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Domino’s Adds Cheeseburger & Taco Pizzas To The Menu

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I wouldn’t be surprised by the high number of folks that are plain tired of pizza during this unprecedented stay-at-home period we’re living in. Thankfully, Domino’s is adding something entirely new for their delivery menu for those exhausted from the classic flavors offered by the usual pizza chains. 

Cue Domino’s Cheeseburger and Chicken Taco Pizzas swooping in for the rescue.

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The Cheeseburger Pizza is made with beef, onions, diced tomatoes, American Cheese, shredded provolone, cheddar cheese, and a ketchup/mustard hybrid sauce. 

Domino’s Chicken Taco Pizza is topped with grilled chicken, taco seasoning, fresh onions, green peppers, diced tomatoes, provolone cheese, American cheese, and cheddar cheese. 

Both specialty pizzas can be purchased for $11.99 each now at participating locations nationwide. 

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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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Doritos Locos Quesarito: New Taco Bell Dream Item Forged From Cooking Competition

Meet The Doritos Locos Quesarito Supreme.

Created by celebrity chef Josh Elkin during last week’s milestone Foodbeast Kitchen League Twitch stream, the item turned heads as the contestants were tasked to create a Taco Bell-themed dish.

Kitchen League is Foodbeast’s interactive cooking competition where chefs go head-to-head with one another live on Twitch as the audience orders sabotages to go against them from a menu all in real time. Chefs have an hour to create an innovative dish that adheres to that week’s theme and are judged on Taste, Creativity, Visuals, Swagger (the ability to keep cool during audience sabotages), and use of the Secret Ingredient.

The Doritos Locos Quesarito takes a cheese quesadilla and stuffs with with seasoned beef, rice, chipotle sauce and sour cream. It’s then dredged in crushed Doritos and deep fried before a generous drizzle of fresh queso is applied all over.

We could absolutely see this hitting nationwide Taco Bell locations in the months to come, and we’ll stay tuned.

While Visuals and Swagger went to Josh Elkin during the final deliberation, it wasn’t enough to take the win as competitor Jake McPeck claimed the title with points for Taste, Creativity, and clever use of the Secret Ingredient.

Still, Elkin’s entry into the emblematic cookbook of the Kitchen League is one to take note of, as the item even turned some heads over at Taco Bell corporate with how on-brand it was.

Anyone interested in watching the Foodbeast Kitchen League will want to follow us on Twitch to get the latest updates on upcoming competitions, and head over to our rankings page to see the top chef holding the belt.

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Taco Bell Is Now Serving a TOASTED CHEDDAR CHALUPA

Taco Bell is at the forefront of fast food joints pushing the envelope with crazy food inventions. A couple years ago, the Doritos-flavored taco was the height of the menu’s innovations. At this point, it’s almost been normalized by a string of wild options like the Naked Chicken Chalupa and Nacho Fries. Now, Taco Bell is keeping the ball rolling by introducing the sinfully cheesy Toasted Cheddar Chalupa.

This chalupa comes with the regular cast characters: lettuce, tomatoes, cheddar cheese, sour cream, and the option of seasoned beef, chicken, or steak. But, most importantly, it comes with a new one as well: the cheese encrusted chalupa shell.

One of Taco Bell’s most cherished delicacies, the chalupa shell is a thick, deep fried tortilla. For this variation, they’re taking the shell, covering it in 6-month aged cheddar, and toasting it all until the cheese is as crunchy as the shell. 

Personally, I’m a sucker for anything toasted and cheesy. My favorite part of the pizza is the bit in between the crust and the cheese, where the cheese is toasted golden brown on top of the crust, and this chalupa sounds like the taco version of that. My mouth is watering just from writing that, so I can’t wait to order this at 2AM. No regrets.

If you’re a Taco Bell fanatic, and care to fight the surefire lines that will pop up for this, the new chalupa is due for a nationwide release on September 12th and starts at the mere price of $2.49.

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There’s a Restaurant Serving KOREAN FRIED CHICKEN TACOS Now

Korean fried chicken is special for a number of reasons: its batter is lighter than your typical American buttermilk-based fried chicken, it’s generally not as greasy, and most importantly, it’s fried twice. This Korean fried chicken, from Michin Dak in Los Angeles, CA, is special for another reason: it’s in a taco and seasoned with ranch.

Based in Koreatown, Michin Dak will be turning out a spicy ranch Korean fried chicken taco in honor of the FOODBEAST Coast 2 Coast Ranch tour, presented by Hidden Valley ® Ranch

This cultural fusion starts with the star ingredient, with chicken strips dredged in flour and batter.

What’s unique about this chicken is that it is double fried, which is responsible for the unbeatable crunch that Korean fried chicken is cherished for. This technique works by using a lower temperature than one would normally fry chicken at, ensuring that it slow cooks and renders the fat out of the skin, turning it thin and crispy.

Once ready, the strips are slathered in a sweet honey orange sauce and generously dusted with Hidden Valley Original Ranch Seasoning. Then they’re tossed and then placed in a tortilla, where some house-made yogurt slaw, dill pickles, and a drizzle of homemade habanero sauce joins the flavor combination.

The habanero sauce works hand in hand with the Hidden Valley ranch seasoning and coleslaw to give the chicken some heat, while not letting it get out of hand. But, in case it’s too much, the taco is served with a generous portion of Hidden Valley Restaurant Style Ranch, a cool and creamy dipping sauce to help beat the heat.

The Korean Fried Chicken Taco will be available for all ranch fanatics throughout September. And, because this is just one of the ways you can use ranch seasoning to make a delicious meal, head on over to foodbeast.com/ranch to learn where the other stops of the Coast 2 Coast Ranch Tour, presented by Hidden Valley Ranch are located.


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Applebee’s Is SMOTHERING Their New Loaded Fajitas In Creamy Queso

It is a universal food truth that most things can be improved by adding cheese and in a stroke of savory brilliance, Applebee’s has improved upon their classic fajita platter by (you guessed it) smothering them in hot queso.

Applebee’s has debuted their NEW Loaded Fajitas in restaurants nationwide. This decadent new item features your choice of sirloin steak, chicken or shrimp served on a sizzling skillet and smothered in hot queso with a generous sprinkling of Applewood smoked bacon. Each order comes with fajita vegetables, Spanish rice and warm flour tortillas plus a blend of cheddar cheese, guacamole, lettuce, sour cream, house made pico de gallo, and a lime wedge.

If you need your queso fix pronto, order online at applebees.com and pick up Applebee’s To Go!

Feeling generous? Give the gift of cheesy goodness to a friend in need with an Applebee’s gift card, available for purchase at any location or online.


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Chicken Tender Stuffed ‘FAT TACO’ Is The Hangover Cure We Need To Drown In Salsa

Photo courtesy of Tito’s Burritos and Wings

When going on a taco run, I never come home with less than four of any type of taco. I may want to reconsider that rule after laying my eyes on this hard-shelled behemoth.

New Jersey is home to Tito’s Burritos and Wings, a restaurant chain that specializes in massive menu items that are hands-down not for the faint of heart. One of their newest items, the Fat Amy Taco, is one you’d have to step back to be able to take in.

Known for naming items after celebrities and fictional movie characters, Tito’s taco is also inspired by local favorites. It takes it name from the tradition of the “fat sandwich,” a New Jersey staple of stuffing sandwiches with an excess of fried foods as a means to cure the dreaded hangover. It is also influenced by the fictional character “Fat Amy” from the Pitch Perfect film series, whose personality is “loud and proud” — just how the restaurant describes this massive taco.

At 12 inches, the tortilla shell is deep fried and stuffed with fried chicken tenders, hand-cut French fries, shredded lettuce, pico de gallo salsa, cheese, and a spicy chipotle sauce.

The Fat Amy Taco can be found at all five of Tito’s New Jersey locations (Summit, Morristown, Ridgewood, Boonton, and South Orange). You can bring a friend and share, but tackling the massive taco on your own is also a true culinary feat.

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Del Taco Revamps Buck and Under Menu, Includes New Chicken Taco

Next year, expect some of your favorite fast food chains to bring back their value menus. Hungry patrons looking to alleviate the stress on their wallets after the holiday season will be pleased to hear another popular chain will relaunch its dollar menu.

Del Taco has now announced that they will be joining McDonald’s, Taco Bell, and Jack In The Box, by revamping their Buck and Under Menu.

This lineup includes items like breakfast rollers, breakfast tacos, bean and cheese dip, quesadillas, burritos, and tacos.

The newest addition to the Buck and Under menu is Del Taco’s Salsa Chicken Taco. Priced at $1, the taco features grilled chicken, roasted chile salsa, lettuce, and tomatoes wrapped in a warm flour tortilla.

Looks like we’ll be very cozy with this menu after the holidays.

Customers can find the new Buck and Under Menu at Del Taco locations nationwide beginning Dec. 28, 2017.