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.
Taco 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. The 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.
Priced 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.
Grubbing on-the-go: 6.25/10
Overall GrubGrade: 5.25/10
More Info: http://www.tacobell.com
Serving Size: 320 grams
Total Fat: 33 grams
Saturated Fat: 9 grams
Cholesterol: 205 milligrams
Carbs: 68 grams
Dietary Fiber: 5 grams
Sugars: 4 grams
Protein: 26 grams