Review: Chipotle Chicken Stack from Taco Bell

When I reviewed the original Triple Steak Stack from Taco Bell back in 2011 I felt it was pretty mediocre.  I shouldn’t have expected much from the Chipotle Chicken Stack considering I was likely going to experience the same kinds of issues.

Chipotle Chicken Stack Taco BellThe Chipotle Chicken Stack features a triple portion of shredded chicken, chipotle sauce, and a three-cheese blend in a bolillo flatbread.  At a price of $5.19, you’ve got to really impress me to be considered a decent value.  Unfortunately, like the Triple Steak Stack, the Chipotle Chicken Stack fails in all the same places for the most part.  I actually would put this version a notch below the steak… let’s review.

Chipotle Chicken Stack 2First off, the Chipotle Chicken Stack is a good size, nine inches long and packed with enough shredded chicken to fill three soft tacos.  It’s filling by itself, but it’s not all that interesting or special to warrant spending over five bucks on.  I like variety and would be so much more satisfied by ordering five items from the Dollar Cravings Menu.  At least with the Dollar Cravings Menu I can get a bunch of different textures and flavors.  The Chipotle Chicken Stack is a chore to get through. Its large size is supposed to be one of the selling points, but it does just the opposite.

Chipotle Chicken Stack 3Like the Triple Steak Stack, this chicken version suffers from the same limp bolillo flatbread.   It’s thick and has some grill marks yet remains as floppy as an uncooked tortilla.  The shredded chicken is tender and flavorful with the assistance of chipotle sauce and there are varying sizes of chicken chunks throughout.  The melted combination of cheddar, Monterey Jack and mozzarella is noticeable in a few areas and mostly just for the gooey texture.  If you dig chipotle sauce you’ll be happy to know that’s where most of the flavor is coming from.  It’s got a decent amount of smokiness and spice that should satisfy some.

Chipotle Chicken Stack 4Crunchy, chewy and cheesy usually equals a well-balanced Taco Bell item and the Chipotle Chicken Stack is mostly just chewy.  You’ll get a filling menu item with some spicy kick, but this product seems way too one-dimensional to be considered impressive.  Your five bucks will be better spent perusing other options on the Taco Bell menu.

Pros: Spicy and filling.

Cons: Pricey at $5.19. Lacks texture variety... mostly mushy and limp.

Taste: 5.50/10
Value: 4.75/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 5.00/10
Price: $5.19

Overall GrubGrade: 5.00/10

More Info: http://www.tacobell.com/food/menu/dollar-cravings-menu
Nutrition Facts:
Serving Size - 318 grams
Calories - 780
Total Fat - 36 grams
Saturated Fat - 12 grams
Sodium - 1730 milligrams
Carbs - 62 grams
Sugars - 11 grams
Fiber - 5 grams
Protein - 54 grams

9 comments on “Review: Chipotle Chicken Stack from Taco Bell

  1. CB says:

    Their LTO’s have been really sad lately. Re-release the chili cheese burrito nationwide!

  2. Jonathan Wayne says:

    That crap is $5, seriously?

  3. Mike says:

    A fun thing that I learned with the Taco Bell app, is that you can ask to have any tortilla based thing grilled like the Grilled Stuffed Burrito… So if anyone was /wanting/ to try this thing at 5.19, and wanted to have a little extra texture, just ask for it grilled!!

  4. Malaskavee Psunevari says:

    Yummy! Can’t wait to eat it!!!

  5. Snackeroo says:

    I agree, I’d rather get 5 items off the dollar menu than buy this monstrosity.

  6. Daniel says:

    When you posted the media release photo yesterday, it looked great…but this lacks in every area and I don’t think I’d ever buy it, based on looks alone…

  7. cc says:

    It looks so sad 🙁

  8. Robert says:

    This needs a bag of fritos over it. And then it’d be kinda like that Chicken Enchilada flatbread thing Subway had, only smaller. (BTW I f’ing hate Subway but that chicken enchilada thing was AMAZING and I miss it.)

  9. Jay Jay says:

    I would eat this, but I wouldn’t open it up like that, looks nasty the longer you look at taco bell food, best to just eat it and get it over with.

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