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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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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.

Photo: Taco Bell

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Fast Food

Taco Bell Teases Everyone with Fritos Shells, May Appear Soon

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Now that Taco Bell has monopolized the world of Doritos-flavored taco shells, it appears the company is setting its sights on another chip altogether. Fritos.

Business Insider reported that during a presentation with Taco Bell’s parent company, Yum! Brands, they noticed a peculiar item in one of the slides. The fast food company had an image of a taco shell with a Fritos bag wrapped around it, similar to how they would market their (in)famous Doritos Locos Tacos.

While it could be nothing more than a test image, it could also mean that Taco Bell has big things in store for Fritos chips, and they’re looking taco-shaped.

Fritos are a snack product owned by Frito-Lay, a subsidiary of Pepsi-Co.

Could we see a Fritos Locos Taco sometime in the near future? If so, here’s hoping for a Honey BBQ Fritos shell.

h/t + Picthx Business Insider

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Fast Food

Taco Bell Declares First Step in World Domination With Plans to Construct 1,300 Global Locations

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Americans can hardly go a day or two without someone bringing up Taco Bell. In the last few years, the fast food chain has blown up with the release of their Doritos Locos Tacos and redefined bathroom trips with its breakfast waffle tacos. Naturally, expansion was inevitable.

Taco Bell Inc. announced Thursday that they have plans to build 1,300 locations overseas.

With so many Taco Bells in the US, we just assumed they were just as plenty around the world. However, only about 250 international stores exist currently. That’s roughly the same number of stores as in the state of Georgia.

The addition of the proposed 1,300 stores will be a huge expansion for the brand. Taco Bell currently has 5,800 units within the US, opening 200 stores in 2014 alone. The new international stores will add an extra $2 billion in sales annually, said the company.

Parent company Yum Brands has plans to shift Taco Bell’s domestic focus to align with their other fast food babies, KFC and Pizza Hut, which have thousands of restaurants around the world.

That’s a lot of DLTs.

h/t NRN Picthx Taco Bell

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Fast Food

Uh, Doritos Locos Buffalo Wings and Doritos Locos Pizza in the Works

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In news that will surprise maybe no one, Doritos is apparently ready to move on to its next big fast food collaboration. According to the Associated Press, PepsiCo Inc., who owns Doritos and other Frito-Lay snacks, said it was working with restaurant chain Buffalo Wild Wings to create “unique menu offerings,” such as crunchy Doritos wing toppings or Mountain Dew-flavored dipping sauces. Um, yes please?!

The news comes following Buffalo Wild Wings’ announcement Thursday of signing PepsiCo as its primary soft drink provider. Unfortunately, citing logistical reasons, BWW CEO Sally Smith says testing for these products wouldn’t start until at least a year to 18 months from now.

The AP also reports a representative for Pizza Hut saying they’ve similarly explored possible Doritos x Pizza Hut mash-ups, though no potential menu items were provided.

Let’s just hope we’re not totally over the whole college-gourmand thing by the time Doritos-Locos-Cheesy-Bacon-Crust pizzas come around in 2015.

H/T Associated Press

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Cravings

Here’s the Doritos Locos Taco Wrapped in a Cheesy Layer of Bacon

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Sometimes I wonder if Nick over at Dude Foods is a genius or a mad man with a marvelous fetish for bacon . . . or both. Either way,  his latest concoction — the Cheesy Bacon Weave Doritos Locos Taco — takes our pork-filled dreams to the next level.

Nick was inspired to create the dish after many suggested he combine his Bacon Weave Taco shell with the DLT. Of course, that would be child’s play for the guy who previously deep-fried the DLT in beer and bacon batter. Thus, like a pro, he added a layer consisting of a three-cheese blend between the bacon weave shell and the Nacho Cheese DLT shell.

The next logical step to this bacon DLT evolution? “[M]ake another one, dip it in a beer and bacon batter and deep fry it!” says Nick.

Like we said, the guy’s a professional.

H/T + PicThx Dude Foods

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Fast Food

Taco Bell Saves American Economy By Selling 375 Million Doritos Locos Tacos

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When Taco Bell introduced their new Doritos Locos taco in 2012, they did more than fulfill the Doritos-flavored fantasies of millions of hungry stoners—they also singlehandedly created 15,000 jobs. The chip and taco combo was responsible for “the biggest launch in Taco Bell history,” as Taco Bell sold over 375 million Doritos Locos tacos in the U.S. alone and made plans to add over 2,000 new American stores in the next ten years to handle customer demand. The massive surge in sales meant that Taco Bell had higher growth rates than fast food giants KFC, Pizza Hut and McDonald’s, despite big industry complaints that federal regulations inhibit growth and prevent job creation.

The United States currently leads the world in both fast food consumption and total public debt, so it makes a weird kind of sense that the solution to American financial woes would come wrapped in Doritos and stuffed with cheese and sour cream. Probably won’t do much to solve the nationwide obesity epidemic (sorry Michelle Obama), but hey, tacos can’t solve every problem. Just the most urgent ones. Like munchies.

H/T + PicThnx  Daily Mail

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New Taco Bell-Flavored Doritos Rolling Out in Spring

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For the first time since the 1990s, Frito-Lay will be offering Doritos branded with the logo of a national restaurant chain — Taco Bell’s, to be specific.

Ann Mukherjee, chief marketing officer for Frito-Lay North America, stated that the Taco Bell-branded Doritos will mimic the taste of Doritos Locos Tacos, featuring a combo of nacho cheese and taco flavor. So what exactly is “taco flavor”? We’re guessing it’s going to be the ubiquitous flavor found in every TBell menu option, whether it’s a Chalupa or a Fiesta salad, aka their signature beef seasoning.

The process of creating these Taco Bell-flavored Doritos will probably be similar to the path taken when making the Doritos Locos Tacos that rolled out in early 2010. According to Taco Bell CEO Greg Creed, about a quarter of all taco sales at Taco Bell come from Doritos Locos Tacos. Mukherjee also claims that Doritos Locos Tacos have helped boost sales volume for Frito-Lay, who supplies Taco Bell’s shells.

With both companies benefiting from one another’s strengths, it seems like the TBell-flavored Doritos will follow in the steps of the Doritos Locos Tacos and be the new go-to food item for 2am cravings. Frito-Lay plans to release the new TBell-gone-Doritos as a limited-time item this spring, around the launch of a Cool Ranch Tacos version, of course.

H/T CBS + PicThx TBell