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Taco Bell Is Testing A TON Of New Items To Add To Their Menu

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As 2020 drew to a close, Taco Bell deleted over a dozen items from its menu, including fan favorites like potatoes and the iconic Mexican Pizza.

While potatoes are back on the menu now, the rest of the lineup slots look like they might be filled by some test items Taco Bell has run. There’s a lot being trialed right now, including the addition the viral Chicken Sandwich Taco that’s sparked some roasting from fellow fast food chains.

In total, Taco Bell has over a half dozen items testing right now. One set of items, pictured above, is the new “Primo Burritos,” currently testing in Kansas City. There’s no clear distinction as to what makes these “Primo,” although it appears the model for these is “look weighty but be on a budget.”

The two versions, Loaded Taco and Chicken Enchilada, cost no more than $1.50 each (the Loaded Taco one being just $1), and are packed with sour cream, rice, cheddar cheese, and ingredients that give each burrito their distinct flavor.

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Stackers are also making a reappearance, this time in Grilled Cheese form. Taco Bell didn’t provide any details on this item other than the name, but it looks like the tri-folded quesadilla may come with a cheesy crust, as the Grilled Cheese Burrito of old did. This item is currently being tested in Houston, Texas.

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Over in Columbus, Ohio, Taco Bell is looking at tacos that are all about the heat. This set of $1 Spicy Tacos feature the chain’s proprietary beef, lettuce, cheese, and one of three different spicy sauces. Customers can opt for Mild Jalapeño, Medium Chipotle, or a “White Hot” Ranch made with ghost chili peppers.

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Portland Taco Bell fans can try out a new trio of bowls currently being tested in the area. Called the “Stacked Bowls,” each comes with a double portion of meat. From there, ingredients may vary, with seasoned rice serving as a base, but other ingredients like refried or black beans, a variety of sauces, or even a new purple cabbage topping all available.

The Stacked Taco Bowl contains beef, rice, refried beans, a blend of purple cabbage and lettuce, crunchy red strips, a three-cheese blend, sour cream, tomatoes, and guac. There’s also the Avocado Ranch Chicken Bowl (chicken, seasoned rice, black beans, a blend of purple cabbage and lettuce, a three-cheese blend, and avocado ranch sauce) and a Stacked Steak Melt Bowl, which goes double on both steak and cheese with rice, crunchy red strips, black beans, tomatoes, and chipotle sauce.

The bowls are the most expensive new item being tested, costing $4.49-$4.99 each.

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Outside of the plethora of new test items, Taco Bell also dropped a new Strawberry Lemonade Freeze nationwide. The new slushy beverage is made with what the chain describes as “wild strawberries” and lemonade, and is available for a limited time.

Taco Bell is clearly looking to stack their menu with a variety of new options, but we’ll have to see which of these make it out of the test locations and into nationwide launches.

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Taco Bell’s Elusive Mexican Pizza Crunchwrap Has Been Spotted Once Again

Taco Bell’s latest innovations have involved novel ingredients, with items like Nacho Fries and the Midnight Melt Taco incorporating foods they haven’t played with in the US yet.

The mega-chain isn’t afraid to get creative with some mashups as well, and the latest test of a Mexican Pizza Crunchwrap is proof of that.

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This isn’t the Mexican Pizza Crunchwrap’s first time around, as it had been tested in Oklahoma City earlier this summer, however, the newest test taking place in Birmingham, Alabama, is a strong sign that Taco Bell is looking to take this one nationwide. I mean, if a fast food chain puts in the time and resources to test an item more than once, you know there’s some serious interest.

The Crunchwrap is basically a tortilla wrapped around one of Taco Bell’s Mexican Pizzas, the only extra addition being a layer of nacho cheese sauce. It’s being priced at $3.49 each, or as part of a $5 Box with two Crunchy Tacos and a medium drink.

You can get the Mexican Pizza Crunchwrap in Birmingham through mid-October. From there, we’ll have to see if Taco Bell has all the evidence it needs to take it to the national level sometime soon.

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Taco Bell Is Testing Out NACHO FRIES And We Need Them Now

Taco Bell just keeps coming up with W’s in the fast food innovation game.

The fast food chain just low-key launched a test of two new items related to turning French fries into NACHOS. The first item is fries served with nacho cheese sauce being dubbed as Nacho Fries. The other, according to Thrillist, is called the Nacho Fries Supreme, and comes loaded with ground beef, sour cream, pico de gallo, and nacho cheese atop a bed of fries. BrandEating reports that another version, called the Nacho Fries Bell Grande, comes with double the fries of the Supreme.

The Nacho Fries Supreme basically sounds like a fast food version of carne asada fries with ground beef instead of steak, and with carne asada fries being the drunk food of choice for me, I’m totally down with the concept. To me, the only thing that could make it more epic is to utilize both fries and the Naked Chicken Chips as the base for the Nacho Fries Supreme. Yea, it would be a ton of food, but it would be FIRE.

Apparently they’re being tested in West Virginia, where the Nacho Fries item is selling for a buck each. Some people have reported seeing them out in California as well, however.

For everyone else, we’ll just have to wait and see if the test is successful enough for these cheesy spuds to make it nationwide one day.