Celebrate National Taco Day With Free Tacos -- Or, Better Yet, Ones You Pay For

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Pollo Campero is celebrating National Taco Day by rolling out a new line of tortillas stuffed with Peruvian grilled chicken, crispy seasoned chicken, fresh cooked bacon, panela cheese and salsas. All three Dallas locations of the International chain will offer a free Campero Chicken taco to diners all day today in your choice of flour or corn tortillas.

While chains sometimes earn disdain from foodies, Lauren paid the Northwest Highway location a visit a few weeks ago and we were happy with her meal. They also earned a best of in 2009, and they won a shoot out we staged against Popeyes as well. If the Observer isn't a big enough endorsement, the chicken was good enough to be included in John T. Edge's book, Fried Chicken. In a chapter devoted to the chain started in Guatemala he describes the bird-bird as "juicy and crispy and undeniably good." How can that make for a bad taco?

You could drive to California and get yourself a new Doritos locos taco. Apparently their attempt at authenticity through a new line of street tacos went so badly they decided to stick to what they know best. Slashfood had this to say about the Cantina Taco:

Never has food looked so completely different in real life than in the advertised photograph. A pile of mush and odd flavors, this mixture of sweet pork and onions never came together

And you can check out a video of a dude eating the new Doritos Taco over here.

For most of Dallas, I think the best way to celebrate National Taco Day is by hitting up one of the hundreds of more authentic taquerias in the area that probably have no idea today is any sort of fake holiday. Places like El Si Hay and Tacos El Guero celebrate authentic tacos every day, not just when marketing overlords tell them to.

Location Info

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Pollo Campero

19160 Preston Road, Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Pollo Campero

2830 State Highway 121, Euless, TX

Category: Restaurant

Pollo Campero

3071 W. NW Highway, Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Taqueria El Si Hay

601 W. Davis St., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Tacos La Banqueta - CLOSED

4500 Bryan St., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

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Tpdg38
Tpdg38

I'm a Fuel City addict myself. They may not be doing something, but they still take the cake.

twinwillow
twinwillow

Pollo Campero's fried and grilled chicken is some of the best in Dallas. Their sides, especially the Campero beans and fried plantains are better than they need to be. A Guatemalan chain, it's easily as good as many mom 'n pop Latino restaurants. The service is caring and genuine and the place is always spotlessly clean.

Jim
Jim

The Hwy 121 outpost in Euless is now a Schlotzskis.

That is all.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

I need to try this, right up the road from me. The name made me think it was a "mexicans only" place. I'll try not to be afraid anymore.

Nic Rodriguez
Nic Rodriguez

No places are Mexican only, man. Every one of them will gladly take the white man's money.

foodbitch
foodbitch

If you guys still prefer tacos of the free variety, I hear Bueno is giving them away today as well. There's a coupon on their Facebook page. 

Davy Crockett
Davy Crockett

I know that I'm just a dumb, thin skinned sports moron who knows nothing about food, but I also saw that - I think - Taco Cabana is giving away fajita tacos, too. Now back to giving myself cup checks, because that's what people like me do.

Nic Rodriguez
Nic Rodriguez

Yep, I heard that on the news this morning when I was getting ready for work. I didn't get all the details, but Cabana is participating. I think it may only be at dinner, though.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Methinks you are correct sir...cmon over to Tumbleweeds and watch the game Davy!  I'll be there at 1:15

AskTheMexican
AskTheMexican

I think El Padrino at the Bishop Arts and Fuzzy's are doing something as well. Well, at least from what I grasped from their twitter feeds. Taco feast awaits, well, as soon as I leave work, of course. Come on 5 o' clock.

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