Fast Food Review: XXL Chalupa from Taco Bell
I just consumed the XXL Chalupa from Taco bell and I’m not proud to admit that. 650 calories, an hour later, and I’m not feeling too great. If only I was 15 again… The latest promotional item at Taco Bell is an extra large chalupa that mirrors a small taco salad, or a small boat. The XXL Chalupa comes with a $2.99 price tag for the beef standard version. I was offered the option of chicken or steak which probably ups the price some, but I went with what I see in all the print ads and T.V. spots.
While not a complete abomination, the XXL Chalupa can be just looked at as a novelty (which seems to be the trend at the Bell). A regular sized chalupa is a decent Taco Bell creation. All that’s being done here with the XXL is exactly what you’d think… stuff a ton of Taco Bell standard ingredients into a bigger package. The chalupa shell is indeed bigger, but unfortunately not thick enough to support lifting it out of it’s cardboard haven. My XXL Chalupa fell apart after one bite. You can look at the shell falling apart as a good or bad thing… I’ll take one of each side. The Good: There’s so much inside the shell. The Bad: The poor shell can’t support the weight of it all. Suggestion to avoid the shell crumble is grabbing a spork to start with some of the non-shell ingredients to lighten the load.
The XXL Chalupa is packed with ground beef, lettuce, tomatoes, shredded cheddar cheese and nacho cheese sauce, red strips and it’s topped with reduced fat sour cream. I hear all the snickering and laughter over the “reduced fat” sour cream; What’s the point right? Oh well, it is what it is. I just see it as a decent component for the added cool/creamy factor. Flavor-wise, the XXL Chalupa is just OK. There’s nothing special going on but all the typical ingredients you’ve come to expect. Seasoned ground beef and a mix of cheeses dominate here and it would’ve been a bit more interesting if it came from my own mind. When will places like Taco Bell take the Subway approach? Subway and Taco Bell are pretty similar in that anything “new” is usually just a new combination of everything you’re already used to. So why not be able to just pick and choose every ingredient going into your meal? Anyway, I’m getting carried away. The only thing “new” here is the bigger sized chalupa shell and cardboard packaging resembling a 7-11 Big Bite hot dog… that’s it and that’s all (I know you’re not surprised).
You know what the XXL Chalupa could really benefit from? Something free. Free as in the two new sauces available at Taco Bell. The Fire-Roasted and the Salsa Verde are now available so why not play around with these new flavors and come up with something that fits your specific tastes? There’s my suggestion to all the readers who have a Taco Bell trip in their future, get whatever off the menu and experiment with new flavors from the new Border Salsas. As for the XXL Chalupa, there really isn’t much of anything new and exciting going on. It’s filling and messy and around $3 depending on your location. I’d be happy sticking with a 99cent burrito, hooking it up with new salsa flavors and saving two bucks.
Pros: Tastes like a typical beef chalupa if you're in to chalupas. Filling. Decent packaging. New Border Salsas.
Cons: $2.99 will buy you 650cal, 39g of fat and 1300mg of sodium. Weak chalupa shell might make a mess of things.
Grubbing on-the-go: 4.25/10
Price: 2.99 (beef)
Overall GrubGrade: 5.75/10
More Info: TacoBell.com
XXL Chalupa w beef
Fat: 39 grams
Saturated Fat - 9 grams
Cholesterol - 55 millgrams
Sodium - 1300 milligrams
Carbs - 53 grams
Sugars - 6 grams
Dietary Fiber - 7 grams
Protein - 23 grams