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.

Taste: 5.75/10
Value: 5.50/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 5.50/10
Price: $4.99

Overall GrubGrade: 5.50/10

More Info: TacoBell.com
Nutrition Facts:
not available as of 11/8/11

48 comments on “Review: Triple Steak Stack from Taco Bell

  1. Marvo says:

    BOOM!

    Nutrition Facts: 690 calories, 120 calories from fat, 20 grams of fat, 13 grams of saturated fat, 0.5 grams of trans fat, 90 milligrams of cholesterol, 1,950 milligrams of sodium, 59 grams of carbohydrates, 5 grams of fiber, 12 grams of sugar, and 46 grams of protein.

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  3. Old School Mike says:

    5 dollars for this? Gotta be the most expensive single item on the Taco Bell menu. Their $2 meals are now $2.59 at the ‘bell by me and their value menu absolutely SUCKS! What is going on? Is it Yum brands corporate greed or just inflation? Or is it just me? Is Taco Bell’s prices going through the roof or what?

    • Bort says:

      Why is everything “corporate greed” now?

      • Billy says:

        Because people love to compare fast food restaurants to international banks. If people think any of these companies are raising prices just because they feel like it, then they know nothing about business. Of course, this is a blog about the tastiness of sandwiches, so that shouldn’t surprise me.

    • TJ says:

      You think $2.59 for a $2 taco bell meal is crazy?! Given what other places are charging, it still seems fairly reasonable to me.

      I’ll give you that the price for this item is nuts, but Taco Bell still does pretty well for fast food value with some other items.

  4. I’m not surprised that a little customization was in order since that seems to be the norm at Taco Bell these days. They went from being kind of good to being bland, boring and normal where all of their food requires extreme customization in order to make it edible. I wouldn’t think that would be a great business plan, but it seems to work for them. I won’t play along though as Taco Bell has joined Arby’s in my book as a former favorite that I really have no desire to go to anymore.

  5. Chefprotoss says:

    This seems like it wouldn’t be half bad with baja or lava sauce, but plain? What were they thinking?

    Once again… boooo…

  6. Chefprotoss says:

    Also, lol at the tape measure.

  7. Brian Abel says:

    Pro-tip: Add the creamy jalepeno sauce (quesadilla sauce) to everything, that’ll fix it for you.

  8. Janus says:

    Actually yeah, it is pretty good with baja. My TB will be putting this on sale tomorrow, so we’ll see how many small town Ohioans go crazy for yet another TRIPEL STAKE item.

    At least the newer steak is better, IMO.

  9. Dave says:

    I’d rather get me a “five dollar foot-long” Subway sandwich.

    • somesteve says:

      steak is pretty expensive people; keep that in perspective. might try this.

      • Douglas says:

        Taco Bell has a history of using a relatively large ratio of fillers in their meat products, though. I doubt this “steak” is of very high quality.

  10. chris says:

    Not so thrilled to try this menu item but I always hated TB’s steak, so I’ll have to try one to see if it’s improved.

  11. Brian says:

    I had this for lunch today. The steak is pretty good. The flat bread is too soggy as mentioned. I had to rip the thing in half to eat it without it going everywhere. I think this would be good at $3 or such. $4.99 is way too much, and I’d rather get Subway’s steak & cheese flat bread instead at this price.

  12. @graciHas says:

    5 bucks seems pretty expensive for a single TB item. it does look good, though. why they can’t include a sauce into the mix like creamy jalapeno or even some peppers is beyond me

  13. Roger C. says:

    Did you call the police? $5 for this has to be a crime.

  14. Natalie says:

    I’m sure you could just request they either add the same cheesy sauce they use on the chicken flatbread. Yum.

  15. Natalie says:

    No either, just request cheesy sauce.

  16. missouri says:

    Pretty uninspired,m but seriously. $5?

    Not mention…9″, floppy AND bland? I haven’t heard that since…err…never mind.

  17. ChrisLad says:

    Hey at least it isn’t the usual complaint that there isn’t enough meat

  18. Thomas says:

    If this was $3 I think it would repalce the Steak Quessadilla (unless the flatbreadis really that bad). But $5 is too much. Taco Bell has made a reputation for the cheapest of cheap. It is too late to try to change that.

  19. kikurage says:

    I also think this flatbread sandwich is high.This must be $3 at most.

  20. SPM says:

    At first glance it looks like a cheap gyro

  21. Biff says:

    Looks like a dirty diaper. TB is crap.

  22. Lindsay says:

    Gross unappealing meat and yucky looking flatbread for $5 – no thanks!

  23. jesika lin says:

    just steak and cheese? really, taco bell? similar and far better is their “ultimate quesadilla” or whatever its called, the quesadilla on the thicker, gordita-like tortilla. steak, cheese and the creamy baja or whatever sauce, and grilled. pretty much this, but better. those are typically SUPER good and i wish they had them all the time.
    WTF taco bell, really. all your specialty items have been crap lately. why would i want a bland flatbread from taco bell? bring on the FIRE!

  24. Manavee says:

    I ignored all of the negative reviews and tried this for myself today.

    It was as terrible as advertised. Forget about the talk about being an awful value (which it is)….this was one of the worst products I have ever had at Taco Bell even ignoring the terrible value. The flat bread was a soggy gross mess, you actually dont get that much steak (good chunks of the stack consisted of soggy bread only), and there is no sauce or other complementary ingredients to it.

    IMO, a 5 out of 10 is being way too kind to this product.

  25. Dan says:

    I bet this would be great with chipotle sauce.

  26. Stone says:

    Nothing but complaining about the soggy bread, yet you femmes want to pile any kind of sauce you can get ahold of on it?! Yeah, that makes sense. FINALLY, something nice & plain at Taco Bell without rice or onions/tomatoes/other nasty salad stuck to it–I REJOICE!!

  27. Mike says:

    Totally disagree with everyone here. I just ate this and I thought it was delicious. I do admit that the price is a little steep for Taco Bell, but it’s 3 servings of steak, and the steak is not bad. Very cheesy, very meaty – it’s really good. Also, reviewer’s version looks kind of messed up with the cheese not even inside the flatbread – mine looked a lot better than that one.

    • Ryan says:

      The cheese was inside of the flatbread plenty. Glad to see a real opinion of someone who actually had it though… so thanks. I still wish a fajita style peppers/onions addition would have been present.

      • Mike says:

        I agree. It tasted like Taco Bell’s version of a Philly Cheesesteak and as such, green peppers and Onions would have been welcome.

  28. Peter says:

    Add another 1.79 and you’ve got yourself a steak burrito from Chipotle. Beans, sauteed peppers & onions, rice, salsas (plus a side of pretentiousness)

  29. vince says:

    yay finally something without gross sauce. I am so sick of ordering no sauce and my entire meal is ruined cause they left it on. No all of us can eat spicy. Finally something real I can order at Tacobell. I sure hope they keep the sauce off of it.

  30. TIger says:

    I ate this before reading your review. You hit it on the head! Grill these things! Btw: just ask and they will grill or/and add sauces.

  31. Scott says:

    Def needs some sauce. I thought it was kind of bland as well. Great review though, exactly what I was thinking. I want to try it with some volcano sauce!

  32. brian says:

    i just ate this…got a late night craving and tbell was the only thing open

    first thing i noticed was the saltiness of the product
    after i got over that it wasnt too bad but still not the greatest thing i have eaten. i would get it again from time to time. definately filling, this satisfied my hunger more than anything single item from any fast food menu. as for the people who say subway philly cheesesteak, i personally would rather have the tbell, the subway cheesesteak seems like a much worse quality of steak.

    oh yea steak, very tender, melts in your mouth, no gristle or tough spots.
    taste 7 had better had worse
    value 8 $5 doesnt bother me (even mcd’s is about $5 off the $1 menu)
    grub on the go 3 (very messy to eat, had steak and cheese falling all over me

  33. ZachM. says:

    $5? I’d rather go to Chipotle. At least TB still has the “limited” edition Fire-Roasted and Verde Border Salsas. One could hoard some of that to use for a secret ingredient on an amuse bouche of dubious pedigree.

  34. JawjaBoi says:

    This dog meat sandwich is flat out nasty. I tried it. the bread is soggy. the meat is tough, stringy, and has a really bad taste. I think to improve this they should toast the bread, throw the steak in the trash, put ground beef on it, cheese, lettuce, and fire salsa. then it may be somewhat ok to eat. but for now stick with TACOS cause this is crap!

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  36. Rick says:

    I just had one of these in San Mateo, CA. The steak was really good. Other than that, epic phail. When I opened the wrapper, the steak juice had gone everywhere, rendering the bread into a 9″ stretch of unmanageable starchy mess. I had to work this thing with fire sauce to get through it. The unending texture was almost unbearable, but I wasn’t going to waste my $5 by throwing it out.

  37. cher says:

    If I don’t care for something I just won’t order it again, but I feel the need to comment here because this was the most disgusting thing I have ever ordered anywhere. Salted Kennel Ration served on raw dough. It went directly in the trash. I still get sick just thinking about it.

  38. richard says:

    when they say “steak” it means low quality meat.
    when they say “beef” it means a combination of fillers, byproducts and mechanically seperated beef carcasses.

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