Fast Food

SPOTTED: Taco Bell Testing Chicken & Waffle and Very Berry Waffle Tacos


Or should I say “not spotted,” considering our local Taco Bell didn’t have any signs up when we drove by and, when asked why not, could only reply with a strangely cryptic, “I guess corporate asked us to take them down.”

Regardless, the same Orange County, Calif. Taco Bell location which first introduced us to the now-100-location-strong Waffle Taco back in May is currently testing two new Waffle Tacos, neatly dubbed the “Chicken & Waffle” and “Very Berry.”


Unlike the original Breakfast Waffle Taco, which – dundundada! – was only available for breakfast, these little darlings can be purchased all day for 99 cents and 79 cents, respectively. The Chicken features a breaded, slightly spicy chicken patty and comes with your choice of either country gravy or syrup dressing, and the Very Berry is filled with whipped cream and a kind of blueberry and strawberry compote. Both ultimately fell slightly flat, in large part thanks to the spongy, frozen Eggo waffle-feeling waffle shell, though we have to admit it’s hard to complain over anything cheaper than a dollar.


A cold call of our ten closest TBells revealed the new Waffle Tacos are only available at a select few, if any, Orange County locations beyond the Grand and Warner spot. But let’s just say if these were to get a nationwide release, we might be willing to overlook that whole “fiery/flame-ass” debacle.


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Taco Bell Vows to Be 20% Healthy by 2020


Despite its recent release of the Doritos Locos Tacos Doritos, Taco Bell announced yesterday that they will be “exploring ways to offer more ‘balanced choices.'” It’s a move we’ve seen many fast food chains make — from McDonald’s to Burger King scrambling to revamp their menus according to shifting consumer preferences for healthier options.

According to the Associated Press, Taco Bell claims that by 2020, 20 percent of its combo meals will comply with nutritional calorie and fat guidelines set by the federal government. During a call with reporters, CEO Greg Creed explained that this change could take place in the form of brand new products and reformulations to existing items. Creed noted that Taco Bell is testing a “range of products” that could launch as soon as 2014, yet assured that the brand would not “walk away from who Taco Bell is.”

It’s a bold play for a company whose health-touting “Fresco” menu accounts for only 2 percent of sales, while its famed Doritos Locos Tacos have been praised for saving the American economy by selling 375 million DLTs and creating 15,000 new jobs.

While I’m not trying to knock on Taco Bell (we’re cool boo, despite that chipception nonsense you pulled), let’s be real — you can’t release a Doritos-dusted taco one day then say you wanna be the new salad hotspot. Ok, you didn’t say that, but you get what I mean. It’s like claiming you’re going vegan, then  chowing down on a juicy steak burger the next day . . . and you know how that ends.


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Taco Bell Costa Rica Beat Us to It: Doritos Locos Nachos


Erm, not fair. Taco Bell Costa Rica rolled out with Doritos Locos Nachos, something US locations have yet to do. Think Nachos Supreme with all the addicting flavors of their seasoned beef, beans, neon orange cheese “sauce,” tomatoes and of course, sour cream, but swap the plain tortilla chips with Doritos Nacho Cheese-flavored chips.

Oh, and it’s 2 for 1 after 10pm. Reminder, this applies to Costa Rica locations only. Sad day.

Sigh, we can’t wait ’til the Doritos Locos Tacos get re-reincarnated into tortilla chips here in the US. Imagine that.

If you’re really fiending, you can always DIY it by just asking for the Nachos Supreme toppings , then siphoning it all into a bag of store-bought Nacho Cheese-flavored Doritos. Psh, we got you.


H/T Brand Eating


The Craziest Tweets on Taco Bell’s Cool Ranch DLT


Yes, the Cool Ranch DLT has finally (well, officially) dropped. Now masses can feast on its delicious shell made from Doritos Cool Ranch chips and experience the joy of beef, sour cream, shredded lettuce, cheese and cool ranch all coming together in one incredible hot mess.

Of course, fans of the new shelled phenomenon couldn’t help but taking to twitter to express their ecstasy. Here are our favorite tweets of the bunch:


North Korea: You Mad?


Married Life


Better than babies being cured.


It’s Facebook Official


Not even horse meat can come between us.


Dream Big


Apples & Oranges, Son


The next frontier?



Taco Bell: New Salsa Roja Tortada

Even though I’m already a one inch person living in the new Bacon Ranch Tortada, if I was ever planning on moving it would be into Taco Bell’s new Salsa Roja Tortada. A warm flour tortilla loaded with fire-grilled marinated all-white meat chicken, crisp shredded lettuce, fiesta salsa, flavorful salsa roja, and a blend of three cheeses; cheddar, pepper jack, and mozzarella, all grilled together hot and toasty.


Taco Bell: New Bacon Ranch Tortada

Taco Bell is just rolling out the goods. Here we have their new Bacon Ranch Tortada. A warm flour tortilla loaded with fire-grilled marinated all-white meat chicken, crisp shredded lettuce, diced ripe tomatoes, crispy flavorful bacon, and avocado ranch sauce, all grilled together hot and toasty. If I was about an inch tall, I would live in one of these because it would be awesome, what could go wrong?