Review: Grande Scrambler from Taco Bell

Taco Bell released their breakfast menu nationwide back in March and I was quick to sample the Waffle Taco and the A.M. Crunchwrap. Even though I enjoyed the A.M. Crunchwrap, I haven’t been compelled enough to make my way back to Taco Bell during breakfast hours. Starting a breakfast menu and going national with it was a big move for Taco Bell and it’s been a success so far. So nearly four months later, new breakfast offerings had me curious again. Going for what looked to be the most interesting of the new crop of products, I decided this morning’s breakfast would be the Taco Bell’s new Grande Scrambler.

Grande ScramblerTaco Bell’s Grande Scrambler is featured with steak, but is also available with the standard bacon or sausage. I went for steak and Taco Bell describes the Grande Scrambler with Steak like this:

A warm flour tortilla filled with fully scrambled eggs, seasoned breakfast potatoes, warm nacho cheese sauce, tender grilled marinated steak, and topped with freshly prepared pico de gallo, cool reduced fat sour cream and real cheddar cheese.

What got my attention right off the bat with the Grande Scrambler was the name. I’m not overly familiar with Del Taco, but I knew enough to know they have a breakfast burrito called the Epic Scrambler… and it’s almost exactly the same ingredient for ingredient. I hope for Del Taco’s sake their Epic Scrambler is better than my experience with Taco Bell’s Grande Scrambler.The scrambled eggs came in big plentiful chunks and I found them to be pretty average. After finishing my Grande Scrambler I came away thinking the average eggs were one of the few bright spots. Initially seeing the description of this breakfast burrito I was looking forward to the seasoned breakfast potatoes. While there’s a slightly salty taste of noticeable breakfast potatoes in every bite, there was no substance to the exterior. The starchy center of the potatoes stuck out to me when I would have preferred to have some crisp change of texture. I think the A.M. Crunchwrap made great use of Taco Bell’s hashbrown and the inclusion of breakfast potatoes in my Grande Scrambler just fell flat. Grande Scrambler 2The nacho cheese sauce and pico de gallo was dispersed evenly through the burrito and wasn’t overused. What I do feel was overused was the sour cream. The sour cream didn’t help the Grande Scrambler as it almost worked to mute the flavor of pico de gallo. Having grilled, marinated pieces of steak in a breakfast burrito can be tricky because bacon and sausage are so much more familiar early in the morning. Bacon and sausage work a lot more naturally with eggs and melted cheese sauce, so if steak is involved you want it to be a standout. The steak just reminded me of non-breakfast items at Taco Bell and I wish something could have been done to it to separate itself. Maybe Taco Bell could use a different steak seasoning or some other tweak to liven it up.

Grande Scrambler 3Priced at $3.39, the Grande Scrambler with Steak is one of the pricier breakfast items on the menu. It’s definitely a hefty burrito, but a 90-cent upcharge over bacon/sausage felt like a weak value since the steak was pretty mediocre. Some sharp flavor to complement the steak would’ve worked out a lot better here. My suggestion would be to make good use of salsa packets with this order or save a dollar and try your luck with another breakfast option.

Pros: Plentiful eggs. Filling.

Cons: Texture of the breakfast potatoes. Sour cream was unnecessary. The steak came off pretty bland and needed a stronger flavor presence.

Taste: 5.00/10
Value: 5.75/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 6.25/10
Price: $3.39

Overall GrubGrade: 5.25/10

More Info: http://www.tacobell.com
Nutrition Facts:
Serving Size: 320 grams
Calories: 670
Total Fat: 33 grams
Saturated Fat: 9 grams
Cholesterol: 205 milligrams
Carbs: 68 grams
Dietary Fiber: 5 grams
Sugars: 4 grams
Protein: 26 grams

16 comments on “Review: Grande Scrambler from Taco Bell

  1. Alex K. says:

    Taco Bell’s sausage effing weird me out. I haven’t had it, but it looks like gall stones. Nasty.

  2. BigBelly says:

    looks like a used diaper, gross

    and I don’t think bacon and cheese sauce is going to work well in anything wrapped, unless you eat it immediately

  3. Tim says:

    Sour cream is *always* unnecessary.

    • Robert says:

      That’s sacrilege. Nacho Cheese sauce is what’s always unnecessary. Congealed oils with orange powder flavor. Ick.

  4. Todd says:

    what kind of knife did you use to cut that thing? i imagine if i tried to cut one of those in half it would have squished everything. you have an almost perfect straight cut. kudos!

  5. Jonathan says:

    Those eggs just look…so bad. You can see the indention’s of the knife you used ON the eggs as if you were cutting into butter. The whole thing looks like the worst attempt at a breakfast burrito I have ever seen.

  6. Robert says:

    The steak at TB is SO BAD now. I’m gonna try this with bacon.

  7. @homercles82 says:

    This burrito is unnecessary. The other burritos blow it away, for less money. The sour cream doesn’t fit and goes awful with the eggs.

    the burrito grillers or cheesy burritos are much better.

  8. David says:

    This looks disgusting…I dunno how you ate it after you cut it in half and actually looked at it.

  9. churro bites says:

    Taco Bell uses the same potatoes we always have been using called potato bites, I do not know where Taco Bell gets off calling them these new breakfast potatoes. As well I saw a commercial the other day of bacon going down on a grill, this is not what they do its the old bacon bits they put on everything else.

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