Dec 16, 2013

Review: Jack in the Box - Fajita Ranch Melt

Jack in the Box's new Fajita Ranch Melt is only available for a limited time in California, Idaho, Hawaii, Nevada and Utah. It features grilled chicken, grilled onions, fire roasted red and green bell peppers, pepper jack cheese, ranch sauce, and taco sauce on grilled sourdough bread.

I picked one up for $3.99.

The most abundant ingredient in the sandwich was the chicken, which came in torn (possibly formed) pieces. It was juicy but extra salty.

For a "Melt," there wasn't very much in the way of cheese. They did a much better job of cheese coverage on the Hot Mess Burger back in February. Let's just say I wish there was a lot more cheese.

The taco sauce is the same tangy slightly spicy sauce from Jack's Tacos (Surprise! I know...) and provided a fair amount of the Fajita Ranch Melt's flavor.

Besides the sauce, the peppers and onions added a nice bit of sweetness to the sandwich.

For those of you who were aghast when you heard there was ranch in the sandwich, you'll be happy to know that it's barely noticeable. And by 'barely,' I mean I caught a few visual cues here and there but I couldn't taste any ranch at all.

The sourdough holds together well but has more in common with everyday white bread than sourdough. I still enjoy it though.

Overall, Jack in the Box's Fajita Ranch Melt was more like a fajita chicken sandwich as the 'ranch' and 'melt' were largely MIA. The rest of the ingredients had a nice enough flavor, but could have used a bit of zing to put it over. As it was, it came off a little plain.

Nutritional Info - Jack in the Box Fajita Ranch Melt
Calories - 579 (from Fat - 288)
Fat - 32g (Saturated Fat - 11g)
Sodium - 1658mg
Carbs - 47g (Sugar - 8g)
Protein - 32g


  1. My theory of JitB is that somebody in corporate noticed that people liked the ranch dressing for the chicken strips, so now ranch is required on ALL items, regardless of relevance. The BBQ-whatsit burger I had the other night had both BBQ sauce and ranch dressing.

  2. Oh man, that's a lot of bread compared to the sandwich's filling. I'll pass on this one. That really comes out in this picture. Love that BrandEating uses a real picture of the product it reviews instead of the doctored photos that the restaurants put out there.

  3. Sounds yummy. Would like to try this here in the states.

  4. I'm addicted to the Island Fire SS Cheeseburger. I love the sauce, but it's more sweet than heat. I'd rather more heat, but I'll take what I can get!


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