Fast Times: Whataburger Chicken Fajita Taco

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Photos by Christina Uticone
Not quite as pretty as it is delicious.
I am starting to love Whataburger so much, I might even feel a y'all coming on...

... nope. Not yet.

Regardless of whether a spontaneous y'all ever falls from my lips (or keyboard), I am certainly a confirmed Whataburger fan. The burgers are juicy, the chicken dishes are quite good, and the white-and-orange motif just makes me smile. So last week when I saw a billboard advertising the Whataburger Fajita Taco, I knew I had to have one.

The truth is, I've never been much for fast food tacos -- I've only been to Taco Bell a handful of times in my life. But when Whataburger promises me a full chicken breast atop a mix of spicy and sweet peppers, I have pretty high hopes. Overall, the Fajita Taco delivers.

Advertisements for the Chicken Fajita Taco promise that it's stuffed with grilled onions, poblano, and red bell peppers, plus a big ol' fajita-style chicken breast. My taco was not exactly "stuffed" with red bell pepper (I found three little strips), but it was stuffed with chicken and grilled onions. I also ordered jalapenos and cheese, which were added with a generous hand. The whole thing was wrapped up in a soft, warm flour tortilla, and served sans condiments.

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Why do you look so sad, girl?
At first glance, the Chicken Fajita Taco didn't 't look like much, and it certainly didn't look like the one on the billboard. The advertised taco is bright with green and red peppers, while mine was a monochromatic mix of tans and yellows, from the tortilla to the chicken and onions, to the cheese. There were a few pops of green from the add-on jalapenos, but the promise of abundant green poblano and red bell peppers was not fulfilled. More peppers and fewer onions would have been welcome, but it certainly wasn't a deal-breaker.

This was a very good, very filling chicken taco. The chicken had that nice charred flavor, but wasn't overly dry, and the plentiful cheese was melted to gooey perfection. This wrap desperately needed some acidity to cut through the sautéed onions and (alleged) peppers, so you should plan on adding salsa.

Without cheese, the Whataburger Chicken Fajita Taco comes in at a very reasonable 420 calories, so if you can skip it, do so. If I got this again I would 86 the cheese, add salsa, and top with some guacamole or avocado slices.

Nutritional info (without cheese): 420 calories, 17 g fat, 65 mg cholesterol, 1262 mg sodium, 47 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 29 g protein



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51 comments
Dustin Kalman
Dustin Kalman

This taco is awesome. They used to have it a long time ago but I forgot about it. I think its better now but I remember eating it drunkedly in S. Padre Island spring break way back when.

Corey
Corey

37 comments on whataburger, and just another of their throw back sandwiches, really this qualifies as food related news...? Rolls eyes..

Texmex01
Texmex01

A few years back (ok more like 10) Whataburger used to have steak fajita tacos that were the best late night food in Houston, I sure do miss those....

Jim Ayres
Jim Ayres

I also had one last weekend. Soggy, gross, disgusting in every detail. However the burger my friend got was unexpectedly subpar as well. May have been an off day at the South Shepherd location.

Bruce R
Bruce R

I actually bought one of these.  It was like $4, and was bland, boring, and small.  I ordered japs on it, but it still sucked ape.  I was mad at myself when I left because it was my fault for ordering chicken at Whataburger.  Stick to the burgers.

FattyFatBastard
FattyFatBastard

I did a review on this a couple weeks ago.  I found it very underwhelming.  For a chicken fajita taco in the drive through, I'll stick with Taco Cabana.  At 170 calories and 4 grams of fat, as well as being half the cost, I can get two.

Txjboy
Txjboy

I thought it needed some type of salsa.   Does Whataburger have salsa?  I know they've got the best ketchup around.

Bruce R
Bruce R

This isn't news, it's a blog.  World of difference.  Although the distinction is becoming less clear all the time.

Christina Uticone
Christina Uticone

To be fair, at least 1/3 of the comments are about what a terrible sexist/bigot I am.

Christina Uticone
Christina Uticone

 Really? Mine was so enormous! That's a bummer. I was totally stuffed afterward. And I still say Whata does chicken pretty well--in a pinch.

Christina Uticone
Christina Uticone

 Any opinions on Whataburger's salsa? Chik-fil-A salsa makes me want to cry. (Not in a good way.)

Dejardin23
Dejardin23

you 'did a review'?to your seventh grade class? or where exactly?

Rowland5892
Rowland5892

They do have salsa and it's not too bad!

Whatainsult
Whatainsult

Of course, never had a breakfast taco there?  But it's a good thing the writer prefaced by distinguishing her elevated self from the native yahoos that utter hick-like local boy things such as "ya'll."  Otherwise, I would have lost all respect for her by virtue of her liking this taco.  Juuust like those yahoos.  Maybe I'll try going into Philly and saying, "I really disdain and despise how you mama's boys talk, but I sure love your beef sammies!"  Thanks for the review.  Come back again sometime.

Christina Uticone
Christina Uticone

 They didn't give me any and I didn't think to ask--I was on the go!

Corey
Corey

 Ugh glad I didn't read that far down, one troll is one too many.

Chicknkitchn
Chicknkitchn

One of the hallmarks of the future success of new bloggers is how they handle criticism in the comments section.  Not trolling, just constructive comments.  Lashing back two-fold and angrily is not constructive, just exacerbating.  Stop, think, reflect...do your words, however unintentionally, insult? Don't take it personally, analyze your writing.  Those comments will be key to your future writing successes.  Take note of them.  It's the written word that is criticized, not you personally.  REFRAIN when the urge is to simply retaliate.  My .02. 

Terry Alexander
Terry Alexander

 Then skip Whataburgers also. It is not even in the same league as their ketchup. Pre packaged in the little squeeze packs. I look at it as simply a reason to add a little extra moisture and flavor to an otherwise fairly dry, bland breakfast taco.TA

Christina Uticone
Christina Uticone

 p.s. I am a hick (grew up in a town pop. 7000, graduated with 100 kids) married to another hick (town pop. 1700, graduated with 15 kids). We say things like "sangwich" and "Sun-dee" (i.e. "I think the picnic is on Sundee.") and I have the most wicked Great Lakes accent you've ever heard.

In case you were curious.

Christina Uticone
Christina Uticone

Are you kidding me? Grow a pair, man. There was nothing pejorative about my "y'all" joke. Somebody's sensitive. Talk about momma's boys.

Txjboy
Txjboy

Never had a Whataburger taquito.  Thanks for the heads up.

Christina Uticone
Christina Uticone

This will probably make you nuts, C--I was born, raised, and spent the first 30 years of my life in my good ol' hometown of Seneca Falls, NY!

xoxo

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

Good grief. Charcharodon, please go find another bridge to lurk under. You're on the verge of being banned.

Christina Uticone
Christina Uticone

I don't regret my words. I don't owe anyone an apology. You're an overly-politically correct hack who can only attack when protected by anonymity. I don't feel like I have much to learn from you. Except how to get a good belly laugh before noon.

I don't "need" to know who you are--you "need" to hide. I'm just pointing out that when I write something, I put my name on it, that's all. I'm not "obsessed" with knowing who you are. I didn't ask you to identify yourself. I'm simply pointing out that when I put something out there, my name is on it--yours isn't. I think that means something. You don't? That's why I write and you comment on writing, I guess.

I didn't even use the phrase you call sexist "in my writing". It was in the comments, for chrissakes. I was a regionalist bigot in my writing. Get it straight!

Man up, Charcharodonna.

Charcharodon
Charcharodon

What you fail to grasp is that it's OK to regret your words, and it's OK to apologize for words that you regret, but simply digging in and refusing to acknowledge that you chose some words poorly makes you look like a stubborn, petulant jackass, and that's not OK.

And what is with your obsession with people who post anonymously?  Whether or not you know who the commenter is, so long as their arguments are valid, you should be willing to admit it.  Furthermore, your seeming obsession with anonymity in commenters is frankly quite creepy.  Why do you need to know the identity of commenters?  How does knowing their identity lend weight to their words, when the words should speak for themselves? 

Most importantly, what would you do with that information if you had it?

You got called a sexist because you used sexist language.  This isn't really "namecalling."  It's describing the offensive nature of your behavior.  You don't like being called a sexist?  DON'T USE GENDER BASED PEJORATIVES IN YOUR WRITING!

It's really quite simple.

Stay classy, Christina Uticone!

Christina Uticone
Christina Uticone

I'm sorry if my intense amusement at this ridiculousness came off as anger. Mea culpa!

Like I said--I put my name on everything. I don't regret One. Word.

I don't always reply to these kinds of attacks, but this time I did. If by making fun of myself I unintentionally insulted someone, that's their problem. And it's my job to point that out. Enter: comments.

It gets tiring when people who get to stay anonymous get to call you names (sexist? 'regionalist bigot'? -- constructive criticism?). I could reply 'as' another anonymous commenter, but like I said--my name goes on everything I write. I don't hide behind screen names and call names.

kyle
kyle

I absolutely hate the salsa from Chick-Fil-A...it doesn't even come close to tasting like salsa.  Whataburger uses a picante sauce that is pretty good.

Christina Uticone
Christina Uticone

 I like most of Chik's food, but I really think their salsa is terrible.

Terry Alexander
Terry Alexander

 It's funny because when I really dig down deep in my feelings, I actually do like it and the tacos much more than my comment above represents. But based on Christina's comment about Chik fil A, I'm not sure she would feel the same.TA

Ruthie J M
Ruthie J M

The Whataburger salsa is branded as "picante sauce," it comes in tubs, and it is awesome, especially on a late-night taquito. Taquitos rawk.

Bloom
Bloom

 I wish I could return that sentiment.

Bloom
Bloom

 You write like a questionable high-school standardized test example

Christina Uticone
Christina Uticone

Methinks someone is too politically correct to enjoy comments sections.

Me and my private lady parts are going to listen to old Rush Limbaugh podcasts now. Peas!

Charcharodon
Charcharodon

So, because someone else said it, that makes what you said ok. 

That's your argument.  Your argument in defense of gender based pejoratives.  Your argument in defense of sexist hate speech...

Stay classy, Christina Uticone!

Christina Uticone
Christina Uticone

Try again, charcharddaodananananana! I wasn't the first one who used "mama's boy"--check the post to which I was replying. I was simply throwing the phrase back.

And thanks for playing. Valiant effort.

P.S. No anonymous commenter will ever, ever, ever make me feel "ashamed" of myself for anything I say. I put my name on everything I write.

Charcharodon
Charcharodon

 It was a safe assumption since you also used the term Momma's Boy.  Gender based pejoratives are sexist, and they are wrong, and you you should be ashamed of your attempts to justify your hate speech.

Whatainsult
Whatainsult

I accept that.  Thank you.  It is my experience that WaB's are inconsistent store to store.  Some are bad all the time.  As a family owned venture, they can work on inter-store consistency.  Write some product assembly policy, call a management meeting.  I've always wondered why this happens.  You found a good location.  

Wyatt
Wyatt

 That dude just got third-waved. I think

Christina Uticone
Christina Uticone

Why do you assume "the pair" to which I refer are balls? How do you know I didn't mean breasts? Or ovaries? Fallopian tubes? Lungs? Kidneys?

Careful who you call sexist, Charcharodonaooara.

Charcharodon
Charcharodon

 An apology for your sexist language is also in order, Christina.

Christina Uticone
Christina Uticone

I have no idea why the fact that I still haven't incorporated "y'all" into my vocabulary--and poking fun at MYSELF about it--makes me a "regionalist bigot."

The joke was a commentary on me, not YOU ALL. (See, still can't do it!) It's a joke about how 'fish out of water' I still feel here, and the words "hick" and "yahoo" never entered my head.

You guys who think my tiny joke about a contraction is a comment on "regional" speech must have a complex about the way you talk.

H_e_x
H_e_x

Loud noises!

Charcharodon
Charcharodon

WHAT AN ENLIGHTENED RESPONSE THANKS SO MUCH! 

H_e_x
H_e_x

Herp to the derp.

Charcharodon
Charcharodon

 Wow!  "Grow a pair?"  "Momma's boys?"  This is unacceptably sexist language!  Not surprising from someone who casually engages in regionalist bigotry.

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