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Taco Bell® is the Summer Destination for Refreshingly Chill Beverages

Temperatures are rising, shorts have replaced pants and summer is officially here. To prepare for the hot days ahead, Taco Bell is introducing new frozen and fountain beverages to their already impressive US line-up.

Next up and taking things to a whole new level of coolness is the new Mango Whip Freeze, available for a limited time and while supplies last. As Taco Bell’s latest Freeze flavor, it’s the ideal drink for the summer simmer. Swirling with flavors of sweet mango and creamy vanilla, you’re sure to get your frozen fix. The Mango Whip Freeze joins the Mountain Dew® Baja Blast® Freeze and Wild Cherry Freeze on Taco Bell menus.

In honor of the new Mango Whip Freeze, Foodbeast has discovered a flavor hack that adds a spicy kick to your Chilly excursion. To experience this tasty explosion, mix Taco Bell’s Fire & Diablo sauces into your Mango Whip Freeze and let the deliciousness blow you away.

Adding a splash of color to your summer is Brisk® Dragon Paradise™ Sparkling Tea. Fruity and fizzy, Dragon Paradise is the perfect getaway for your tastebuds. The bubbly blend of dragonfruit, berry, and hibiscus flavors create a sparkling and refreshing twist on iced tea. To keep cool all summer long visit your local, participating Taco Bell and try out the new Brisk Dragon Paradise Sparkling Tea and Mango Whip Freeze.

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Taco Bell’s ‘Defy’ Concept Set To Open Tomorrow, Promises To Be Most Innovative Drive-Thru Experience

Last summer we reported on the futuristic Taco Bell Defy drive-thru concept that is looking to shake up the fast food industry and how folks dine on the go.

Fast forward almost a year later and Taco Bell Defy is set to open tomorrow, June 7, in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. The revolutionary restaurant concept is the first of its kind, delivering high-tech features that look to improve Taco Bell fans’ drive-thru experience by boosting efficiency through innovation.

Features like a proprietary vertical lift that will transport Taco Bell menu items straight from the kitchen to waiting customers, digital check-in screens for mobile order customers’ unique QR codes, a two-way audio and video technology service for customers to talk to team members on the second floor and a four-lane drive-thru are what Taco Bell Defy is bringing to the table.

Each drive-thru is designated for specific roles:

  • Pre-orders: Fans who order via the Taco Bell app will score skip-the-line service. For ultimate ease and convenience, the Taco Bell App can be downloaded ahead of time by visiting the Apple App Store or Google Play.
  • Delivery Drivers: For those ordering through a third-party delivery partner, drivers will be able to process orders with the goal of providing an even faster delivery time in getting tacos straight to fans. 
  • Traditional Drive-Thru: For those who prefer to drop in for their favorite menu items, there’s one lane dedicated solely for this purpose.

For all this to come to fruition, Taco Bell tapped in with Minneapolis-based Vertical Works Inc., who merged innovation, design and manufacturing to help the fast food chain flip the normal drive-thru experience.

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A Tribute to Taco Bell’s Mexican Pizza, Made Vegan

At long last, Taco Bell has brought back its iconic Mexican Pizza after an extended hiatus. Folks got so hyped that it sold out in just a couple of weeks, and Taco Bell is looking to return it permanently this fall.

The news has brought joy to many, including Foodbeast’s Chris Abouabdo, who decided to make his own take on the Mexican Pizza as a tribute to its return.

With so many fast food chains jumping on the plant-based hype train, its only fitting that Chris made a vegan version that anyone can enjoy. His take, which brings in plant-based meat and cheese and a custom enchilada sauce, checks all of the Taco Bell flavor boxes but offers up the opportunity to skip the meat.

Maybe Chris’s recipe will one day be the blueprint for Taco Bell’s own plant-based Mexican Pizza. In the meantime, here’s how to make your own iteration.

All of these recipes are also streamed on Twitch if you want to see the full making of in action. If you have ideas for recipes, feel free to hit up our Discord as well!

Ingredients

Taco ‘Meat’

  • 1 lb vegan ground beef (we opted for Beyond Meat, but use your favorite)
  • 1 package Taco Bell Original Taco Seasoning Mix
  • 3/4 cup water

Sauce

Note: this can be swapped with canned enchilada sauce if you prefer.

  • 10 dried guajillo chilies
  • 2 dried pasilla chilies
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • Salt to taste

Other Pizza Ingredients

  • 1 can refried beans
  • 4 corn tortillas
  • Oil for frying
  • 2 tbsp vegan butter
  • 1 package vegan shredded yellow cheese (ie. cheddar)
  • 1 package vegan shredded white cheese (ie. mozzarella)
  • Fresh chopped tomatoes for garnishing

Steps

  1. Add the vegan meat to a preheated skillet, and cook until browned.
  2. Sprinkle in the taco seasoning and water, then bring to a boil and simmer low for 10 minutes.
  3. Fry off the beans in vegan butter and a splash of water to keep them loose.
  4. Boil your chilies in water until softened, then add to a blender with the remaining sauce ingredients. Blend, and add a splash of the chili cooking water to loosen if needed. Season to taste.
  5. Fry your corn tortillas in oil at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until fully crispy. Keep warm in an oven until the whole batch is done.
  6. Assemble your Mexican pizza: Lay a fried tortilla down on a baking sheet and top with beans, then meat, then another tortilla, then sauce, then your vegan cheese. Use both white and yellow cheese to keep things authentic.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until the cheese is melted.
  8. Remove from the oven and top with chopped tomatoes.
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Taco Bell Locations Across the Country are Sold Out of Mexican Pizza

Could this be a case of grand opening, grand closing? The immense popularity of Taco Bell’s beloved Mexican Pizza returning to its menu has lead to a surge in demand, with restaurant locations across the United States already selling out completely.

The strain of high demand has already lead to uncertainty on when the Mexican Pizza stock can be replenished again.

Taco Bell addressed the shortages on its site, “Because of the incredible love for the Mexican Pizza, we have begun selling out across the country. Our restaurant teams trained weeks for what we knew would be a big return, we just didn’t realize how big, and replenishing the beloved menu item is taking longer than we’d like.”

In an attempt to keep fans up to date with any Mexican Pizza news, Taco Bell has created a Mexican Pizza FAQ that’s got all the latest news and information.

The planned Mexican Pizza musical starring Doja Cat and Dolly Parton has also been delayed, as the original premier was set for May 26 on TikTok.

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Taco Bell is Testing a Grilled Cheese Biscuit

Taco Bell once tested a taco-shaped biscuit shell back in 2014 and looks to be revisiting that same vibe with a new Grilled Cheese Biscuit breakfast item that’s being exclusively tested in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Those in the test market will get to experience a warm buttermilk biscuit drenched in melty cheddar and mozzarella, with a delectable highlight of pepper jack cheese veiling the outer. 

The Grilled Cheese Biscuit is available as a test in Knoxville, Tennessee à la carte for $1.99 or with sausage in the center for $2.49.

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Taco Bell’s Mexican Pizza Will Make Long-Awaited Return in May

Fans have been protesting and Doja Cat even created a song that threatened to “end you” if it stayed discontinued. Clearly folks have been mad about Taco Bell snatching the beloved Mexican Pizza from the menu back in 2020. But now, we can all reclaim joy, since Taco Bell officially announced the triumphant return of the Mexican Pizza will be on May 19, 2022.

Over the weekend at Coachella, Doja Cat made a bold statement with not just her powerful performance, but by declaring on stage, “I brought back the Mexican Pizza, by the way!”

If you’re looking to reunite with the Mexican Pizza at home, it will be available exclusively through DoorDash for the first week it’s back from May 19 to May 26. The Mexican Pizza will be available on other delivery platforms on May 27, 2022.

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Fast Food What's New

Taco Bell Debuts Steak White Hot Ranch Fries

Taco Bell has had a good run recently with their fries lineup and the potential hits continue with the debut of new Steak White Hot Ranch Fries, available now nationwide.

Though the name is a mouthful, so is a forkful of these new fries. The Steak White Hot Ranch Fries are eagerly seasoned and topped with nacho cheese sauce and marinated grilled steak. Fans are treated to a flare of heat from the ranch, which comes from ghost chili peppers and creamy buttermilk.

What’s great is you can choose to have your Steak White Hot Ranch Fries wrapped into a delicious burrito for $3.49 on some proper California Burrito vibes.

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Taco Bell Kicks Off 60th Anniversary With New Combo Meal and Streetwear Merch

Back in 1962, Glen Bell opened up the first Taco Bell locating in Downey, California. Today, the ubiquitous fast food taco brand will be kicking off its 60th birthday year with a brand new collaboration with Los Angeles-based streetwear designers Born x Raised.

The partnership celebrates Taco Bell’s Southern California roots and brings fans a new veggie combo meal and gives the brand’s team members exclusive merchandise to wear in restaurants designed by Born X Raised.

Starting today, fans will be able to get exclusive access to an anniversary-inspired meal with Born X Raised, offered on the Taco Bell website and mobile app only.

The vegetarian combo will feature the Black Bean Crunchwrap Supreme, Bean Burrito, Spicy Potato Soft Taco, and Cinnamon Twists. The meal is served alongside a large unsweetened iced tea and two Diablo Sauces and will be available for a limited time only at $8.99.