Review: Double Stacked Tacos from Taco Bell

Ever since the news posting of new Double Stacked Tacos from Taco Bell being available in certain test markets, I’ve been looking forward to a wide release.  Introducing some new flavors to the Taco Bell menu and keeping the price incredibly low is the perfect way to sell the audience on a new trio of grubbing options.Double Stacked TacosAt a price of just $1 each, there’s no question that I’d have to get all three.  Seeing that the last product I reviewed was an expensive Taco Bell “premium” item, what better way to balance things out with a great value item that I actually end up enjoying.

Double Stacked Taco BellWith new Double Stacked Tacos, there’s a soft flour tortilla on the outside and a crunchy hard shell on the inside and they’re glued together by a cheese/sauce combination.  There are two new sauces being introduced with new Double Stacked Tacos… Habanero and Sweet Chili.  The Cool Habanero Double Stacked Taco features your standard crunchy taco with seasoned beef, reduced-fat sour cream, lettuce and cheese inside a soft flour tortilla with melted cheese and new habanero sauce in between the soft tortilla and inner crunchy taco shell.  Unfortunately, the “Cool” in the Cool Habanero Double Stacked Taco is just reduced-fat sour cream and it’s completely unbalanced when up against the heat of the habanero sauce.  The habanero sauce consists of a concoction of habanero, guajillo, and ancho chili peppers along with garlic, paprika, lime, and vinegar.  It comes off as too vinegary and it needed more assistance than the sour cream could supply.  A little goes a long way with the habanero sauce so less of it could have been just fine.  This taco overwhelmed me with sharp and spicy flavors to make a very one-dimensional taco experience and my least favorite of the three options.  5.50/10Cool Habanero Double Stacked TacoThe Cheddar Crunch Double Stacked Taco is a crunchy taco with seasoned beef, crunchy red tortilla strips, lettuce and cheese inside a soft flour tortilla with melted cheese and nacho cheese sauce in between the soft tortilla and inner crunchy taco shell. There weren’t any new flavors introduced in the Cheddar Crunch Double Stacked Taco and it was more of a reorganization of ingredients we’ve had in other Taco Bell offerings in the past.  We’ve been through all of the seasoned beef, multiple cheeses, tortilla strips mashups… so this is the safe choice and my second favorite of the three.  7.25/10Nacho Crunch Taco BellThe Sweet & Spicy Double Stacked Taco features a crunchy taco with seasoned beef, new sweet chili sauce, lettuce and cheese in a soft flour tortilla with melted cheese and new habanero sauce in between the soft tortilla and inner crunchy taco shell.  This was easily my favorite of the three Double Stacked Tacos.  The amount of habanero sauce seemed to be portioned just right with this one and was perfectly balanced by the syrupy sweetness of the new sweet chili sauce (which would feel right at home on the Taco Bell breakfast menu).  So the sweet/spicy combination comes through nicely here and its an aptly named taco.  The sweet and spicy balance well and sort of become one uniform flavor that also ends up playing off the seasoned beef and cheese in a way where I feel this taco could have been given the personal LTO treatment without the need for two other choices.  8.75/10Spicy Sweet Double Stacked TacoIf you’re familiar with Taco Bell, you’re likely familiar with their Double Decker Tacos or their Cheesy Gordita Crunch family.  These products do a great job of combining crunchy and chewy textures and in the process create a taco eating experience that is far less messy than your standard crunchy taco.  New Double Stacked Tacos are no different.  The grubbing experience is just so much more satisfying when there’s a combination of crunchy and chewy textures.  Adding new sauce flavors to the mix on two of the three tacos enhances a somewhat familiar Taco Bell product just enough to be worth recommending… especially at just a dollar a piece.

Pros: Combination of textures. Excellent value. The Sweet & Spicy.

Cons: The Sweet & Spicy version could have been a standalone LTO in my opinion so the Cool Habanero wasn't a good representation of the Double Stacked brand. The Nacho Crunch is just a rehash of familiar ingredients.

Taste: 7.00/10
Value: 9.00/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.50/10
Price: $1.00 each

Overall GrubGrade: 7.25/10

More Info: tacobell.com
Nutrition Facts:
Cool Habanero - 350 calories, 20 grams of fat, 8 grams of saturated fat, 630 milligrams of sodium, 30 grams of carbs, 4 grams of fiber, 3 grams of sugar, 13 grams of protein
Nacho Crunch - 380 calories, 19 grams of fat, 6 grams of saturated fat, 650 milligrams of sodium, 39 grams of carbs, 5 grams of fiber, 2 grams of sugar, 13 grams of protein
Spicy Sweet - 340 calories, 18 grams of fat, 7 grams of saturated fat, 640 milligrams of sodium, 32 grams of carbs, 4 grams of fiber, 6 grams of sugar, 12 grams of protein

21 comments on “Review: Double Stacked Tacos from Taco Bell

  1. Jax says:

    My memory could be failing me here, but wasn’t the sweet chili sauce actually first introduced with the crispy chicken offerings Taco Bell had last year? They were only around for a very short time and were kind of mediocre but it sounds familiar.

  2. Even better: Get the sweet chili sauce added to a chicken burrito. It was amazeballs.

  3. Brian says:

    I love the Nacho Crunch ones. I have been to Taco Bell 3 times in the last week since they unveiled these things. With 2 of those plus a Shredded Chicken Burrito Meal Deal and upsize the large drink, I get a pretty good amount of food for around $6 with tax. They are also surprisingly filling for the price as well.

    My only complaint is my local TB locations have been extra busy since they unveiled these. I guess it’s hard to pass up such a deal. Tacos at TB haven’t been $1 for a long time so, it’s not hard to see why.

    • Fuko says:

      Whoa I literally got the same thing as you twice this week, even upsizing to the large drink! I do add beans to my burrito though and opt for the strips of chicken instead of shredded. TB has been killing it recently imo.

  4. Tony says:

    Thanks for the review, but your pictures are so small! 🙂

  5. bobo says:

    I don’t see any of these as a better filling between the soft and crunchy shells, than the regular old refried beans.

    I mean, if you just want to add cheese sauce, put it in the middle.

  6. Sandy says:

    $1 screaming deal I say!

  7. BBB says:

    Everyone seems to love the spicy sweet one but I couldn’t even finish the entire taco. Maybe their was too much sweet sauce on mine but I thought it was too much and didn’t mesh well with standard taco bell taco taste.

    • Lochlain says:

      I agree. The sauce was very good but did not go well on a normal taco. Maybe a chicken taco with fajita vegetables would be good!

      • BBB says:

        I actually subbed chicken for beef for 70 cents the other day. It did not make it any better. I guess I just don’t like the sauce.

  8. Scarlett says:

    I just had the sweet and spicy version. One word: amazing. I was delighted with the flavors. I also ordered the habanero version but it wasn’t memorable. Both are a fantastic value.

  9. Esther says:

    I had a habanero one today and loved it. Everything else was simply a vehicle for the habanero sauce. I love that stuff. The right amount of face pain from the heat.

  10. HeyJude says:

    Is the habanero sauce really new? They had the Cheddar Habanero Quesarito a few months back, and then there were the grillers from a couple years ago that included ghost pepper and habanero versions. This current habanero sauce seems the same to me. I quite like it; it’s kind of the closest thing they have to Lava/Volcano sauce.

    I thought the “Spicy Sweet” taco was pretty disgusting. I love the mixture of sweet and spicy/salty, but this was like adding maple syrup to a taco.

    The cool habanero taco is the best by far. Considering they’ve previously had habanero offerings without any “cooling” component, the cool habanero isn’t anything near the “hottest” items they’ve done.

  11. doctorx0079 says:

    I wish my local Taco Bell actually had these.

  12. Drew says:

    Had the Nacho Crunch and Spicy Sweet. Took one bite out of the Nacho, three out of the Spicy and proceed to throw them into the trash.

  13. Mark says:

    The habenero sauce is great imo, closest thing to lava sauce they have. I have been getting it added on to nacho supremes as long as they’ve had it. It breifly went away in between habenero queasritos and these, so I’m glad it’s back.

    All of these tacos are pretty good, I’d rank them side by side with double deckers and a step below gordita crunch, but man for a buck?! You cannot beat that when a regular taco is 1.19 and supreme is 1.59. It is by far the best value on the menu right now.

  14. doctorx0079 says:

    The next closest Taco Bell has them. I got the Cool Habanero and the Sweet and Spicy. The Cool Habanero was pretty good but the Sweet and Spicy was a little too funky. Can’t complain about the price though. Probably their best selling items right now.

  15. Britney says:

    I tried all three tonight. They’re definitely a great deal for $1 each. My favorite was the Spicy Sweet. It was better than I expected it to be, and I thought the flavors balanced out well. I’m usually a sucker for Habanero, so I thought that one would be my favorite. However, like others have said, the sour cream is too overbearing. The Nacho Crunch was my least favorite and I won’t be getting that one again. I just thought it was too bland.

  16. BigBelly says:

    We ordered one of each, but ended up with 2 crunches instead of the cool habanero one. She liked the nacho crunch better then the sweet and spicy one. It’s a good price point, and I was surprised the red strips made it home and retained their crunch, but I wouldn’t order the nacho crunch again. Give me a taco supreme in a regular crunchy shell with a squirt of some actually hot habanero sauce for a decent price.

  17. Colin says:

    Are these really a dollar in some places? They are 2.39 a piece in CT. Also, I wish they put the sauces on the tacos and not in little side containers. None of the ones I got had anything between the two tacos. No cheese or sauce.

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