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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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Taco Bell Adds Carolina Reapers To Their Quesaritos For A Fiery Kick

Taco Bell’s latest test items are bringing the heat with the inclusion of fiery Carolina Reapers. Made into a Reaper Ranch sauce that’s their spiciest condiment to date, the chain has already begun testing it in the form of loaded fries.

Now, Taco Bell is incorporating the peppers into a new form, as the Reaper Ranch Sauce is making a new home inside their Quesaritos.

Photo courtesy of Taco Bell

The standard fillings of beef, rice, sour cream, and red tortilla strips don’t change for the inside of the Reaper Ranch Quesarito. However, both the inside and outside now contain a blend of the Reaper Ranch sauce and Taco Bell’s nacho cheese sauce. It helps take some edge off of the heat, but also makes the burrito incredibly creamy and cheesy.

Fans hoping to try this saucy creation will have to head to Milwaukee, Wisconsin for a bite. It’ll be available at locations in the area through mid-November, sold on its own for $2.99 or as part of a $5 box with two Crunchy Tacos and a medium drink.

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For Two Days, Taco Bell Is Opening An Exclusive Arcade

Looks like Taco Bell is teaming up with Xbox to bring some steak and cheese goodness to the video gaming industry. The fast food chain is even building an arcade powered entirely by Taco Bell…and electricity.

Beginning Aug. 31, Taco Bell is giving any customer who purchases a Steak Quesarito $5 Box, a chance to win an Xbox One X.

Each Taco Bell $5 Box will include a unique code for customers to text after they purchase their meal. The box contains a Steak Quesarito, a Doritos Locos Taco, a Crunchy Taco, and a medium fountain drink. The promotion, and the Steak Quesarito $5 boxes, will be avaibile from Aug. 31 through Oct. 4 at participating Taco Bell locations while supplies last.

According to Taco Bell, a new winner would be notified as frequently as every 10 minutes.

In celebration of this partnership with Xbox, Taco Bell has also created a pop up arcade coinciding with the PAX West gaming convention. The arcade will be an amalgam of classic games and the new Xbox One X experience. Fans can call (206) 219-5092 to make a reservation at the arcade between Sept. 1 – 2 from 6pm to midnight. The experience also comes with Steak Quesarito $5 Boxes and signature cocktails.

Guess we’re picking up a few boxes on the drive home.

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Chipotle’s Starting To Charge A Lot Extra For Their Off-Menu Quesarito

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One of Chipotle’s most popular off-menu items, the Quesarito, will officially cost an additional $3.50 on top of the original burrito price, according to Entrepreneur.

Chipotle’s Qeusarito has been a well-known, not-so-secret menu item for a while, but there was never a set price for it.

The cheesy burrito isn’t anything super crazy. It’s essentially just a quesadilla wrapped around a burrito.

Some Chipotle’s used to be jerks about it and charged for both a quesadilla and burrito, but it was generally just charged as a regular burrito, seeing how the only additional ingredients were a tortilla and cheese.

As evident by a Chipotle employee’s Tweet, the charge accounts for the “…extra time needed to make the Quesarito.”

In other words, it’s an inconvenience for the employees to make, so if we really want it that bad, we have to dig into our wallets.

Chipotle told Entrepreneur that they’re generally loose on the rules for off-menu items, but the Quesarito was being ordered so frequently, it had to be regulated.

So get ready to fork up some extra change for your Quesarito, and if you want guacamole, you might as well kiss your paychecks goodbye.

h/t bro bible, picthxh/t Andy San

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Taco Bell Ignites Menu with Sriracha Quesarito

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Taco Bell announced Tuesday that they will begin serving Sriracha Quesaritos. The Asian hot sauce-inspired item will make its debut alongside Taco Bell’s new Snapple Lemonade Freeze on February 26.

The Quesarito, one of the fast food chain’s newer innovations, is a quesadilla wrap around a burrito. Taco Bell was reported to have been testing Asian-inspired flavors at select locations last year. It appears that a Sriracha Quesarito is one of the more successful items to come out of those tests.

We still don’t know the specifics of the Quesarito, or what it’s supposed to look like. Even as a test item, they’re bound to make some tweaks and changes to the recipe. However, this artist’s rendering of the upcoming Sriracha Quesarito should give us a pretty good idea.

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Taco Bell Testing Sriracha Grillers, Sriracha Nachos and More

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It seems like Taco Bell’s menu is infinite, and every few months something new is added to the mix.

Just last week they rolled out a Starburst Strawberry Freeze, and in September they were testing a Biscuit Chicken Taco. Now they’re testing a new Sriracha menu.

The Menu consists of a Sriracha Beef GrillerSriracha Taco and Taco Supreme, Sriracha Quesarito, Sriracha Grande ScramblerSriracha Nachos and a Sriracha Quesarito Box, which includes a Sriracha Doritos Locos Taco, Sriracha Crunchy Taco and Medium Drink.

Stephanie Perdue, Taco Bell’s Vice President of Marketing, said that they know customers love having spicy options, and Sriracha is at the top of mountain as far as spicy flavors go.

“Our customers love spicy food and we know that Sriracha is on the top of their list as the latest, most relevant flavor. This test brings together two things our consumers are passionate about: Taco Bell and Sriracha, and we’re looking forward to hearing the feedback from our fans.”

The Sriracha Menu has already been made available in over 70 Kansas City Taco Bell locations, and will be available until mid-November. Hopefully it’ll lead to a national rollout soon after (Crossing Fingers).

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12 Quick Secrets to Ordering Chipotle

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Story originally written by Anna Monette Roberts for PopSugar

Even if you frequent Chipotle Mexican Grill several times a week, chances are you don’t know the best deal on the menu, all the free stuff you can walk away with, and how to skip the line. Thanks to personal experience (we’ve eaten many a burrito/bowl/salad/taco) and consulting with several Chipotle managers, we now have all those answers.

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What’s Free

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Meat and guacamole will always cost you extra at Chipotle, but here’s what you might not know is free.

  • Honey chipotle vinaigrette
  • Lime wedges
  • Jalapeños
  • Extra beans and rice
  • Extra tortillas or taco shells
  • Extra salsas, cheese, sour cream . . . pretty much anything but meat and guac

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How to Score a Deal

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Yes, even at Chipotle there are ways to work the system to get the most food for your buck.

  • Order a bowl, not a burrito, to get bigger portions. Since the burrito has to be rolled up, the portions are a bit smaller. Instead, opt for the bowl and ask for a tortilla or taco shells on the side for no charge.
  • You’re allowed to mix proteins. You don’t have to decide between chicken and carnitas. Order half and half, at the same time, in the same burrito.
  • Chipotle values ingredients with points. Order an item with three or less “points,” and you are charged less. Tortillas and taco shells are zero points. Guacamole and meat count as two points. And everything else (rice, cheese, etc.) is one point.

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“Secret Menu” Items to Order

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  • Quesadilla/taco: Take a soft taco tortilla, cover it with cheese, fold it in half, melt it in the press, open it up, and make a taco.
  • Quesarito: Make a big, round quesadilla; fill it with meat and rice; and then roll it up like a burrito. Sure, Taco Bell’s famous for it, but Chipotle will make it for you too for the same cost as a standard burrito . . . Just hold the liquid-y ingredients like sour cream and hot sauce, which make it difficult to roll. Also, be patient, as it takes longer to assemble than a standard burrito.

Picthx Anna Monette Roberts

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How Stuff’s Made

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How to Order Smarter

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We’ve heard it from a Chipotle worker herself! These things can immediately influence your service.

  • Phone in your order or order online. If you’ve ordered ahead, you can skip the line and go straight to the cashier.
  • It’s all about attitude! Be kind to your fellow burrito maker, and they will probably be more willing to go the extra mile to ensure you’re getting the burrito of your dreams.
  • Feeling skimped? It happens. One full scoop is a Chipotle portion. However, if you feel like the burrito maker is giving you too little, politely ask for more.

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Taco Bell To Debut New Quesarito Monday

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Back in January we reported that Taco Bell was testing a quesadilla burrito hybrid in select locations. It seems like testing went well in Oklahoma City because the fast food chain is adding the elusive Quesarito to their menu. Not so surprisingly, the Quesarito was the best testing item since Taco Bell’s Doritos Locos Tacos. With the success of the DLTs Taco Bell might end up launching a variety of Quesaritos, like the Breakfast Quesarito that’s in testing right now.

The Quesaritto features Latin rice, chipotle sauce, reduced fat sour cream (because dieting), and your choice of seasoned beef, shredded chicken, or steak rolled up in a quesadilla.

Not to be confused with Chipotle’s not-so-secret menu item, the Quesarito is launching as an official menu item on Monday, June 9.

H/T + PicThx Brand Eating