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Former Taco Bell Employees, Please Help!!!

tlj, wonder if we are the same age or around that age? I ate at the Taco Bell in Huntington Beach during that era too. I don't live or didn't live in OC, I'm from the San Gabriel Valley, but used to go to Huntington Beach a lot and sometimes stopped by Taco Bell to and fro the beach in that era. Graduated high school in 1985 and after that I used to go to HB a lot into the '90s but don't go anymore although I find myself down in Garden Grove a lot.

Apr 28, 2015
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Former Taco Bell Employees, Please Help!!!

I slow cooked then I put under the broiler in the oven and it was good. I'll try your suggestion next time.

Apr 26, 2015
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Former Taco Bell Employees, Please Help!!!

Hey HM8 and all, I made carnitas with Tone's and guess what? ...

... it was an Epic Failure!!! Horrible. Yuck. Tone's is amazing for Taco Bell like tacos with 73/27 chuck but for pork and carnitas, don't even think it. I had to not eat it.

Now I'm trying Carnitas again and trying this recipe. It's running overnight so tomorrow I will have my results and I will post -

http://damndelicious.net/2014/10/10/s...

Apr 25, 2015
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Former Taco Bell Employees, Please Help!!!

I'll use a small cut of meat in case it turns out bad I won't waste much.

Apr 20, 2015
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Former Taco Bell Employees, Please Help!!!

I'll try next weekend and let you know how it goes!

Apr 20, 2015
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Former Taco Bell Employees, Please Help!!!

Well that's true HM8. I mean I might actually try a small piece of pork seasoned with Tone's and smoke it and if it taste good I'll make a full pork shoulder with Tone's but if it taste wrong, at least it was a small amount.

I used to like oregano then I had it too much in my food and stopped liking it but now I started to like incorporating it in my food but on a limited basis.

Apr 16, 2015
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Former Taco Bell Employees, Please Help!!!

Hey, I'm making pulled pork in the smoker now. When done I will make both sandwiches and make some carnitas tacos or in this case some smoked pulled pork tacos.

HM8 and others what do you think if I made smoked pulled pork next time with Tone's as the rub for the pork? I made my own rub this time but Tone's next time maybe? I don't think you got your Tone's yet so you are not sure how you like Tone's but if it's good for tacos I wonder about pulled pork? Just cuz it's good for ground beef tacos it won't for sure be good for pulled pork, so it's a gamble and might waste $25 worth of pork butt if it turns out bad. But what do you guys think?

Apr 12, 2015
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Former Taco Bell Employees, Please Help!!!

Glad to hear the surgeries went well.

I never made Buffalo Wings at home. I just buy them out but sounds like a fun project. I go to Wing Stop if I have an opportunity to. Ever been to Wing Stop? Not sure if they have those in your neck of the woods.

BelGrande nachos sounds great!

I made pizza today. Loved it.

Mar 28, 2015
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Former Taco Bell Employees, Please Help!!!

Never tried one. Is that like a burger but you put taco meat in instead?

Del Taco is okay. I had better but I like it better than the current Taco Bell.

Mar 28, 2015
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Former Taco Bell Employees, Please Help!!!

Very true. I was driving by Taco Bell today, didn't stop in of course but drove by and I see all these promos for these new crazy items they have. They need to skip on the new crazy wild items and go back to the basic menu of quality food with the original recipes. When that happens I will go as well as HM and many of us here. But money is the bottom line so if they make money the way things are now they won't change.

By the way, I went to Del Taco today only because it's near work and I didn't bring my lunch. So-So. Not so great either.

Mar 24, 2015
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Former Taco Bell Employees, Please Help!!!

How did the Buffalo Wings turn out?

Sorry about your in-law. Hope the surgery went well.

Mar 22, 2015
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Former Taco Bell Employees, Please Help!!!

Thanks for sharing the story about Bell Gardens. I was not familiar with that place. But that does remind me of Travel Town. Did you also go to Travel Town? I used to go as a kid and loved it. I should visit it again sometime as it still is in operation to the public.

Mar 22, 2015
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Former Taco Bell Employees, Please Help!!!

HM8, I have not been on this site for about a couple of weeks so maybe I missed your post and it's hard to find old posts because it's not always in order so I'll start here.

Did you get the Tone's yet from your in-laws? I heard on the radio that Sam's Club is giving a free membership, it's not a day membership but I forgot how long. Maybe it's a free four week membership. Offer ends on the 22nd this month. I don't know if it's regional to my area or if the offer is at nationwide Sam's Clubs but if they offer it in your area you might want to take advantage of this offer. If you didn't get your Tone's from the in-laws you can go to Sam's and get your own if the free membership is offered in your area.

I was at Sam's this weekend and was surprised at how crowded it was, they had Costco type volume of shoppers, then I realized it must be the free membership. They lose on admin fees but make up on the amount of sales with the volume of shoppers.

Mar 18, 2015
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Former Taco Bell Employees, Please Help!!!

I love that Cholula stuff. I know what you mean. Great stuff. I love Cholula and I am pretty sure it's not chipotle flavor.

Mar 04, 2015
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Former Taco Bell Employees, Please Help!!!

Me too, I'm not a fan of Chipotle peppers. I don't mind curry now and then but not too often.

Mar 04, 2015
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Taco Bell Pre-90s Was Good - Do You Notice the Difference Now?

I have a membership but I forgot how much per year it is. But I do know I love Costco and it's worth the fee for me but depends on how much you shop and if that pays off with the amount you save vs. spend.

Mar 03, 2015
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Former Taco Bell Employees, Please Help!!!

I think you might be right they might have gotten it from the American Indians but I heard another story that the Caribbean Indians invented smoking meat or at least they are the ones the Europeans learned it from. Barbecue comes from some name the Caribbean Indians had for it.

Mar 02, 2015
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Former Taco Bell Employees, Please Help!!!

I never had Spanish food, I don't think I have. I was talking to a girl on the phone who was Mexican-American from Texas but she was in Alaska because her husband was in the military so they went up there. I was doing help desk for a big hotel chain so I helped her with the computer. She said the Mexican food we call Mexican is really Mexican American or Tex Mex or Cal Tex but not real Mexican. She explained the differences to me, some differences. I think I prefer Mexican American food over real authentic Mexican food.

You are right cowboys invented a lot of good food. Also, things like smoked Brisket I think is a German/Chech-Texan invention. Germans and Chechs (spell?) were big on the Brisket piece of beef and they brought it into Texas culture and the Texans, maybe the cowboys brought in the smoking aspect of it.

I'm so-so on Indian food. Sometimes I like it but sometimes I don't. My fave is probably Mexican food and American food, or I should say Mexican-American food and American food. American food is a broad term though.

Mar 02, 2015
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Taco Bell Pre-90s Was Good - Do You Notice the Difference Now?

If you are back east or in the south you might have Kroger, the company that bought out Ralph's some years ago. I was working at the law firm at the time that handled the buy out. Wonder if Krogers has the carne asada there like my Ralph's? Then again it depends on the Mexican population in your area, if there is not much then you might not get it. Even the Ralph's on the West Side in LA that I went to recently didn't have carne asada since there is not a Mexican population there but you go to the one on my side of the town they have it.

Mar 02, 2015
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Former Taco Bell Employees, Please Help!!!

I never made them with olive oil. I see from what you say that coconut and peanut oil does react differently.

Mar 02, 2015
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Former Taco Bell Employees, Please Help!!!

That's possible.

Mar 01, 2015
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Former Taco Bell Employees, Please Help!!!

I think so too.

Mar 01, 2015
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Former Taco Bell Employees, Please Help!!!

True, Mexico is a big country so different regions have different style of food.

Feb 28, 2015
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Former Taco Bell Employees, Please Help!!!

I love Mexican food. I am not keen on say, Salvadoran food. Any of you have experience with that food. I love Tamales. I have tried the Salvadoran and Guatemalan type and I don't like them but love the Mexican type.

Feb 28, 2015
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Former Taco Bell Employees, Please Help!!!

I thought so because people outside of the Southwest refer to Mexicans as Spanish for some reason. Hence Spanish store, not Mexican store. Very different, not the same but I know what he was talking about.

Feb 28, 2015
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Taco Bell Pre-90s Was Good - Do You Notice the Difference Now?

Thanks for the suggestion. That sounds great. I'll definitely give it a try.

Feb 26, 2015
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Taco Bell Pre-90s Was Good - Do You Notice the Difference Now?

I hope you like Tone's. I'd hate for you to get the bottle from the in-laws and you not like it. You and I seem to have similar taste since we dislike new Taco Bell and long for original Taco Bell but I'd hate for you not to like Tone's just in case we differ on that. I so hope you like it but we will tell when time comes you get it.

Kinda off topic, by the way they opened a Chik Fila near me and man I'm loving it. I'm addicted to the chicken biscuit sandwich. It's not that near me but near enough. About 7 miles away but it's worth it to me. The other is even farther in Hollywood about 14 miles so I might as well go 7 miles in Pasadena.

Feb 26, 2015
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Former Taco Bell Employees, Please Help!!!

That's odd but I did get that sometimes but not when frying up chicken or fries. What happened was I thought the coconut oil was getting too dirty after frying up fries and chicken after some time, so I poured it out of the pan after it cooled and put it in a container so I could dispose of it. Well, I like popcorn made with coconut oil and instead of using new coco oil I used the coco oil I stopped using for frying and every time I used the coco oil in the popcorn it would foam up. When I used new coco oil, no foam ups. I can only imagine it foamed up because of flour in the oil that was residual from coming off the chicken I made. I think that yours might actually be foaming because of excess flour in the oil that came off your chicken. Why I didn't experience this when I made some chicken but when I later used it with popcorn I don't know.

Feb 26, 2015
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Former Taco Bell Employees, Please Help!!!

Yes and no. For some reason if I buy peanut oil from a Western company like Lou Anna or Planters or the like it doesn't really flavor it that much or smell the house up with that nice peanut oil fragrance but if I buy a Chinese brand peanut oil you get that real peanut oil flavor and to me that's good flavor.

I think most Mexican places use vegetable oil or somethings o it's more neutral flavoring than peanut oil. I love tacquitoes made in Chinese Peanut oil for the peanut oil flavor. Now I can say that I do use Western brands and they taste good but you don't get much of the taste though like Chinese brands so I usually tend to use Chinese brands I get at the Chinese store.

Feb 26, 2015
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Former Taco Bell Employees, Please Help!!!

What part of the country do you live in HUNGRYMAN8? In my stores they have Farmer John, not Armour brand lard. But I can find lard made in Mexican stores that is more natural too. I can make my own by saving the bacon grease but that has nitrates in it though. I live in the greater Los Angeles area so we have no shortage of Mexican stores.

Feb 26, 2015
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