Industry News | June 12, 2012
Taco Cabana Debuts Chipotle Corn Street Tacos LTO
Taco Cabana is introducing Chipotle Corn Street Tacos to its menu for a limited time. The new tacos, inspired by a culinary trip to Mexico City and Puebla last September, feature the simple yet savory flavors that the team experienced as they sampled food from various street vendors during their visit.
"Our culinary team is always looking for inspiration to continually innovate our menu," says Walter "Smokey" Waters, executive chef at Taco Cabana. "On a recent trip to the interior of Mexico, we paid particular attention to the numerous street vendors and were inspired by the aromas and bright colors of roasting fresh corn."
The new Chipotle Corn Street Tacos are made with grilled, marinated steak and topped with a mix of sweet yellow corn kernels, fresh-cut jalapeno peppers, and diced onions, grilled together until lightly charred. The tacos are then finished off with a creamy chipotle cream sauce and cotija cheese.
"Cotija cheese, named after the Mexican town of Cotija de la Paz in the state of Michoacan, is one of the most popular cheeses in authentic Mexican cooking," says Diego Galicia, corporate chef at Taco Cabana. "We wanted to incorporate the authentic taste of cotija, since it serves as the perfect complement to the many flavors in this dish."
Each taco is served open-faced on mini corn tortillas and then served three at a time, with fresh lime wedge garnishes, as is the tradition with the authentic street food vendors.
"This latest version of street tacos shows Taco Cabana's commitment to innovation as we continue to showcase the fresh flavors and ingredients coming out of Mexico," says Todd Coerver, chief brand officer at Taco Cabana. "Our street tacos have been extremely popular with our guests as they offer an authentic Mexican food experience at a very affordable price."
The Chipotle Corn Street Tacos are priced at $4.79 in all markets and are available for a limited time only. Steak Street Tacos are a permanent, year-round menu item and have been a fan favorite since they were first introduced in 2010.
Contest Winner Makes Commercial Debut
Fans will also notice a new face in the latest commercials running in support of the Chipotle Corn Street Tacos. After submitting a video as part of a fan contest, Anna Ochoa, also known as “Anna Cabana” was chosen as the winner of an all-access pass to spend the day on-set with TC Girl, Anjelah Johnson, along with landing a part in the commercial.
"Anna wowed judges with her ‘Anna Cabana’ rap and engaging personality," says Anjelah Johnson. "She impressed everyone on set, especially me."
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