Home Cooking

Where To Buy Unhusked Coconuts In the Los Angeles Area???

Too low for a fully grown coco palm but remember they don't grow outside of the tropics normally so if I do get this to grow inside it's going to grow really slow and take forever to get to the ceiling. As long as the temperature does not drop below 60 and it stays watered it won't die but because the house isn't hot and humid like Hawaii just say it will probably grow super slow. Hope it grows but time will only tell.

Jan 25, 2013
HoundDogz in Los Angeles Area

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

Oops sorry.

Jan 16, 2013
HoundDogz in Chains

Former Taco Bell Employees, Please Help!!!

That's why the tacos were so greasy that the paper they were wrapped in were drenched with grease. Funny enough you guys did a great job because the shells were so perfect they looked like they came from a factory. I thought they were greasy because of the meat but since you made them yourselves by frying them that explains the greasiness. If only TB did things the old way they would still be great.

Jan 16, 2013
HoundDogz in Home Cooking

Where To Buy Unhusked Coconuts In the Los Angeles Area???

Thanks for the link. I'll check it out.

Jan 16, 2013
HoundDogz in Los Angeles Area