- If there’s one thing Taco Bell is arguably known for, it is its lineup of warm, tortilla-wrapped burritos.
- However, depending on whether you choose bean, beef, or chicken, your burrito-eating experience can vary greatly.
- We put every burrito on Taco Bell’s menu to the test in order to discover which burrito reigns supreme and which ones simply flopped.
- In the end, the Shredded Chicken Burrito came out on top with its creamy flavour profile reminiscent of buffalo chicken dip straight out of the oven, while the Cheesy Bean And Rice Burrito could only be described as unappetizing mush wrapped in a limp tortilla.
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If a Tex-Mex fast-food chain like Taco Bell can’t nail a burrito, then what is the point of eating there?
Taco Bell has sold burritos in its locations since its early beginnings in the 1960s.
The menu has certainly grown and evolved since then, with even more additions slated to arrive in the next year. When it comes to Taco Bell’s current burrito menu, there certainly doesn’t appear to be a shortage of variety.
Vegetarian options abound, and with 11 different burritos to choose from (not including substitutions) one would assume that there’s a burrito out there to satisfy any craving.
Since Taco Bell’s lineup of breakfast burritos thoroughly impressed in the past, I was anxious to see how its regular burritos would compare to one another.
What I found disappointed and shocked me.
Practically every burrito that included beans in its tortilla folds was overpowered by the distinct yet bland flavour. While whole beans can certainly make a great addition to a burrito, the bean paste used by the chain ended up turning every bean burrito filling into a mushy, gummy consistency.
On the other hand, the shredded chicken burrito was surprisingly light, creamy, and tasted like homemade buffalo chicken dip straight from the oven. The addition of avocado ranch sauce, which no other burrito included, provided a nice change and nuanced flavour that couldn’t be matched.
Here’s a breakdown of every burrito that I tried, and how they ranked from worst to best.
11. CHEESY BEAN AND RICE BURRITO: By far, the worst offender of the Taco Bell burrito menu was the Cheesy Bean and Rice Burrito.
I paid $US1.29 for the bean-filled burrito, making it among the cheapest burritos that I tried.
From first impressions alone, it looked soggy and was coated in an unidentified sauce.
It could only be described as bean-flavored baby food stuffed into a limp tortilla.
It was dripping brown liquid, which was odd considering the only sauce meant to be included was nacho cheese sauce. I could only manage one bite of this burrito.
10. BEEFY 5-LAYER BURRITO: Another disappointing burrito I tried was the Beefy 5-Layer Burrito, which cost $US3.99 at the Taco Bell location I went to.
The tortilla was flimsy and basically ungrilled, and the inside was even more unappetizing.
Biting in, it just tasted like mush.
It also tasted exactly like the Burrito Supreme, which we’ll discuss in a moment, except that it lacked any lettuce or tomato to cut through the dense bean flavour.
Any beef that was in the burrito was overpowered by the taste and chunky texture of mashed bean paste.
9. BURRITO SUPREME: The Burrito Supreme, also $US3.99, was equally disappointing.
Not even a layer of cheese could save this mushy burrito from tasting exactly like the one before it.
Though the sour cream added a tang of freshness, in the end, the lettuce, beef, and tomatoes all faded into the background under the layer of beans.
By this point, I was beginning to realise that most of the burritos at Taco Bell that include beans overwhelmingly taste of the ingredient.
8. 7-LAYER BURRITO: The 7-layer Burrito tasted practically full of flavour after the disaster that was the previous two burritos. For $US4.49, I had high hopes.
It was a good size and felt heavy when I held it in my hand.
With the promise of seven layers of Mexican food just a bite away, I was excited to dive in.
Inside I found a lot of my favourite ingredients — guacamole, lettuce, rice, and sour cream to name a few.
The burrito did contain beans, but the other ingredients were enough to overpower their strange, artificial flavour.
7. BEAN BURRITO: By this point, I didn’t have high hopes for the bean burrito. It was $US1.99 and smaller than the other burritos at first glance.
However, I was admittedly pleasantly surprised when I bit into the small tortilla-wrapped combination of beans, sauce, onions, and cheese.
The onions were flavorful and cut through the dense beans. The red sauce also added some much-needed flavour to the burrito.
Overall, if you’re going to order a bean burrito from Taco Bell, it should be this one.
6. BEEFY NACHO GRILLER: The worst non-bean burrito is awarded to the Beefy Nacho Griller. At the location I went to, it cost $US2.99.
Its tortilla comes filled with beef, nacho cheese sauce, and the chain’s “red strips.”
The tortilla was grilled, which added a nice firmness to each bite. However, what was inside was nothing more than lacklustre.
I had to look up exactly what a “red strip” is. Similar to Fritos, they’re red-coloured tortilla strips that add a crunchy texture to Taco Bell’s burritos.
I did enjoy the warm melted cheese oozing out of the tortilla, but found the beef to be relatively unremarkable.
While the more seasoned taste of the ground beef definitely outshone the bean burritos, it was nevertheless a bland eating experience.
5. CHEESY POTATO GRILLER: Landing in the middle of the pack was the Cheesy Potato Griller, which cost $US2.19.
There were things to love and things to hate about this vegetarian burrito. One high point was the perfectly grilled tortilla.
Don’t get me wrong — I love sour cream and cheese as much as the next person. However, when I first bit into the burrito, all I tasted was a mouthful of thick, gooey liquid cheese and sour cream.
The potatoes were crispy, and I didn’t mind the overall taste of the potato-filled burrito once I got past the first bite.
However, I couldn’t ignore the fact that the proportion of sour cream and cheese to potato hash browns in the first bite was definitely off.
4. CRUNCHWRAP SUPREME: A favourite among Taco Bell fanatics is the Crunchwrap Supreme.
I found this Taco Bell take on a burrito to be refreshing and different compared to the others. It was also the most expensive at $US4.99.
When I first opened up the Crunchwrap, I was disappointed to see that the tortilla was poorly constructed, with lettuce and tomatoes spilling from its grilled folds.
Despite its contents tumbling out of it, I found the Crunchwrap to be a little stingy on the fillings. It could’ve used a little more beef.
However, the lettuce and tomatoes tasted very fresh, and I enjoyed the texture of the crunchy hard shell of the inner taco shell layer.
3. FRITOS BURRITO: As the cheapest burrito at only $US1.29, the Fritos Burrito was admittedly unassuming.
Its tortilla was a little too firm – as if it hadn’t been warmed enough.
Rather than enveloping its contents perfectly in a perfectly browned tortilla, this burrito looked underdone on the outside.
However, I was pleasantly surprised when I bit into its casing.
The Fritos gave the burrito a delightful crunchy texture, which was balanced out by the creaminess of nacho cheese sauce.
Though each bite was perfectly cheesy, it wasn’t too gooey, and the beef flavour definitely came through.
This was one of the few burritos from the menu that had its own distinct flavour.
2. QUESARITO: The second-best Taco Bell burrito was undoubtedly the Quesarito, which cost $US4.29.
Immediately, I was intrigued by its foil wrapper, which kept the burrito-quesadilla hybrid toasty warm.
The burrito immediately looked promising, its perfectly grilled tortilla beckoning me to take a bite.
Taco Bell’s Quesarito is described as a quesadilla wrapped into a burrito, and that’s exactly what I discovered inside.
For just $US2.99, it was very filling. The rice was fluffy and plentiful, and there was an adequate amount of beef as well. A triple threat of nacho cheese sauce, sour cream, and chipotle sauce added a creaminess to the burrito, making for a balanced bite.
1. SHREDDED CHICKEN BURRITO: I was most impressed by the Shredded Chicken Burrito, which cost a modest $US2.99.
As the only chicken burrito in the lineup, it impressed me with its slightly spicy flavour and creamy texture. Biting in, it tasted like warm buffalo chicken dip wrapped in a warm tortilla.
The shredded chicken was moist, the rice was soft and pillowy, and the avocado ranch dressing added a tangy flavour that differentiated the chicken burrito from the others.
Overall, the shredded chicken burrito came out on top with its nuanced flavour and creamy texture that wasn’t mushy, gooey, or soggy.
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