Fast Food Review: New Beefy Crunch Burrito from Taco Bell
I haven’t really cared much about anything “new” coming from Taco Bell in a while… and for good reason right? Too much rehash of the same ingredients with nothing actually new. Finally something comes along that’s actually new… Flamin’ Hot Fritos. The key ingredient in the new Beefy Crunch Burrito is actually something we haven’t seen before at Taco Bell. So does a little heat and crunch make a big impact? Let’s review.
The Beefy Crunch Burrito consists of seasoned ground beef, rice, nacho cheese, reduced-fat sour cream and Flamin’ Hot Fritos. Coming with a promo price tag of just 99 cents, it’s hard to be too critical. Does the size warrant the price? Heck yes it does. I’ve always been impressed with the Taco Bell “Why Pay More?” value menu. To be able to spend less than 3 bucks on a few value menu items and feel full afterward, that’s the sign of a solid value menu. While the Beefy Crunch Burrito is just promo priced at 99 cents, I’m sure it will get a jacked up price if it ever became a semi-regular on the big board. Taco Bell has confusing prices/values for this reason. The value menu makes everything else seem like oddly over-priced. So I’ll just say this: for 99cents, the Beefy Crunch Burrito is a great bargain item.
Let’s get into some taste/texture impressions. Is it beefy? Does it crunch? With a name like Beefy Crunch Burrito, you’re looking for a hefty protein-packed meal and a decent crunch from the Fritos. Does it live up to the name? Meh, so-so. The burrito was indeed “beefy”, but as for crunch, I would’ve liked some more Fritos for a more substantial crunch. Taco Bell should have added another word in the title of this burrito. It’s a little deceiving that there is no “Flamin’” mentioned… because these are in fact, “Flamin’ Hot” Fritos being spotlighted right? As for heat, average to decent for a Taco Bell item. On a spicy-scale of 1-10 for Taco Bell items, I’d give it a solid 7. I can see these hot Fritos being used in some of the Volcano Menu items. So why not substitute the nacho cheese for Volcano sauce? Maybe call it the Flamin’ Hot Beefy Crunch Volcano Burrito? Oh I see, 12 syllables would be a hard sell. The nacho cheese was proportioned well, but I felt there was too much sour cream (and I usually like a lot of sour cream so that was odd). I’ve been reading comments about too much rice. To me, the rice was done just right but it barely makes a taste impact. The star of the show is the Frito, too bad there weren’t more. The crunchier Fritos reside on the drier ends of the burrito, while the rest take a moisture hit in the middle.
In closing, I liked the Beefy Crunch Burrito just OK. It’s a decent addition to the menu that would work a lot better with more Fritos. I took it a bite of Frito with every other bite. Crank that up to every bite and I’d be happier. As is, the experience goes one bite, same old regular burrito, next bite something new, then back to regular burrito… etc etc. The only thing new about this burrito is the hot Fritos, so it deserves more of it. Knowing Taco Bell’s history, more Fritos will just be an opportunity for a future creation. Probably something along the lines of the New! Beefy Double Crunch Burrito. It could happen…
Pros: Loved the Flamin' Hot Fritos. Only 99 cents. Good value. Decent heat.
Cons: I'd like more Fritos for more crunch. Sour cream was a bit much. Only 15 grams of protein... could use beans.
Grubbing on-the-go: 5.75/10
Price: .99 cents
Overall GrubGrade: 7.25 (Decent)
More Info: TacoBell.com
Beefy Crunch Burrito
Calories - 510
Total Fat - 22 grams
Saturated Fat - 6 grams
Cholesterol - 30 milligrams
Sodium - 1250 milligrams
Carbs - 61 grams
Dietary Fiber - 5 grams
Sugars - 5 grams
Protein - 15 grams