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We Try Everything On Taco Bell's New Breakfast Menu

Nobody loves Taco Bell more than I do. Taco Bell is my favorite fast food restaurant, and if Taco Bell were a person, we'd be married right now, with 2.5 horrific taco-human hybrid babies. So when I heard that the Bell was coming out with breakfast, angels sang a chorus in my direction. I was both excited and scared. What if...what if it wasn't any good? What if...it was amazing? More

We Try the New Doritos Locos Tacos Chips (!)

The folks at Taco Bell and Frito-Lay have joined forces to bring us the next generation of taco-chip hybrids: the Doritos Locos Tacos Doritos in both Nacho Cheese and Cool Ranch flavors. That's right, a chip version of the taco version of a chip. So meta. We kind of wanted to hate them, but really couldn't. More

Which Chain Makes the Best Veggie Burrito?

Let's look past the bean & cheese. Obama may not have mentioned this in his DNC speech, but as a nation it is imperative that we move past the bean & cheese as the only available option for vegetarians at our taco chains. The B&C has its place, of course, but we were looking for more than just sloppy pinto beans and greasy cheese in this tasting. Taco Bell, Del Taco, Chipotle, Baja Fresh, Rubios and Wahoos battle it out for the title of best vegetarian burrito. More

Fast Food: Taco Bell's New Doritos Loco Is Worth the Hype

The fast food commentariat lost its collective mind when Taco Bell introduced the Doritos Loco Taco in March—simply a Taco Bell beef taco transplanted out of its plain corn case and into a Dorito-sanctioned hard shell—but I rolled my eyes and dismissed it as a clumsy blunt force gimmick. My mistake: the Doritos Loco has since become the best-selling Taco Bell product of all time. And turns out, it's worth a lot of the hype and all of the $1.29. More

Fast Food: Taco Bell Triple Steak Stack

But if my defense of Taco Bell is based on the notion that a sub-buck burrito is going to come with a certain degree of mystery and modified corn starch, what's to be made of the new Triple Steak Stack? This baby costs $4.99, making it one of the more expensive standalone items on the fast food market. More

Taco Bell's Grilled Chicken Flatbread

It seems as though flatbread is the fast-food ingredient of the hour. Dunkin' Donuts has long been promoting its egg white flatbread sandwich, and Subway began offering their sandwiches (breakfast and otherwise) on flatbreads as well. Now joining the list, Taco Bell recently introduced its Grilled Chicken Flatbread Sandwich. As I'd thought their Cantina Tacos a successful release, I was intrigued by the new offering—even a bit excited. More

Taco Bell's Cantina Tacos: Better Than The Original?

When I heard about Taco Bell's limited-time offer of Cantina Tacos, in classic taqueria style, I was intrigued. The promotional photos looked nearly identical to tacos I devoured from a truck in California—still, to this day, my taco ideal. Whatever meat you choose is cradled in a double-wrap of corn tortillas, with diced onions, cilantro, and lime. How did they stack up? More

Taco Bell Founder Glen Bell Dies at 86

Glen Bell, 1923–2010. [Photograph: Earth Times] Taco Bell founder Glen Bell died yesterday. He was 86. From at YUM Brands press release: Bell's Drive-In first served a menu with hamburgers and hot dogs to its customers. However, Bell soon decided to differentiate his menu by adding Mexican fare.... Once he perfected his taco shell recipe, taco sauces and the convenient drive-thru concept, he was ready to introduce the tastes and textures of Mexican food to mainstream America. Interesting to note, Bell founded a model produce farm and park called Bell Gardens that "provided educational programs that stressed the importance of agriculture and how to preserve our natural resources." [via @SamSifton]... More

World's Strangest Fast-Food Items

Photograph from Tavallai on Flickr The magicians at fast-food chains come up with all sorts of edible creations--each one a little less likely than the last. The San Francisco Weekly lists ten of the world's weirdest, including the White Castle "chicken ring," a Tuna Pie (erk) at Jollibee in the Philippines, and Pita Snacks from Jack in the Box. But are these really the strangest ones out there? I think Domino's Bread Bowl Pasta definitely qualifies. The Taco Bell Crunchwrap Supreme, too. And there's always McD's--looking beyond our own borders, McDonald's in Hong Kong has served seaweed-flavored French fries; New Zealand, a Quarter Pounder topped with egg and beetroot; and in the Philippines, sweet tomato pasta with hot dogs... More

Video: ‘Taco Bell’s New Green Menu Takes No Ingredients From Nature,’ from The Onion

On The Onion’s morning news show video spoof “Today Now,” there’s a feature on Taco Bell’s new “100% Green Menu.” What makes it all green, you ask? None of the ingredients are taken from nature—so there’s zero environmental impact! “After all,” the fast food rep reminds us, “at Taco Bell, we have a long tradition of taking as little as possible from the natural world!” The video, after the jump.... More

Taco Bell's Volcano Taco with Lava Sauce Returns to Menus Nationwide

Note: I got to visit the Taco Bell headquarters in Irvine, California, this week, hence all of this impressive knowledge. "It is true. I am back." First introduced last September, the Volcano Taco appeared on Taco Bell's menu for only three months. Whether it was the red crunchy taco shell (just the normal one with artificial dyes) or the spicy orange goop (which goes by "Lava Sauce") or the limited-time-only appeal, people were into it. Really into it. When it disappeared from menus, Facebook groups formed with folks acting like it was the fast-food apocalypse--even worse than when the Crazy Gordita Crunch left us. Thankfully, all the members of "I Refuse to Go to Taco Bell Until They Bring Back... More

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