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We All Win Free Taco Bell If An Away Team Steals A Win From Home Team In The NBA Finals

The NBA playoffs have been nothing short of dramatic this year — per the usual. Teams’ journeys to the NBA Finals all provide for unique storylines and melodrama (can be confused with Melo’s drama of still being team-less), culminating in some must-watch TV. But for a fourth year in a row, Taco Bell is joining in on the NBA Finals action by uniting sports and non-sports fans alike to cheer on something that they all can get behind: free tacos.

With Taco Bell’s “STEAL A GAME, STEAL A TACO” promo, everyone in America wins, regardless of your team affiliation. That’s because if the road team ‘steals’ a win from the home team, then that means free tacos for everyone. And we’re not talking about just any regular taco, as Taco Bell’s self-dubbed G.O.A.T. (Greatest Of All Tacos), the Doritos Locos Taco, will be given away for free.

As of this writing, it’s only the Golden State Warriors that have made it to the NBA Finals, with the Toronto Raptors and Milwaukee Bucks still going at it for their chance to make it to their first finals appearance in their respective franchises histories. But regardless of the finals matchup, we can all root for the away team to steal a W on the home team’s court all for the sake of free Doritos Locos Tacos.

Who: Taco Bell

What: Free Doritos Locos Tacos if the away team steals a win from the home team.

When: The 2019 NBA Finals start Thursday, May 30 and could run through a possible Game 7 on June 16. The first game the road team wins will automatically win everyone in America a free Doritos® Locos Taco on Tuesday, June 18 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. (local time).

Where: All participating US Taco Bell stores. Fans that are registered on Taco Bell’s website or app have the new opportunity to redeem their free Doritos® Locos Taco online or via mobile (all day).

Why: Because free tacos is a big fat W for everyone.

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Fast Food

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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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.

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Fast Food

BISCUIT TACO: Taco Bell is Testing a Shell That is Entirely Biscuit, Here is Where to Get it

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The ubiquity of Taco Bell’s Doritos Locos Taco has done some weird shit to Taco Bell’s innovation team — they are now testing a Biscuit Taco.

Yes, a taco made entirely of biscuit. Or, a biscuit…in the shape of a taco shell — if you will.

Taco Bell seems to have a new eery confidence, a sense of innovation rivaled only by a 4-year old with a cooking license. We were invited out to Taco Bell’s test kitchen today to catch a look at some of their new items coming out this year. From what we saw, the brand continues to put a major emphasis on innovating their breakfast menu.

Their new Biscuit Taco touts a “warm, flakey, golden brown biscuit that happens to be shaped in the form of a taco.

Here is their product shot:

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Seen above is one of seven new variations they’re testing, a Chicken with jalapeno honey sauce. Here’s a quick list of all the ways you can get the Biscuit Taco:

  • Sausage, Egg and Cheese
  • Bacon, Egg, and Cheese
  • Sausage and Cheese
  • Egg and Cheese
  • Sausage and Gravy

Here’s a real life look at Sausage, Egg and Cheese Biscuit Taco:

 

Here’s the Biscuit Taco shell without anything in/on it:

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The biscuit was good, albeit rich (real butter, real buttermilk), and their fried chicken variety is oddly unique, as they’ve made use of a tortilla chip batter for a delicious crisp. More on that in a different article.

The jalapeno honey sauce and gravy sauces are available for pairing with any of the 7 taco styles you choose.

Taco Bell mentioned to us that the biscuit taco went through a test in San Antonio, TX and Atlanta, GA, markets they desperately seek the approval of.

The taco is currently in testing in Orange County and Los Angeles areas for another week, so if you want to get your paws on them and judge for yourself, here’s where you can do it:

  • Brea (303 West Imperial Highway)
  • Fullerton (131 E. Orangethrope Ave.; 3000 Yorba Linda Blvd.)
  • La Mirada (15006 La Mirada Blvd.)
  • Santa Fe Springs (10551 Carmenita Rd).
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Opinion

The Internet Freaks Out When Taco Bell Reveals What’s Actually in Their ‘88% Beef’ Beef. Protip: Don’t Panic

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When Taco Bell, purveyors of Doritos Locos Tacos and bubbleguts, announced that their beef was 88 percent beef, the internet had an expected field day. Now, it’s come to our attention that the chain’s website offers an amusing explanation of many of the unfamiliar ingredients found in the other 12 percent. As Eater’s Ryan Sutton calls it, the breakdown takes a modernist approach to cuisine and offers frank answers to curious fast food patrons.

Here are a few explainers from the Taco Bell site.

On maltodextrin:

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On Cellulose

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Despite the chain’s colloquial explanation of the ingredients that go into  its mystery beef-ish slushies, food writers and netizens alike are harping on the fact that these “weird names” and “confusing” descriptions are in fact chemicals.

Wait. So you’re surprised that the beef that’s probably been frozen since you graduated high school and is now nuked to room-temperature contains chemicals? If only something called the internet had something called Google where you could learn about the ingredients that go into your meal.

Bottomline: Stop. whining. or. stop. eating. fast. food. It’s as simple as that. Really.

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Deep Fried Doritos Loco Burger

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Fast Food

7-Eleven Testing Deep-Fried Doritos Stuffed with Melted Nacho Cheese

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Anyone who’s ever enjoyed a decent (or hell, even half-decent) crispy, melty mozzarella stick has seen the face of God. Keep your fancy bries and panko breading; no amount of frou-frou ingredients could possibly improve on mozzarella sticks’ pure and utter perfection.

Except, okay, maybe Doritos.

 

The internet woke today to news of a new test product spotted at 7-Elevens in Washington D.C. called “Doritos Loaded.” ‘Net-designated vanguard Kevin Cobb, who tweeted a photo of the snacks as early as January 28th, described them as “nacho cheese Doritos dipped in queso.” A subsequent taste test by Junk Food Guy found the deep-fried triangles to be “almost too crispy. Like, sitting-under-a-heart-lamp-for-too-long crispy.” We ourselves will wait patiently for Dude Foods to teach us how to make our own.

Spokespersons for 7-Eleven have told news sources the product is currently just in its test phases, and it’s too early to discuss it publicly.

It’s not, however, too early for the rest of us to gawk. Spotted some at your local 7-Eleven? Send us your pics @foodbeast or info@foodbeast.com!

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Cravings

Doritos Crusted Mozzarella Sticks Are The Ultimate Superbowl Snack

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Doritos are trying to take over the junk food game. From tacos to chicken strips these popular chips are making their way through our favorite fatty foods, but now they’re looking to up the ante with mozzarella sticks…and we are totally down with it.

Imagine if you will taking your favorite cheese stick, coating it in crushed up Doritos, then deep frying the shiz outta that sucker. Yeah, it’s that cheese on cheese action we like.

Creator Pat Sheldon describes the taste of her recipe as some sort of amazing, “When combined together in your mouth, you basically get the sensation of crispy Doritos and creamy cheese with a kick.”

We’re already thinking of ways to use Cool Ranch Doritos with pepperjack cheese or maybe sharp cheddar with rolled in some Flame-ass  Flamas Doritos.

For the full recipe on how to make yourself some Doritostix head on over to Instructables.

H/T + PicThx That’s Nerdalicious