Taco Bell’s latest limited-time only offering is the Beefy Nacho Burrito.

Of course, Darren Rovell was the first one with the scoop, because he knows everything before everyone. I honestly have no idea how he does it. I think when he dies he’ll be the first to tweet about it.

So what is it? Taco Bell describes it like this:

Seasoned beef, warm nacho cheese, cool sour cream and our NEW Queso Strips, all wrapped in a warm flour tortilla.  Like a plate of nachos, the Queso-seasoned strips are layered into this 6.7-ounce burrito, giving customers supreme texture while packing flavor to keep every fan’s summer delicious.

Taco Bell’s limited time offerings are usually just reconstitutions of existing ingredients. I guess it’s kind of hard to innovate Mexican food, if that’s what you want to call it. It’s all just the same stuff prepared in different ways. The Bell’s newest creation actually does include a new ingredient: Queso Strips. They’re basically little tortilla strips with cheese flavoring.

You may recall a similar LTO product that has appeared more than once on Taco Bell’s menu, the Beefy Crunch Burrito. Basically the same idea executed a little differently. The difference is that the Beefy Crunch included Flamin’ Hot Fritos instead of Queso Strips, and also had rice. Personally, I’m just fine with the omission of rice. I don’t think it really adds much to a burrito, other than weight.

Just released this past Wednesday, the Beefy Nacho Burrito is being offered on the value menu for just $.99. You can also get it in a combo, along with two tacos and a large drink, for $3.99. Furthermore, in a tie-in with Major League Baseball, the burrito is available in the $5 Buck Big Hitter Box along with a Burrito Supreme, taco and medium drink. By the way, “$5 Buck” Big Hitter Box is not a typo. That’s actually what it’s called. So I guess if you say it out loud it’s technically “Five dollar buck big hitter box,” which is ridiculous. Don’t they research the shit out of this stuff? How did no one catch that? (This sophomoric solecism was first noticed long ago, and they’ve still yet to correct it. Eick discussed the matter at length a couple years back.)

Anyway, if you’re like me, you were sort of wondering what Taco Bell’s angle was with this burrito. Exactly why am I supposed to want nachos in a burrito? Well, wonder no more:

I guess it sort of does make some sense; nachos can be quite messy. I’m not sure the situation in the commercial is plausible though. How exactly did the guy get Taco Bell into the stadium? Have you ever tried sneaking outside food into a major sporting event? It’s not that easy. You definitely need a trenchcoat and/or enormous pockets. Even then it’s not a guarantee that you’ll get away with it. I think a guy at the turnstiles with a bulge in his pants would be a red flag, whether he’s smuggling burritos or just really fucking loves baseball.

So we know what the burrito is, and what Taco Bell aims to acheive with it. Let’s find out if they’ve got a winner.

The size of the burrito (6.7 oz.) is pretty good for $.99, and there are certainly plenty of the Queso Strips inside. I couldn’t really tell if the strips themselves were any good since they’d been soaking up flavors from the other ingredients. I did detect a hint of spiciness though, which was a welcome addition.

Overall, it pretty much tasted just like you would expect. Unfortunately, most of the crunch was lost thanks to the nacho cheese and sour cream soggifying the Queso Strips, so it wasn’t really reminiscent of eating nachos. I thought it would have been better served by getting rid of the sour cream, and replacing the nacho cheese with real cheese. That would eliminate the soggy chip issue, and real cheese is always better. Still, the burrito was better for having the chips, and it is a pretty great value.

It’s not something for which I’ll be throwing on a coat and some slippers at 1 AM and driving to Taco Bell because I saw the commercial for Fourthmeal during SportsCenter and my stomach growled. But on my next visit, the Beefy Nacho Burrito might be under consideration to be included in my purchase. I can’t say I recommend it; you’re not missing out on anything amazing if you don’t try it. However, if you’re a sucker for value menus and limited-time only items, you may have found a winner. You’d better be swift as the coursing river, because it’ll only be around until early July.

8 Responses

  1. couvdaddy

    If it means I can finally catch a ball in the stands at a baseball game, I’m in for the thing! And at 99 cents, I really don’t have to like it that much to be satisfied.

  2. Mikey F Baby

    Had one today and it was surprisingly great! Too bad they forgot my Meximelt. 1-1 tie

  3. Jessie

    I think they are pretty good, I like eating just the plain chips. I work at a taco bell. Hey Mikey F Baby sorry about your meximelt just call the store they will hook you up the next time your by 🙂

  4. Andrew

    The Beefy Nacho Burrito I had should have been called the No-Beef Nacho Burrito, there was less than a tablespoon of beef in this. It was nothing like the picture that advertised this pathetic excuse for a Beef Burrito. I will never buy one again and I’ll be visiting there a lot less often as a result, I don’t appreciate blatant false advertising.

  5. reviewer

    I ordered this thinking it would taste awesome because i love nachos. I got it and sat down and took a piece of the top off because it was just tortilla, then took a bite and had to run to the bathroom and almpst threw up the doritos taco box meal. By far the worst tasting burrito i have ever eaten, i live about 15-20 miles from the border to mexico and i have had good burritos and bad, and then there is this burrito that almost made me throw up on the first bite. I would demand my money back but it was only like $1.50. Dont order if you want something good to eat.

  6. tacea

    It was the best thing I’ve ever tasted from taco bell. I love the Nacho Burrito!

  7. devin

    i do not like toco bell an i tryed this a so loved it best thing i have ate from a fast food place it was perfect. i was sad when they didn’t carry them any more.


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