Fast Food Review: Crispy Potato Soft Taco from Taco Bell
When I think of tacos, I think of your basic taco. A hard/soft tortilla shell, with beef or chicken, shredded lettuce, tomatoes, cheese and sour cream. Perhaps, I’m not thinking outside the box enough. As you know, Taco Bell thinks outside of the bun when it comes to tacos. They are always expanding their menu with new items that appeal to different taste buds. One item that is a good example, which you can find on their Why Pay More Menu for 79¢, is the Crispy Potato Soft Taco.
I love Taco Bell’s Why Pay More menu and have become a big fan of the 89¢ Chicken Burrito-Fresco style. For that price, I can get two and have lunch for $1.78, and still be fairly calorie/fat conscious. I don’t mind trying new things so I decided that along with my normal chicken burritos, I would give the meatless Crispy Potato Soft Taco a try.
Taco Bell describes the Crispy Potato Soft Taco as:
A soft flour tortilla filled with crispy potato bites, Pepper Jack sauce, crisp, shredded lettuce, and real cheddar cheese.
That’s basically it. Nothing really special with this taco, except for the fact that it could appeal to the vegetarian out there. The potatoes are mildly seasoned and slightly crispy. The shredded iceberg lettuce and cheddar cheese is typical of what you’d find on most Taco Bell menu items. The flavor standout comes from the subtle bite of the Pepper Jack sauce that Taco Bell is currently using on the new Black Jack Taco. The ingredients on this taco (at least on this occasion) are very uneven as you can see from the last picture in this review. The potatoes are taking over half of this taco and the lettuce and cheese are taking over the other half. It would be a better product if the ingredients were equal throughout. This wouldn’t be much of an issue if it was strictly position of the ingredients but I would’ve like to see more of some and less of some others. I can’t help but take bite after bite and think something is missing. As I previously mentioned, this is a good item for the non-meat eaters out there but for the rest of us, it leaves you yearning for some protein.
This isn’t a bad item if you are looking for something different and cheap. This isn’t a very filling taco and with mainly carbs, it won’t stick with you for long. The 79¢ Crispy Potato Soft Taco contains 260 cal/13 g of fat/6g of protein as compared the the 89¢ Chicken Burrito Fresco-Style which carries 340 cal/10 g of fat/14 g of protein. This makes me think I’d rather pay the extra 10¢ and get the Chicken Burrito -Fresco-Style and know that I am getting an item that will satisfy my appetite a lot better. For the vegetarians, give the Crispy Potato Soft Taco a shot but for the rest of us, leave it as a little side item or just pass altogether.
(Check out our review of the Bacon Cheesy Potato Burrito)
Pros: Only 79¢. Pepper Jack sauce gives it decent flavor. Item for vegetarians.
Cons: Put together uneven. Not very satisfying/filling. A little high in fat/carbs.
Grubbing on-the-go: 6.50/10
Overall GrubGrade: 5.50/10
More Info: TacoBell.com
Calories - 260
Fat - 13g
Saturated Fat - 3g
Sodium - 690mg
Carbohydrates - 31g
Dietary Fiber - 3g
Sugars - 2g
Proteins - 6g