Fast Food Review: Pacific Shrimp Taco from Taco Bell
Yeah I know I’m late on this one, but better late than never. I’ll be honest, I guess it’s obvious that I wasn’t really looking forward to trying Taco Bell’s latest creation. Taco Bell has something new on the menu every month it seems and it’s usually just a new combination of the same ingredients. I’m not complaining about that, but now comes along a creation with shrimp and I shy away from it. Keith made me do it! Well, I do like shrimp and I do like tacos so I decided to just go for it. Here’s my review of Taco Bell’s latest, the Pacific Shrimp Taco.
The Pacific Shrimp Taco is described like this:
A warm, soft flour tortilla filled with six succulent shrimp marinated in a mix of spices, then topped with crisp shredded lettuce, Fiesta Salsa, and Avocado Ranch Sauce.
Right off the bat, I’m already a little wary about a mixture of shrimp and Avocado Ranch Sauce from the description alone. I go ahead and “opt for the ocean” as Taco Bell tells me to and I really should’ve trusted my gut on this taco. First of all, the price isn’t the greatest. These 6 Pacific shrimp raise the price on this item and that’s not what I’m used to at Taco Bell. When I think of a new Taco Bell item, I think of something priced at $1.49 or less for the promo. I’m sorry but $3.29 wasn’t filling and the Taco Bell “Why Pay More?” menu makes most everything look pricey. I’m not a penny pincher at all really, but I’m just thinking with the entire Taco Bell line-up in mind. The 6 “succulent” shrimp were pretty average…oh and they were pretty small too. Nothing really stood out to me taste-wise. They claim to be “marinated in a mix of spices” but I was hoping for a little more kick. The shredded lettuce was very forgettable, (but of course it was, it’s shredded lettuce). The fiesta salsa was decent as always but I’d much rather have a soft taco filled with fiesta salsa over one with shrimp. As I mentioned before, I’m not a shrimp hater. I think Taco Bell would’ve been better off using breaded shrimp in this taco. The marinated variety was just off-putting to me. I guess if you pile on enough breading, you’ll succeed in masking what you’re actually eating. Now to the Avocado Ranch Sauce. I love avocados and I like ranch dressing but the combo of the two only helped in taking my thoughts away from the shrimp. The Avocado Ranch Dressing was more of a very mild ranch and had nothing reminiscent of avocado. The sauce and shrimp together made for a less than harmonious union. I think I would’ve been on board with a breaded popcorn shrimp with some sort of spicy cream sauce and sure some shredded lettuce in the mix. What I’m reviewing is what I got and as you can tell, I wasn’t impressed.
So in closing, I’ll be waving goodbye from the shore to the Taco Bell Pacific Shrimp Taco in the coming weeks. It won’t be a sad goodbye. Any tears will be from the joy of testing out a new offering that is sure to blow this shrimp mess out of the water. This was a miss from my favorite late night fast food spot, but maybe I’ll only be seeing it for about 6 weeks out of the year. If you have Lent on your mind, give it a shot and I’m hoping you like it more than I did.
What I recommend? Well if you’re in the SoCal area, check out South Beach Bar & Grille. Great shrimp tacos and only about 65 cents more than Taco Bell.
Pros: Only 180 calories and 7 grams of fat. Another Lenten option.
Cons: Strange combo of ingredients. Not really worth the price ($3.29). Wish they used fried shrimp.
Grubbing on-the-go: 6.00/10
Overall GrubGrade: 5.25 (Mediocre)
More Info: TacoBell.com
Pacific Shrimp Taco
Calories - 180
Total Fat - 7 grams
Saturated Fat - 1.5 grams
Cholesterol - 50 milligrams
Sodium - 660 milligrams
Carbs - 21 grams
Dietary Fiber - 2 grams
Sugars - 2 grams
Protein - 8 grams