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Flamin’ Hot Doritos Locos Tacos: Taco Bell Confirms Nationwide Launch

This past week, rumors have begun to circulate on the internet that Taco Bell locations were starting to sell a Flamin’ Hot Doritos Locos Taco. After keeping track of what folks have been spotting, Foodbeast has been able to confirm with Taco Bell that this is a legitimate item, and it may be coming nationwide soon.

Rumors of the Flamin’ Hot Doritos Locos Taco first came via Chewboom, where a reader there submitted images and information about the taco that they picked up at a location in San Antonio, Texas. This reader stopped by their nearby Taco Bell on March 31st to take advantage of the recent free Doritos Locos Tacos deal, and was offered the Flamin’ Hot taco shell.

The actual shell appears to be inspired by Flamin’ Hot Nacho Doritos, a new variety of the chip that was introduced in 2019.

That post made its way to Reddit, where other folks began to comment that they, too, had either obtained or offered the Flamin’ Hot DLT shell.

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Some of these Reddit comments also claimed that Taco Bell would be launching this nationwide as soon as April 16th. Foodbeast was unable to confirm whether these mentions came from actual Taco Bell employees, or if they were from customers that heard it from the restaurants they visited.

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Foodbeast reached out to Taco Bell with all of this information and a request for comment on it. The response consisted of the above provided image, confirming that the Flamin’ Hot Doritos Locos Taco is a real product and coming soon. Update: Taco Bell has since confirmed to Foodbeast that Flamin’ Hot Doritos Locos Tacos will launch on April 16th at all locations nationwide. Each taco is $1.95, or comes as part of a $2 duo with a Medium Drink. They can also be ordered as part of taco variety packs. 

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Why Your Customary Free Taco Bell Is In Jeopardy This World Series

For the third consecutive year, Taco Bell is doing a promotion where everyone in the U.S. gets a free taco if there is a stolen base in the World Series. The promotion has usually been money, as stolen bases have always been essential to baseball, and it’s almost a certainty that we’ll all be able to cash in on their offer.

This year’s a little different, though, as the four teams fighting for a shot at a World Series appearance aren’t, well, very fast.

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Take the Houston Astros and New York Yankees for example — both are trying to get to the World Series, and in 12 combined 2017 playoff games (as of this writing), they’ve only mustered out a total of 2 stolen bases between them.

On the other side of the playoffs, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs do have 8 stolen bases between them during the 2017 playoffs, but most come from the Dodgers, who were almost gifted every single stolen base.

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OK, enough baseball stats. Let’s get to what you really care about — free tacos. All those stolen base stats were to show that stolen bases have been few and far in between this postseason, which brings up the real possibility that there could be zero stolen bases this World Series, meaning zero free Taco Bell tacos for us.

For comparison, the 2016 World Series between the Cubs and the Cleveland Indians saw a total of 12 stolen bases, which is more than the the four remaining teams COMBINED.

Your best bet would be to root for the Dodgers, as they’ve had the most stolen bases (5) between the four remaining teams, but again, we might be very disappointed this year, and might not “steal” ourselves free Taco Bell, as has become customary over the last two seasons.

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Taco Bell’s New Naked Chicken Chalupa Is Their Next Big Hit

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Yesterday, Taco Bell released their newest item: The Naked Chicken Chalupa.

The idea was pretty simple, take a piece of breaded fried chicken and fold it so that it doubles as a taco shell. Once it’s shaped, the fried chicken shell is filled with shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, shredded cheese, and an avocado ranch sauce.

Doesn’t sound half bad at all. You get a taco, and you get fried chicken.

As soon as it launched, social media blew up and immediately took to posting photos of the new fast food item. A simple idea that’s been making waves across the sea of “likes.”

There was another simple idea Taco Bell had a few years back that also took off like gangbusters: the Doritos Locos Taco.

The concept was also pretty simple. Taco Bell took a regular corn taco shell and dusted it with the spices and seasonings found in Doritos chips. Flavors included Nacho Cheese, Fiery, and Cool Ranch.

Could Taco Bell’s newest entry to the world of fast food compared to the now-iconic Doritos Locos Taco? You bet your fried chicken-loving ass it could.

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Here’s a little history behind it:

Avid Taco Bell enthusiasts might have seen the item around before this nationwide launch, albeit under a different nom de guerre: The Naked Crispy Chicken Taco. The then “taco” was briefly seen at select test locations where it caused quite a buzz. 

More than a year later, it’s been retitled and given a wider release. On paper it may have seemed that way, but this was not an overnight process.

A spokesperson for Taco Bell said this unique iteration of their chalupa took three years to come into fruition. The inspiration behind the menu item came from a random food idea and a single text message.

What if we made a taco shell out of chicken milanese?

Steve Gomez, Manager Product Development, and the rest of Taco Bell’s Food and Innovation Team took the concept and ran multiple tests and prototypes of the pitch. As the item built momentum in the chain’s test kitchen, Gomez said the item was met with overwhelming success. 

I’ve never felt that amount of excitement and internal love before.

The chain tested it in San Bernadino in 2015 and Kanas City in 2016. 

Here’s why it could easily crack off.

Unlike some of Taco Bell’s other trending items (Cap’n Crunch Donut Holes, anyone?), the Naked Chicken Chalupa has the potential to be a blank slate for many future innovations. The proof is in the protein. 

The company could easily go the DLT route with the concept and dust it with the same prolific flavors flying off Taco Bell countertops. 

Taco Bell could also draw inspiration from regional fried chicken cuisines the same way Kentucky Fried Chicken did for both Nashville Hot Chicken and the more recent Georgia Gold Chicken. A Naked Buffalo Chicken Chalupa, coated in buffalo sauce and topped with bleu cheese crumbs, could easily be done. The numerous possibilities could be LIT. 

On another end of the fast food spectrum, a breakfast menu item could be created by filling the insides of the chicken shell with scrambled eggs and bacon, or smothering it in country gravy. 

What do people actually think so far?

A lot of folks seemed to go into the experience with low expectations, only to be pleasantly surprised by the overall taste of the Naked Chicken Chalupa. 

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Even KROQ’s own Beer Mug seemed to enjoy it.

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Our very own Managing Editor Richard “Reach” Guinto, a connoisseur of fried chicken and casual eater of fast food was one of the first to try the Naked Chicken Chalupa ahead of its launch.

Here’s what he had to say:

It’s genius in how it toes the fine line between stoner foodie wet dream and clever innovation. The fact that fried chicken can now serve as a vessel for food opens up more delicious possibilities for Taco Bell. And I, for one, cannot wait to see what iteration of a Naked Chicken Chalupa comes out next. *cough*cough*Do a breakfast version*cough*cough*

Thanks, Reach! Have a lozenge.

Mike Chau, one of the kings of the New York City’s food beat and father of @FoodBabyNY also tried the new item.

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So what could the guy who’s eaten almost everywhere in New York had to say about the item?

Admittedly I don’t eat fast food that much anymore, but I was pleasantly surprised. It was pretty greasy as you might expect from fast food fried chicken, but it had great flavor and a nice kick of heat.

Only time will tell how well Taco Bell’s newest addition will actually do. From an analytical standpoint… it’s going to be the fast food chain’s next big thing.

Disclosure: Taco Bell is a sponsor of FOODBEAST.com

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Taco Bell Is Giving Everyone A FREE Taco On Nov. 2

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Last week, Taco Bell announced that they’ll be offering everyone a free taco if any baseball player steals a base during an MLB World Series Game. Specifically, the fast food chain will be giving out their popular Doritos Locos Taco if the caveat was met.

Thanks to Francisco Lindor of the Cleveland Indians, we’ll be cashing in on that free taco. The Indians’ shortstop stole a base last night in the bottom of the first inning.

Hungry fans can claim their free DLT on Wednesday, Nov. 2, from 2pm – 6pm.

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Taco Bell Will Give Away Free Food During The NBA Finals If This Happens

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UPDATE: The Golden State Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland, June 10, so per Taco Bell’s rules, we all get free tacos Tuesday, June 21 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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Working with the NBA, Taco Bell is doing a steal a “Steal a Game, Steal a Taco” promotion. This means we’ll be getting free Taco Bell for watching basketball, which is pretty much the dream.

Here’s how it works:

If the away team wins during Games One, Two, or Three of the NBA Finals then fans get a free Doritos Locos Taco on Wednesday, June 15 from 2-6pm at all participating Taco Bell locations.

If the visiting team loses the first three games but wins a game during Games Four through Seven then fans will get a free DLT on Tuesday, June 21 from 2-6pm at all participating Taco Bell locations.

The chain did a similar promotion a while back during the world series called “Steal a Base, Steal a Breakfast” where fans received free A.M. Crunchwraps.

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BREAKING NEWS: Taco Bell Is Giving Free Tacos To All 2015 Graduates

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The class of 2015 will have another reason to look forward to graduating this month. Y’know, other than summer. According to an announcement by Taco Bell, the fast food chain will give away free Doritos Locos Tacos to any seniors set to graduate this year.

On National Graduation Day, June 6, all high school seniors have to do is roll into a Taco Bell and show their school ID with a 2015 graduation date. They’ll then show the Taco Bell Graduation coupon (below) from their mobile devices and receive a free DLT.

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The giveaway is a part of Taco Bell’s #RecognizePotential campaign, which gives students an outlet to share their potential with others using the hashtag.

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Taco Bell Is Trying A Home Delivery Service, The Internet Goes Crazy

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Taco Bell recently announced that they will begin testing a home-delivery service in 2015. According to current CEO, Brian Niccol, the move will further establish the fast-food company as a brand for millennials. Though we’re pretty sure millennials aren’t the only ones who enjoy having tacos delivered.

This is a pretty respectable move on Taco Bell’s part. They’re still trying to figure it out. Niccol says that the company wants to make sure that the consistency of the food is there when home-delivered.

Sure, you can pack it in a bag and treat it like it was ordered from a drive-thru. As all drive-thru patrons know, however, the experience is just not the same. Whether a five minute drive or a fifty minute one, food just doesn’t taste as good unless it’s freshly made. Yes, even fast food.

According to Niccol, the request of delivery is the largest request from the Taco Bell customer base.

With the advent of wireless platforms, Taco Bell will have a variety of outlets to get their delivery service off to a booming start. Y’know, if they can figure out the consistency issue.

Some form of delivery, regardless, will be in testing phases towards the end of this year. Needless to say, the Internet is stoked:

 

 

 

 

 

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Here’s How to Get a Free Doritos Locos Taco at Taco Bell

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Who: Taco Bell.

What: The ever-popular fast food chain is giving away a free Doritos Locos Taco with any purchase made through their mobile ordering and payment app. They’re using the hashtag #OnlyInTheApp.

Where: All participating Taco Bell locations.

When: The deal is available through the entire month of January 2015.