A Whataburger Taquito with Chorizo

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As Lennie Ambrose mentioned the other day, we here at Eating Our Words occasionally consume meals of which we are less than proud. We know it's hard to believe, but even we who breathe the rarified air of the food blog occasionally fill our breathing holes with unadulterated crap. In fact, sometimes we revel in it.

For me, there are few such indulgences that top the Whataburger taquito. I was among those who literally cheered out loud upon hearing some time back that the glorious breakfast wrap would be made available all day.

My taquito of choice has always been the potato, egg and cheese variety. The interplay of silken eggs, gooey processed cheese, and crispy hash brown sticks is a thing of beauty, even though I know it's really an abomination. Sometimes I even get an extra order of hash browns, and stuffing those inside my taquitos. Topped with Whataburger's version of Pace Picante Sauce, nothing else beats it when the craving hits.

I was intrigued, though, upon hearing that Whataburger was adding chorizo to the list of available taquito fillings. A fan of the spicy, piquant flavor of a good chorizo, I wanted to see how Whataburger's offering stacked up.

I rolled through the drive-thru one morning this week and picked one up. I also grabbed one of my old standby versions, just in case. Nobody wants to be left with an unfulfilled taquito hankering. I brought them home, unwrapped the chorizo taquito, and investigated.

The chorizo-egg ratio looked about right, with the sausage crumbled nicely and cooked into the eggs, as it should be. There was a nice amount of that wondrously unnatural-looking orange chorizo grease forming a light sheen on the tortilla and its contents. It looked promising. I took a bite, sans picante so as to be better able to taste the chorizo itself.

It's not bad. There's little heat, but there is a tell-tale acidity that I always prize in chorizo. That vinegar kick is part of what makes chorizo such a unique sausage. The texture was nice, with the chorizo melding nicely into the eggs. I must admit, though, that I'm actually kind of fond of the little nodules and hard bits you usually find in the best chorizo, a tell-tale sign that the traditional lymph nodes and salivary glands are at play. There were no hard nodules, here. A minor quibble, though.

This is a worthy effort, and a nice right-hand-man for the potato, egg and cheese. Its reign is not yet over. Maybe next Whataburger will fulfill my request for a potato, egg, chorizo, and cheese taquito. Now that might be a real contender for the throne.



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29 comments
Danielle
Danielle

this article made me smile... too many self-proclaimed foodies don't give enough love for the taquitos at whataburger. well thank you for this, i love them, too!!!! anytime i have relatives that visit from europe or asian, always take them out and then top the night off with a visit to a whataburger drive-thru for taquitos. and they never fail me, nor fail to impress the heck outta all my foreign family members!!!! my cousin actually took a picture of it to take home, but i digress....another good place for chorizo breakfast tacos is Old Town Kolaches, there is one off 290, and one off Memorial @ Kirkwood. kolaches are great too, but i promise you will forget them once you try their breakfast tacos.

Jmacdonlo
Jmacdonlo

If you ordered a potato, egg, chorizo, and cheese taquito Whataburger would make it for you. They can customize anything- that is why I love eating there.

Wendy
Wendy

Tried a chorizo bob on Saturday. It was pretty terrific! Thanks for the heads up.

eatTX
eatTX

Order the Taquito combo and stuff the hash brown sticks into the taquito to make it a potato, chorizo, egg and cheese. I have been doing that for years with their bacon, egg and cheese.

Fatty FatBastard
Fatty FatBastard

FYI Nick, your request is granted. Hell, if you ask for it, Whataburger will make you a taquito with sausage, bacon, chorizo, jalepeno, potato, egg and cheese. And yes... I've done it before. (sans the chorizo, because it wasn't available yet.) There's a reason their slogan is "Just like you like it."

Harry3540
Harry3540

I like my chorizo taquito with the potato, grilled Jalapeno, onion and their shredded cheddar cheese. A cold beer would be nice but alas...

say what
say what

Can't buy a chorizo and egg taco from a place that can't even pronounce chorizo!

What-a-taquito
What-a-taquito

They sell breakfast taquitos all day now?! Oh my goodnes, oh my goodness, oh my goodness. I'm outta here....

Christopher
Christopher

Thanks for making me crave one of these, you douche.

milkduddheed
milkduddheed

there's no shame in eating Whataburger. Their burgers are better than a good deal of the off-the-beaten-path hipster burger joints, and certainly the most legit of the "fast food" variety. and in a blind taste test, the taquito would probably stack up well against many taco trucks / taquerias

Kyle
Kyle

Most Houston Whataburgers have had chorizo taquitos for years now (at least 12 years). There were some exceptions. When I went to one in the tunnels and ordered a chorizo taquito a few months ago the guy gave me a strange look and said, "What's chorizo?" It was tragic.

Anyway, the change I guess is that they're advertising it now rather than just putting it on the menu, and I think they've rolled it out to more locations. And I think they added a chorizo breakfast sandwich as well. Whataburger has three regions with different food offerings. Our region includes half of Texas and all of Oklahoma.

Nicholas L. Hall
Nicholas L. Hall

I think I know what I'm doing tomorrow morning after I drop my daughter off at school. . .

Yum
Yum

Verbage and diction play no role in tasty taquitos for me. Oh no no.

Nicholas L. Hall
Nicholas L. Hall

I can't remember exactly when they started doing that (anyone?), but it appears that it was not successful. They seem to have reverted to the old 11pm to 11am breakfast window. Fools. I never noticed, because I usually get the craving when I'm coming off night-shift, and pick them up on my way home at 6am. Sorry to get you all worked up.

Nicholas L. Hall
Nicholas L. Hall

Maybe if you'd bother getting your driver's license, you could go get yourself one.

Nicholas L. Hall
Nicholas L. Hall

As far as the burgers are concerned, I've actually always found them a bit bland. Certainly better than most fast food cow-patties, but nothing when stacked up against an actual burger. The tacos wouldn't hold a candle to a good taco truck/tacquria by virtue of the crappy pre-fab tortillas, alone. That said, Whataburger remains my favorite national fast food chain. Also, when did I mention shame? If I was ashamed, I wouldn't have written about it here. I'm a glutton, but not for punishment.

Aj Sarabia
Aj Sarabia

I don't know which Whataburger you have been going to but I have lived in Houston for 20 years and before that in Corpus Christi my birthplace and the birthplace of Whataburger for 19 years and I have never seen chorizo on the menu until now.

Nicholas L. Hall
Nicholas L. Hall

I can't recall ever having seen or heard of chorizo on the menu before this, and the information I have indicated that it was to be a limited run item, from December 27, 2010 through April 4, 2011. You are correct, however, about the breakfast sandwich. Haven't tried it, though.

Dimkitty
Dimkitty

Whataburger, Chick fil-A, Burger King.....

Anything else happening for breakfast out there?

Bruce R
Bruce R

Ooh, let me guess. It involves saucing your taco, no?

Wendy
Wendy

I was gonna say.....

Bruce R
Bruce R

I agree with Nick's comments above. I also find Whataburger burgers to be a bit bland but they're still pretty good compared to other fast food burgers. Unlike milkduddheed, I'd almost always prefer spending the extra buck and getting something superior from a local hipster. And as Nick noted, Whataburger tortillas are pretty bad. The taquerias generally do it better.

Kyle
Kyle

I went to Whataburgers in the northwest suburbs (Spring), the Whataburger in front of Sandy's (now Georgia's) on I-10, and central Houston Whataburgers. All (exempting the downtown tunnel one) had chorizo taquito. I can provide some anecdotal evidence of chorizo offerings in the past in various cities:

"If your ever in a whataburger in a primarily hispanic city try the Chorizo taquitos with cheese.This is one of the VERY few positives with living in El Paso."2008 http://forums.hornfans.com/php...

Pensacola "You can actually get chorizo at some of the Whataburger joints here."2005 http://archives.floridasportsm...

Couldn't find any Houston mentions, unfortunately. The ones that had chorizo never had 'sausage'. I was eating them back in the post high school graduation years, 1999 and on.

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

I've never seen chorizo on my local Whataburger menu for taquitos either. Very excited!

Nicholas L. Hall
Nicholas L. Hall

I mention my daughter, you employ a foodie inuendo. Classy.

Nicholas L. Hall
Nicholas L. Hall

Hmm. That's very odd. Not only had I never seen chorizo at a Whataburger until they rolled out this campaign, but I actually saw a press release from Whataburger Central, announcing the introduction of the "new" chorizo taquito and breakfast sandwich.

Wendy
Wendy

Me neither, and I lived in Corpus Christi, home of Whataburger for years.

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