Review: Loaded Taco Burrito from Taco Bell

There can’t always be a taco shell made of chicken or Doritos.  In between the imaginative menu creations, there will always be some head-scratcher LTO’s and ingredient mash-ups with a new name.  The new Loaded Taco Burrito from Taco Bell is another ingredient mash-up to hold us over before the next big thing.The Loaded Taco Burrito is priced at a reasonable $1.49 and features a double serving of seasoned beef, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, reduced-fat sour cream, crunchy red strips, and Avocado Ranch sauce.

My issue with the Loaded Taco Burrito is more directed towards the same old story regarding recycling familiar ingredients. Did I like the Loaded Taco Burrito? Sure, it was fine… only $1.49 and filling enough to be a solid value. The problem I have is that the Taco Bell menu is full of cheap options and there isn’t anything new to talk about. It’s kind of like writing two reviews on a turkey sub from Subway. The first review will cover a turkey sub on wheat with cucumbers, tomatoes, mustard and salt/pepper. The second review will be on a turkey sub with lettuce, onions, mayo, and oil/vinegar. Taco Bell just gets away with random customizations, slapping a new name on it, and figuring out how to price and advertise it. From a business perspective, it’s smart. From my perspective, it’s tough to not analyze it to death and be completely bored with it. The idea of the Loaded Taco Burrito is a burrito with components that are usually found in a taco, but I don’t think I’m totally sold on that way of thinking. I’m pretty sure all of these ingredients have found their way into a Taco Bell burrito or taco at some point. Adding crunch to a burrito replicates a crunchy taco and it’s been done before in various ways. *Say nice things Ryan*  The double portion of beef is generous for a $1.49 burrito. The tomatoes and lettuce have a pleasant cooling quality against the warm ingredients. The sour cream and Avocado Ranch sauce keep things creamy and add some zest. The red strips help balance out the chewy texture with some crunch.
With all those nice things said, the bottom-line is this: The Loaded Taco Burrito isn’t bad, but it’s pretty much what you’d expect. You’ve had this before… maybe one or two ingredients off… same impact. I trust something more exciting from Taco Bell will come along soon enough.

Pros: Cheap and filling.

Cons: Offers nothing new.

Taste: 6.00/10
Value: 7.00/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 6.00/10
Price: $1.49

Overall GrubGrade: 6.25/10

More Info: tacobell.com
Nutrition Facts:
Calories - 550
Fat - 29 grams
Saturated Fat - 9 grams
Sodium - 1130 milligrams
Carbs - 52 grams
Fiber - 7 grams
Sugar - 4 grams
Protein - 20 grams

17 comments on “Review: Loaded Taco Burrito from Taco Bell

  1. Dong Wieners says:

    The main thing that I appreciate about it is that it doesn’t dry your mouth out, unlike the supreme burrito (those beans suck up all the water in your mouth). Also, I’m glad they have a $5 box without the supreme burrito since it always gets stuck in those deals and it’s always the least enjoyable part of the meal.

  2. Negroostwoyou Lawrence says:

    I will try it tomorrow. Since they have affordable deals I will try it.

  3. Brian says:

    As much as I love Taco Bell, I was initially skeptical of this because they are usually more inventive to me with their LTO’s, but I will try anything there at least once that isn’t overly spicy.

    I first tried the LTB the day it came to my local TB location, and as soon as I started chewing on the first bite, I instantly fell in love with it. The avocado ranch kills it on this for me, and extra sour cream makes them taste even better. This is an item to me that has no right to taste as good as it does, but nonetheless, it is so good, and at $1.49, two of them fill up pretty good, and I even like the box deal.

    My main hope is that since all of the ingredients to this thing are regular to the menu, that I can continue to order these after the promotional period is over.

  4. jh says:

    Yup! This LTO earns the Taco Bell ur-review. ‘If you’ve ever had Taco Bell, you’ll recognize this immediately. It’s fine.’

    It’s a good value, but I won’t mourn it like I did the Sriracha Chicken Crunchwrap Slider.

  5. Alex K. says:

    The chicken dip things are the next LTO, so that’ll be nice … but evidently, there won’t be Lava Sauce like rumored. Bunch of crap. Anyway, I am blown away by the fact that not only did someone suggest this as a LTO, but that it actually made it to the planning/testing phase… and THEN somehow manage to get a country wide release. It’s not a “Taco burrito” … it’s a BURRITO. A taco that’s wrapped up IS a burrito. God, it makes my head hurt.

    • Sascha says:

      You know “taco” is just a descriptor, right? A word that tells you what to expect inside the burrito? Or, would you rather go into a restaurant, and instead of seeing bean burrito, chili cheese burrito, and chicken burrito, you just prefer seeing them listed as burrito, burrito and burrito?

      • stilletkniv says:

        I think the same person came on here with the same kind of whinging when the Big Mac Wrap hit the market (“IT’S NOT A BIG MAC, SO WHY CALL IT THAT?”)….. Which I believe wasn’t long after carrying on about “boneless wings” (“WHAT KIND OF WING DOESN’T HAVE A BONE?”) lol.

  6. TJ says:

    Hmm I just instinctively think the value rating ought to be a little higher because it’s just nice to see things that cheap nowadays, other than that I get that this looks pretty underwhelming

  7. alan rodriguez says:

    i can get a xxl stuffed but u know wst i hate? the fillers of beans guac and pico.. who cares about that as thsts not the point of a burtito but rsther takes it from it.. i never order it judt on the side… just give me the meat cheese sour cream and call it a day…

  8. ruckus says:

    This has a decent amount of fiber and protein for 550 calories. Not a bad cheapie before a jog! And thanks for the review, I always enjoy them.

  9. Crs says:

    I don’t view its novelty as something that can be a pro or con. It’s food, not entertainment.

  10. Mark says:

    So it’s a burrito supreme minus beans and add some tortilla strips? I really dislike lettuce and tomato on Taco Bell burritos. It just gets mushy. So I’ll skip this one.

  11. BigBelly says:

    It was bland, & even though it’s a fairly good value, I doubt I’ll order it again

  12. StevenP says:

    Reasonable $1.49, agree. Sadly, they are $2.99 here 🙁

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