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Taco Bell Japan’s DIY Tacos Kit gives us what we want and more

By Casey Baseel, SoraNews24

When our reporter P.K. Sanjun woke up the other day, one of the first thought that came into his mind was “Man, I could really go for some tacos.” Seeing no reason to deny his heat/stomach’s desire, he got dressed and dashed out the door to head to Taco Bell.

Now, P.K. could have satisfied his craving by ordering a taco and eating it then and there. But before he did that, he performed some mental calculations to gauge how likely he was to be craving tacos again soon, and the answer he arrived at was “Almost definitely.” So instead he opted to order Taco Bell Japan’s Do It Yourself Tacos Kit.

The DIY Tacos Kit gives you five hard taco shells, five soft tortillas, beef, lettuce, shredded cheddar cheese, sliced tomatoes, sour cream, and taco sauce. According to Taco Bell, it’s enough to make 10 tacos, which should be enough to tide P.K. over for a while.


The kit is only available for takeout customers, and P.K. showed admirabl restraint in resisting the urge to just start making tacos right there on the sidewalk and instead waited until he got home. This also allowed him to spruce up his tacos with some avocado and cilantro he happened to have in his kitchen.


And with that, P.K. started making tacos. As he bit into the first, he flavor receptors came alive with joy, and it wasn’t long until his daughter, Rei-chan, wanted to get in on the fun, fixing up a taco for herself and joining Daddy for lunch.


Now, as we all know, buying tacos/taco ingredients is pretty much always a wise use of money, but P.K. couldn’t help noticing something. The DIY Tacos Kit is priced at 2,990 yen, but Taco Bell Japan also has a Taco Party Pack, with 10 tacos, that’s actually a little cheaper, at 2,550 yen.

However, after taking a closer look at what comes in the Party Pack, P.K. learned that you don’t get any tomato or sour cream, so its tacos are plainer than the DIY ones. What’s more, even though Taco Bell says the DIY kit has ingredients for 10 tacos, even after using up all of his shells and soft tortillas P.K. still had beef and other fixings left over, and estimates he could have made 20 tacos with the amount of stuff in the kit.


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I don’t want it. Looks ghastly.

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Crazy high price

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Oh, their tacos are awful.

Make your own instead.

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I wouldn't buy that unless somebody paid me, which is exactly what this reporter did. I don't get why all these sora news stories are written in the 3rd person. Shouldn't the reporter report this breaking news him/ herself lol?

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It would be better to buy the ingredients from the store and make your own.

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Yes, buy your own ingredients!!

Taco Bell in Japan should be ashamed as it ain’t no where near what Taco Bell, should be and way way overpriced!

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Well, first have you all checked to see what a Taco lunch or dinner costs at an (ahem) "Mexican" restaurant in Japan? About Y1700 (with iced tea). This DIY Taco Kit is great for those who need the basic fixings for a party at home where you have some real hot sauce stashed away. No, believe me, for Japan this is a good thing. Trouble is, there isn't a TB near my house in Yokohama.

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Yes, buy your own ingredients!!

Taco Bell in Japan should be ashamed as it ain’t no where near what Taco Bell, should be and way way overpriced!

I agree and would never go again, they don't even sell burritos and that right there is a killer for me. I mean, even Korea (once again does it right....or at least better. Compare....


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More “myth”conceptions about North American foods? Sorry, @zichi 2:44pm but “tlahcos” were the food of Emperors & nobles, not just “poor farmers”. They are eaten daily by ALL economic classes.  It was the invading Europeans who tried to differentiate wheat flour tortillas as closer to the Christian Eucharist and corn as lowly grain food for livestock and, unfortunately, those who ‘some’ perceived as lesser ‘working-classes’ from the indigenous peoples of Mexico.  

These fast-food menu items above are actually a variation of traditional “TexMex”. The pre-fried, u-shaped corn flour ‘taco’ shells are easier to store for longer periods and conveniently hold a variety of ingredients. The patent was registered by Mexican restaurant owners in 1940, not as America businessman Glen “Taco” Bell once alleged he pioneered in 1962.

18th century ‘taco’s actually looked like ‘sticks of dynamite, pre-rolled & fried with a smaller amount of ingredients, named after their intended customers, the Mexican silver miners, ‘tacos de minero’.

The origin of word “taco” dates back to the 15th century and comes from the native Nahuatl word ‘tlahco’ referring to folding it in half or, at the middle. Aztec Emperor Moctezuma I, who ruled in a period of peace for 1440-1453, brought social, economical & political reform to strengthen Aztec rule and mutually beneficial relations with other cities. Emperor Moctezuma I used these “tlahco” as a spoon to eat a variety of delicacies. (It was his descendant, Moctezuma II, who segregated classes thus contributing to the empires’ demise after the Spanish arrived.)

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Y 3000 yeah- na. I rather spend my money at Sushi-Ro plus I get to talk with a robot.

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I think that ‘taquito’ variation @zichi 9:13pm was covered sufficiently in my @8:30pm post, 3rd paragraph, but, again, they were not the “first” tacos. - The Mexican silver miners just used the native Nahuatl word ‘tlahco’ they knew to describe the dynamite sticks looking similar to their native food. Archeological evidence has shown that Moctezuma I was dining on “tlahco” in the 1400’s.

Canadian Prof. Pilcher has since acknowledged the actual history of the folded corn tortilla goes back to the height of the Aztec Empire.

You’re not still trying to perpetuate popular misconceptions like Hawaiians originated what is referred to a “Hawaiian Pizza”, are you? (Different “Food” thread, 11/20/21)

While we’re here and to stay ‘on-topic’, what’s the name given by those miners for their Cornish pastries” and what are the ingredients? After all, the surviving history of many world cultures can be still be conveyed by their food traditions and should be equally respected. Wouldn’t want to seem presumptuous or offensive by persistently and mistakenly referring to them as “Cornish Tacos”?

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I disagree not with your links zichi but with your @9:13pm assertion about the “first tacos…”

*especially, when the complete history has already been disclosed @8:30pm above.

TacoBell is “TexMex”(at best). - Their advertising campaign for many years, (while now deemed entirely insensitive and inappropriate) was “Run for the Border”. Their menu items are marketed as ‘influenced’ by Mexican cuisine but with very few to none of the traditional Mexican and indigenous peoples ingredients.

Also, I would think the U.S. does some unique, original recipes, perhaps around certain holidays like November’s “Thanksgiving”. So, your statement that: “All U.S. recipes originate from other countries and other cultures.” seems a bit to ‘overarching’, as well.

Still waiting for your ‘equally diligent efforts’ to clarify what “Cornish pastries” are.

(As far as “Hawaiian Pizza”, perhaps best to continue in that thread vs. deletion here. You misconception and the actual history of it’s origin was provided *there, *IF you still care to contest it.)

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My pleasure @Bungle 10:08pm. “Cornish Tacos and Mexican Pasties... interesting. Personally, I love fusion cooking and while I have a Shepherd's pie on the menu for tomorrow, I think you have given me an idea for this weekend's bake.”

Your proposed marketing scenario for TacoBell is not likely to happen. The use of the likeness of celebrated Mexican artist Frida Kahlo has been rejected for mass-produced, commercial endorsements. This year, Mattel insisted they secured permission to license a “Women of Inspiration” Frida Kahlo “Barbie” from the Miami-based Frida Kahlo Corporation and her niece Isolda Pinedo Kahlo. Her likeness is actually owned by the artist’s great-niece Mara Romeo. Perhaps you were thinking of Doritos? : )

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Legally the Cornish own the pastie

They only own the Cornish Pastie. There are other types.

And if you don't see the point of the potatoes and turnips, you can't beat a Forfar Bridie.

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Tacos have become kind of international now. The hard shell taco was an American invention/perversion that allowed a longer shelf life for the shells, but don't ignore the Lebanese influence. There was a large Lebanese migration to Mexico 1930 to 1960-ish and these Lebanese immigrants put Middle Eastern ingredients into a taco shell, such as gyro meats or shawarma. Tacos al Pastor is what they are called. Years ago there was a place in San Diego that mixed Japanese and Mexican cuisine. It was called Banzai Cantina. Tacos or burritos with Japanese fillings and such.

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Then there is my wife who cooks our taco meat with soy sauce and other Chinese ingredients. If you can put it in corn tortilla and fold it up it's a taco.

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Zichi,their probably better than blood sausages,tacos are an mainstream food in America

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Tortillas Soup is one of my favorite dishes, , I made 3 bashes of it, it easy to make, Taco seasoning is probably hard to find in Japan

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In regards to you question @zichi Nov 22 11pm:

*@zichi Nov 22 11pm**: “I provided a link to the "first tecos".*

[Certainly an unintentional error as “Tecos” is a fútbol Club from Jalisco.]

“Many foods like tacos and pasties originated with miners and other poor working people….

your post @ 8:30 pm are you quoting other peoples work or your own?” -

Of course, @zichi, it’s from other peoples’ diligent work. 

First, an surviving eyewitness’s account of the history of the region and interactions with Moctezuma, Spanish conquistador Bernal Diaz, in his memoirs,** **‘The True History of the Conquest of New Spain’:

*“**For each meal, over 30 different dishes were prepared by Moctezuma I’s cooks according to their ways and usage, placed small pottery brasiers beneath the dishes so that they should not get cold. They prepared more than 300 plates of the food that Montezuma was going to eat. Montezuma was at table eating as I have described, there were waiting on him two other graceful women to bring him tortillas, kneaded with eggs and other sustaining ingredients, and these tortillas were very white, …” -*

I also cited a North American historian’s university symposium paper (1999), predating Mr. Pilcher’s (2012) ‘limited history’ of ‘tlahco’. Mr. Pilcher admittedly he stopped his research a few centuries short of actual origins for tortilla ‘tlahco’. As agreed earlier, his presumptions about ‘tacos de mineros’ were only part of the overall, centuries old history. 

Btw, your additional link was to some commercial advertising, written for a chain of “Mexican(?)” restaurants in Massachusetts(??) [sounds ‘authentic’] that only regurgitates Pilcher’s limited research as a their primary source of information to promote the theme of their menu.

 I know you realize marketing ‘copy’ is creatively written to help sell a product and not necessarily concerned with the actual history of things, unless it helps sell their product.

Congratulations!” on your current marketing ‘campaign’, Taco Bell.

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Getting back to Your claim @zichi 10:03pm: All US recipes originated from other countries and other cultures” seems awfully broad. Perhaps some of the Americans here can give examples of truly unique American dishes?

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Miners invented the taco (make mental note).

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I assume the taco and cornish pasty was market derived not invented by some miners. There was a market for lunches for unmarried miners and itinerate workers suffering from the night before. Some person notice these miners were going to work with no food. So he fill that market with being available before shifts with lunches or food that could not spoil and easy to carry. After some feed back for his buyers this person settled with what is know today has the Taco or the Pasty.

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Sure thing @zichi.  And from your own link, that university professor sums up the ‘cultural appropriation’ of “tlahco”s by another “white man”:

- "It's important to recognise that Bell was a failed fast food entrepreneur before he had the realisation that the restaurant across the street from his flagging business was booming, the Mitla Cafe", said Steven Alvarez who teaches a course at St John's University in New York call Taco Literacy which looks at Mexican immigration in New York City via Mexican fare. 

*"What happened here is a white guy seeing opportunities to market Mexican food to a 'mainstream' audience for the love of profit, and not the love of Mexican people."*

- @zichi 3:23pm: I read tacos were first used by Mexican silver miners but at least one other here disagrees.” -

Actually, many Mexican and indigenous peoples ‘disagree’, knowing the actual history rather than just the commercial, advertising links You’ve posted. 

Sure, Cornwall legally protected their pasties. Good for them. Enjoy Your American ‘Tacos’!

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Then we have an accord about the Smithsonian article and that I never disagreed with that early “Pilcher” account of silver miners. So, I agree with the remainder of your @3:55pm post.

However, your first link @9:13pm was from a “Casa Blanca” chain if “Mexican” restaurants, in Massachusetts, U.S.A. Wouldn’t necessarily call that a ‘scholarly’ source on the matter of history.

*- @zichi 3:55pm: “snowymountainhill, an article in the Smithsonian is not some commercial advertising link.*

*There are at least ten types of taco shells. With modern-day ingenuity and ingenious, taco shells can be made six ways to Sunday. *

The pre-fried u-shaped taco shell we love didn’t come into existence until the 1940s. Mexicans patented this idea first to expedite the taco-making process.

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Taco Wars.

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Gonna need a few bottles of blue agave tequila to wash that down.

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For anyone in Japan who doesn't know, some advice for making cheap American-style tacos in Japan.

業務スーパー has 'regular size' for a lot of the items needed: 12-packs of taco shells in the dry-section for about 200-yen, or frozen flour tortillas (sometimes whole wheat) about 300 yen for 12, small taco sized.

They also have canned pinto beans for about 200yen probably 400grams, They have a mixed finely shredded cheese, about 200 yen for 200 grams. I also pick up some black olives, pickled jalapenos, and hot sauce there. They have salsa, but it isn't great so I make homemade pico-de-gallo.

At regular supermarkets, there are little packs of seasoning by S&W for various non-Japanese dishes, and they have one for 'Taco RIce' that seasons about 300 grams of meat for under 100yen. Pick up the meat, lettuce, and tomatoes (and onions for me) while you are there and you can make 12 tacos for probably 1,500 yen or so.

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Y 3000 yeah- na. I rather spend my money at Sushi-Ro plus I get to talk with a robot.


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zichiNov. 22  10:03 pm JST

I provided two links. So you disagree with that?

when we visited Hawaii for the first time, it was also the place we found pizzas with pineapples. You disagree with that too?

Every American knows pizza with pineapple was invented in Canada. You shouild have provided this link:


All US recipes originated from other countries and other cultures.

Really? Maine lobster?

Actually, every UK recipe originated from other countries and cultures. The US, and China are basically the only countries that have original recipes.

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Taco Wars Part 2.

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BTW. Taco Bell is solid Tex-Mex.

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KniknaknokkaerToday  12:35 pm JST

Really? Toad-in-the-hole?

Sausages originated in the UK?

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Taco Bell Japan’s DIY Tacos Kit gives us what we want and more

I wanted Taco Bell to be open on Thanksgiving.

KniknaknokkaerToday  02:19 pm JST

Maine is the only place with lobsters?

Yes, it is the only place with Maine lobster.

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