Fast Food Review: New Grande Quesadilla from Taco Bell

When new and inventive ideas are running dry, your next step is to go back to a favorite and somehow make it better.  That’s just the motive here with the New Grande Quesadilla from Taco Bell.

Grande Quesadilla from Taco Bell (wrapper)

For many years now, Taco Bell has had quesadillas on their menu.  Basically it’s mix of melted cheeses and your choice of chicken or steak, flattened between a toasted tortilla and cut into four pieces.  Taco Bell amped up this new “Grande” quesadilla by using a thick panadero flatbread to be the soft shell that keeps everything intact.  That seems to be the biggest difference between the old and the new.  That’s really all I could figure out.  The inside is virtually identical.  With the increased size, I did feel as though the spicy jalapeno sauce was more noticeable, and that was a plus.  I enjoyed the Grande Quesadilla but I also missed the toasted tortilla of the original.  At times, I felt that the thick panadero flatbread was a little too much.  It made me appreciate the toasty, crisp edges of the old favorite a lot more.  The Grande Quesadilla’s panadero bread is warm, soft and tasty but it also is too overwhelming for food that’s inside.  Think of a pizza with too much crust.  Towards the end of your meal you might be left with more flatbread than anything else.  That being said, whether you get the carne asada steak or the marinated all-white meat chicken version, both are strong contenders for your $3.09.

Grande Quesadilla from Taco Bell (collage)I have to give credit to the people behind the product line at Taco Bell.  It seems as though you’ll find something new to try out every month.  I hesitate to call it “new” as I recall this twist to the original back in 2007.  The Grande Quesadilla is proof that bigger doesn’t automatically make it better.  Although it is proof that Taco Bell is always keeping the menu fresh and new.

Grande Quesadilla from Taco Bell (close up)Taste: /10

Pros: For $3.09 it's a good, filling value. Nice spicy kick from the jalapeno sauce and blend of cheeses. Tasty panadero bread. Option of steak or chicken both equally savory. Packaging for hand-held grubbing on the go.

Cons: Although the panadero flatbread is tasty, it's about 20% too much. Poorly ventilated packaging will make your meal "sweat" from the heat (same problem with the original) I would prefer crisper shell over soft flatbread.

Taste: 8.50/10
Value: 8.00/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 8.00/10
Price: $3.09

Overall GrubGrade: 8.50/10

More Info: TacoBell.com
Nutrition Facts:
Calories- 900
Calories from Fat - 420
Total Fat - 47 grams
Saturated Fat - 13 grams
Trans Fat - 1 gram
Cholesterol - 75 milligrams
Sodium - 1730 milligrams
Carbs - 83 grams
Dietary Fiber - 8 grams
Protein - 36 grams

8 comments on “Fast Food Review: New Grande Quesadilla from Taco Bell

  1. Craig says:

    I appreciate all of the work you are putting into this site. I did not know about this item. I enjoyed reading your review and hope to try it sometime.

  2. Ryan, Editor says:

    Thanks Craig for checking in. Spread the word.

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  4. Abbey says:

    Do you have the nutritional info for the grande CHICKEN quesadilla? That would be awesome.

  5. Zack says:

    YES!!! I’m glad someone finally mentioned the “sweating” that curses these (as well as the regular ones.) This drives me crazy. You would think they would be able to come up with some packaging that let it ‘breathe’ a bit. Soggy tortillas=yuck.

  6. TacoBellFanBoy says:

    Does anyone remember the really old version of the quesadilla- the one with green chili sauce in it? I am not a big fan of the sauce they use now… when I was in high school (about 15 years ago) my friends and I used to get the chicken quesadilla and it had chicken, cheese, green chili and was toasted in a thin flour tortilla- we used to call that sauce liquid crack because it was so good. Then one day they just started using this thick yellow sauce they use now. It’s okay, but I really wish the other sauce was at least available as an option.