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Taco Bell Just Launched Real Crispy Cheese Snacks

 

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Crispy cheese could be considered a delicacy in a number of places, namely my household. The crunchy ends on pizza crusts, the bits of shredded cheese that come out of a quesadilla while it’s cooking, hell, even the burnt Goldfish at the end of the bag — none of these are safe in my presence. For anyone on the same wavelength as me (so, anyone who isn’t lactose intolerant I presume), Taco Bell just came out with the perfect snack: Cheddar Crisps.

Their new Cheddar Crisps are now available in participating 7-Eleven’s and Kroger’s nationwide, and eventually will be on Amazon delivery services. Taking inspiration from classic Taco Bell flavors, they’ll be launching in three different variations: Nacho, Fire Sauce, and Mild Sauce.

Made with real cheese, the disc-shaped snacks are similar to other cheese snacks, except these have the feel of actual crunchy cheese rather than a cheese-flavored cracker. 

If you’re curious as to how these taste, and how fiery the fire sauce flavor really is, check out our Foodbeast first impressions on our Instagram.

For more info on where to stock up on these savory snacks, check out www.tacobellcravings.com for a store locator.

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Fast Food

Taco Bell’s Nacho Fries Are Their Most Successful Item Launch Ever

Taco Bell is doing French fries soon, so we go straight to the source. #Foodbeast

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Not too long ago, Taco Bell added a line of seasoned fries — a first for the fast food company. Because of that unprecedented move, folks were pretty curious to see how Taco Bell’s freshman attempt at fries faired against their spud-slinging rivals.

In the end, whether customers liked them or not, Taco Bell’s Nacho Fries became the company’s most successful launch to date — even beating out the much lauded Doritos Locos Tacos.

Since the Jan. 25 launch, more than 53 million orders of Nacho Fries have been placed, totaling 9 million pounds of potatoes and 600,000 gallons of nacho cheese.

Over one third of all Taco Bell orders since the Nacho Fries were introduced have included the new item, especially since you can throw the fries on or into pretty much any Taco Bell menu item for an additional 49 cents.

Because of their success, the fries will remain on Taco Bell menus through early April. Now here I sit, debating if I want fries in tomorrow’s Breakfast Crunchwrap.

Yes. Yes, I do.

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Recipes

6 Healthy Nachos Recipes That You’ll Actually Enjoy

If you’ve been keeping up with my experimental eating endeavors, you may have seen my latest crazy diet, the “nacho diet.”

If not, let me fill you in.

I recently went on a cleanse diet that basically let me binge-eat nachos for five days straight, and I somehow managed to lose weight.

Now, you’re probably wondering, how the hell is that possible?

Well for one thing, I gave up alcohol and sugar.

Aside from that, I also got a little creative in the kitchen and figured out a few ways to lighten up those classic calorie-laden nachos and turn them into a somewhat healthy snack.

From Irish sweet potato nachos loaded up with veggies and fruity apple nachos drizzled in hazelnut spread to Mediterranean nachos that swap out the tortilla chips for crunchy cucumber slices, the healthy nacho possibilities are pretty much endless.

So I rounded up some of my favorite recipes from the nacho cleanse, and trust me, these things taste so damn good you’ll never want to go back to eating normal nachos ever again.

Take a look at the pictures below to see some healthy variations of this Mexican snack.

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Apple Pomegranate Nachos

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Recipe:
2 apples, sliced
3 tablespoons chocolate hazelnut spread
1 tablespoon chocolate chips
1 tablespoon chopped almonds
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Mediterranean Cucumber Nachos

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Recipe:
1 cucumber, sliced
1/4 cup chickpeas
1/4 cup sliced cherry tomatos
1/4 cup sliced Kalamata olives
1/2 cup reduced fat feta cheese
2 tablespoons tzatziki sauce

Loaded Pizza Pepper Nachos

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Recipe:
2 bell peppers, sliced
1/2 cup sliced cherry tomatos
1/4 cup brocoli
1/3 cup chicken breast
1/2 cup fat free mozzarella cheese
1/3 cup tomato salsa
1 teaspoon pizza seasoning
1 teaspoon garlic powder

Multi-Grain Waffle Breakfast Nachos

Recipe:
3 multi-grain waffles, cut into quarters
1/3 cup red pepper
1/3 cup reduced fat white cheddar cheese
1/3 cup avocado chunks
1/3 cup sliced jalapeños
2 tablespoons spicy salsa
1 fried egg

Skinny Irish Nachos

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Recipe:
1 package of frozen waffle cut sweet potatoes
1/3 cup zucchini
1/3 cup yellow pepper
1/3 cup black beans
1/4 cup sliced jalapeños
1/3 cup spicy salsa
1/3 cup low fat Monterey Jack cheese
1/2 avocado, sliced

Naked Bell Pepper Nachos

Recipe:
2 red bell peppers
1/2 cup chicken breast
1/2 cup brocoli
1/3 cup tomato salsa
1 tablespoon sour cream
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

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Cravings

I Went On A Five-Day Nacho Diet, And I Actually Lost Weight

Eating happens to be one of my favorite hobbies.

So, as you can imagine, going on a cleanse diet that limits you to six bottles of liquefied kale sounds like a certain kind of hell I never want to experience.

That is exactly why I decided to try a nontraditional approach to dieting back in the fall. I ditched the green vegetable concoctions for an epic diet that let me eat tacos every damn day.

I went on a “taco cleanse” and actually lost weight by stuffing my face with those tortilla-wrapped bad boys for six days straight.

Unfortunately, I put a few pounds back on since weaning myself off tacos. (I know, who would have thought, right?)

So, I recently decided it was time to go back on another insane diet. But this time, I wanted to try a diet that was nacho average cleanse.

I opted for the taco’s messy fraternal twin and went on an all-out nacho diet.

The nacho diet was just like your typical juice cleanse, except for the fact I replaced those sh*tty drinks with all sorts of insanely tasty nachos.

Yep, for five days I stuck to a strict nacho regimen and said goodbye to alcohol and all other supplementary snacks.

I was pretty sure this diet wasn’t going to work, but at the end of day five, I did the final weigh in and discovered I had actually lost weight. Three pounds, to be exact.

But before you swear off all other foods for tortilla chips and cheese, you should probably know this diet made me sick AF and the nacho-induced nausea I experienced was definitely not worth dropping a couple pounds.

Yeah, sorry to rain on your fiesta.

I recently went on a “nacho cleanse” and only ate nachos for five whole days.

 

Unlike my previous taco diet, I actually made an effort to be somewhat healthy this time by eating out for some meals and also making healthier versions of nachos on my own.

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I began my cheesy endeavors with a colossal plate of nachos piled high with chicken, guac and cheese from Vamos.

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Later on, I whipped up some apple almond butter nachos…

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…and finished up day one with some simple cheesy chicken nachos I made myself.

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I wasn’t feeling so great when I woke up on day two, so I started the morning by finishing the leftover apple nachos from the day before. Later in the day, I hit up El Camion Cantina for some veggie nachos loaded with four different types of cheese.

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By dinner, I was starting to feel pretty sh*tty. But, I managed to up my nacho count with a plate of homemade Irish nachos, then went to bed with a horrible stomachache.

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I woke up on day three feeling marginally better, so I threw together some breakfast waffle nachos.

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For lunch, I had the remaining Irish nachos from the day before. But at this point, I had such bad heartburn, I wasn’t really able to each much.

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Then, I finished the day by basically forcing myself to eat some Al Pastor nachos from Taqueria Diana.

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On day four, I felt like these nachos were actually trying to kill me.

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I’m not used to eating a lot of dairy products, so the cheese was definitely taking a toll on me; it was even making my skin break out. I decided to do some damage control by noshing on a few “naked” veggie nachos for an AM snack.

For lunch, I had a plate of bell pepper pizza nachos…

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…and I wrapped up the day by giving myself a pep talk and going in on a plate of nachos from El Vez.

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Needless to say, I totally regretted that dinner decision because I was nauseated AF for the rest of the night.

I woke up on day five feeling absolutely awful. But I’m no quitter, so I started the last day off on a strong note by demolishing a heaping pile of apple pomegranate nachos.

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This was followed by a mountain of Mediterranean cucumber nachos for lunch.

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Finally, I celebrated the end of this damn diet with a victorious plate of homemade veggie nachos.

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Five days and 15 plates of nachos later, I guess you could say the nacho diet was a success because I lost three pounds in the process.

However, I definitely wouldn’t recommend going on this diet because eating an endless amount of nachos will straight up make you feel like sh*t.

If we can learn one thing from this, it’s you can probably lose weight by eating almost anything as long as you cut alcohol and sugar out of your diet.

Written by Kaylin Pound, EliteDaily

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Fast Food

Jack In The Box Just Turned Their Curly Fries Into NACHOS

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Upgrading our Jack in the Box fries to the curly option is definitely money well spent. While Jack’s regular fries aren’t our favorite fast food fries, the curly ones are definitely high on that list. Now, if you’re looking for a cheesy and spicier option, your wish just came true.

For a limited time, Jack in the Box is offering a Spicy Nacho Curly Fries side. The dish includes the staple order of Jack’s curly fries topped with nacho cheese and sliced pieces of jalapeños. Kind of similar to those jalapeño cheese popper nachos we hacked a few months ago.

If these are anything like their chili cheese curly fries, they might become a classic on the menu.

 

 

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Cravings

You Can Make A Doritos-Crusted Taco Bell Burrito In 3 EASY Steps

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Fans of Taco Bell’s infamous Doritos Locos Tacos will get a kick out of DudeFoods’ latest recipe. You can pretty much make it in only THREE simple steps.

Nick of DudeFoods simply took a Beefy 5-Layer Burrito from Taco Bell and threw it into some egg wash. Then, the eggy burrito is rolled around in some crushed up Nacho Cheese Doritos. Once it’s nice and coated, the burrito is dropped into the deep fryer for about a minute.

As far as DudeFoods recipes go, this was probably one of the easier ones. Yet, somehow, we’re still dying to try making this at home. Nick recommends you top your Deep Fried Doritos Breaded Taco Bell Burritos (what a mouthful) with your favorite Taco Bell hot sauce.

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Nachos in a Helmet are the Best Thing You Can Eat at a Yankees Game

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America’s pastime is as much about watching tiny ants run laps around a grassy knoll once every hour, as it is about stuffing our faces with junk food. From Fritos-laden chili cheese dogs to Japanese beer slushies, baseball fans (more importantly, their stomachs) are no strangers to overindulgence. So, it’ll take a little more than a whole lot of peanuts to impress any of them.

Thankfully, the folks at Yankee stadium have just added a way to actually get people to spend even more money at a baseball game – by offering up a blue plastic Yankee helmet filled to the brim with cheesy, beefy, jalapeño and guacamole-y nachos. The whole pot goes for $20 and includes a “behemoth portion of chips,” nacho cheese, seasoned ground beef, jalapeños, salsa, and guacamole, reports Gothamist. You’ll be so ready to slip into a food coma afterward, you’ll forget you just spent $10 to wash the whole thing down with beer.

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Snyder’s Offers New Buffalo Wing Pretzel Sticks and Cheesy, Jalapeño Snacks

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In pretzel-related news, Snyder’s of Hanover is stepping up their snack game with a snack truck full of new products. While my eyes usually go directly to the Honey Mustard bags on the shelves, it’s great to know there are other choices out there to satiate the munchies.

Snyder’s new line of pretzel snacks are appropriately named Korn Krunchers. Below (and above), the baked and seasoned corn snacks come in three flavors: Nacho Grande, Hot Chili Lime and Barbeque.  Nacho Grande packs sharp cheddar cheese, sweet tomatos and spicy jalapeño peppers. Hot Chili Lime features a combination of hot chili peppers balanced with a cool lime seasoning, while Barbeque  mixes smokey seasonings with sweet tomatoes and savory onions.

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Each 10-oz bag of Korn Krunchers is available in stores at a retail price of $3.69.

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Snyder’s also rolled out a few dessert-worthy treats:  Salted Caramel and Cinnamon Sugar. While these particular flavors were at times overbearingly sweet, they were pretty tasty in doses.

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Snyder’s also has new Gluten-Free pretzels available with Honey Mustard and Onion and Buffalo Wing pretzel sticks. The Buffalo Wings were hands down the best of the bunch. Just keep in mind, your hands will be covered with flavor.