Review: Dare Devil Loaded Grillers from Taco Bell
It’s hard to believe that nearly 3 years have gone by since Taco Bell first introduced Loaded Grillers. Loaded Grillers aren’t anything groundbreaking… basically they’re just inexpensive burritos with a fancy name. The Loaded Grillers line saw some new flavors early last year, but it’s been quiet since then. New to the menu for a limited time are a trio of new Dare Devil Loaded Grillers that aim to please those looking for some spicy variety.
Each of the Dare Devil Loaded Grillers feature seasoned beef, nacho cheese, crispy red strips and a spicy sauce. Priced at $1 each, Dare Devil Loaded Grillers are a cheap way to get your Taco Bell fix and are a nice a la carte item to add to an order that will eventually fill you up.Working my way up the heat scale I first started with the mildest of the three known as the Mild Chipotle Dare Devil Loaded Griller. This one had by far the most sauce and it was fine by me considering my weak tongue. Even though the chipotle sauce is considered to be mild, keep in mind that it’s taking the mild spot when compared to habanero and ghost pepper. I found this creamy chipotle sauce to be the most flavorful of the three and mainly it is thanks to the toned down heat. There still is enough peppery heat that can hold its own as a spicy standalone option, but compared to the hotter choices, this one seems tame. With not being overwhelmed with heat, the smoky chipotle pepper flavor stands out pretty well. The crunchy red strips take the most damage since this Loaded Griller was sauced up the most. Also the chipotle sauce even took over the beef and cheese flavor a little much in some spots. Overall though, not going overboard with heat made the flavor have more impact over just heat. Nutrition info: 420 calories, 22 grams of fat, 5 grams of saturated fat, 940 milligrams of sodium, 43 grams of carbs, 4 grams of fiber, 3 grams of sugar, 12 grams of protein.
Next up was the Hot Habanero Dare Devil Loaded Griller. Just like the middle child in most families, the Habanero version lost my attention. There didn’t seem to be a big standout quality with the this one and it’s not a surprise when you’re in between the tastiest one and the one that hurts the most. The habanero sauce is cream-based, but it’s not very easy to tell… especially after just sampling the overly creamy chipotle sauce. There’s a hint of citrus and lime flavors with some other milder-than-habanero pepper spices to make the habanero flavor a bit more well-rounded. The seasoned beef and nacho cheese sauce had a bigger presence with this one and the crunchy red strips stayed crunchy. Heat-wise, the Hot Habanero Dare Devil Loaded Griller was a big leap over Mild Chipotle so this one might be for those not quite ready for ghost pepper, but still want it hot. Nutrition info: 380 calories, 18 grams of fat, 5 grams of saturated fat, 900 milligrams of sodium, 44 grams of carbs, 4 grams of fiber, 4 grams of sugar, 12 grams of protein.
Climbing up the heat ladder and finishing off with the Fiery Ghost Pepper Loaded Griller was the only way to go. This one hurt. While the chipotle sauce had a pale orange hue and the habanero got a little darker, the ghost pepper sauce is a more intimidating burnt orange-red. The ghost pepper sauce is also the only one of the sauces that isn’t cream-based so as soon as it hit my tongue I felt the pain. With the others there was more of a spicy build-up and ghost pepper wasted no time. The ghost pepper sauce is more vinegary and seemed to soak into everything it touched which made it tough to distinguish the flavors of anything else. Textures became a challenge too as my tongue was taking a beating. Nutrition info: 400 calories, 20 grams of fat, 5 grams of saturated fat, 970 milligrams of sodium, 44 grams of carbs, 4 grams of fiber, 3 grams of sugar, 11 grams of protein.
Take the Dare Devil Loaded Grillers challenge and get all three. It’ll only cost you 3 bucks and some likely indigestion. I kind of wished Taco Bell would have featured these three levels of spicy sauces with slightly different ingredients in each. If you’ve had the Beefy Nacho Loaded Griller, these Dare Devil options are just spicier versions of that. Even if each of the Dare Devil Loaded Grillers had one identifiable ingredient difference in each besides the sauce, I would have likely been more enthusiastic to try them. I’m not crazy about trying super spicy fast food, but if the variety stretched beyond sauce, I’d be more willing to recommend them. Whatever the case, they’re a buck each.
Pros: Three levels of heat. $1 each.
Cons: No variety between the three choices besides the sauce. Fiery Ghost Pepper hurt.
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.75/10
Overall GrubGrade: 6.00/10
More Info: tacobell.com