Fast Food Review: New! Bacon Cheesy Potato Burrito from Taco Bell
I’ll admit going into the latest creation from Taco Bell with a bit of skepticism. The Bacon Cheesy Potato Burrito just by name alone didn’t really seem all that appetizing. I haven’t been a fan of the beef and bacon combination on Taco Bell items in the past so I was pretty hesitant at first. All hesitation went away after reading good things about it through reviews (WIBIA loved it) and from hearing some positive word of mouth. All the fans of this burrito just made me really eager to see what all the fuss was about.
I guess my opinion going into it may have been a little tainted because of the positive word of mouth. I really went into the purchase with high expectations. I think in this specific case, my individual tastes really came into consideration a lot more. Sometimes people slam products because it was made poorly or they had bad service. That’s why it’s good to check out how other people felt or just try again some other day. In this case it was a one shot deal, the burrito was made picture perfect, the service was just fine, my local Taco Bell was pristine….etc etc…it all came down to a matter of personal taste. I’m definitely a Taco Bell fan, but this new burrito just wasn’t my style.
The Bacon Cheesy Potato Burrito comes with a price tag of $3.19 and is a decent size at a weight of 276 grams. It’s generously packed with crispy bacon, sour cream, nacho cheese sauce, potatoes and seasoned beef. Upon unwrapping the burrito I noticed a potato had escaped from the comfortable confines of the burrito. I took my first taste of the meal from that tiny potato alone and I liked it. Seasoned well, tasty with a slight crunch. I’ve never had these tasty “Golden Fiesta Potatoes” as a side item so this is new for me and things are off to a good start. A burrito with potatoes was a new twist that I’m not used to at Taco Bell so that was a positive. I think the potato thing works pretty well and I hope that future creations incorporate the starchy spud.
Where the problem for me comes in is the combination of seasoned ground beef and bacon. There are so many flavors going on in this burrito that I’m almost compelled to dissect it’s part and find my trusty Taco Bell spork. I think the sum of it’s parts are better than the whole with this new burrito. There’s never really much chance to savor any individual flavors because the seasoned ground beef is fighting with the bacon over taste supremacy while the potato is in the back throwing rocks and then the nacho cheese sauce starts bumrushing the potato…good thing the authorities (sour cream) came out with a hose to disperse the crowd. The sour cream was easy to notice because it provided some relief to the sharp flavors and made an attempt to balance everything out. Everyone just wants to be king of the hill with the Bacon Cheesy Potato Burrito but in the end, no one really wins. So far it might seem as though I hated the latest burrito from Taco Bell and the truth is I didn’t. I actually thought it was OK but suffered from what I’ll dub a “flavor riot”. From the beef and bacon comes out a concoction of overly salty seasonings that had me reaching for antacid faster than my normal Mexican quick-serve meal would.
I enjoyed the Taco Bell Bacon Cheddar Gordita Crunch that I reviewed some months back but that too suffered from the beef and bacon issue. My major issue with that Gordita was that I didn’t think the bacon and beef complimented one another as much as bacon and chicken would. Same idea in this situation, chicken would’ve more than likely been stellar with the rest of the combo. As I said before, individually everything is good but together it just kinda let me down.
Props to Taco Bell for letting you easily customize because I’m eager to try this again but with chicken instead of beef to prove to myself that I know what I like. Prior to reading any reviews on this burrito, I felt that I’d probably not like the bacon/beef mix and in the end I should’ve trusted my instinct. A matter of personal taste is what makes writing these reviews fun for me. I know I will always bring on a nice mix of those that think I’m nuts and those that couldn’t agree more with my taste buds. Overall, I’ll say this was an average new item that has some real potential with a few alterations. Who am I kidding though, I’m really just looking passed this burrito and counting the days until August 2nd. The next member of the Volcano Menu will be released. I’m thinking Volcano Crunchwrap…who’s with me?
Pros: Golden Fiesta Potatoes. Decent size. The ability to customize on my next order. Ingredients are just fine individually.
Cons: Too many fighting flavors. Salty. Heartburn. About a day's worth of sodium.
Grubbing on-the-go: 5.75/10
Overall GrubGrade: 6.50/10
More Info: TacoBell.com
Calories - 680
Fat - 36 grams
Saturated Fat - 11 grams
Cholesterol - 70 milligrams
Sodium - 2160 milligrams
Carbs - 57 grams
Dietary Fiber - 7 grams
Sugars - 5 grams
Protein - 31 grams