Review: Grilled Stuft Nacho from Taco Bell

I’ve always wondered if fast food items that test well before a national release are tested by people that are familiar with the restaurant’s other menu offerings.  I’d put myself in the “extremely familiar” category when it comes to the Taco Bell menu.  Even though our personal tastes will vary, others that fit into this category would likely scratch their heads at how certain products make it through the battery of evaluations they go through before hitting restaurants nationwide.  The new Grilled Stuft Nacho from Taco Bell is the latest entry to fall short for me. 

Grilled Stuft Nacho Taco Bell 1The Grilled Stuft Nacho is described like this:

The Grilled Stuft Nacho is nacho flavors all wrapped up and grilled to perfection in the shape of a giant nacho chip, with seasoned beef, warm nacho cheese sauce, our new zesty nacho sauce, crunchy red strips, and cool reduced-fat sour cream.

I consider the Grilled Stuft Nacho to be a pretty good idea that wasn’t executed in a way to really stand out as special.  The idea of folding up a stuffed tortilla into the shape of a giant nacho chip and then grilling it is awesome to me.  This is something that I wanted to see succeed, and who knows, at the $1.29 promotional price it still may end up being a hit.  What I’d prefer to see out of this is an opportunity for Taco Bell to recognize their creative idea didn’t have to end up so mediocre and possibly try again at a later date.

Grilled Stuft Nacho Taco Bell 2What makes a good nacho chip?  Crisp and warm with a nice solid crunch is a decent start.  Load that chip with cheese and other toppings and you’re on the right track.  The biggest failure with the Grilled Stuft Nacho is that there’s no solid structure to it.  It’s limp and floppy and actually quite pathetic looking. You’re going to want to keep the Grilled Stuft Nacho hidden within the bag it’s housed in or else fumble around with a sagging tortilla that’s ready to spill.  There goes the joy of gazing upon the novelty of a tortilla shaped like a giant nacho chip… that’s my sarcastic way of saying it’s just a triangle.  I still would’ve thought the triangle would be cool if it had something keeping it somewhat stiff.  The tortilla is grilled and has some crispness to it in some spots, but it’s mostly on the pointed ends.  Now I obviously haven’t been experimenting with Taco Bell ingredients attempting to perfect this compact stuffed tortilla triangle, yet another product comes to mind when thinking of a way to make it better:  The Crunchwrap Supreme.  The Crunchwrap might serve as an example of how to straighten the Grilled Stuft Nacho out.  The Crunchwrap Supreme has a crunchy tostada shell inside of it and that helps give it some stability.  So what do we do here?  Triangle shaped tostada shells?  It’s an idea that should be tinkered with.  The Grilled Stuft Nacho does come with crunchy red strips, but there are just not enough of them to compete with the combo of warm nacho cheese sauce AND the new zesty nacho sauce.  Add in the mix of ground beef and pointless sour cream and you’ll know why the crunchy red strips would be more appropriately labeled as just red strips.

Grilled Stuft Nacho Taco Bell 3It wasn’t too surprising to me that the seasoned beef felt lost in a sea of cheese.  There didn’t seem to be much beef in the Grilled Stuft Nacho at all and maybe that’s why the $1.29 didn’t quite come off like a complete steal.  I’d still say $1.29 is a good value for the  570 calories and 32 grams of fat you’re piling on (only 14 grams of protein though). The new zesty nacho sauce had a mildly spicy flavor that I wouldn’t mind having in some other products.  It tasted like a much tamer version of Taco Bell’s lava sauce and it went well with the nacho cheese sauce.  Since this is a “nacho” product, the warm nacho cheese was definitely the main player here.  While the flavor and consistency was fine, there was too much nacho cheese.  Maybe the new zesty nacho sauce should have been highlighted a bit more since it’s new.New Grilled Stuft Nacho Taco BellOverall the Grilled Stuft Nacho didn’t impress me.  There wasn’t much of a nacho vibe outside of the nacho cheese sauce and while the new zesty nacho sauce gets my approval, the package altogether missed its mark.   A quesadilla and a Crunchwrap don’t suffer from extreme limpness so I feel the Grilled Stuft Nacho didn’t need to suffer this fate.    This is a difficult product to grade because it doesn’t taste terrible and it’s not grossly overpriced.  Sure it can get messy, but the real issue is in all the other details of what this product intended to be and what it actually turned out to be.  Cool idea, but this cool idea didn’t translate over to the actual product.

Pros: $1.29. I like the "idea" of what this product could be. Zesty nacho sauce is a wimpier alternative to lava sauce and I'm OK with that.

Cons: More limp than the soggy bottom chip in a plate of loaded nachos. Crunchy red strips were only there for color. Obviously I didn't feel like this was a portable plate of nachos wrapped in a tortilla, not even close.

Taste: 6.00/10
Value: 7.25/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 3.25/10
Price: $1.29

Overall GrubGrade: 5.50/10

More Info: http://www.tacobell.com
Nutrition Facts:
Serving Size - 194 grams
Calories - 570
Total Fat - 32 grams
Saturated Fat - 7 grams
Cholesterol - 35 milligrams
Sodium - 960 milligrams
Carbs - 56 grams
Dietary Fiber - 6 grams
Sugars - 5 grams
Protein - 14 grams

50 comments on “Review: Grilled Stuft Nacho from Taco Bell

  1. Axel says:

    They need to deep-fry this thing.

  2. Alex K. says:

    So… as underwhelming as it looked? Sounds about right.

    Beefy Crunch Burrito, Taco Bell. Stop trying to release “new” things that suck. This isn’t the place to whine, but I’m doing it anyway.

    WHINEWHINEWHINE.

  3. MP says:

    Getting ever so closer to my dream of the all nacho cheese burrito. Just kidding. Maybe we’re supposed to start eating it from the pointy end? Tho I imagine it’ll just sink right down to the bottom & end up being a burrito with the top part eaten off.
    Well, the price & closeness to the Lava Sauce is keeping me interested. If anything, I would call Taco Bell’s ground beef the biggest weakness of all their ingredients.

  4. Alex K. says:

    Got one tonight among other things … $1.29 really isn’t that great of a value for this thing, because it’s insanely thin with very little filling, and is a soggy mess. 5.5 sounds about right.

    • KittieDanger says:

      I got one tonight, it was nasty. The Ultimate Nachos they used to have were much better. It was difficult to eat, not to mention the strange tasting cheese product.

  5. TehBuLL says:

    Yeah…I’ll just stick with the go-to Crunchwrap. Still waiting for Taco Bell to ever come up with a better item.

  6. BigBelly says:

    it looks like the way it’s folded, covers up a lot of raw tortilla, that then never gets crisp. putting tortilla strips in it was just dumb
    thanks for the review, I’ll save my money

  7. Phaet says:

    Sampling a Grilled Stuft Nacho as I type this, mine is more balanced with the cheese to beef (and as we all know different restaraunts make items differently) and I do like what I’m tasting. I will almost certainly buy GSN again, even at the $1.39 price point at my local Taco Bell.

    • TJ says:

      Thanks for giving me hope, even if it’s false lol.. your general statement about different franchises making things differently is very true. I swear I could convert half the people on here to BK at some of the local ones in CA.. but there are a few bad apples out here too, to be fair. The Taco Bells are pretty hit or miss, I’m thinking of the flamas dorito taco or whatever it’s called in particular. And when they give me a soggy chalupa, no thanks :P

    • Dre says:

      Worked at Taco Bell for a few years the preparation makes a huge difference in the product especially where they are grilled such as this item

  8. jenne says:

    ok, i’ll be the one to say it… am I the only one who thinks this picture looks like a ….. hoohoo?

  9. Chris says:

    I really enjoyed it. For the price I was happy – every bite was like that one really cheesy loaded up nacho chip, the sort of chip that’s at the bottom of the plate soggy and loaded with cheese. Who doesn’t like that?!?!

    I consider myself to have a very refined palate – I can taste the difference between stilton and roquefort. But I had a hard time identifying the new “zesty cheese” sauce as cheese. I couldn’t tell if it was a mayo based sauce (like lava) or not. And honestly? That little bit of ambiguity frightened me.

  10. Andre says:

    I’ve been looking forward to trying one of these. I will probably pick up a couple today, but with extra beef. You can get extra beef on anything for around 60 cents. Thanks for the tip.

  11. JF says:

    I was looking forward this, and still might try it. But was expecting this to have some kind of crunch to it. I think Ryan made a good call, that using a nacho shaped tortilla, like the crunch warp would make this a much better item. Maybe even swapping out the red strips with their regular tortilla chips might help.

    But TB for me is that place that sometimes hits the spot for cheap food, not for anything that actually tastes great. I still am partial to the crunch wrap, and miss the volcano burrito.

    • Alex K. says:

      So they’ve officially done away with Volcano Sauce now? Wow. Taco Bell sure knows how to please its consumers. How in the hell is their stock continuing to rise?

      • Bud says:

        I ordered a Taco with lava sauce about 2 weeks ago, then went today to find that it no longer exists. I just don’t get it, what could be the problem with keeping it available for the people that like it?

    • Silvia says:

      I am still able to order the volcano burrito at my TB… LOVE IT

  12. Robert says:

    I think it’s comical how many people absolutely LOVE (myself included) the Beefy Crunch Burrito yet Taco Bell was content having it as a limited time offer and instead puts out this.

    The day I found out there was no more Beefy Crunch Burritos I was at the drive thru and I just kept on driving.

  13. Royal says:

    Got one today at my favorite of my local TBells. It was great, but everything out of this Taco Bell comes out like it was made by the hands of angels, so I wasn’t surprised at all.

  14. MP says:

    Eating one right now. It’s an 8″ x 8″ x 6″ & very soft & flimsy. I ended up folding it in half after the 1st 2 bites & eating it like a burrito. Definitely cheesy but such an odd flavor; like a sour cream tangy mix. The zesty cheese sauce has a cheddar hint to it. It’s not bad but it still makes me miss the Lava Sauce.

  15. Justin ST says:

    You must have had a bad one; mine was fantastic.

  16. Cory says:

    Taco Bell still has lava sauce. You can still order the volcano burrito and volcano nachos.

  17. Jukauz says:

    The grilled stuft nacho was just nasty! It was hardly grilled. Upon opening the little bag the tortilla was disentergrating into a gooey mess. After tasting it with a spoon I threw it away! I wish TB would look back a recipes they used to prepare. They used to offer a really good steak rice bowl and a good chicken rice bowl.

  18. John says:

    There’s rarely ever any “new” stuff that comes out from TB, it’s just repurposed ingredients assembled into a new form.

    They need to bring back the triple cheese melt that had whole beans in it, as well as the chili cheese burrito.

  19. David Davidson says:

    This is a poor effort from tb. All i see is a beef loaded griller burrito in a triangle form.

  20. Megan says:

    This review isn’t very accurate when compared to my experience. I tried this toady and it was perfect. It was hot,stiff and extra crispy. Plus I got tomatoes added. Don’t blame the product for the employees mistakes. My food was delicious mainly because the staff at our local taco Bell know how to prepare the food properly. Try another taco Bell.

  21. Barton John Deiters says:

    The thing about Taco Bell is when something falls off the menu, you can still special order it. The Beefy Tostada left the menu in the early 1990s, before the average Taco Bell employee was born, but I still special order it!

  22. NateS says:

    Just consumed this “nacho.” I opted for the Volcano sauce rather than the zesty for 30 cents extra for a $1.79 total. The item was very thin with little ingredients. Red strip chips were crunchy and the texture was good but just not enough of it. The most ridiculous thing is that they are marketing this as portable….its not at all. If I was running down the street with this in hand it would be a complete mess. I can only give this a try to try/pass rating but you have to add the volcano sauce or else bland will be all you get.

  23. Dustin says:

    This was easily the most disappointing thing I’ve purchased at Taco Bell in recent memory. I think certain things like this that make it through the test kitchen and all are just there as filler, a new gimmick that will be talked about and draw people in. Even if no one buys a second one ever, people are going to be curious. Pretty sure this was designed because they needed an idea (ANY idea) not necessarily because they thought this sad little thing was a good one.

  24. Bud says:

    Personally, I love it… but then again I love almost everything Taco Bell makes. The new sauce on it is great, but the main disappointment was how thin and empty it was… it seamed like total false advertizing compared to the commercial.
    On a side note, why did they eliminate lava sauce and the associated items like the volcano taco and volcano nachos?!? Those were my 2 favorite things to order, and I would add lava sauce to everything else I would order too. I just don’t get it.

  25. Scott says:

    Driving to the airport in Omaha right now. Really looking forward to trying this item, I feel like it has the potential to change my life – I am also looking forward to the airplane dump I get to take afterwards!

  26. Dane says:

    I’m fairly surprised with this review and some of the comments. The one I ordered was thick, tasty, and filling. I’m guessing it really does come down to which taco bell you order it from.

  27. Stephen Fegel says:

    Another Scam. Two teaspoons of beef and beans with cheese sauce. False advertising ABSOLUTELY more ingredients in the TV add. My Last trip to a scam shop.Try Taco Del Mar You get what you see on their adds. Taco Bell will never see me or mine ever again. Their prices and lack of ingredients are a joke. Fooled me again. They should merge with McD’s.

    • BellTaco says:

      Maybe you ordered the wrong thing, because your ingredients are way off… there are no beans, and it has beef, nacho cheese, ‘zesty nacho sauce’, tortilla strips, and sour creme.

  28. Taco Bell Master says:

    I really like how they taste. If you fold it in half then it is much easier to hold and eat.

  29. TJ says:

    I’ve had a couple now and for me they were pretty good, nothing special, but a nice value at $1.29. My one complaint would be there was too much sour cream for my tastes.. one in particular was loaded with it at one end. For the most part, mine weren’t skimpy on the other ingredients too though, especially in the middle.

  30. Shawn says:

    I think the grilled stuffed nacho was very good and deserves a little more credit.
    The way that everyone is talking sounds like they think this is a five star restaurant.
    This is Taco Bell where a 16 year old kid is making your food.
    I wish that Taco Bell would bring this item back.
    Where else can you go and get lunch for $2.67.
    I use to look forward to getting two Grilled Stuffed Nachos for lunch.
    One day they were there and the next, they were gone.
    That was a very sad day.

  31. Adee says:

    Don’t know what everyone is complaining about its great for the value a typical meal at let’s say Burger King is $8.00 .. 4 of these with a drink will cost that much which is a great value I ate 3 of the 4 since I got full .. These are heaven for people that love/adore nachos.. So idk what everyone is complaining about the price is $1.29.. Check the price of a taco honestly it’ll take you like 12 tacos to get full .. People these days.. I kind of think it’s aimed at the younger crowd more anyways in their teens to 40′s.

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