Review: Naked Egg Taco from Taco Bell
Taco Bell has really pushed this naked thing on us in 2017. There was the Naked Chicken Chalupa (review) back in January… the Naked Chicken Chips (review) in May… and now they’re getting naked for breakfast with the new Naked Egg Taco. Who here likes the creative writing essay food descriptions that Taco Bell uses these days? Leave a comment on this post to share your thoughts. For whatever reason I’m bothered by them. Here’s the Taco Bell description of the new Naked Egg Taco:
What is the shell? Seriously…what the shell is the shell? No, you’re not dreaming. It’s the new Naked Egg Taco, so you can only imagine what the shell the shell is?
Confused by all the shell talk yet? Nah, you know what we’re talking about. The shell of a Naked Egg Taco is a fried egg, of course! And it’s our first taco made entirely of classic breakfast ingredients, both inside and out. It’s what you’ve always dreamed the perfect breakfast could be. Kind of like the breakfast you remember mom making you every morning. You know, with the smiley face bacon and all. Ok, we can’t guarantee there will be a smiley face made out of bacon inside your taco, but one bite is sure to put a smile on your face. It’s got your choice of bacon or sausage, seasoned potatoes, and warm melty cheddar cheese and nacho cheese sauce all folded up in a fried egg. You guessed it, in the shape of taco because, well, we ARE Taco Bell after all.
Like we said, this taco is what you’ve always dreamed of. Let’s call it…the breakfast of your dreams! And this breakfast of your dreams is literally in your dreams. You’ll be dreaming about this Naked Egg Taco every night. You may even catch yourself day dreaming about it while you’re at work. We don’t blame you. We find ourselves dreaming about this dreamy breakfast taco too, which is why we created it. Now everyone can get a taste of this delicious breafasty dream. But that doesn’t mean you have to stop dreaming. We don’t want you to give up dreaming altogether, because where’s the fun in that? Just know that the Naked Egg Taco is real life now. So go ahead… Roll into your local Taco Bell and see for yourself. Your dream HAS come true with the Naked Egg Taco.
Did you make it through the whole thing? To be fair I’m sure most people skip reading my reviews and just check out the scores and comments. I do the same. In any case, I hope the bold red helped you get to the point.OK so the summed up version of the Naked Egg Taco is a folded fried egg with breakfast stuff inside. Taco Bell has folded a piece of chicken and called it a shell, and who can forget that Waffle Taco? Basically if there’s something relatively flat and edible, Taco Bell can call it a shell. Fried eggs can obviously be prepared in a variety of ways and everyone has their favorite. The only way it would seem work in the case of the Naked Egg Taco is to have it cooked “over well” with the fully-cooked and intact yolk. It’s just like you’d imagine really. Mostly it’s the floppy, congealed egg white making up the bulk of “shell” and thankfully there’s a taco holster to keep you from actually having to touch it.I’ve heard people say, “So basically the Naked Egg Taco is an omelette.” The answer is yes and no. To me it’s pretty much an omelette, but since we’re not dealing with mixed eggs, I guess technically the answer is also no. Inside the folded fried egg you’ve got a mix of crispy, seasoned potatoes (big thumbs up), shredded cheddar cheese (seems like it was just added to help hold the ingredients together a little tighter), nacho cheese sauce (liked it), and your choice of either bacon or sausage. I went with sausage and enjoyed my choice. The Naked Egg Taco does a good job at containing a trio of flavors into one small breakfast package. If you’re not into a folded fried egg as your outer layer, it’s nice that you have the option to get yours as a Dressed Egg Taco which includes a warm flatbread covering up the egg (I dare you to get through that description without rolling your eyes). It’s also great that there’s no upcharge to get your Naked Egg Taco “Dressed”. The suggested price of the Naked Egg Taco is $1.99 and I got mine in Maryland for $2.19. It’s a pretty fair value.Was it necessary to have a folded fried egg as a “shell”, nope. It’s a gimmick that allows Taco Bell to continue with their Naked product line, but at least it’s a gimmick that turned out to be quite practical.
Pros: Low carb. Good breakfast value. Egg "shell" paper holster. Gimmicky, but practical. Option to add a flatbread at no extra cost.
Cons: The fried egg by itself is mostly bland and unseasoned... only useful as an edible home for the flavorful inside ingredients. Taco Bell's creative writing essay descriptions.
Grubbing on-the-go: 8.00/10
Overall GrubGrade: 8.00/10
More Info: tacobell.com
Calories - 300
Fat - 21 grams
Saturated fat - 6 grams
Carbs - 15 grams
Sodium - 520 milligrams
Cholesterol - 170 milligrams
Fiber - 2 grams
Sugars - 4 grams
Protein - 12 grams