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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.

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Taco Bell Brings Back Flamin’ Hot Doritos Locos Tacos

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For anyone who’s missed that extra kick of heat in their Taco Bell Doritos Locos Tacos, the wait is over. 

Flamin’ Hot Doritos Locos Tacos are returning to Taco Bell. 

The fast-food chain is bringing back the spicy crimson shell along with their “Steal a Game, Steal a Taco” promotion for the NBA Finals. 

Essentially everyone in America can claim a free Flamin’ Hot Doritos Locos Taco the first time a Comeback happens. This is when a team is losing during halftime and comes back to win the game. 

There is no exact word yet on when the tacos will drop but expect them to arrive in stores sometime this month! 

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SPOTTED: Taco Bell Testing A Plant-Based Naked Chicken Chalupa

Ring the alarms and tell a friend: Taco Bell is testing a new plant-based Naked Chicken Chalupa shell! Spotted at a Taco Bell location in Irvine, California, The Crispy Plant-Based Shell is a take on their own hit innovation a few years ago that changed the whole game.

This time it’s made from a pea protein-based proprietary blend, which is then breaded and shaped into a one of a kind Chalupa form and crisped up. This shell is certified vegan by the American Vegetarian Association, so you know it’s valid. The tasty shell is then filled with delicious deets like lettuce, cheddar cheese, diced tomatoes, and a rich, tangy avocado ranch sauce to complete a mouthwatering mouthful. 

The new Naked Chicken Chalupa with Crispy Plant-Based shell will be testing at the Taco Bell location on 2222 Barranca Pkwy, Irvine, California, from now until June 27, 2021.

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Taco Bell’s Got Free Tacos For Vaccinated Californians On June 15

For today only, participating Taco Bell locations in California will be shelling out a free Nacho Cheese Doritos Locos Taco to customers who present their COVID-19 vaccination card.

The promo is part of the Vax for the Win incentive program, which encourages individuals to get vaccinated for the COVID-19 virus. Think of it as Taco Bell’s thank you to those that are doing their part to help make California safe as much of the state fully reopens.

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Taco Bell’s Naked Chicken Chalupa Returns After 2-Year Hiatus

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After an attempt to get into the fried chicken sandwich competition went haywire for Taco Bell, the fast food titan is switching to one of its more hypeworthy items as an answer to the ongoing “Chicken Sandwich Wars.”

Following a two-year absence from menus, the coveted Naked Chicken Chalupa is making a reappearance on menus nationwide starting on May 20th. (Taco Bell Rewards members can get it a day early on their app).

Taco Bell is spinning the chalupa as an answer to the “Chicken Sandwich Wars” this time around, using ad campaigns to say that all of the chicken sandwiches (which may include their own) are pretty identical, and that their unique taco creation stands out.

The fried chicken taco shell was one of the wildest innovations to come from Taco Bell, and appears to be the first of more fried chicken items to come later in the year. Taco Bell did also test chicken wings in 2020, so there’s a chance we could see those popping up nationwide in the near future as well.

For those who haven’t tried it, the Naked Chicken Chalupa is a taco-shaped cutlet of white chicken meat. It gets fried and filled with lettuce, cheddar, diced tomatoes, and an avocado ranch sauce.

Like all other Naked Chicken Chalupa appearances, this will be a limited time offering.

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Taco Bell Tests New ‘Cravetarian’ Plant-Based Protein Option

While Taco Bell has some upcoming plans with Beyond Meat, that hasn’t stopped them from trying to make their own plant-based proteins.

Through April 29th, the chain is testing a “Cravetarian” ground beef substitute that’s made from a blend of pea and chickpea protein. It’s served up just like a classic Taco Supreme, with sour cream, lettuce, tomatoes, and cheese.

According to a release from Taco Bell, this taco contains 10 less calories than a standard Taco Supreme (180 vs 190), but no other nutritional or sustainability benefits are noted. Since this is just a test, were this to go nationwide, we would be likely to get more specific info.

Taco Bell has dabbled in proprietary plant-based substitutes in the past, including an “Oatrageous Taco” in parts of Europe. However, this represents part of a broader initiative where the chain is going all in on having more sustainable options.

Foodbeast was able to try the Cravetarian Taco ahead of its test launch, and found it difficult to differentiate from a standard Supreme Taco. Flavor and texture wise, things are there, and the spices do a decent job of masking any potential taste that the pea or chickpea might provide. Overall, it’s a solid option for vegetarians and non-vegetarians that’s meant as more of an environmental statement than a health food.

Taco Bell’s Cravetarian Taco will be available through April 29th at a single location (14042 Red Hill Avenue, Tustin, California) in Orange County. The individual taco costs $2.19, but you can also swap it into other items for no extra cost.