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.

Cheesy Bacon Potato Burrito (wrapped)

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.

Bacon Cheesy Potato Burrito

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.

Golden Fiesta Potato from Taco Bell

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.

Bacon Cheesy Potato Burrito from Taco Bell

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.

Bacon Cheesy Potato Burrito (open)

Bacon Cheesy Potato Burrito from the inside

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?

Taco Bell Bacon Cheesy Potato Burrito Collage

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.

Taste: 6.75/10
Value: 7.25/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 5.75/10
Price: $3.19

Overall GrubGrade: 6.50/10

More Info: TacoBell.com
Nutrition Facts:
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

17 comments on “Fast Food Review: New! Bacon Cheesy Potato Burrito from Taco Bell

  1. Justin says:

    I think this burrito is a new way of committing suicide. Kudos to Taco Bell.

    Wasn’t it ironic Billy Mays was about to become their spokesman?

    RIP dude.

  2. pav777 says:

    I’m a fan of Taco Bell, but I’ll pass on this one. Just looks too greasy. You’re right, customizing your order is the key. My trick is to hold the cheese sauce and have all my burritos pressed on the grill. It lightly browns them and their hot all the way through. Good review as always.

  3. Bear Silber says:

    “I noticed a potato had escaped from the comfortable confines of the burrito. ” – Haha, that was totally catching my eye too.

    Wow, I’m impressed. I was looking forward to you reviewing this. It seems like there are several fast food companies that are doing some good things and really trying….sadly there are some that are failing miserably (Quiznos…to name one).

    This was an hysterical review. After a nights rest does the food fight in your mouth continue in your belly?

  4. Sorry it wasn’t great Ryan. Hate when all you reviewer don’t have a good experience (although guess you have to for all of us to know how things are) 😛

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  6. Ryan says:

    @ Justin … Yup…Billy Mays was about to be a part of a big Taco Bell campaign. RIP.

    @ pav777 … Thanks!

    @ Bear … It has been known to happen 🙁

    @ Erin … It’s OK, they can’t all be great. A friend I was with had the same burrito and liked it a lot plus everyone else seems to love it…go figure. This just wasn’t my cup of tea but a little customization and it definitely has some promise.

  7. Yours had a good amount more of sour cream than mine, I could barely see the sour cream on the one that I had. I would agree that there is the “flavor riot” going on, but that wasn’t a bad thing to me. Btw, did you go to an extra expensive Taco Bell @ $3.19, mine was $2.79?! Great review though!

  8. Yum Yucky says:

    I haven’t been to Taco Bell since they food poisoned my family a few years back. We got a useless “sorry” from Corporate Headquarters, and that location has since been shut down.

    (But the “Bacon Cheesy” part sounds good.)

  9. Raiders757 says:

    When I go to Taco Bell, it’s to shove my face full of tacos on the cheap(under $5). I just can’t bring myself to paying more than $1 for anything they have there. At $3.19, I would only end up with one and a taco. something just doesn’t seem right if I only eat two items from Taco Bell. I would feel as if I ripped my self off. I eat four or five tacos at a time, so I am progrmaed to as such, no matter how filling it is.

  10. Megan says:

    The volcano crunchwrap is out in some parts of Canada. It is as delicious as one would expect.

    • Ryan says:

      @ Megan … Yup, it’s also been out in select Southern California locations. Funny that the Canadians call it Inferno Sauce and in America it’s Lava Sauce. 😀

  11. Helldog says:

    @Raiders757…I cannot leave with less than three items, and sometimes my end factor is $4 and sometimes $5. I do my math all the way to the location, then usually screw it up and order a stupid amount of stuff that totals $6-something. But yes, minimum of three items it is.

  12. Patrick says:

    I had one today; It was ok, the potatoes were very good, but I saw pretty much no bacon or sour cream, and it was basically beef and potatoes with a little cheese; Overall, kinda good, but not the absolute best, woulda been better with more bacon and cheese, less beef, and a tad bit more of sour cream

  13. John says:

    I was pretty impressed, but I do agree that there is A LOT going on in this burrito. I have to say I was coming home from the bar the other night and got one with Volcano sauce and almost had to go back from another one, so maybe that’s a good thing.

  14. Mrstlovley says:

    Well i tried it last night…and had to go back for another this morning but for the caloric intake it has im going to have to let this one go…do ive had my lil slice of heaven and now im done……well maybe for now hehe..But its da bomb!! lol and i only payed 2.29 at my local taco bell in Oxnard, CA

  15. KPz says:

    I cried today in the drive-thru because it’s no longer on my local menu. I settled for a #7 but it was not satisfying. I’m hoping Taco Bell brings this sucker back because I love it.

  16. kayceemuffin says:

    i think the bacon cheesy potato burritos are a gift from god himself and those who cant appreciate it can die. (: