Review: Beefy Nacho Burrito from Taco Bell

The last couple of months in the world of Taco Bell has been dominated by Doritos Locos Tacos.  We’ve been bombarded with print ads and tv spots advertising the taco with a Doritos shell.  The hype campaign surrounding Doritos Locos Tacos is something that was to be expected since this was somewhat of a major game changer in the quick-serve industry.  So other than the press and push of the well deserved Doritos Locos Tacos, I’ve been quietly sitting back waiting for the next “new” promotion.  The 5-week rotation of promotional products skipped a turn, but now 10 or so weeks later, we’ve got a new burrito to sink our teeth into.  Debuting today at Taco Bell, the Beefy Nacho Burrito.

The Beefy Nacho Burrito is described by Taco Bell like this:

Bite into crunchy nacho chips, covered in warm nacho cheese sauce, delicious 100% real seasoned beef, and cool reduced-fat sour cream, all wrapped up in a warm flour tortilla for maximum portability.

It’s tough to ask for anything more from this combination of ingredients in a Taco Bell burrito, but I felt the Beefy Nacho Burrito fell a little bit short of greatness.  Back in December 2010, Taco Bell released the Beefy Crunch Burrito and I graded it a 7.25/10.  The Beefy Crunch Burrito, in my opinion, will still be superior to this latest offering.  Both burritos have/had promo prices of 99-cents, great deal.  Both burritos have seasoned ground beef.  Both burritos have nacho cheese.  Both burritos have sour cream.

Where the differences come into play are surrounding the fact that the Beefy Crunch Burrito also had rice and a more flavorful and substantial crunch with the inclusion of the Flamin’ Hot Fritos.  This latest creation uses new Queso Strips, which are a bit lighter in texture and don’t pack the snap and heat of the Fritos.  While the Queso Strips are indeed a welcome addition to a standard beef burrito, they didn’t quite live up to Hot Fritos. The crunch was there, but not substantial enough.  Five minutes after placing my order I ate the Beefy Nacho Burrito and I could already tell the crunch was bogged down with a soggy texture.  Overall, the ingredients work well together, yet I felt it was missing a little extra something.  I know you can customize your tastes with Border Sauce packets, but as it stands alone, the Beefy Nacho Burrito would’ve benefited from a different flavored cheese sauce or a cheese-blend.  Like its name, “Nacho” comes through and through.  Typically, I like my nachos with a little bit more than just the standards.  Maybe diced jalapenos would have made this stand above.

At 99-cents, the nearly 7-oz Beefy Nacho Burrito is a steal.  It didn’t quite live up to the Beefy Crunch Burrito (which had a few issues of its own), but it holds up as a nice change of pace promotional item to keep us busy until the next wave of Doritos Locos creations hit the menu board

Pros: Only 99-cents. Good size. Cheesy.

Cons: Beefy Crunch Burrito is superior to the Beefy Nacho Burrito. Missing one ingredient, take your pick. Crunch was lacking.

Taste: 6.50/10
Value: 9.00/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 6.00/10
Price: 99-cents

Overall GrubGrade: 6.50/10

More Info: TacoBell.com
Nutrition Facts:
Beefy Nacho Burrito
Calories - 470
Total Fat - 20 grams
Saturated Fat - 6 grams
Cholesterol - 30 milligrams
Sodium - 990 milligrams
Carbs - 58 grams
Dietary Fiber - 4 grams
Sugars - 4 grams
Protein - 14 grams