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Taco Bell’s Mexican Pizza Is Officially Being Retired

Taco Bell’s Mexican Pizza has been a fixture on the menu since 1988, meaning it has graced the mouths of millions over the past 32 years.

Sadly, that run has come to an end, as Taco Bell has officially announced that the Mexican Pizza will be retired from its menu.

Mexican Pizza’s retirement comes amidst a lengthy overhaul of Taco Bell’s full menu over the past couple of months. As the menu has simplified, over a dozen menu items have been deleted, including fan favorites like the chain’s potatoes.

The reasoning behind letting go of the Mexican Pizza is, surprisingly, environmental. Packaging for the taco-pizza hybrid amounts to over 7 million pounds of paperboard material per year in the US, according to Taco Bell, so getting rid of the Mexican Pizza will help the chain use less packaging overall.

Other changes to Taco Bell’s menu include a removal of Pico de Gallo (to be replaced by fresh chopped tomatoes) and shredded chicken (grilled chicken is still a menu option, however).

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With the removal of some menu items, however, comes the chance to bring others back. The Quesalupa, for example, will be getting a test run in Knoxville, TN starting September 24th. Hopes are that successful testing will lead to a nationwide return some time in 2021.

Taco Bell’s Green Sauce is also getting a new and improved version made with jalapenos and Hatch chilies. Select regional markets will be able to get it starting November 5th.

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Taco Bell is also adding new items to its menu nationwide. The new limited-time Dragonfruit Freeze, for example, is on menus starting today, and a $1 Chicken Chipotle Melt will be available starting November 5th.

Still, the loss of the Mexican Pizza is one that will sting with longtime fans of the iconic item. There are plenty of copycat recipes out there, however.

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We Found A Taco Bell Location Testing CRISPY CHICKEN WINGS

While Taco Bell has begun phasing out some parts of its menu, that change also means there’s the potential for some unique new items to arrive at the fast food giant.

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Foodbeast has come across one of those potential test items, as fellow Foodbeast Elie Ayrouth found a location in Fullerton, California that had Crispy Chicken Wings on its menu.

Served in a box of five with a side of Spicy Ranch to dip into, these wings came in at a cost of $4.99 each. These weren’t boneless wings, either: as you can see in the above clip, Elie was able to get all of the meat off the bones in one single bite, choosing from a selection of drums and flats.

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He told me that the wings themselves were “very crispy,” and had a mild Taco Bell seasoning flavor to them. “I would have loved something like their Volcano Sauce mixed with the ranch, or the Volcano Sauce on its own,” he mentioned.

Still, to him, “Taco Bell nailed it on what they’re good at, textures. The flats did what they needed, the drums were crispy, had a fair amount of meat.”

Elie also recommended adding some packets of Fire or Diablo sauce to your order if you want to turn up the heat on this chicken. Combining the hot sauce, ranch, and wings together were the best bites he had, in his opinion.

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We’re naturally curious to learn more about these wings, so we’ve reached out to Taco Bell to get a deeper insight on this possible test item. They’re not sharing too much as of yet, saying that “We’re always innovating and listening to our fans, and chicken is just one category that we’re excited to explore further and put our Taco Bell spin on.”

It also seems that Taco Bell is ramping up their food innovation efforts, according to a recent article from Forbes, with chicken as a key focus, so there’s a good chance we’re gonna see some more exciting items come from them in the near future.

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For those looking to try the Crispy Chicken Wings in the meantime, the location we found them is at 131 E. Orangethorpe Avenue in Fullerton.

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Taco Bell’s Grilled Cheese Burrito Officially Launches Nationwide

In late 2019, Taco Bell tested a Grilled Cheese Burrito, which consisted of a burrito wrapped in a shell of crispy, melted cheese. That test appears to have done well, as the burrito has now made its way onto menus nationwide.

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The cheese-crusted burrito is filled with rice, red crispy strips, a three cheese blend, reduced fat sour cream, chipotle sauce, and a choice of seasoned beef or beans.

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Taco Bell’s newest item may be inspired by the cheese-crusted breakfast burritos of Los Angeles, where spots like Burrito Bomba and Low Key Burritos have taken over social media for their own cheese-crusted renditions.

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Grilled Cheese Burritos will be available for a limited time. They’ll be sold on their own for $2.99 each or as part of a $5 box that includes Cinnamon Twists, a crunchy taco, and a medium soda drink.

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Taco Bell’s Newest Secret Menu Hack Is a Tie Dye Freeze

 

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In terms of secret menus, not many hold a candle to Taco Bell. The chain is famous for encouraging people to customize their menu items in any which way, occasionally creating an entirely new menu item, the newest of which is called the Tie-Dye Freeze.

The restaurant recently introduced the Pineapple Whip freeze, adding onto the line up with their current flavors of Baja Blast and Wild Strawberry. It was only a matter of time before someone got the impulse to mix them.

Luckily, we’re talking about one of the few restaurants that takes no issue with that idea. This hack is confirmed to be a go. Just ask for the Tie-Dye Freeze at the drive-thru, and pick your flavors.

The result will be a colorful, layered slush drink that hits all the marks: sweet, tangy, cool — all while sporting an IG-worthy aesthetic.

The new freeze will be available for purchase when the Pineapple Whip flavor gets put in nationwide rotation, on May 21, just in time for summer. And, let’s be honest, there’s no time for a Taco Bell freeze like a hot summer afternoon.

So stay sharp, and make sure to remember this secret menu hack the next time you pull up to Taco Bell.


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Taco Bell Launches A Creamy Pineapple Whip Freeze

As the summer heat begins to lay a sweltering blanket over a spring spent inside doing home activities, Taco Bell is looking to inject some cool air and color into our lives with the release of the Pineapple Whip Freeze.

The newest flavor of their iconic freeze, releasing nationwide on May 21, blends the flavors of tropical pineapple and a vanilla cream to create a smooth, sweet whipped treat that lives up to the delicious reputation of their freezes.

But, if choosing just one flavor isn’t in the cards, Taco Bell is letting fans combine the flavors for a limited time with their secret menu item: the Tie Dye Freeze. For now, you can get a freeze with a blended swirl of the newest flavor and one of their two standby freeze flavors, Baja Blast and Wild Strawberry.

The Pineapple Whip Freeze will be available in two sizes, as per any Taco bell freeze: a regular runs for $2.39, and a large for $2.59. But (and this is the key caveat here, deal-seeking reader) during their Happier Hour, which runs daily from 2-5 PM, a regular can be acquired on the low for just $1.

I don’t know about you, but the prospect of getting anything for a single dollar nowadays is more than enough to reel me in.

Now, a Taco Bell freeze for a dollar, though? I’ll be first in line.


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Taco Bell Is Turning Their Headquarters Into A Truck Drive-Thru

It has been truly uplifting to see the scores of meal deals made available to  frontline and medical workers these days. Whether it be a free meal or unique discount, these essential individuals have enjoyed a variety of well deserved food perks recently.

Adding on to such perks, Taco Bell has decided to turn their headquarters in Irvine, California into an actual “Truck-Thru” to service essential truck drivers on the highway who are hauling crucial goods to serve local communities. Such a courtesy is much needed for them, being that their vehicles aren’t built to fit in conventional drive-thrus and visits inside fast food dining rooms aren’t possible given their closures.

WHAT: Taco Bell Headquarters will turn into an official “Truck-Thru at HQ” and the kitchen will be serving up a custom on-the-go meal featuring a Crunchwrap Supreme®, Bean Burrito, Cinnamon Twists, and a Baja Blast®, all completely FREE* for those on the frontlines of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

WHO: Large essential service vehicles that cannot fit in restaurant drive-thrus — including truckers, firefighters, EMTs, the police force, media news vans, etc.

WHEN: Friday, April 24 and Friday, May 1 from 11 AM – 2 PM PT

WHERE: 1 Glen Bell Way, Irvine, CA 92618

Enter through Glen Bell Way and follow signage

ASSETS: Folder HERE includes images and b-roll

MORE INFORMATION: Taco Bell is monitoring and following guidelines from health authorities regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) to keep its customers and employees safe and healthy. For any further updates from Taco Bell Corp. as it relates to its U.S. COVID-19 response, please visit TacoBell.com/Covid19Update.

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Flamin’ Hot Doritos Locos Tacos: Taco Bell Confirms Nationwide Launch

This past week, rumors have begun to circulate on the internet that Taco Bell locations were starting to sell a Flamin’ Hot Doritos Locos Taco. After keeping track of what folks have been spotting, Foodbeast has been able to confirm with Taco Bell that this is a legitimate item, and it may be coming nationwide soon.

Rumors of the Flamin’ Hot Doritos Locos Taco first came via Chewboom, where a reader there submitted images and information about the taco that they picked up at a location in San Antonio, Texas. This reader stopped by their nearby Taco Bell on March 31st to take advantage of the recent free Doritos Locos Tacos deal, and was offered the Flamin’ Hot taco shell.

The actual shell appears to be inspired by Flamin’ Hot Nacho Doritos, a new variety of the chip that was introduced in 2019.

That post made its way to Reddit, where other folks began to comment that they, too, had either obtained or offered the Flamin’ Hot DLT shell.

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Some of these Reddit comments also claimed that Taco Bell would be launching this nationwide as soon as April 16th. Foodbeast was unable to confirm whether these mentions came from actual Taco Bell employees, or if they were from customers that heard it from the restaurants they visited.

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Foodbeast reached out to Taco Bell with all of this information and a request for comment on it. The response consisted of the above provided image, confirming that the Flamin’ Hot Doritos Locos Taco is a real product and coming soon. Update: Taco Bell has since confirmed to Foodbeast that Flamin’ Hot Doritos Locos Tacos will launch on April 16th at all locations nationwide. Each taco is $1.95, or comes as part of a $2 duo with a Medium Drink. They can also be ordered as part of taco variety packs. 

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Taco Bell Adds New Dollar Grande Burritos To Value Menu Lineup

 

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You can always count on Taco Bell to be there for any type of situation: late night snack runs, when you’re in the need for a quick and satisfying fast food option, the perfect inexpensive meal for a hungry college student, and of course, a quarantine.

And since the cravings don’t stop within our confined spaces, Taco Bell just released new $1 Grande Burritos nationwide, and it comes in two varieties. First off is the Loaded Taco Burrito, which includes seasoned beef, crunchy red tortilla strips, lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, and cheese, all wrapped in a flour tortilla. The Chipotle Chicken Burrito has marinated shredded chicken, seasoned rice, and a creamy chipotle sauce laced inside.

The best part about these burritos is that they only cost a dollar each, which means you can fill up one or both of the burritos without breaking the bank. And hey, in a situation like this, sometimes burritos are what you need to get through this weird time.

T-Bell’s $1 Grande Burritos are available nationwide, and you can grab them at the drive-thru or order them from the comfort of your own home with free delivery through GrubHub.


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