Banned Olympic Runner Blames Burrito For Positive Steroid Test

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American track & field star Shelby Houlihan has been banned from the sport for four years due to testing positive for a banned anabolic steroid called Nandrolone.

“In the following 5 days after being notified, I put together a food log of everything that I consumed the week of that December 15th test. We concluded that the most likely explanation was a burrito purchased and consumed approximately 10 hours before that drug test from an authentic Mexican food truck that serves pig offal near my house in Beaverton, Oregon,” explained Houlihan in a recent Instagram post on her account.

The world record holder in the 1,500 meters and 5,000 meters explained, “I have since learned that it has long been understood by WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) that eating pork can lead to a false positive for nandrolone, since certain types of pigs produce it naturally in high amounts. Pig organ meat (offal) has the highest levels of nandrolone.”

Though Houlihan provided hair samples and passed a polygraph test, WADA was not moved to overturn their ruling against the star athlete.

“I want to be very clear. I have never taken any performance enhancing substances. And that includes that of which I am being accused. I believe in the sport and pushing your body to the limit just to see where the limit is. I’m not interested in cheating. I don’t do this for the accolades, money, or for people to know my name. I do this because I love it,” declared Houlihan.

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Taco Bell Adds New Dollar Grande Burritos To Value Menu Lineup


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You can always count on Taco Bell to be there for any type of situation: late night snack runs, when you’re in the need for a quick and satisfying fast food option, the perfect inexpensive meal for a hungry college student, and of course, a quarantine.

And since the cravings don’t stop within our confined spaces, Taco Bell just released new $1 Grande Burritos nationwide, and it comes in two varieties. First off is the Loaded Taco Burrito, which includes seasoned beef, crunchy red tortilla strips, lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, and cheese, all wrapped in a flour tortilla. The Chipotle Chicken Burrito has marinated shredded chicken, seasoned rice, and a creamy chipotle sauce laced inside.

The best part about these burritos is that they only cost a dollar each, which means you can fill up one or both of the burritos without breaking the bank. And hey, in a situation like this, sometimes burritos are what you need to get through this weird time.

T-Bell’s $1 Grande Burritos are available nationwide, and you can grab them at the drive-thru or order them from the comfort of your own home with free delivery through GrubHub.

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Doritos Locos Quesarito: New Taco Bell Dream Item Forged From Cooking Competition

Meet The Doritos Locos Quesarito Supreme.

Created by celebrity chef Josh Elkin during last week’s milestone Foodbeast Kitchen League Twitch stream, the item turned heads as the contestants were tasked to create a Taco Bell-themed dish.

Kitchen League is Foodbeast’s interactive cooking competition where chefs go head-to-head with one another live on Twitch as the audience orders sabotages to go against them from a menu all in real time. Chefs have an hour to create an innovative dish that adheres to that week’s theme and are judged on Taste, Creativity, Visuals, Swagger (the ability to keep cool during audience sabotages), and use of the Secret Ingredient.

The Doritos Locos Quesarito takes a cheese quesadilla and stuffs with with seasoned beef, rice, chipotle sauce and sour cream. It’s then dredged in crushed Doritos and deep fried before a generous drizzle of fresh queso is applied all over.

We could absolutely see this hitting nationwide Taco Bell locations in the months to come, and we’ll stay tuned.

While Visuals and Swagger went to Josh Elkin during the final deliberation, it wasn’t enough to take the win as competitor Jake McPeck claimed the title with points for Taste, Creativity, and clever use of the Secret Ingredient.

Still, Elkin’s entry into the emblematic cookbook of the Kitchen League is one to take note of, as the item even turned some heads over at Taco Bell corporate with how on-brand it was.

Anyone interested in watching the Foodbeast Kitchen League will want to follow us on Twitch to get the latest updates on upcoming competitions, and head over to our rankings page to see the top chef holding the belt.

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Yes, Nashville Hot Chicken Breakfast Burritos Exist

Nashville hot chicken has exploded in recent years, leaving ample room for chefs to experiment with the regional specialty. Featured in our latest News Bites, one of the most exciting creations is something that could’ve only been made in California: the Nashville Hot Breakfast Burrito from Cluck & Blaze in Long Beach.

As with most great dishes, they’ve kept the ingredients list simple: cheese, egg, tater tots, ‘comeback sauce’, and, of course, chicken tenders. What’s unique is their preparation, with the 360-degree cheese and egg skirt being the most visually striking element here.

By placing what equals to an unflipped omelet over a cheese-topped tortilla, the tots, tenders, and sauce are ensnared by a three-headed snake the likes of which can be akin to the 2017 Golden State Warriors.

These aren’t your average fair chicken tenders either. These guys are hefty, like if you actually deboned a chicken breast.

After getting a light slathering of oil, the tenders are covered in a smokey spice mix and chopped into bit-sized pieces. The mix comes in five varying levels of heat: Chicken?!, You Can Do Better, Better!, Feel It Twice, Call Mom, and Call the Morgue. I’ll let you take a guess at which one is the spiciest.

The whole thing is then doused in ‘comeback sauce’, which is Cluck & Blaze’s house sauce that’s made with a secret blend of spices.

Unsurprisingly, the five instruments of flavor work in harmony like it’s that one four-second part of a song where the melody hits just right. With fluffy egg, gooey cheese, crispy tots, and hot chicken in every bite, it’s hard to imagine where this could’ve gone wrong, and how someone hasn’t done this before. It’s a unique take on hot chicken, one that separates itself from the pack of sandwiches that have come to represent hot chicken’s supposed height.

It’s real height comes in the form of the Foodbeast-sized burrito shown below. Ask for the Foodbeast version, and Cluck & Blaze will chef up a burrito fit for Man Vs. Food. With double the egg, cheese, tots, sauce, and, tenders, this thing could feed three with ease.

Hats off to Cluck & Blaze, and check out the video to catch an in-depth look at this unique item and it’s gargantuan sibling.

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The Halal Guys Confirms New Burrito Nationwide, And Secret Menu

The Halal Guys grew their legend slanging delicious meal platters built for easy consumption on the go. Piles of chicken and gyro meat, falafel, rice, dabs of red sauce, waterfalls of white sauce — all are part of the delicious hype. The popularity of this cart-turned restaurant chain cannot go unnoticed, and their latest menu addition proves their prominence on the list of Top 10 Fast Food Game Changers for 2019 (link: restaurant game changers).

Keeping in their habit of serving iconic street food, The Halal Guys have confirmed that they will now be serving burritos filled with their beloved rice platter ingredients. Additionally, they’ve unveiled a new, creamy, luscious cheese sauce that’s blended with their famous white sauce. It’s a big move for the chain, but they’ve shown in the past how nimble their model can be with new offerings that continuously capitalize on trends or simply recognize the tastes and wants of their customers.

We got our hands on these new burritos and instinctively ordered an extra side of that new sauce because we had to experience its velvety high. Dunking this burrito all up in it? It would be criminal not to. All of your favorite choices, whether it be chicken, gyro meat or falafel, can be stuffed into this burrito, so trust the platter essence remains true regardless of the vessel.

Feeling a little more hungry than usual? The Halal Guys has verified the ability to order the burrito as secret menu item that’s double the size — and it’s all thanks to the viral creator of “The Blake Diet,” Blake Horton AKA @blake_201 on Instagram. Horton is known for creating and eating massive meals, with portions built for competitive eaters, rather than any normal human, to promote the intermittent fasting diet. The Halal Guys contacted him for the release of their new burrito, which now birthed a version that’s, as Horton put it, “Twice the size, twice the nutrients, twice the gains.” Pretty much think of it as two burritos in one.

So if you’re up to the task of taking down one of these behemoths, make sure to request your burrito be “Blake-sized” and The Halal Guys will serve you up a meal that would make Blake himself nod in approval. 

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Taco Bell’s Newest Burrito Has A Layer Of Cheese Melted On The Outside

This year, street food vendors in Los Angeles have been going viral for wrapping their breakfast burritos and tacos in cheese blankets. It’s a simple yet tasty way to add new dimensions of flavor and texture to the burrito.

Taco Bell has clearly been keeping themselves aware of this movement, as their latest test item heading into the last months of 2019 capitalizes on that cheese-crusted tortilla.

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The chain’s new Grilled Cheese Burrito takes a layer of cheese and melts it over the grilled tortilla, meaning you get ooze and crunch with an intense cheesy aroma all at once. Inside the tortilla is pretty standard fare, like Taco Bell’s red tortilla strips, beef, rice, more melted cheese, creamy chipotle, and sour cream.

It’s the cheesy outside, however, that makes this a buzz-worthy burrito.

You can currently only find this creation at Taco Bell locations in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where they are selling for $2.99 each or as part of bigger $5 and $7 boxes. If it does well, there’s a good chance we could see this going nationwide sometime next year.

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Del Taco Rides A New Wave Of Success With New Beyond Meat Burritos And 2 Million Beyond Tacos Sold

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Last April, Del Taco shook up their brand by announcing the addition of Beyond Meat as their menu’s newest protein option. This new Beyond Menu included popular items from the existing lineup, swapping out the meat for the plant-based alternative.

Building off that momentum, Del Taco also announced the addition of two new burritos that set to debut this Thursday, packed with chunks of Beyond Meat. These are called the Beyond 8 Layer Burrito and the Epic Beyond Cali Burrito, reports NRN. According to a spokesperson for Del Taco to NRN, the new burritos are the brand’s way of letting fans know that their Beyond campaign isn’t a one-off, but rather a way to build off the Beyond brand for the future.

A little less than two months after Beyond Meat’s Del Taco debut, the company has announced that they’ve sold more than 2 million Beyond Meat tacos, reports NRN. The new tacos have become one of Del Taco’s best-selling products over such a small period of time thanks to a gangbuster collaborative campaign. Take note, Taco Bell, plant-based proteins are the next big move for the fast food industry.

As a lifelong fan of Del Taco, this new direction has me stoked. No longer will I have to avoid the drive-thru when I’m giving up meat for Lent. I now live in a time where I can enjoy a Beyond taco packed with cheese, shredded lettuce, secret sauce and all the other accoutrements of the brand… just without meat. What a time to be alive.

Full disclosure, I own a share of Beyond Meat.

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Qdoba Is Adding Plant-Based Impossible Meat To All Of Its Restaurants Nationwide

Following a successful test run in Michigan, Qdoba has decided to add plant-based Impossible “meat” to all of its restaurants nationwide.

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By May 28th, customers at all of Qdoba’s stores will be able to use Impossible Meat to make any of their items. There will also be an official Impossible Bowl and Impossible Taco that you can order.

This rollout is going to start on April 23rd, when locations in Brooklyn, Denver, and Los Angeles will start selling the plant-based meat. All other 730-plus Qdoba restaurants will follow suit afterward.

Qdoba’s version of the plant-based meat consists of pre-seasoned Impossible protein made with tomatoes, garlic, chilis, smoked paprika, and red onions.

The announcement comes on the heels of Del Taco’s own announcement involving plant-based meat. They just confirmed that Beyond Meat will be available in all locations nationwide by April 25th.

That combo of both Del Taco and Qdoba adding plant-based meat means that over 1,200 fast food restaurants will add vegan meat options to their menu over the next six weeks, dramatically increasing the availability of plant-based fast food items.