Review: Smothered Burrito from Taco Bell
For some, Taco Bell is a guilty pleasure and the idea is often a great deal more satisfying than the experience. However, that is not why I shudder when ordering there. The apprehension is really more due to the service than the food itself. I like the food quite a bit, actually. It just seems to me that if you make the slightest alteration you are likely to get the exact opposite of whatever it is you wanted. I once got a Big Mac instead of a chicken quesadilla with added pepper jack sauce. Sometimes even ordering straight off the menu is a bad move. Getting an incorrect or disappointing takeout meal enrages me admittedly more than it should. Ryan himself can probably recite word for word my cringe-worthy experience at (you guessed it) Taco Bell involving a double chicken quesadilla and a side of guacamole which I was billed for a total of three times and still did not receive. So it warms my heart to give them a gold star for once with the new Smothered Burrito.Taco Bell describes their new Smothered Burrito like this:
Our new Smothered Burrito is filled with shredded chicken, premium Latin rice, hearty beans, and creamy chipotle sauce. Then it’s smothered with red sauce, loads of melted cheeses and topped with reduced-fat sour cream.
I agree with every word of this and I have a few of my own. I really enjoyed the shredded chicken. It had a delicate quality to it but still satisfied and stood up to a chew or two, allowing the well-seasoned flavor to come through before being swallowed. While it was only very slightly over salted, I nonetheless enjoyed both the taste and texture. It had the consistency of their old shredded chicken in the spicy chicken burritos from way back when, but without the heat.
The beans and rice were standard, but complemented the new shredded chicken and wet ingredients nicely. There was plenty of rich melted cheese and just enough reduced fat sour cream to keep things interesting. Not to mention the burrito literally WAS smothered in the red sauce which I absolutely cannot get enough of. I would put that stuff on my cereal… if I ate cereal. Anyway, after a few bites I noticed a very slight tingle on my tongue as if there were the merest impression of spice buried in the chipotle sauce. Not unwelcome but it reminded me of the mild sauce they provide in packets by the handful and invariably made me want to spice things up. So five packets of fire sauce later and I have slaughtered this thing. I could not get enough, and I maaaaaay have licked the bowl. No judging.
This burrito was nicely sized, comparable to their Grilled Stuft Burrito I believe, but with the lovely additions of red sauce, melted cheese and sour cream on the outside. I have to say: the Smothered Burrito really impressed me. The thing has a great price point at $3.99, and the quality of not only the chicken but the entrée as a whole was higher than I would normally expect from Taco Bell. Not quite on a level with the more expensive fast casual places like Chipotle or Qdoba. Maybe more on par with say… Purple Burrito… without the upset stomach, of course. With all this in mind, I hope to enjoy many more of these beauties in the future and if you even glanced at this review you owe it to yourself to try one as well.
Pros: Quality shredded chicken, plentiful ingredients, fair price at $3.99. This burrito hit all the sweet spots.
Cons: Just a bit too much salt in the shredded chicken. I did happen to notice that my local Taco Bell had gotten rid of the Big Box Meals. What gives?
Grubbing on-the-go: 6.00/10
Overall GrubGrade: 8.25/10
More Info: http://www.tacobell.com/food/menuitem/Smothered-Burrito
Calories 650 g
Calories from fat 250 g
Saturated fat 10 g
Total fat 28 g
Trans fat 0 g
Sodium 2230 g
Carbs 67 g
Dietary Fiber 8 g
Sugars 4 g
Protein 34 g