Review: Quesarito from Taco Bell

There are some fast food products that make us all ponder, “Why didn’t I think of that?” This is usually the case with creations that seem like a no-brainers and it’s anyone’s guess why it’s taken so long to hit the market.  Taco Bell’s new Quesarito combines a quesadilla with a burrito… an idea that takes two awesome Mexican food classics and attempts to create one unforgettable fast food experience.

Taco Bell QuesaritoTaco Bell describes their Quesarito like this:

The NEW Quesarito is the best of a quesadilla and burrito rolled into one! It’s filled with seasoned beef, premium Latin rice, Chipotle sauce, reduced-fat sour cream, and then wrapped up in a grilled quesadilla loaded with melted cheeses.
While the idea of a Quesarito is amazing on paper, the true test comes with how well executed the complete package ends up.  The biggest hurdle on my mind going into the Quesarito was whether or not the quesadilla part of it actually stands out or will this just be another sloppy burrito that has too many ingredients to recognize.

Quesarito 2The Quesarito tested really well and was the best-selling Taco Bell test market item since Doritos Locos Tacos.  I tempered my enthusiasm enough to go into sampling my Quesarito with fair expectations.  Outside of the fact that this was a quesadilla wrapped burrito and trying to start my focus on the interior ingredients, I liked that the Quesarito featured Taco Bell’s premium Latin rice.   The crossover of Cantina Bell ingredients into the everyday stuff is something I’ve been hoping to see in future products and it’s been few and far between.  The cilantro-laden rice is cooked with onion powder and garlic powder and it’s something a little different than the norm. It’s hard to dissect a Taco Bell burrito too much when it’s one made with their seasoned beef, so the complement of a sauce is always crucial.  The Chipotle sauce provides a noticible smoky flavor with provides some peppery spice and it went well with the blend of salty seasonings from the ground beef.  Reduced-fat sour cream finds its way into a lot of Taco Bell products and it’s normally lost within a burrito and the same case applies here.  Taco Bell should save the sour cream for tacos and just forget about it in their burritos.  I was happy to see the obvious markings of a grill press with the Quesarito because there are too many hot/wet ingredients for a package like this to not benefit from a little extra crispness in the tortilla.   The quesadilla portion of the Quesarito was surprisingly noticeable from just a visual perspective as the picture below clearly shows there’s plenty of melted cheese slathered in there.  It’s a cheesy burrito, but during the grubbing process, the novelty of this being a quesadilla wrapped burrito is unfortunately lost.  I think the quesadilla portion struggles to stand out much because there’s nothing new about the cheese.  If Taco Bell featured a new cheese or sauce within the quesadilla level of the Quesarito, maybe the experience wouldn’t be as forgettable.  QuesaritoMy Quesarito was priced at $2.19 for the standard seasoned beef version, but it’s also available with shredded chicken for $2.99 and steak for $3.19. It’s right around average and it’s hard to whine about a pretty filling burrito for under 3 bucks.   For the sake of being extra geeky, let’s compare the Quesarito to the less-expensive Beefy 5-Layer Burrito (50-cents cheaper at my local TB) on the Why Pay More menu.  I figure there will be some that wonder what is so different about the Quesarito versus the cheaper Beefy 5-Layer Burrito since both products have the layer of cheese inside the tortilla.  The Beefy 5-Layer Burrito has beans instead of rice so maybe you can argue the added fiber will make for a more filling meal.  Serving size comparisons have the Quesarito at 259 grams and the Beefy 5-Layer at 230 grams… very similar in weight.  The Quesarito is still a superior product to the B5L Burrito in my opinion because it’s grilled, has the heat element with Chipotle sauce, and I noticed a more substantial presecence of cheese.  The 50-cents between them feels about right so the Quesarito feels like a decent value.

Quesarito CollageTo sum up the Quesarito, when you’re gnashing your teeth against a compact package of ingredients, you’re going to have to do something extra to really separate yourself.  The Quesarito experience wouldn’t have felt very different if the quesadilla cheese layer was on the inside with everything else.  We should expect some new varieties of Quesarito in the future and my hope is that the quesadilla portion is where the change comes… until then, this feels like more of the same.

Pros: Tasty heat from the Chipotle sauce. Cantina Bell ingredient crossover with the premium Latin rice. Filling, decent value.

Cons: The quesadilla portion didn't stand out enough for me and that's the most important part of the Quesarito being a true success.

Taste: 6.00/10
Value: 7.00/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 6.25/10
Price: $2.19 beef (shredded chicken $2.99, steak $3.19)

Overall GrubGrade: 6.25/10

More Info: http://www.tacobell.com/food/menuitem/quesarito
Nutrition Facts:
Serving Size - 259 grams
Calories - 650
Total Fat - 34 grams
Saturated Fat - 12 grams
Sodium - 1450 milligrams
Cholesterol - 60 milligrams
Carbs - 65 grams
Dietary Fiber - 6 grams
Sugars - 5 grams
Protein - 22 grams

52 comments on “Review: Quesarito from Taco Bell

  1. Jake says:

    It looks like a slightly bigger Loaded Griller. And grillers are clearly a better value, especially during happy hours. Of course, you can be tired of the loaded grillers and want something different…

  2. Steven says:

    I was not impressed. I had high hopes for this but it tastes like almost everything else from Taco Bell.

  3. missouri says:

    I was thinking the same thing about the B5LB – “haven’t we already seen this before” in a previous form? Glad to see that you addressed that.

  4. Zack says:

    Welp, I know what I’m having for lunch tomorrow. Think I’ll even go fancy and upgrade to steak lol

  5. Jeff D. says:

    I got the steak version of this in Redwood City CA, it was priced at $3.09. I liked it a lot. There really was a good amount of cheese in the quesadilla portion which I was not expecting. If you love cheese, then this will be your new favorite burrito at taco bell. Going to try to get some custom made versions, first I’m going to see if they can add bacon into the quesadilla part. Then will try a grilled chicken version with pepper-jack sauce substituting for the chipotle sauce!

  6. RickFelt says:

    I tried it this evening and it so so. The last 4th of the burrito was all rice.

  7. Gbob says:

    I thought it was pretty good, add some zesty jalapeno sauce and it would remind me of the old Grilled Stuff Burritos that were around 3 bucks.

  8. DW says:

    What a waste of $2. Why can’t they use the regular cheddar cheese for the quesadilla part instead of the nacho cheese sauce. Just wrong. How can you mess up wrapping a burrito with a quesadilla? Somehow they did.

    • MS says:

      My thoughts exactly. The cheese wiz-like consistency completely ruined any chance it had to be remotely enjoyable.

    • Eric says:

      That is definitely melted cheese in the quesadilla portion, not cheese sauce. I guess it’s not Cheddar though, just their usual blend of shredded cheese. That seems to be the biggest thing separating this from the beefy 5-layer, so I’m surprised that wasn’t made more clear in the review.

    • JF says:

      It’s a melted shredded cheese blend, not some cheese sauce. I believe it is the same cheese blend they use in their regular quesadillas. What gave you the impression that it was nacho cheese sauce?

      • ram82082 says:

        umm mine def had nacho cheese sauce. it burst thru the side(suburban station, philly) $2.59 before tax

      • DW says:

        The fact that it was 100% nacho cheese sauce! That what Lol. And another person immediately agreed, cheese wiz like.. Maybe they made it differently here in LA. There may have been some cheese blend too, but it was, without a doubt, Nacho type cheese sauce. It’s cheap.

        I’ve eaten enough TBell in my 40 years to know that familiar vomit flavor that nacho cheese sauce turns into that once it is wrapped and sealed inside anything Taco Bell makes!

      • Alex K. says:

        Mine was cheese sauce. It’s not hard to tell the difference.

        • MS says:

          I ordered it without second guessing, thinking “they’ll use the same normal, shredded cheese blend in this like they do in the quesadillas.” Wrong. If I were to order a quesarito again, I would: 1. Substitute that awful “melted cheese blend” (which I claim contains at least some amount of nacho cheese and is not the same used in TB quesadillas) with shredded cheese; and 2. Not pay $3.xx for steak. If I know a Taco Bell item has nacho cheese in it, I always order it without. It overpowers every other ingredient, and carries a high risk of causing mud butt.

      • Jeff in Middletucky says:

        Tried it for the first time last night. And the one I had was definitely, disappointingly, ludicrously, made with nacho cheese sauce, not real, actual cheese. As a result, my first sampling of this product will also be my last. Feh.

  9. John says:

    I like Taco Bell, but I won’t be trying this. I’m tired of all the carbs piled on top of carbs. Who would eat a rice sandwich? They’re just slamming a bunch of dirt cheap ingredients together and calling it a value.

  10. Lamar Owen says:

    I tried the steak version today for lunch. Chipotle sauce was almost non-existent. No differentiation between burrito and quesadilla. Will order again but the chicken version and ask for extra chipotle sauce.

  11. alan rodriguez says:

    its a quesadilla flour with the toppings and that is wrapped inside a buritto dough. doesnrt make sense.. il sit to my burito with extta evryhing but the calories ands sodium here r bnot bad.. taco bell has riun of ideas… gettting xxxl taco in a few weeks..

  12. Bill says:

    I just had one and I’m fairly certain that the cheese in the quesadilla part was not nacho cheese sauce.

  13. CB says:

    So is the “quesadilla” cheese just nacho cheese then?

  14. Steven T says:

    Had the steak and beef version. Decent item for the price. No real filler, rice but I don’t mind that. Unlike the Stuft burritos that is just filled with rice, bean and other stuff from twice the price.

    Tasted about what I expected. Nothing really stands out about it but I would buy again if I go to Taco Bell.

  15. ram82082 says:

    i thought it was OK… i had the beef. thought the beef was kinda lost in the shuffle, maybe the steak would fair better. it actually has some texture. the quesadilla part only had sauce working for the nacho cheese didnt work. more chessy burrito w/ quesadilla sauce than a quesarito

  16. Roger C. says:

    Tastes like Taco Bell. Oh well, at least it was a cheap lunch. It just proves that everything from Chipotle is massively overrated.

  17. Haytham says:

    I ordered this expecting to enjoy a cheesy burrito but was kind of dissapointed

    Agree with the review the sauce is good but didnt feel it was cheesy enough

  18. Rachel says:

    Am I the only one who enjoyed the shredded cheese and nacho cheese together? I got mine without sour cream and chipotle and added baja sauce. Tastes way better!

  19. Chris J says:

    Had this today. Might cheese was a mixture of shredded and nacho. Didnt enjoy it much. All my sauce was crammed at the end of the burrito with the rice.

    Wish they could come up with ideas and execute them better because this is good in principal.

  20. John Dubin says:

    I tried this today. It had a texture similar to a limp noodle with rice stuck to it.
    I was mostly disappointed with the use of nacho cheese sauce instead of regular cheddar cheese for the quesadilla. I will not order again.

  21. Cory says:

    The quesarito has nacho cheese and cheddar cheese which is the outer layer of the burrito. Inside is rice, creamy chipotle sauce, sour cream and your choice of shredded chicken, beef or steak.

  22. Lochlain says:

    Not sure I can expect much from the price point, but it definitely was their nacho cheese sauce, and not much of it at that. I thought it was good, the rice and chipotle sauce makes this grilled burrito. The quesadilla part is a joke. I’d pay more for something approximating their usual chicken quesadilla with burrito fillings

  23. scum1 says:

    There is nothing premium about rice. I call BS on even naming that. It’s to make you think your are getting something special instead of a cheap filler. Rice is cheap. I would have to get one of these with no rice. Or even better just get a meximelt which has real cheese and a fair amount of beef

  24. scum1 says:

    Premium rice? More like cheap filler. I got more rice than beef for sure. Leave the rice out and this is not bad. Still I think I’d just have a Meximelt

  25. James S says:

    Not bad, but if you’re expecting the same shredded cheese blend they use in the Cheesy Gordita Crunch between the flatbread and the hard taco shell…nope nope nope.

  26. Blasphemy! It’s only one of the best things I have ever tasted in my entire life. I would travel through fields of e. coli to taste this again.

  27. CB says:

    First time I tried them the beef and chicken one were just ok. Today I got the chicken again with extra Chipotle sauce and it was great. Love that stuff!

  28. KK says:

    Tried one today with the chicken (skip the sour cream). I liked it, I didn’t love it. I do like the rice despite me being in the minority. My first few bites were a ton of tortilla and some rice and sauce and almost no chicken or cheese. It wasn’t until about halfway through it that I could taste the “queso” part instead of just the burrito. Then the last half was overloaded with cheese to the point that it was almost too much. I think in my case it was error on the part of the person who made it that the ingredients weren’t applied correctly. Overall I did like it and will try it again and hope someone makes it better LOL. Nice size for the price point though. It DID have both nacho cheese and melted cheese and despite the cheese being loaded to one side of the burrito, I think there was a good combo of both where mine didn’t taste JUST like nacho cheese, the melted cheddar / blend, whatever, was definitely there.

  29. MP says:

    Just ate one. $1.99 for the beef. Quesadilla was all nacho cheese (clearly). Mine wasn’t stuffed very well (about half of Ryan’s) & definitely came in under half a pound. Could taste the Chipotle & the nacho cheese sauce but nothing else. It was okay but won’t buy again.

  30. Priscilla says:

    Ok, I ordered mine with beans instead of the beef being a vegetarian and all. Took first bite and tasted great but then got this overwhelming bacon flavor. I opened it up and saw little pieces of bacon in the chipotle sauce? Anyone else experience this? I would love to order it again, love the texture, the crisp outside and cheesy goodness inside but need to figure out what this bacon/smoky texture is.

  31. KK says:

    I think how well you like this one really depends on where you went and who made it. Like I said, mine was clearly half cheese and half cheese sauce and it actually kinda worked, but wasn’t spread out well through the wrap. There wasn’t too much sauce and the rice and chicken were good.

  32. Taya says:

    I had one of these the other day. Mine was beef and filled with both the shredded cheese and nacho cheese or cheese sauce. I unwrapped it to add my lovely verde sauce and was utterly disappointed to find all the damn sour cream on one end. So I evenly dispersed it throughout. I think it would taste better in a chicken version. Next time I order it, I’ll do it in a bowl or have them cram it in just one wrap. The amount of tortilla was ridiculous. I found myself ripping half of it off. Overall, for $1.99 it wasn’t bad, but I’ll spend $2.79 for the shredded chicken instead and tell them to please lose those carbs. I felt so dirty after I finished the new menu item. Score from me: 6/10.

  33. Taya says:

    Oh, and the Chipotle sauce was excellent! I’m definitely a fan of the Latin rice already since I love the Cantina line of products at Taco Bell. For the sake of argument, this burrito reminds of combining the beefy nacho griller (spice) with the beefy 5 layer (density) to get this final concoction (minus the hot chips and beans, of course). It’s really filling.

  34. John says:

    These things are my new favorite menu item at TB, for sure.

    I sub the meat for beans, minus Sour Cream, and add Baja sauce. Delicious! I just had two of them, and now I need a nap. TB here in Michigan uses melted shredded cheese.

  35. stevenp says:

    late to the party, but just had my first qsrto (steak). It def was nacho sauce, but the chipotle sauce was good with a nice heat. Not much steak in mine. And you guys are lucky; here in NYC, the steak or chicken quesarito costs $4.30! (Beef is $3.60) :(

  36. Admin_Vaas says:

    Just got one outside Dallas, definitely the cheese they use in Quesadillas there. I was satisfied, but they were a bit liberal in using the chipotle sauce. Got a steak one, but didn’t notice the price because I was buying for a lot of people.

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