Review: Spicy Chicken Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos from Taco Bell
The Doritos Locos Tacos family has expanded once again. We’ve experienced the Original Nacho Cheese DLT, the Cool Ranch DLT, and most recently the Fiery DLT. This time around there isn’t a new Doritos shell to dissect, but a lot more going on inside the shell. It’s taken over four years to move beyond seasoned ground beef and into the territory of chicken. Let’s take a closer look at the new Spicy Chicken Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos from Taco Bell.
Taco Bell describes the Spicy Chicken Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos like this:
A Taco Supreme® made with our Marinated all-white-meat shredded chicken, new Fiery sauce, crisp lettuce, diced juicy red ripe tomatoes, real cheddar cheese and topped with cool reduced-fat sour cream, in a shell made from Cool Ranch® Doritos® Chips
The thirteen syllables in “Spicy Chicken Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos” is a mouthful so let’s use the acronym SCCRDLT when appropriate.
The shredded chicken is marinated and quite flavorful with seasonings of garlic, paprika and other spices. Since the shredded chicken soaks in a lot of the wet marinade, pairing it up with a hard corn taco shell caused problems. It’s not a shock to experience a somewhat crumbled mess when you’re dealing with a hard shell taco, but the SCCRDLT was one of the most difficult I’ve encountered. The heat and moisture of shredded chicken that’s been sitting in a steamy vat marinating in its own juices will reak havoc on a delicate taco shell. The wetness of the shredded chicken seeped through both of my tacos. Even with the little paper taco holder, there were problems. The taco holder was great with previous incarnations of the Doritos Locos Tacos brand so it was disappointing to see it turn out so ineffective with the SCCRDLT. The moisture even comprimised the structure of the paper taco holder. Flavorwise, the Cool Ranch Doritos shell didn’t impress me with the original Cool Ranch DLT because it lacked the impact of a Doritos chip and the same will be said for this new taco. With the SCCRDLT, I’ve never wanted a thicker Doritos shell more than now.
Including Fiery Sauce in the Spicy Chicken Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos really puts the product in a spicy category that should satisfy the chile-heads out there. On my personal heat scale, the Fiery Sauce was way up there. The sauce had a nice creamy texture and peppery flavor that I’m sure people will want to try on other products. Reduced-fat sour cream was a relief to cool things off a little bit to help balance the Fiery Sauce. At this point in the fast food Mexican game, the blend of lettuce, diced tomato and shredded cheese is becoming more and more forgettable… especially with everything else it contends with.
My SCCRDLT was priced at $2.19 and I felt it was 50 cents away from being a good value. The Supreme versions of all previous DLT’s made it under the 2 dollar mark. With a product that was constructed just fine, but suffered from battling moisture and texture, I’d find myself having trouble ordering this product again unless there was an extra barrier between the shredded chicken and Cool Ranch Doritos shell. Give this thing the Cheesy Gordita Crunch or Double Decker Taco treatment and support what you’ve got going on the inside and maybe I’ll give it a second look. As the product is now, I feel it needs some adjustment.
Pros: Plenty of kick from the Fiery sauce so it lives up to its "spicy" name. Flavorful marinated chicken.
Cons: The bottom of the Cool Ranch Doritos taco shell loses its crunch upon the weight and moisture of the shredded chicken. The flavor impact of the shell needs some work.
Grubbing on-the-go: 3.75/10
Overall GrubGrade: 5.25/10
More Info: http://www.tacobell.com/food/tacos/spicy-chicken-cool-ranch-dlt
Serving Size: 119 grams
200 calories, 11 grams of fat, 30 milligrams of cholesterol, 14 grams of carbs, 2 grams of fiber, 11 grams of protein