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Taco Bell Tests A New Fajita Quesalupa

The Quesalupa has been a big hit on the Taco Bell menu since its debut in 2016, so a tasty variation is definitely a welcome treat for fans. If you’re in Toledo, Ohio, you’re in luck, as Taco Bell is testing a new Fajita Quesalupa there.

This new version of the Quesalupa boasts a fire roasted Fajita Quesalupa shell, poblano sauce, lettuce, cheddar, tomatoes and of course, plenty of cheese. Check it out now at participating Taco Bell locations in Toledo, Ohio for a limited time.

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Taco Bell’s New Cantina Crispy Melt Taco Is Now Available Nationwide

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Last year Taco Bell tested a new Cantina Crispy Melt Taco at select Detroit-area locations. After a successful test run, the new item will now enjoy a nationwide release.

The Cantina Crispy Melt Taco is a refreshing option on the Taco Bell menu as it boasts a crispy white corn shell that houses seasoned beef, reduced-fat sour cream, lettuce, tomatoes, shredded cheese, melted nacho cheese sauce, and a three-cheese blend. Truly this is a melty heaven.

Veggie lovers can swap out the seasoned beef with black beans.

To help promote this nationwide launch, Taco Bell is offering Rewards members exclusive first dibs to the new Cantina Crispy Melt Taco from October 5 through October 6. All fans have to do is use the Taco Bell mobile app for pickup orders at participating locations.

The Cantina Crispy Melt Taco will be available to all starting Thursday, October 7, 2021.

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Taco Bell Is Testing A 30-Day Taco Subscription Service In Arizona

Taco Bell fans in Arizona have plenty to be excited about, as the brand is testing out a new 30-day taco subscription service in the state. Specifically dubbed the Taco Lover’s Pass, it’s a taco subscription service that gives users one taco a day for 30 days, exclusively through the Taco Bell app.

Here’s all the details we know about the Taco Lover’s Pass:

  • The Taco Lover’s Pass is a digitally exclusive offering that gives fans the chance to satisfy their taco cravings every day for 30 days. To purchase, users will add the pass from the Online Exclusives section of the Taco Bell app menu to their cart and complete the regular checkout process. 
  • With the pass, consumers can redeem one taco a day, choosing from Taco Bell originals like the Crunchy Taco, Spicy Potato Soft Taco, Crunchy Supreme Taco, Soft Supreme Taco, Doritos Locos Tacos and the Doritos Locos Tacos Supreme via the Taco Bell app. 
  • The pass is currently being tested for a limited time in Tucson, Arizona. (Prices vary between $5 and $10 depending on a user’s location).

Below is a list of participating locations in Arizona where you can get the Taco Lover’s Pass:

9410 E. Golf Links Rd., Tucson, AZ, 85730

495 E. Wetmore Rd., Tucson, AZ, 85705

1620 W Valencia Rd., Tucson, AZ, 85746

1818 E. Speedway Blvd., Tucson, AZ, 85719

3930 East 22nd Street, Tucson, AZ, 85711

2150 W. River Rd., Tucson, AZ, 85741

6616 E Grant Rd., Tucson, AZ, 85715

10815 N Oracle Rd., Oro Valley, AZ, 85737

1111 S Wilmot Rd., Tucson, AZ, 85711

7915 N Oracle Rd., Tucson, AZ, 85704

7140 N. Thornydale Rd., Tucson, AZ, 85741 

4951 S Campbell Ave, Tucson, AZ, 85706

8578 East Broadway Blvd, Tucson, AZ, 85710

3455 E Grant Rd., Tucson, AZ, 85716

1720 W. Speedway Blvd, Tucson, AZ, 85745

10265 E. Old Vail Road, Tucson, AZ, 85747

1210 W. Irvington Rd., Tucson, AZ, 85714

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Taco Bell Announces Nationwide Release of Crispy Chicken Sandwich Taco

Back in February of this year we reported on Taco Bell testing a new Crispy Chicken Sandwich Taco item in Charlotte and Nashville. To recall, this menu innovation was buttermilk fried chicken coated in tortilla chips, paired with a creamy chipotle sauce, with the jalapeño buttermilk-marinated chicken nestled in a puffy bread that’s shaped like a taco.

Starting September 2, this new Crispy Chicken Sandwich Taco will be available nationwide at participating Taco Bell locations for a limited time. 

Now the uniqueness in this item lay in its ambiguity. It looked more like a sandwich but folded like a taco — an unexpected head scratcher that eventually lead to its popularity in the test markets.

Whether the Crispy Chicken Sandwich Taco is a taco or a sandwich is a toss up and really worth some discussion, which is why Taco Bell has enlisted actual debate teams to make the call — on September 4 Taco Bell will use two debate teams from the University of Georgia and Clemson University to go head to head in the name of ‘Team it’s a Sandwich’ and ‘Team it’s a Taco’.

“The Great Crispy Chicken Sandwich Taco Debate” will air on Saturday, Sept. 4 during the Georgia vs Clemson primetime college football game on ABC 7:30 p.m. ET via a sixty second and three thirty second ad spots. 

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The Futuristic ‘Taco Bell Defy’ Restaurant Introduces A New Drive-Thru Experience

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Taco Bell is a standout when it comes to innovation in the fast food game. They’ve proven their forward-thinking prowess with a constant flow of new menu items and tweaks to their brand. This time around, Taco Bell is looking to modernize the fast food drive-thru experience.

This new restaurant concept is called ‘Taco Bell Defy’, a 3,000 square foot space in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota dedicated to keeping the digital consumers’ experience in mind.

Taco Bell Defy was built in partnership with Taco Bell franchisee Border Foods and Minneapolis-based Vertical Works Inc. and changes the drive-thru experience with three of four lanes dedicated to mobile or delivery order pick-ups, with skip-the-line service for Taco Bell app customers. Mobile orders can be redeemed with digital check-in screens through unique QR codes, while orders are fulfilled through a proprietary contactless lift system. What’s more, two-way audio and video technology creates a seamless and contactless process between customers and staff.

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Taco Bell Launches Loaded Taco Fries Nationwide

Nacho Fries have been one of Taco Bell’s most beloved innovations in most recent years, with different iterations of it always received favorably by fans. Now Nacho Fries are being reimagined as new Loaded Taco Fries.

This time Nacho Fries get transformed into Loaded Taco Fries by being topped with seasoned beef, crunchy red strips, nacho cheese sauce, cheddar cheese, lettuce, and spicy ranch sauce.

Fans can now order this new item, available nationwide, a la carte or in a burrito for $2.99.

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Taco Bell Stifled With Food Shortages

Whether it be a considerable deficit in chicken wings or boba, food shortages have stifled the restaurant industry this year. It’s a tough beat to catch for an industry already ravaged by the pandemic, with ripple effects affecting all facets of businesses.

Taco Bell has particularly suffered from shortages lately, with their beef, chicken, tortilla, and hot sauce supply being affected most. The chain was forced to address the issue with a message posted to their site apologizing to fans, “Sorry if we can’t feed your current crave. Due to national ingredient shortages and delivery days, we may be out of some items.”

The shortage of hot sauce has been the most worrisome to customers, with many upset about its scarcity.

It’s a rough time for those trying to Live Más, but another statement released by Taco Bell to CBS News offered more details on the situation: “Due to national transportation delays happening throughout most of the industry, we may temporarily be out of some items. Apologies for the inconvenience and we hope to feed fans’ current Taco Bell cravings again soon.”

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Taco Bell Unveils New Flatbread Tacos

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Taco Bell is adding on to its robust menu with new Flatbread Tacos. The Flatbread Tacos will come in two versions: Loaded Chicken Flatbread Taco and Beefy Potato Flatbread Taco.

According to Chew Boom, the new Flatbread Tacos will be available nationwide starting Thursday, July 22, 2021.

To drum up hype for the Flatbread Tacos’ nationwide launch, Taco Bell is giving Rewards Members early access to the new items from July 19 through July 21, 2021, through the Taco Bell mobile app.

It’s important to note that early access to the Flatbread Tacos is only available from July 19 to July 21 after 9:00 a.m. and can be redeemed only through the Taco Bell mobile app for in-store/drive-thru pickup orders, at participating US Taco Bell locations while supplies last, and is not available with a web pay-ahead, pickup order or delivery orders.