Dunkin's Breakfast Tacos Are Surprisingly Tasty

Most Americans don't have time to sit down for breakfast in the morning, and according to a CDC report, just under one quarter of U.S. residents pick up fast food for breakfast on any given day. Fast food chains like McDonald's, Dunkin', and Burger King compete for a share of the morning rush. As Mexican cuisine has risen in popularity over the years, it's not surprising to see these chains incorporating a few Mexican-inspired items into their menus. McDonald's breakfast menu has offered a sausage breakfast burrito for years, and now Dunkin' has introduced a new Breakfast Taco.

As of March 22, Dunkin' lovers nationwide can pick up a Breakfast Taco when they make their daily Dunkin' run. Dunkin' is known for its donuts, bagels, and breakfast sandwiches, but we wondered: How will the chain do with Mexican food? We tried the new Breakfast Taco so you don't have to, and we were pleasantly surprised.

What's in a Breakfast Taco from Dunkin'?

The new Breakfast Taco from Dunkin' consists of a flour tortilla filled with scrambled eggs, sharp white cheddar cheese, roasted street corn, and lime crema. Bacon is optional for a slight upcharge.

We drove through to pick up a few tacos, and the drive-thru attendant tried to warn us that they were too spicy — spoiler alert, they're not! The lime crema provides a nice amount of heat, though if you really like things spicy, you'll want to add some salsa or hot sauce. The eggs are probably pre-cooked, but they taste freshly scrambled, not rubbery. The street corn adds a light crunch, and the cheese was just enough without being overwhelming.

Breakfast Tacos from Dunkin' are meant to be eaten on the run and even come in a handy little upright taco holder. We found that they were easy to eat in the car and did not leave a mess. What to have with them? A cup of coffee and a side of hash browns, of course.

Dunkin' Breakfast Tacos are somewhat healthy

Like most fast food breakfast options, Breakfast Tacos from Dunkin' are not exactly health food. One of these vegetarian tacos rings in at 180 calories, 9 grams of fat, 8 grams of protein, 500 milligrams of sodium, and 1 gram of fiber. Adding bacon increases everything but the fiber. In terms of the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for an average adult, one taco provides about 10 to 20% of the RDA for protein, 33% of the RDA for fat, slightly less than 25% of the RDA for sodium, and almost no fiber.

Of course, if you eat two Breakfast Tacos, you'll consume almost half of the recommended salt intake and more than half of the recommended fat intake for the day, all in one meal. Throw in hash browns, with 6 grams of fat and 360 milligrams of sodium, and you'll almost max out.

Dunkin' Breakfast Tacos are reasonably priced

We paid $2.59 each for our tacos, although prices may vary between Dunkin' locations. Compared to other fast food breakfast options, these tacos are competitively priced. In comparison, McDonald's Sausage Burrito costs $1.81 on average, while its traditional offerings such as the Sausage Biscuit and Egg McMuffin range from $1.59 to $4.12. Taco Bell breakfast burritos start at $1.59 for a Cheesy Toasted Breakfast Burrito, while heartier options like the Breakfast Crunchwrap start at $3.59. Prices for the Dunkin' Breakfast Taco fall in line with other fast food breakfast choices. You can make it a meal with hash browns and coffee with an upcharge.

Many other fast food chains cut off breakfast at around 11 a.m. and then switch to their lunch menus. Dunkin' only has one menu, which means its Breakfast Tacos are available all day. In our opinion, these tacos are filling enough to work as lunch or a mid-afternoon snack, although they aren't substantial enough for dinner.

Mixed opinions on Dunkin's Breakfast Tacos

When we tried out the new Breakfast Tacos from Dunkin', we set the bar pretty low. After all, Dunkin' is better known for its coffee and baked goods like donuts and bagels. However, these tacos defied our expectations. While many Dunkin' customers agree with us, the verdict is still out. A quick search of social media reveals mixed opinions when it comes to Dunkin's newest menu item.

Some customers were disappointed by the breakfast tacos and have no plans to try them again. For these customers, the flavor just did not cut it. Others felt misled by Dunkin's advertising, thinking that the actual taco paled in comparison to the taco pictured in the promotional materials.

On the other hand, many Dunkin' customers like these new tacos just fine. Some regulars who are usually unimpressed by Dunkin's eggs found the Breakfast Tacos' eggs to be surprisingly tasty. Others thought that the Mexican-inspired flavor was spot-on.

Where can I find Dunkin's Breakfast Tacos?

Dunkin's Breakfast Tacos are available nationwide as of March 22, 2023. We had no trouble finding them at our local Dunkin' franchise, although it is always possible that individual franchises may not have them on the menu. Like other menu items at Dunkin', the Breakfast Tacos are available all day, not just during breakfast hours, so you can grab a few for lunch or a midday pick-me-up.

In Dunkin's press release announcing the Breakfast Tacos, Chief Marketing Officer Jill McVicar Nelson stated that the tacos were "created with the vibrancy of Spring in mind," suggesting a springtime promotion. That could mean they won't be around this summer, so try one now if you are curious. However, popular promotional items can sometimes make their way onto the permanent menu, so we would not be shocked if Breakfast Tacos linger beyond the end of spring.

Dunkin's breakfast tacos are worth trying

Are Breakfast Tacos from Dunkin' authentic street tacos? No. Are they decent fast food tacos? Yes. Our expectations were low, but we were pleasantly surprised with the flavor and quality of these tacos from a franchise better known for its coffee. They were freshly made and hot at the drive-thru window and had delicious flavor with a light touch of heat. Equally important, these tacos were easy and mess-free to eat in the car — our fingers weren't even greasy when we finished.

We had just one taco for breakfast and felt comfortably full until lunchtime. Unlike donuts or other high-sugar options at Dunkin', one breakfast taco has enough protein and fat to keep your blood sugar from crashing, yet it is not so heavy that it leaves you feeling stuffed and sluggish. If you drive through Dunkin' regularly, these tacos are a decent choice.