Fast Food Review: Volcano Nachos from Taco Bell
The long awaited addition to the Volcano Menu has reached the States nationwide. I recall making my bold predictions at the Taco Bell Test Kitchen back in May, that the next item to bring the heat would be the Volcano Crunchwrap. The Taco Bell folks were tight-lipped and as it turns out, I was dead wrong. My second guess was the Volcano Nachos and it turns out I should’ve never trusted my instinct. So here we are in the middle of the Summer heat and Taco Bell raises the temps even higher with the fiery New! Volcano Nachos.
As I mentioned in my Food News post, Taco Bell entices us with that great promo picture and this description:
Crunchy, freshly prepared tortilla chips covered with hearty beans, seasoned ground beef, warm nacho cheese, red tortilla strips, our new cheesy, molten hot lava sauce, jalapenos and topped off with reduced-fat sour cream
At $3.79, you are getting a decent amount of food for the price. Also when you consider the Volcano Nachos consumed in it’s entirety comes with 910 calories, you should be able to skip a snack/meal later on. I found it funny that with the behemoth that is Volcano Nachos, Taco Bell points out the “reduced-fat” description of sour cream. I really do love me some nachos. There isn’t much better than a plate full of warm tortilla chips completely engulfed in meat, cheese and sauce. A food that requires a little strategy to stay relatively clean by plucking dry chips to help scoop out the chips that have drowned and melted away under the weight and heat of deliciousness. It’s a digging mission and the sturdy dry chips provide the tools I need to make sure every last morsel makes it out of the mess and into my belly (The Frozen Food Master knows what I’m talking about ).
The Volcano Nachos provided a bit of a struggle in my “digging mission” because I’m a wimp and can’t handle the Lava Sauce as well as I’d like. While I can destroy most all giant plates of nachos, the Volcano Nachos posed a bigger challenge. Think of it like hiking up a mountain versus hiking up an active volcano. I was distracted by the molten hot lava sauce coating my palate to the point where I really needed some relief. My digging mission became one of finding the lost survivors of beans and sour cream to help put out the fire. Don’t get me wrong though, the Lava Sauce is definitely tasty, but also super hot. I can only take it in small doses and in this case I would’ve been happy with maybe a side of Lava Sauce to pour on myself (or maybe even dip). When I created my Fully Loaded Cheesy Volcano Chicken Nachos during my trip to the Taco Bell headquarters, my specific control over the situation created one stellar dish. I clearly applied the Lava Sauce a lot lighter than Taco Bell does.
Who am I kidding though…they are called Volcano Nachos not Gentle Sweet Mountain Nachos. The beans, seasoned ground beef, warm nacho cheese and sour cream are generally some key components of good nachos and they were present and delicious. I’m just not cut out for it. Hurl your insults, I can take it! Oh and I didn’t even mention the addition of sliced jalapenos (which I feared and ignored). This volcanic concoction is a spicy lovers food orgy. It’s just not exactly my thing. The Volcano Burrito did a great job in providing the Lava Sauce kick but wasn’t overwhelming to the point where I struggled to finish it. I would highly recommend the Volcano Nachos to the hot heads out there, but for this lightweight, I’ll say they are just decent. The bottom line is nachos are awesome, but Volcano Nachos scare me.
Pros: You may fall in love if you love super spicy. Everything is tasty, as nachos usually are. I like the mix of nacho cheese and Lava Sauce better than just Lava Sauce. Filling.
Cons: You may curse it if you can't handle the heat. The Value Menu at Taco Bell is so good it makes spending $3.79 for one item seem crazy. I always want extra chips to handle the mess. High in calories, fat, sodium.
Grubbing on-the-go: 6.00/10
Overall GrubGrade: 7.25/10
More Info: TacoBell.com
Calories - 910
Fat - 56 grams
Saturated Fat - 9 grams
Cholesterol - 45 milligrams
Sodium - 1860 milligrams
Carbs - 80 grams
Dietary Fiber - 13 grams
Sugars - 6 grams
Protein - 20 grams