Somebody Made a Deep Fried Doritos Locos Taco With Beer and Bacon Batter


No one quite understands the singular glory of good, cheap hangover food like Taco Bell, except maybe Nick from Dude Foods.

“You know what I love about Taco Bell being open until 2am?” he writes in his blog this morning, “You can sit at a bar drinking all night, come up with an idea like a Deep Fried Doritos Locos Taco and not have to wait until the next day to make one!”

Combining beer, flour, diced bacon and of course, the eponymous Cool Ranch DLT, Nick has created the greatest Taco Bell food made since, well, the DLT. With all that deliciously-bad-for-you junk in it, you’d almost need to be drunk before you could fully appreciate its true beauty.

Is it Friday yet?



H/T + PicThx Dude Foods

Fast Food

Taco Bell Will Debut New Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos a Day Early

Good news Taco Bell fans, the chain has decided to release the long awaited sequel to the original Doritos Locos Taco series a day early.

We previously reported that the Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Taco was scheduled to debut on Thursday, March 7th. However Taco Bell announced via Facebook and Twitter earlier today that patrons can get their hands on the new Cool Ranch DLT starting tomorrow, Wednesday, March 6th.

This week actually marks the one year anniversary of the original Nacho Cheese Doritos Locos Taco. Selling over 350 million DLTs in a short year, this taco became the most successful product launch in the history of the brand.

Because of the last minute early release, the Cool Ranch DLT might not be on your local Taco Bell menu, but according to the company all fans have to do is ask and they shall receive.

Fast Food

Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos Get Official March 7th Release Date From Taco Bell


Earlier this morning, Taco Bell announced a March 7th launch of their next flavor in the Doritos Locos Tacos line-up: Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos.

With over 350 million of the original Doritos Locos Tacos sold in less than a year, the snack-chip-taco hybrid quickly became the most successful product launch in Taco Bell history. The rapid success of the taco was followed by an onslaught of fans seemingly rabid for alternate Doritos flavors. Months ago we spotted a few test flavors, including a Cool Ranch flavor, and even a chili lime flavor called Flamas at local Southern California locations, but the fast food giant held a release date close-to-the-belt, until today. Here’s a description of the new product:

Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos features a shell made out of Doritos Cool Ranch chips on the outside, filled with the classic tastes of the Taco Bell crunchy taco on the inside: 100 percent premium seasoned beef, crisp shredded lettuce and real cheddar cheese. Available exclusively at participating Taco Bell restaurants nationwide beginning March 7, 2013, the suggested retail price for the Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos is $1.39 (160 calories; 10g total fat) and $1.69 for a Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos Supreme (200 calories; 12g total fat) with reduced-fat sour cream and diced tomatoes. A Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos $5 Buck Box will include a Doritos Locos Taco Supreme, Burrito Supreme®, Crunchy Taco and a medium fountain drink. For people looking for lower-calorie, lower-fat options, Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos will be available Fresco Style with 140 calories and 7g total fat.

Taco Bell’s official statement notes that product was also in test in select restaurants in Toledo, Ohio for more than six months. The brand plans to “support the Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos launch with its largest marketing campaign in history, topping the launch of the original Nacho Cheese Doritos Locos Tacos.”

See Also: Taco Bell’s Flamas Doritos Locos Cheesy Gordita Crunch – DIY Doritos Locos Tacos




100% Bacon Patty, Cool Ranch Doritos Tacos, and the Most Read Foodbeast Articles of 2012

It’s been a year full of quirky food news, led by several food hack revelations that had the web in an uproar.

The top story of the year surfaced back in August, when we realized that ketchup cups could fan out to allow for a better surface for dipping. It was also the year of the shocker, as evidenced Southern California burger chain Slater’s 50/50 launching a burger with a 100% ground bacon patty topped with a thick cut of bacon, a sunny side up egg, “bacon island” dressing and bacon cheddar cheese — which subsequently got nationwide attention.

Here’s a list of the most read Foodbeast stories from 2012:

  1. So Apparently, We’ve Been Using Ketchup Cups All Wrong

  2. So Apparently, We’ve Been Using Tic Tac Containers All Wrong

  3. IDEA: Baked Avocado and Egg

  4. Don’t Have Sex With Olive Oil As Lubricant — Or This Can Happen

  5. Caramel Apple Jello Shots

  6. Lime-A-Rita, Bud Light Puts Margarita Flavors in a Can

  7. Slater’s 50/50 Debuts a 100% Ground Bacon Burger

  8. So Apparently, We’ve Been Eating Cupcakes All Wrong

  9. Quidditch Pong

  10. First Look at Cool Ranch and Flamas Doritos Locos Tacos from Taco Bell



Top 6 Food News Stories of the Week [VIDEO]

The week of food news ending on June 22nd was full of olive oil sex mishaps, more Taco Bell Doritos Locos Tacos flavors, and masturbation toys being confused for giant mushrooms.

Earlier in the week, we caught wind that Taco Bell was testing Cool Ranch and Flamas flavors of their Doritos Locos Tacos in the Southern California area. Considering the popularity of the Doritos Locos Tacos, it’s no surprise how fast news of the new flavors spread across the interwebs…

Also making headlines in the food news world is the several Subway restaurant locations testing a line of Vegan sandwiches. Healthy eating and vegan lifestyles continue to grow in popularity, so when a chain as big as Subway decides to take note, it’s always big news.

Fast Food

Taco Bell’s Flamas Doritos Locos Cheesy Gordita Crunch is a Real Thing

The news is out that Taco Bell is testing more flavors of their ever-popular Doritos Locos Taco, and earlier this week we all got a glimpse of the Cool Ranch and Flamas variety spotted in the Orange County area.

Upon a return visit to procure a garbage bag-size re-up of the eerily delicious treats, we asked the pleasant drive-thru lady if the new Doritos Locos Tacos could be included in the Cheesy Gordita Crunch wraps. Without hesitation, she said, “Yes, of course. Which flavor Doritos Locos Taco would you like?”

We opted for the new Flamas flavor to get the Cheesy Gordita Crunch treatment. Imagine, the spicy chile and lime combination, zesty Pepper Jack sauce, lettuce, cheese and meat, all wrapped in another layer of a melted three-cheese blend and warm flatbread. If you like Taco Bell, you’ll love this item.

Apparently folks have been ordering this style of Doritos Locos Taco for weeks, but we wanted to check the validity.

Sure enough, the Doritos Locos Cheesy Gordita Crunch exists, and even if you don’t have the Cool Ranch or Flamas variety in your area, you can still get the greasy goodness of a Nacho Cheese Doritos Locos Cheesy Gordita Crunch at your local Taco Bell by simply asking for it (it’s not going to be on the menu board).

There’s a slight up charge from the traditional Cheesy Gordita Crunch pricing (they make up the difference of the cost of a traditional crunchy taco and Doritos Locos Taco), but if you’re itching for something new, it’s well worth the less-than-half-dollar up charge.


Fast Food

First Look at Cool Ranch and Flamas Doritos Locos Tacos from Taco Bell

The Doritos Locos Taco is one of the biggest things to happen to the Taco Bell brand since that talking chihuahua told the world, “¡Yo quiero Taco Bell!”

Reports came out last month that the Taco Bell chain had sold more than 100 million of the original Nacho Cheese-flavored tacos, with more flavors on the horizon, including the hotly anticipated Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Taco. Just a few short weeks later, we’ve spotted not only a Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Taco in the wild, but a confirmed testing of the Doritos Flamas Doritos Locos Taco as well.

The Flamas shell features one of the most unique flavor combinations to grace the fast food chain’s menu in quite some time. Like the tortilla chip version, the shell brings together hot chile and lemon flavors with the guts of a traditional Taco Bell taco.

We had the opportunity to try both, as both these varieties are being tested in the Orange County area. It’s being said that the tandem test of Cool Ranch and Flamas is spread across six Southern California locations, including spots in Santa Ana, Newport Beach, Mission Viejo and Tustin.

The Flamas Doritos Locos Taco has a very serious flavor profile. The shell emirates with a spicy, citrusy crunch and acts as a fun prelude to the lettuce, meat and cheese ingredients that await inside the taco.

Here’s a shot of web developing guru Tommy chomping on the Flamas Doritos Locos Taco. He spotted these tacos during a late night Taco Bell run over the weekend, and brought in a garbage bag full of them into the office this morning for us to try:

The Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Taco shell is the one people will be talking about for weeks when it goes national. It utilizes the same subtle tones that don’t hammer the flavors down your taste buds — the way the original nacho cheese version tasted. For fans of Cool Ranch Doritos, the taco doesn’t disappoint. Here’s a look:

Which Doritos Locos Taco flavor are you most excited to try? Do you have any ideas for future flavors? Sound off in the comments, who knows, Taco Bell might be reading…and your ideal flavor might be the next one to get tested!