Review: Crunchwrap Sliders from Taco Bell
The Crunchwrap Supreme has always been one of my favorite specialty items at Taco Bell and I always wondered why it was rarely ever tinkered with. It seems as though most Taco Bell items get different styles and flavors while the Crunchwrap Supreme was left alone. Recently the Crunchwrap finally got some added variety with the breakfast menu so there was hope that the non-breakfast versions were around the corner too. Thankfully the Crunchwrap got some attention and three styles too… introducing the new Crunchwrap Sliders from Taco Bell.
The Beefy Cheddar Crunchwrap Slider features seasoned ground beef, nacho cheese sauce, cheddar cheese and Fritos chips. This was by far the heftiest of the three Crunchwrap Sliders and the one with the least crunch. If you’re looking for the most filling option, go for the Beefy Cheddar, but don’t expect it to be too different from the Beefy Fritos Burrito (minus the rice). The Beefy Cheddar Crunchwrap Slider was a little on the salty side with no easy way to pinpoint the cheddar cheese with the seasoned beef swimming in a sea of nacho cheese sauce. The heft and heat of this Crunchwrap Slider makes the Fritos chips take a hit and there seemed to be a lot less Fritos than in the other choices.
The Spicy Chicken Crunchwrap Slider features shredded chicken with creamy chipotle sauce and Fritos chips. I had these Crunchwrap Sliders in the order they appear in this review and after the lackluster crunch from the Beefy Cheddar Crunchwrap Slider, I was very surprised at how much crunch the Spicy Chicken version had. Maybe I shouldn’t be too surprised considering this Slider was a lot lighter than the Beefy Cheddar so the extra room from what seemed like less meat makes added space to fit more Fritos in. I found the peppery spice of the smoky chipotle sauce to have a nice level of heat for an amateur tongue such as mine. Once again, plenty of crunch in this one as there clearly were more chips and less of the warm and wet ingredients that will quickly dull the Fritos impact.
The BLT Crunchwrap Slider features bacon, lettuce and tomatoes, avocado-ranch sauce and crunchy Fritos chips. This Crunchwrap Slider was the most unique of the three and was pretty close to being excellent. There was plenty of bacon and lettuce with each bite and just like the Spicy Chicken Crunchwrap Slider, the Fritos impact was definitely there. Since the balance of ingredients was a little off, the tomatoes and avocado-ranch sauce seemed to be shifted to one area of the Slider. When I managed to get a bite of all the ingredients together, I found the Slider to have a lot of promise. This Slider could be improved a lot with some added grilled chicken to make it a “Chicken Club” style. As it is, the bacon isn’t substantial enough to make a lot of impact and I almost thought this was just a tortilla filled with lettuce and Fritos in some areas. I did enjoy the BLT Crunchwrap Slider because it stood out as something a bit different than what I’ve come to expect from Taco Bell products, but there’s room for improvement. The Beefy Cheddar and Spicy Chicken Crunchwrap Sliders seemed a little too familiar while the BLT came off as a promising new taste that just missed its mark. I’d like to see a standard Crunchwrap size of this one with some added grilled chicken and we’ve got a potential hit.
The national release is on Monday, December 22nd, but if you order with the Taco Bell mobile ordering app, you might see the Crunchwrap Sliders available starting today. Kind of a smart move by Taco Bell to release this product early this way as it made me actually use the app for the first time. The experience was simple and I’ll likely use the app again now that I was sorta forced to.
With all three Crunchwrap Sliders being priced at just $1, it’s hard to find much to complain about. You’ve got a trio of flavors to choose from and a more than filling meal for just 3 bucks. As far as fast food goes, Crunchwrap Sliders hits on the most important marks.
Fritos are becoming a familiar ingredient at Taco Bell now and using them to extend the Crunchwrap family product line was clever. There’s a lot of promise for future incarnations of the Crunchwrap and the Crunchwrap Sliders was a move in the right direction.
Pros: Three choices. Just a buck a piece. Solid handheld grubbing on the go option. Taco Bell's mobile ordering app. 2 out of 3 Crunchwrap Sliders had excellent crunch.
Cons: Crunch impact was weak with the Beefy Cheddar version. The BLT version could use some chicken because parts of it felt too overloaded with lettuce and Fritos.
Grubbing on-the-go: 8.25/10
Overall GrubGrade: 7.25/10
More Info: www.tacobell.com
Beefy Cheddar Crunchwrap Slider: 410 calories
Spicy Chicken Crunchwrap Slider: 400 calories
BLT Crunchwrap Slider: 430 calories