Review: Triple Steak Stack from Taco Bell
First off… props to the Taco Bell located two miles from my front door for once again releasing a new promo item a couple of days early. I just spent $4.99 to try the new Triple Steak Stack and I must say I’m left a bit underwhelmed. Of course this is my subjective opinion, but with a few tweaks, I’m sure I could fix a lot of what’s wrong with this item. Everyone’s an expert.
Taco Bell describes the Triple Steak Stack like this:
A warm, soft flatbread layered with a triple* portion of 100% USDA Select marinated, grilled steak and a delicious, melted three-cheese blend.
A 9-inch long thick flatbread packed full of marinated steak and a three-cheese blend. That’s about where the details end with the Triple Steak Stack. An unimaginative concoction of ingredients that has me begging for the nationwide release of the Doritos Locos Tacos to really change things up. Yeah the steak is better than the Taco Bell steak of old… but packing this much steak and not branching out into new flavors is overkill. Even if you’re a steak lover, too much of a good thing still needs some balance right? Steak, cheese, flatbread, sigh.
While Taco Bell’s M.O. is normally a sauce thrown in to the mix, the Triple Steak Stack is void of any sauce. Taco Bell’s array of sauce packets really come in handy here. A bit of customization is in order here, but a sauce packet can only do so much. How about some peppers and onions? How about some Flamin’ Hot Fritos ala the Beefy Crunch Burrito? Maybe Lava Sauce? Something… anything to really have this thing stand out from something other than all that glut of steak. At $4.99, it’s a filling meal, but I was bored with it halfway through. Another issue I had with the Triple Steak Stack was the soft and soggy flatbread. It’s a thick bolillo flatbread, but floppy and quite bland. Toast this thing up a bit and we’ve got an instant improvement. The three-cheese blend of Monterey Jack/Cheddar/Mozz glues the package together nicely, yet lacks any punch in flavor.
Steak lovers rejoice as the steak is piled high on in the Triple Steak Stack. Those of you looking for an interesting variety of flavors and textures will more than likely be disappointed here. At $4.99, this premium-priced promo item could’ve been so much better if it was the Double Steak Stack and eased up on some steak to make room for a more complete and inspired menu item.
Pros: Loaded with steak... if that's your sorta thing. Steak is improved (less rubbery) over the pre-2011 version. Makes good use of Taco Bell sauce packets.
Cons: Needs something else in the flavor/texture department... onions, peppers perhaps? Soggy flatbread, I'd prefer it toasted like the Grilled Stuft Burritos. $4.99.
Grubbing on-the-go: 5.50/10
Overall GrubGrade: 5.50/10
More Info: TacoBell.com
not available as of 11/8/11