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SPOTTED: Taco Bell Testing Chicken & Waffle and Very Berry Waffle Tacos

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Or should I say “not spotted,” considering our local Taco Bell didn’t have any signs up when we drove by and, when asked why not, could only reply with a strangely cryptic, “I guess corporate asked us to take them down.”

Regardless, the same Orange County, Calif. Taco Bell location which first introduced us to the now-100-location-strong Waffle Taco back in May is currently testing two new Waffle Tacos, neatly dubbed the “Chicken & Waffle” and “Very Berry.”

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Unlike the original Breakfast Waffle Taco, which – dundundada! – was only available for breakfast, these little darlings can be purchased all day for 99 cents and 79 cents, respectively. The Chicken features a breaded, slightly spicy chicken patty and comes with your choice of either country gravy or syrup dressing, and the Very Berry is filled with whipped cream and a kind of blueberry and strawberry compote. Both ultimately fell slightly flat, in large part thanks to the spongy, frozen Eggo waffle-feeling waffle shell, though we have to admit it’s hard to complain over anything cheaper than a dollar.

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A cold call of our ten closest TBells revealed the new Waffle Tacos are only available at a select few, if any, Orange County locations beyond the Grand and Warner spot. But let’s just say if these were to get a nationwide release, we might be willing to overlook that whole “fiery/flame-ass” debacle.

Maybe.

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Fast Food

Taco Bell Can’t Handle the Heat of ‘Flame Ass’ Doritos Locos Taco, Launches ‘Fiery’ DLT Instead

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Taco Bell, this is why we can’t have nice things.

First you go around telling us that the next Doritos Locos Taco flavor will be “Flamas,” then go and name your new DLT after something that isn’t an actual Doritos flavor. Maybe it should be renamed “Definitely Not a Doritos-Flavored Doritos Locos Taco”? Hmph.

It’s not like Taco Bell CEO Greg Creed told the world back in December that he expected “a Flamas-flavored taco to be introduced in the latter half of 2013.” Was this statement made to intentionally confuse fans or does Taco Bell just get pleasure out of crushing our hopes and dreams?

Regardless, this “Fiery” Doritos Locos Taco nonsense will roll out nationally starting August 22 at $1.39 for a regular and $1.69 for a supreme. Expect a flavor profile of “spicy chili with a hint of lime” in the shell, as well as major disappointment that instead of biting into a badass Flamas, you’re getting a boring ol’ Fiery fellow.

Come on, admit it, Taco Bell. The shameless honesty of naming your next DLT “Flame Ass” got a little too real, and ya’ll couldn’t handle the heat.

Hopefully, some day we can be friends again.

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Fast Food

Flamas Doritos Locos Taco – Taco Bell’s Next Flavor Confirmed for August 22nd

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It seems as if Taco Bell is hellbent on not telling us the obvious: the Flamas Doritos Locos Taco rolls out August 22nd. 

Instead, they insist on teasing everyone with flirtatious hints here and there and sending us on wild goose chases (ahem, Fiery Chicken Cool Ranch).

Yesterday, the folks over at Taco Bell decided to mail us a black box labeled, “#___DLT.” Hoping it was filled with warm, crunchy Flamas DLTs, we got the ultimate blow when we discovered it was just a random bunch of Doritos chip bags — with flavors ranging from Spicy Sweet Chili to Tapatio. Unsurprisingly, a small bag of Flamas Doritos was found within the mix.

Clever, guys. It’s not like David Novak, CEO of Yum Brands, told investors back in December that he expects the Flamas-flavored taco to launch in the later half of 2013, aka August. Or that we tried out the Flamas DLT ourselves when they were testing them back in June 2012. Or that our source from Taco Bell corporate specifically confirmed that it would be the next flavor to complete the DLT trifecta.

For those of you who have yet to try it, the Flamas shell packs a serious flavor profile and brings together spicy hot chile with citrus lemon zest. Add this to Taco Bell’s standard taco guts of shredded lettuce, cheese and meat and you’ve got a formidable addition to the DLT family.

Remember, kids: Flamas Doritos Locos Tacos launch August 22nd. Save the date.

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Fast Food

Taco Bell Testing New Fiery Chicken Cool Ranch DLT

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Most restaurants know when a product’s flavor profile might be too bold for the average palate. And then there’s Taco Bell.

Now on test at select locations in Southern California, the new Fiery Chicken Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Taco is the latest crazy edition to T-Bell’s ever-growing DLT line. It swaps out the traditional seasoned beef with pieces of shredded chicken doused in chipotle sauce and is also available “Supreme,” with sour cream and diced tomatoes.

Like with most fast food items, chances are neither the Cool Ranch taco nor the Fiery Chicken will be all that “cool” or “fiery” – (wouldn’t want such intense flavors to clash or anything) – but if it does do well, here’s to hoping we’ll see a Fiery Chicken Flamas DLT in the very near future.

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H/T + PicThx Brand Eating

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Cravings

DIY Doritos Locos Tacos, Because 2013

It’s a new year folks, which means it’s time for change. No more crappy frozen dinners. No more wasted cash on drive-thrus. And definitely no more pretending just a few Doritos Locos Tacos are enough to satisfy anyone, even if they do make up half of that fancy new variety 12-Pack.

No worries though. Thanks to this DIY Doritos Locos Tacos recipe by Jasmin of 1 Fine Cookie, you won’t have to deal with any of those problems ever again.

Seasoned with an intricate cacophony of dehydrated cheddar cheese powder, tomato powder, turmeric powder, red bell pepper powder, green pepper powder, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder and Kernel Season’s nacho cheddar popcorn seasoning for salt, the only thing missing from Taco Bell and Doritos’ meticulously crafted taco shell masterpiece is MSG. But luckily Jas is kind enough to leave that ingredient option open for us to decide (the right answer is “yes,” by the way, in case you were wondering).

So how about it, DIY Doritos Locos Tacos as your first banger recipe of 2013? Readers, your move.

H/T Foodista

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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!