Review: Waffle Taco from Taco Bell

Taco Bell has taken the huge leap into the realm of breakfast and it’s available starting today.  There’s a nice selection of products that I’ll be getting acquainted with over the coming months and what better way to start than with the new Waffle Taco.

Waffle Taco Box The Waffle Taco from Taco Bell is described like this:

A warm waffle wrapped around flavorful bacon or a hearty sausage patty and fluffy scrambled eggs, served with a side of sweet syrup.

Since the sausage version of the Waffle Taco seems to be the headliner of all the ads I’m seeing, I decided to go with that.  I like breakfast sausage and eggs and I like waffles, but the Waffle Taco only really succeeds at being gimmicky. 

Waffle Taco from Taco BellMy Waffle Taco was a little messy even before I poured on the syrup.  The eggs spilled out easily and I quickly realized this limp, folded over waffle wasn’t going to be too structurely sound to hold everything in.  The problem with ingredients falling out is commonplace for tacos, so not a major gripe since it wasn’t unexpected.  What I will gripe about is the waffle being a tough ingredient to work with when being folded… and I’m not too crazy about floppy waffles.

Waffle Taco BellIt would probably take new kitchen equipment, but it would be nice to get some toasty qualities out of a Waffle Taco.  Maybe have the waffle folded into shape, placed on a cooking sleeve contraption and then heating it up.  Many factors are involved with why this just didn’t work out in its current form.  The waffle itself was also devoid of any standout flavor so a waffle with the syrup flavor mixed in its batter might have worked here.  I’m also thinking that a brushed on application of syrup while toasting may improve things.  I’m really just trying to find ways that would have made this thing so much better because it does have a lot of upgrade potential.  A baked in flavored waffle would have also saved the consumer the trouble and mess of pouring on the syrup.  Needless to say, this isn’t the best option for grubbing on the go.

Taco Bell Breakfast WaffleSpeaking of the syrup, pouring it onto this thing helps bring out some flavor other than the scrambled eggs.  Flavor-wise, everything but the eggs and syrup was absent.  The eggs and syrup stood out and the rest of it was just “substance”.  The sausage patty was a disappointment as it provided very little flavor, so I’d have to recommend trying the Waffle Taco with bacon instead. This sausage was very bland so be smart and make good use of Taco Bell sauce packets.  I was hoping for a salty component to go along with the sweetness of the syrup and it was no where to be found.  This lackluster sausage patty makes me wonder why Taco Bell didn’t go with chorizo.  Maybe we’ll see chorizo sausage down the road as a LTO.

Waffle Taco from Taco Bell breakfastI’m going to hold out hope for future improvements to the Waffle Taco because Taco Bell has changed its steak and chicken recipes enough times to make me think upgraded sausage and waffles are a possibility some day.  The fact that Taco Bell is aiming for that #2 spot in quick-serve breakfast shows me they are very committed to breakfast success.  Sadly the Waffle Taco was a dud and my $1.99 would have been better spent on a couple of A.M. Grilled Tacos with bacon.  The Waffle Taco turned out to be an attention grab for the new breakfast menu over a well thought out product.

Pros: The gimmick will get people talking. Everything on the Taco Bell breakfast menu is under 3 bucks.

Cons: Poor execution. Floppy waffle. Bland sausage patty. Messy.

Taste: 3.50/10
Value: 5.75/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 2.25/10
Price: $1.99

Overall GrubGrade: 3.75/10

More Info: http://www.tacobell.com/breakfast
Nutrition Facts:
Calories - 370
Total Fat - 23 grams
Saturated Fat - 7 grams
Cholesterol - 115 milligrams
Sodium - 550 milligrams
Carbs - 28 grams
Dietary Fiber - 1 gram
Sugars - 8 grams
Protein - 12 grams

25 comments on “Review: Waffle Taco from Taco Bell

  1. Alex K. says:

    Exactly what I thought would happen. I figured the waffle wouldn’t have sweetness (awful idea), and I knew it’d be almost impossible to eat as a taco without making a mess everywhere. Was hoping it wouldn’t suck, but oh well.

    Rather than make the beefy crunch burrito permanent, they’d rather fool around with $%#& like this.

  2. Manavee says:

    Sounds like the same problems as the Dunkin DOnut Waffle breakfast sandwich: soggy waffles.

    Soggy waffles are gross. Have you ever had an Eggo waffle that’s been sitting in the freezer a bit too long and has a bunch of ice flakes on it? You do your best to brush them off and put it in the toaster, but the waffle comes out half soggy and half crispy. The soggy parts are repulsive and borderline inedible. That’s what the Dunkin DOnut sandiwch waffles always reminded me of: soggy Eggo waffles.

    Taco Bell: Just make it crisp and sweeten it, and I’d bet you’d have a real winner.

  3. Jay Melo says:

    The Taco Bell’s in California have served breakfast for many years. About 10 years ago they has a breakfast burrito with ‘SouthWest Sausage’ it was the best fast food sausage I’ve ever had. Spicy, not really hot but with lots of flavor. Sadly it was discontinued. It would be a great time to bring it back and give the new breakfasts some punch.

  4. Lee says:

    Yeah, had this and it was pretty bland. Not very good at all. You probably wouldn’t like the Bacon either. For me, it was the same Bacon they used in the loaded grillers. That is to say, it was more like Bacon bits than actual Bacon.

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  6. Rdub says:

    Just make a waffle cone type hard shell taco. That’s not hard to do.

  7. Josh says:

    Tried the Bacon AM Crunchwrap this morning. Pretty good… bacon strips would be a lot better than the bacon bits they are using though.

  8. Kate says:

    I wasn’t too excited about the Waffle Taco idea to begin with, but my boss got me a Sausage Crunchwrap a few weeks ago that I’d eat again.

  9. Chas says:

    Grab one of these this morning as well. Knew going in it was a gimmick, but still disappointed.

    Also grabbed a A.m. Crunchwrap. Highly reccommend it for future endeavors.

  10. JF says:

    They are missing on such a great opportunity. And I have no idea if any restaurant offers this, but do the waffle, with chicken inside, and some real maple syrup. It’s chicken and waffles all in one, and portable. I really liked Popeye’s waffle tenders, but they also missed the boat. So simple, so easy.

    • Sara says:

      There’s a restaurant named Bruxie that does this… Soooo delicious! They’re only in Southern California and Denver, CO though I believe.

  11. Ric says:

    On McDonald’s secret menu is chicken and waffles. Order it and if the cashier knows about it they’ll give you the southern chicken biscuit, but instead of a biscuit they use McGriddles.

  12. Sascha says:

    The waffle taco is really the only breakfast item I had little to no interest in, but the rest of the items seem alright to try. Already heard decent reviews on the crunchwraps, probably would try them first. But I’ll wait a month before going to TB for breakfast.

  13. David lozano says:

    Bacon by far the best meat, eggs good and good amt of cheese and chopped bacon in the bacon burrito…waffle taco was bland with and without the syrup, will not get again…crunchwrap the best, hash brown was great along with the eggs and cheese, steak little rubbery (2nd best meat)…burrito and crunchwrap will get again but with bacon in the crunchwrap… Picante sauce has a good heat to it (solid), together with Fire sauce couldn’t distinguish a difference…fire sauce by itself on the burrito/wrap solid.

  14. John says:

    ^Ric i do this all the time just order and southern style buscuit and sub for mcgriddle buns and theyll do ive never been told no

  15. Kevin K. says:

    I honestly don’t know why all of the hype surrounded the waffle taco. I thought it was the worst looking one of Taco Bell’s breakfast offerings. I’d much rather see how one of the A.M. Crunchwraps are. I guess breakfast burritos are everywhere, but I’d even rather see that than this gimmick.

  16. MP says:

    GrubGrade just saved me $1.99. They could grill the bottom of the waffle but it would likely break apart from folding. That syrup looks like movie popcorn butter.
    I’m much more looking forward to the breakfast burritos & grilled tacos.

  17. Ariel says:

    I gave the waffle taco with sausage a try last Thursday. It was decent yet it was messy with the maple syrup. The waffle itself was alright and it didn’t break apart. If I get this item again I would try it with bacon and just pour the maple syrup as I eat it instead of pouring the whole thing before I eat it.

  18. JP says:

    Waffle taco very disappointing! Bacon bits really? They need to use real bacon to compete with BK OR MCDonalds on this item. Cinnabons very good but have to eat in moderation due to calories add up quick.

  19. Sara says:

    I personally love the sausage waffle taco… I was very impressed and can’t stop craving them now. :-/

  20. shana says:

    Taco Bell blew it! Great idea – terrible execution! The sausage waffle taco had nice fluffy eggs with cheese shreds and so so sausage but the deep fried-limp-rubbery-oily waffle would have been much better toasted. Less caloric too…

  21. Shoe says:

    Nothing in their breakfast lineup tastes like anything. They need to chop some peppers and onions into the eggs or pre-sauce it or something. McDonald’s breakfast burrito beats theirs, hands down. All I taste when I eat their stuff is eggs. Even the cheese basically tastes like nothing. Bacon AM crunch wrap shows real promise, but still needs flavor (though I love the textural contrasts in it).

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  23. ted says:

    Geez… Its breakfast from taco bell, and everyone seems to expect good old down home breakfast. Its fast food people, how much can you really expect? I thought it tasted just fine for a quick breakfast. Lay off of the fast food chains and go review the morning breakfast menu at an actual diner.

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