Taco Bell is currently testing a Quesarito with bits of bacon in the layers of cheesy double tortillas in North Carolina
Anything, even Taco Bell, can be improved by adding bacon to it.
Over the summer, Taco Bell came out with its latest cheesy-tortilla, munchies-satisfying menu item: the Quesarito (a burrito/quesadilla hybrid). That’s right, Taco Bell is testing the bacon Quesarito: crumbled bacon with cheese stuffed between two tortillas and wrapped around a shredded chicken burrito.
According to Brand Eating, the bacon Quesarito automatically comes in shredded chicken, but you can also ask for seasoned beef or steak. Right now, the bacon Quesarito is being tested out in North Carolina, so unfortunately most of us can’t try it. This new Taco Bell concoction is the first menu item for bacon lovers that isn’t breakfast menu-exclusive.
Preliminary Twitter reviews seem to be pretty positive:
BACON QUESARITO @tacobell I LOVE YOU THANKS SO MUCH FOR THIS pic.twitter.com/A4zpJ9Vc0B
— hannah fools (@Hannah_harry23) February 3, 2015
The Daily Meal has reached out to Taco Bell for more information on the national release of the bacon Quesarito.
Taco Bell Is Testing an Inverted Quesarito That Features a Molten-Cheese Center
The stunt-food wizards over at Taco Bell have an ingenious ability to rework the same handful of ingredients into completely new menu items every fiscal quarter. In 2014, the chain debuted the Quesarito, a hybrid dish that features a burrito wrapped in a quesadilla. Taco Bell’s latest product, the Core Burrito, is what happens when the Quesarito gets the Missy Elliot treatment and is flipped and reversed.
Can we get this new cheesy core burrito to stay at Taco Bell please. #sogood
— Jade LaScala (@jadeybugggg) March 12, 2016
According to Brand Eating, the core burritos features a cheesy layer wrapped in a tortilla, which is surrounded by a meat-and-rice layer the whole thing is then wrapped in another tortilla layer. The chain is currently testing two versions in Toledo, Ohio: The first, dubbed the Spicy Core Burrito, has an outer layer of meat, rice, and hot sauce, and a core of shredded cheese, nacho cheese, and jalapeños for an added kick. The second take, called the Crunchy Core Burrito, also features an outer layer of meat, rice, and hot sauce, but the inner layer is made of nacho cheese, shredded cheese, and red tortilla strips.
It’s hard not to wonder if Taco Bell found inspiration from a pint of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. The Vermont-based legendary frozen-dessert purveyor launched a line of flavors in 2014 that features “core centers” of gooier ingredients like fudge, caramel, and raspberry jam running through the center of the pint. Theses “cores” are then surrounded by ice cream. Luckily for Taco Bell, the concept has proven successful for Ben & Jerry’s. The company recently added three more flavors to its line of “core” ice creams.
Taco Bell Is 'Simplifying Its Menu' and Removing Popular Items, But You Can Still Get a Quesarito
After rumors surfaced online that the fast food franchise would be removing popular food items from its menu, the company has officially revealed that they will in fact be getting rid of some fan-favorite items as they look to simplify operations amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Beginning on Aug. 13, Taco Bell will no longer have the Grilled Steak Soft Taco, 7-Layer Burrito and Triple Layer Nachos, according to a statement on their website.
The ever-popular Quesarito will also be removed, but from the in-restaurant menu only. It will still available to order online or via the Taco Bell app for order ahead, a spokesperson for the company tells PEOPLE.
The move comes about after Taco Bell shares that they spent "months of analyzing the new way we are running our restaurants."
"With safety top of mind, we want to ensure an easy and fast ordering experience for our guests and team members," they added. "While some old favorites may be retiring, the continued creativity coming from our Food Innovation Team is non-stop."
"Since the start of COVID, we’ve made changes at the restaurant level with the safety of our Team Members and guests as our top priority, but we didn’t just stop there. Our new normal has also transformed the way we look at innovation and product testing at our global headquarters. What was once an &aposall hands on deck&apos approach in our famous test kitchen has switched to virtual brainstorms and kitchen simulations. Our teams have shifted from in-person focus groups to contactless drive-thru tastings. We’ve learned to adapt to ensure Taco Bell’s long history of innovation never stops."
They added, "And while change is hard, a simplified menu and innovation process will leave room for new fan favorites, continued progress in categories such as plant-based diets, and even opportunities for the return of some classics on a limited time basis."
Taco Bell Is Officially Cutting Menu Items Like Spicy Potato Soft Tacos And The 7-Layer Burrito
Update, July 17, 2020 11:25 a.m.: Hello, me again! So it's official. It looks like most of what that the anonymous Reddit poster said is true: Taco Bell is officially ditching a ton of items in order to make its menu more streamlined.
In a post, the chain confirmed it would be getting rid of the following items on its in-restaurant menus: the Grilled Steak Soft Taco, the 7-Layer Burrito, the Quesarito (they did note that this would still available via web/app for order ahead, so phew!), Nachos Supreme, the Beefy Fritos Burrito, the Spicy Tostada, Triple Layer Nachos, the Spicy Potato Soft Taco, Cheesy Fiesta Potatoes, Loaded Grillers (Cheesy Potato, Beefy Nacho), Chips & Dips, and the Mini Skillet Bowls on the breakfast menu.
Also, Taco Bell let us know that Chips & Dips should not be confused with Chips & Cheese, which are still on the $1 Cravings Menu, just FYI!
These menu changes will take effect August 13 in an effort to streamline operations, according to the chain. "This evolved menu approach comes after months of analyzing the new way we are running our restaurants. With safety top of mind, we want to ensure an easy and fast ordering experience for our guests and team members," they wrote.
Original, July 16, 2020 12:49 p.m.: OK, now everybody take a deep breath because we have some possibly earth-shattering news to share: Taco Bell is rumored to be making some big changes to its menu next month and it could mean the end of some of your favorite items.
Multiple outlets reported on rumors that Taco Bell was poised to simplify its menu after a poster identifying themselves as a Taco Bell employee posted on Reddit teasing the changes. They claim that Taco Bell is looking to cut all potato items, Quesaritos, Loaded Grillers, Triple Layer Nachos, the Beefy Frito Burrito, Spicy Tostadas, the 7-Layer Burrito, and the Nacho Supreme, though they noted the last one was "unconfirmed."
But there is some good news if this is all true. The alleged insider also said that the Grande Nacho Box would be returning, a new Beef Burrito would be added to the $1 cravings menu, and Chips & Cheese would move to the $1 cravings menu, though the latter, they say, would largely be in company-owned stores. Limited-time menu items like the Pineapple Whip Freeze and the Nacho Crunch Double Stack Taco would also be staying in this scenario. These changes are expected to roll out again, if they do, on August 13.
We reached out to Taco Bell about the post and they kept things coy, though they did tease that they would be simplifying their menu in some way, a move many chains are doing or considering amid the COVID-19 pandemic: "We are in the process of evolving our menu to simplify operations and make our team member and customer experiences easier. We&rsquoll have more to share with you tomorrow."
So there you have it&mdashno one panic! At least not until tomorrow that is. We'll be sure to update this post when we hear more confirmed info.
The Taco Bell quesarito, a burrito wrapped in a quesadilla, is really happening
Cheesy burrito fans, your prayers have been answered. Taco Bell is officially adding the quesarito, a burrito wrapped in a quesadilla, to its menu Monday.
The quesarito includes a beef burrito with rice, chipotle sauce and reduced-fat sour cream in a grilled quesadilla full of melted cheese. You can also order the quesadilla-burrito hybrid with shredded chicken or steak.
“We’re constantly hearing stories about two great things coming together to create something extraordinary and that takes on a life of its own,” Chris Brandt, Taco Bell’s chief marketing officer, said in a release.
Previously, a quesarito was an off-menu item you could sometimes get a willing burrito slinger at Chipotle to make for you.
Taco Bell started testing the quesarito back in February in Oklahoma City. According to Brandt, the quesarito is the bestselling product in a test market since the Doritos Locos Tacos.
The suggested retail price for the quesarito is $1.99 for seasoned beef (650 calories 34 grams total fat), $2.79 for shredded chicken (620 calories 30g total fat) and $2.99 for steak (640 calories 31g total fat).
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Taco Bell Ignites Menu with Sriracha Quesarito
Taco Bell announced Tuesday that they will begin serving Sriracha Quesaritos. The Asian hot sauce-inspired item will make its debut alongside Taco Bell’s new Snapple Lemonade Freeze on February 26.
The Quesarito, one of the fast food chain’s newer innovations, is a quesadilla wrap around a burrito. Taco Bell was reported to have been testing Asian-inspired flavors at select locations last year. It appears that a Sriracha Quesarito is one of the more successful items to come out of those tests.
We still don’t know the specifics of the Quesarito, or what it’s supposed to look like. Even as a test item, they’re bound to make some tweaks and changes to the recipe. However, this artist’s rendering of the upcoming Sriracha Quesarito should give us a pretty good idea.
The Cycle of Life
The August 2020 announcement was initially made by a Taco Bell employee on Reddit and sent social media into a tizzy. Taco Bell confirmed the rumors in a press release shortly after, stating that, “we will be simplifying our menu. This evolved menu approach comes after months of analyzing the new way we are running our restaurants. We want to ensure an easy and fast ordering experience for our guests and team members, while simultaneously opening up opportunities for even more innovation.”
The release also noted that, “…while change is hard, a simplified menu and innovation process will leave room for new fan favorites, continued progress in categories such as plant-based diets, and even opportunities for the return of some classics on a limited time basis.”
The most recent September announcement confirming the demise of Mexican Pizza quotes Mike Grams, Taco Bell President, Global COO: “We’re constantly evaluating ways to provide a more efficient restaurant experience, and have already begun to see progress from streamlining our menu. While we know fans may be understandably sad to see some of their favorites go, this evolution of our menu truly paves the way for fresh new ideas. The creativity and innovation in our kitchen hasn’t slowed down at all, and we look forward to rolling out new fan favorites.”
To that end, these new menu items will be available beginning November 5, 2020 (because, to paraphrase, as Taco Bell taketh, Taco Bell also giveth):
- Chicken Chipotle Melt
- Dragonfruit Freeze
- Green Sauce (in select markets)
- Quesalupa (testing in Knoxville, TN)
Former Taco Bell employee Shaun Quinn describes the process as a cycle. “It’s the circle of life. The popular items stay around and the underperforming items get retired,” said Quinn, who worked at the restaurant as shift lead throughout high school and college.
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We're fairly certain they'll never take our favorite fire sauce away.
Whatever the reason for their removal, despite many of these items’ ends definitely being for the best, a few of them to get the axe—now and in the past—were considered beloved favorites.
Nutritionist explains why you should rethink Taco Bell's queso-heavy offerings
First the good news. Elizabeth Klingbeil told Mashed that no Taco Bell item "goes over the total daily recommendations for added sugars, calories, saturated fats or sodium." Those are things that you should pay attention to when eating healthy.
Now the bad. Taco Bell isn't going to win any nutrition awards anytime soon. "You want to minimize your sodium consumption to less than 2,300mg per day," Klingbeil told Mashed, "This can be difficult to achieve at a place like Taco Bell, where all of the burritos contain at least 1,000 mg of sodium." Also, to limit your daily saturated fat intake to 10 percent of your total caloric intake, be weary of Taco Bell's red meat-filled, tortilla chip-laden, refried bean-heavy, and fried menu items. "When considering the food options at Taco Bell, most meal items contain at least 10 grams," Klingbeil cautions. That's half of the saturated fat intake suggested for someone on a 2,000 calorie-a-day diet.
But the worst offenders are the fast-food chain's queso-crazy menu items: high both in sodium and saturated fat contents. "For example, the Quesalupa, Quesarito and Nacho BellGrande are all high sources of saturated fats and have more than 1000 mg sodium each," Klingbeil warned Mashed. It's all about moderation. "I want to emphasize that you can definitely make Taco Bell part of a healthy diet," said Klingbeil. So we'll have to fight the temptation to eat Quesalupas for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
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T he Taco Bell Quesarito you say? Looks like Taco Bell can't wait to get into the quesarito game. If you haven't heard of the Chipotle Quesarito, then you either live under a rock or have never gone on the internet. Either way, you have to check it out! Now only time will tell if Taco Bell can compete or even compare to the Chipotle Quesarito.
The Taco Bell Secret Menu is worth a look, so give it and the other Secret Menus a look, you might find something that catches your eye. It's always nice to try something new at your favorite fast food restaurant. But, lets get back to the item at hand, the Quesarito.
Taco Bell released this item in late January of 2014 in Oklahoma City, to test the waters and see how customers react to the Taco Bell Quesarito. Let's hope it does well, because I'm sure we all want to get a chance to try out this cheesy quesadilla/burrito mash up that features cilantro rice, chicken/steak/ground beef, nacho cheese, and sour cream. Along with the quesadilla-wrapped burrito.