Not quite as pretty as it is delicious.
Not quite as pretty as it is delicious.
Photos by Christina Uticone

Fast Times: Whataburger Chicken Fajita Taco

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.

Why do you look so sad, girl?
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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