Review: Fiery Doritos Locos Tacos from Taco Bell

One of the more interesting and innovative Taco Bell menu items now has a new addition.  The Doritos Locos Tacos line went nationwide back in early 2012 and impressed me with its crunchy shell flavored like Nacho Cheese Doritos.  While not perfectly mimicking Doritos chips, the taco shell was still a hit with me and it introduced a new wave of possibilities to upgrade the standard crunchy taco.  A year later Taco Bell surprised no one with the release of the Cool Ranch flavor. The DLT line has been a huge success for Taco Bell and with each new release we’re seeing another flavored shell to the mix.  This time around, Taco Bell has added some heat to DLT with new Fiery Doritos Locos Tacos.

Fiery DLTNew Fiery Doritos Locos Tacos take your traditional crunchy taco and upgrade the shell to be a fiery red shell with a chile-lime flavor.  While past reviews will tell you I’m not too tolerant of spicy foods, I still enjoy them if the flavor is right and it heat doesn’t leave me in pain.  I felt that the Volcano Taco introduced a few years earlier adequately brought the heat enough to satisfy those looking for a spicier option.  For me, Lava Sauce was pretty hot, but still tasty.  Nothing beyond the Lava Sauce really did anything to heat up the Volcano Menu and with Doritos Locos Tacos, the shell is the only new ingredient variable that can really dictate the flavor of the taco. Needless to say, there’s a lot riding on the shell. Fierty DLT TacoFiery Doritos Locos Tacos won’t be showing up on the Taco Menu board or on posters and marquees until Thursday, August 22nd, but if you’re a “fan” you can get them today… just ask.  My first attempt was unsuccessful and I left with no Fiery DLT.  I talked about how secret menus annoy me on an episode of The Nosh Show a couple months ago and my experience today is just another example of why I don’t like them.  Getting food that isn’t on the menu might make a cashiers head spin.  I could’ve ordered from the drive-thru like normal, but almost every past experience in a situation like this was bound to have me explaining too much, so I went inside the Taco Bell.  I get a blank stare from the cashier upon ordering my Fiery DLT… here we go… go get the manager.  I know what I do is geeky and when I start talking to the manager about Taco Bell doing an early product release for its fans and he has no clue what I’m talking about, I feel like the king of the geeks.  I drive a couple miles to find another Taco Bell to give it another shot.  This next cashier is clueless, has to get the manager… the manager asks me for a Facebook coupon or something.  I show him my phone with Taco Bell tweeting 6 minutes earlier about how it’s available today and I luckily get out of there with my order and no more explaining.  Just take a peak at the Taco Bell Twitter feed from today and you’ll see a ton of people experiencing coming up short with their attempts too.  Secret menus are annoying and even more so when your employees aren’t trained right.

Fiery DLT Taco BellI didn’t expect to feel this way going in, but Fiery Doritos Locos Tacos are my new favorite from the DLT menu.  Cool Ranch Doritos were a letdown and maybe the a major part of that was the novelty wearing off from my initial experience with the original Nacho DLT.  A gripe that many have with Cool Ranch and Nacho DLT is that they are just a powdered on flavored crunchy taco shells and not a true Doritos chip.  I can’t really disagree with the thought behind that complaint, but I felt this was actually a positive.  I feel if the same impact a Doritos chip has in taste and texture would be applied to a taco shell, it wouldn’t work as well.  The point is to still keep this item as a traditional crunchy taco, but with a Doritos twist.  Now that I’ve just had Fiery Doritos Locos Tacos, I think my familiarity of Nacho and Cool Ranch Doritos chips had a slightly negative impact on the experience of the first two DLT choices.  The fact that the Fiery DLT uses a far more unfamiliar flavors with chile and lime got me more into it and I found myself enjoying it more.  The guts of the taco remain everything you’re used to with a Taco Bell taco, but it all seems to feel a lot more unique because of the Fiery shell.  Let’s admit it, Nacho Cheese flavored Doritos and Cool Ranch Doritos are a lot less welcome in the world of fast food Mexican novelty grub than the flavors you get from chile peppers and lime.

Fiery Doritos Locos TacoThe Fiery DLT were priced at $1.39 for the regular and $1.89 for the supreme (supreme adds diced tomatoes and reduced-fat sour cream).  The 50-cent upcharge felt too high for such a weak upgrade, but I’d recommend getting the supreme anyway.  The cool reduced-fat sour cream mixed in with the salty lime chile kick of the Fiery DLT shell works a lot better in the overall experience.  The taco gets some heftier weight to it when it’s a upgraded to supreme as well. Doritos Locos Tacos FieryAs I said in the beginning, Fiery is my favorite of the three Doritos Locos Tacos.  The chile-lime taste of the shell works with the seasoned ground beef and shredded cheese much better than the Nacho and Cool Ranch DLT.  This feels like a truly new taste that doesn’t have me comparing how well it matches up to the actual Doritos chips.  The heat was noticeable, yet tame and didn’t detract from the overall experience.  I’m not sure where Taco Bell will go from here with new shells, but they’ve got a trio to get the ball rolling on future fast food mash-ups.

Pros: The chile lime flavored shell works better in a taco than previous DLT offerings. Supreme version. Tasty heat.

Cons: Taco Bell employees didn't get the memo. Chile-heads will be disappointed if they're looking for a true "fiery" kick.

Taste: 8.75/10
Value: 6.75/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 5.50/10
Price: $1.39 regular, $1.89 supreme

Overall GrubGrade: 8.50/10

More Info: http://www.tacobell.com
Nutrition Facts:
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25 comments on “Review: Fiery Doritos Locos Tacos from Taco Bell

  1. Mark says:

    Just went to the two taco bells in my town, and no luck today. Guess I will have to wait til Thursday.

  2. IBeAnonymous says:

    I think I will try one of these with Lava Sauce added. I can’t wait!

  3. Jeff D says:

    Good review. My suggestion for the next DLT would be Guacamole!

  4. Kiki says:

    Went to try it today for lunch and it was free! The cashier had to check to see if they were available but it was worth the wait. Definitely my favorite DLT flavor thus far. I see myself making repeat purchases of these, unlike the one time buys for the other flavors.

  5. TS says:

    Those are some pathetic looking tacos. Taco Bell has gotten so cheap they don’t even put anything in them anymore. Do yourself a favor and go to ANY other place for tacos. They will be cheaper and 100 times better.

    • MP says:

      I was going to say, with tax it’s over $2 for ONE taco. That’s too much. Tho to be fair, the TB where I can still get .99 cent tacos sometimes fills them completely up. But those pictured here are extremely poor.

    • Jonathan Wayne says:

      Agreed, Taco Bell is charging way too much money for the little amount of food they give you.

  6. Alex K. says:

    I got one today, and I’m pretty much done with the gimmickry at Taco Bell. Is it bad? No. It’s just average. But for $1.69 for a supreme DLT, it’s not worth it. I know I’m in the minority though, because these things sell insanely well.

  7. alexG says:

    I’m predicting a Sriracha flavored Doritos Locas Tacos in the distant future. That or a Taco flavored Doritos Locos Tacos for the double Taco flavor goodness.

  8. Chris says:

    Got it on the first try. There was a long pause and then the cashier told me “just looking for a way to ring it up”. So evidently they had told her about it but not what to do when someone asked for it.

    In any event, I thought it was the best of the DLT. The flavor went well together. I didn’t think it was that spicy but there was a definite kick that goes well with the meat.

  9. TJ says:

    I got a couple from the drive-thru easily enough… after reading about the problems, I was a bit hesitant so I just asked if they happened to have them.. the clerk had to ask but after maybe 30 seconds said yea, so I was set.. they were great! I would agree that these are the best of the doritos tacos, a bit spicy for me but I am super weak with that, so I bet most would like them.

    • TJ says:

      Gotta say, I just tried one from a different location and it tasted like a lime was warmed up and put in a taco shell… the only time I’ve ever had such a quality disparity regarding Taco Bell. I’ll try one again to give it another chance because the 1st ones I got were great, and I really hope that last one was just an anomaly.

  10. Chelsea says:

    Haven’t gotten to try this one yet, but I am pretty upset that Taco Bell axed the Volcano Taco for this. I had no idea until I went to a TB in Indy this past weekend and got blindsided that they had gotten rid of the whole Volcano line! :( They did give me a side of the new “chipotle sauce” that they said was going to replace the Lava, but I didn’t like it a bit.

    I’ll give this one a shot the next time I get to a TB, but I’ll still be holding a grudge. :\

    • MP says:

      If they really did completely get rid of the Volcano Taco then I will have zero reasons to go to Taco Bell. I sure as hell don’t go to Taco Bell to get a crummy regular taco which is bland & cheap on ingredients, I go for the specialty stuff I can’t make or get elsewhere.
      They can take all their Doritos Locos Tacos & shove it.

      • JF says:

        The one by me still has the Volcano Burrito and Volcano Nachos. They no longer have the Volcano Shells and removed the Volcano Taco from the menu, but you can still get one with a regular shell for the same price (and since the shell was just colored, really no difference). Of course this may not be the same at all TB’s but even their website still shows the Burrito and Nachos (not the Taco).

  11. Dustin R says:

    Again, not impressed. Shells do not taste nor remind me of Doritos in any way. I’ve never gotten Doritos that tasted this salty either. IF these dropped to the 99c menu I could see myself picking them up more often for the twist. But for a buck I can also go grab a large full bag of Doritos. Sorry Taco Bell, please bring back and keep the beefy crunch.

    • JF says:

      I decided to reluctantly give this a try today due to the fact that many people who did not seem to like the other DLTs loved this one. I have to agree with you, the shell tasted like a salty lime. I really couldn’t detect any heat from it and couldn’t barely finish it.

      I was never a fan of the DLTs but think is by far the worst of them all. But I am sure I am in the minority since people, still seem to eat these like they were laced with crack.

  12. Patrick says:

    This is the best item ever. omg

  13. CB says:

    I had 2 of these today. They are my favorite out of the 3 but nothing special like the smothered burrito. I am addicted to that thing. So good!

  14. rebekkah says:

    On a scale of 1-10 how hot would you rate these (any of you who have sampled them)? Thanks!

    • TJ says:

      I think many would go lower than me.. but for me I would honestly say about 5.. but my tolerance for spicy is probably far below average too.

  15. Bethany says:

    nope nope nope. not impressed. not even remotely spicy. boo.

  16. Jen says:

    These are the best of the Doritos tacos. I usually put Fire sauce on tacos to add flavor but this shell has enough flavor already that I don’t even need the sauce.

    They’re not hot to me at all — but maybe I have a high tolerance for heat. They just have a really good taste.

  17. XSkullRay says:

    This is one of my favorite items to get at Taco Bell. It is my favorite out of the three DLT and has a very good mixture of flavors that work really well together.

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