#1000: Maruchan Yakisoba Beef Taco Flavor

Here it is. The one thousandth review. I’m pretty surprised; really didn’t expect to get this far! But I have and don’t see and end in sight – reviewing instant noodles is a lot of fun for me and looks like all of the people who check out the site like it too!

I’m sure a lot of you are wondering ‘why beef taco flavor; what the heck?’ I saw a few new varieties a couple years ago on Maruchan’s website – there was a Jalapeno Cheddar, a Four Cheese and a Beef Taco. The Jalapeno and the Beef Taco both sounded quite fascinating to me. I’ve never heard of mixing Japanese and Mexican food concepts together like this before and since I like noodles, why not try? I looked everywhere for them and couldn’t find any of these. I mentioned it once or twice on The Ramen Rater facebook page to get a reply ‘actually, it’s not that good, dude.’ But that’s seriously beside the point. I really like trying new things; whether they taste wonderful or not isn’t the most important part to me – its the trying.

A few months ago, my wife Kit and I went to the local Grocery Outlet. All of a sudden, she says ‘don’t look’ and I’m wondering why not. She brings to me three triumvirate of flavors I had been seeking. ‘These are the ones, aren’t they?’ she asked knowingly. At $1 apiece I was even more stoked! It was that day I knew that Beef Taco would be number one thousand.

Well, here we are. Without further ado, the review.

The bottom of the package (click image to enlarge).

Under the wraps (click image to enlarge).

The noodle block.

The vegetables go in the tray and are cooked, hence packet number one.

An interesting melange. A lot of powdered spice.

After the cooking is complete, then enters packet number two.

A nice chili cheese/chili mac kind of taste I found very nice.

Here’s the video. Enjoy!

Things I added including some amazing guacamole my wife Kit made for me – thanks babe!

Finished (click image to enlarge). Added ground beef seasoned with Mexene and minced garlic, tortilla chips, iceberg lettuce, Mexican blend cheese, tomatoes, sour cream, guacamole (made by my lovely wife Kit) and green onions. The noodles are great – nice texture and very mellow. The flavoring? Awesome! Tastes kind of like chili cheese fries! Surprisingly, it works quite well. The heat level is pretty reasonable for most I’d think. The veggies came out pretty well. This was better than I expected and definitely unique. 4.25 out of 5.0 stars – get it if you can find it! UPC bar code 041789007026.



  1. Congratulations! Thanks for all the great work you do. Hope you do 1,000 more reviews! If I ever see a variety that you haven’t tried, I’ll make sure to donate.

    Take care + Keep slurping!

  2. Hey, Congrats on review 1000. That’s a lot of reviews, and you seem to enjoy it a lot, keep up the good work, your site and reviewing is very interesting and I like checking it daily. Ive found out about so many more instant noodles because of your site, and enjoy your reviews on kinds Im familiar with like Maruchan and Nissin. I hope you’ll do many more reviews and even reach 2000. I haven’t tried any of these Yakisoba noodles myself, admittedly I like the varieties that include a soup more, but Ive seen these around so I may have to try them out sometime, Im open to trying many kinds of instant noodles as one of my favorite foods.

  3. Congrats on review #1,000 Hans! I stayed up just to see what your choice would be. Keep up the good work and I hope to talk to you more soon.

    “The Noodle Freak”

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