Saturday, April 13, 2013

Food Review: Taco Bell Doritos Locos Taco

So Taco Bell rolled out another new product earlier this Spring. On March 8th of this year, they released the Taco Bell Doritos Locos Taco. It is a combination of regular taco ingredients (beef, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese), but then had added reduced-fat sour cream as well as that the shell is made from Nacho Cheese Doritos Chips.

We ordered the box because it came with a bean burrito and a regular taco as well as a soda for less than $6 and can feed two people for lunch.

copyright Durhamonthecheap - Taco Bell box lunch with  Doritos Locos Taco
The review:
Let's start off with the regular menu items. The bean burrito was okay. What it is missing is some flavor. The beans and cheese are too soft and form a strange combination that is neither beans nor cheese. They add a little bit of onions and lettuce, but too little to really make a dent in the overall flavor. I would like to see some changes here; either add more onions or lettuce for crunch and textural interest or do not cook the beans into a pulp to provide some texture that way. Taco Bell is still mostly eaten by people with a full set of teeth and so some chewing and biting can be asked for when biting into a burrito. In its present consistency this burrito is pretty much for people without teeth. Overall, the burrito has 370 calories and 960mg of sodium, nutritionally not good and that is mostly due to the lack of fresh ingredients. - NOT RECOMMENDED

The regular taco is actually quite good. The shell is crispy, there is just enough beef to create the meat flavor and then the remaining ingredients (lettuce, tomato, cheese) are fresh nad provide a good crunch. This is perfect as a snack with just 170 calories as well as 290mg sodium and actually is pretty good. - RECOMMENDED

The Nacho Cheese Doritos Locos Taco is definitely a step up flavor-wise from the first two ingredients. The shell really does taste like Doritos and adds a nice punch of spiciness. The taco is crunchy and the additional of ranch sauce is making the taco a lot of more flavorful and forms a nice combination with the Doritos shell. Nutritional information on the taco is 170 calories and 340mg of sodium, which makes the sodium quite high. Flavorful with the shell, sauce combination, this taco is a nice lunch, paired with something that keeps the sodium low such as a little salad. - RECOMMENDED

Overall, the box is quite filling and can serve as lunch for two people. I would not recommend buying the box because the bean burrito is just not very good. It is better to get an extra taco and have something to bite on.

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