Review: Bacon Club Chalupa from Taco Bell

I didn’t get around to reviewing the Bacon Club Chalupa last time it was being featured at Taco Bell.  Along with new Cap’n Crunch Delights, the Bacon Club Chalupa is now being promoted for a limited time so it’s time for a long overdue review.

Bacon Club Chalupa 1Taco Bell describes their Bacon Club Chalupa like this:

The Bacon Club Chalupa is back! Crispy bacon over juicy grilled chicken in a chewy chalupa shell with avocado ranch sauce, crisp lettuce, ripe tomatoes, and three cheese blend.

For the most part, the Chalupa is a pretty strong menu item.  It’s one of the more uniquely textured and flavored items you’ll find at Taco Bell.  Sure you’re still stuffing the usual ingredients in there, but it’s a nice change of pace from the traditional soft or crunchy taco shell.

Bacon Club Chalupa 2

The Chalupa shell holds in all the ingredients quite well (unlike that mediocre XXL version from years back).  That deep-fried texture makes it a little oily (canola), but successfully combines a crispy crust with chewy with a warm pillowy softness on the inside. There’s a good amount of salty bits of diced bacon in the Bacon Club Chalupa and I’d have to say that the biggest flavor standouts are the bacon and the Chalupa shell.  Really not the most impressive flavor of bacon, but it really works with the combination of ingredients it’s mingling with.  Most of my gripes against Taco Bell’s bacon are exaggerated when a menu item mixes in sharp flavors like seasoned ground beef seasoning or cheese sauces.  The fact that the bacon is mixed in with more tame flavors like avocado ranch sauce and a good amount of lettuce/diced tomatoes works in the bacons favor. Bacon Club Chalupa 3I found the grilled chicken to be more of an afterthought in the Bacon Club Chalupa.  Its flavor was tougher to identify amongst the other ingredients, especially that salty bacon.  More of the chicken’s standout was in the extra weight it provided.  Probably right along with the chicken in the realm of MIA ingredients would be the three cheese blend of cheddar, pepper jack, and mozzarella.  At this point in my long history with Taco Bell, that three cheese blend becomes more and more like decoration than an impactful ingredient… especially with the bigger menu items.

Bacon Club Chalupa 4At a price of $2.99, the Bacon Club Chalupa felt about 50 cents shy of a great value.  It’s got some decent weight to it and the thick, hearty shell is a big step over a standard taco shell so it’s filling enough to have some redeeming value points.  In the end, the combination of flavors work better together than they would individually and the Chalupa shell is the standout component that it was meant to be.

Pros: Chalupa shell. Flavors from the combination of ingredients work well and will hide the flaws of some of the individual parts.

Cons: Forgettable chicken.

Taste: 7.00/10
Value: 5.75/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 6.50/10
Price: $2.99

Overall GrubGrade: 6.75/10

More Info: tacobell.com
Nutrition Facts:
Calories - 490
Total Fat - 29 grams
Saturated Fat - 6 grams
Cholesterol - 50 milligrams
Sodium - 870 milligrams
Carbs - 30 grams
Sugars - 4 grams
Fiber - 2 grams
Protein - 21 grams

25 comments on “Review: Bacon Club Chalupa from Taco Bell

  1. mike hendrie says:

    the $5 box cant be beat bacon club chalupa,burrito, taco and a pepsi wow

    • Robert says:

      Agreed. The burrito supreme is such a crappy, half-assed burrito, but considering it’s basically free, I’m willing to look past it!

      Taco Bell has really dropped the ball on the gordita/chalupa line, I feel. It’s such a no brainer, and yet they refuse to support em. Sad.

    • CB says:

      Agree. Definitely the best deal out there. Based on regular prices you are basically getting the taco and pop for free! I liked the bacon chalupa but only when I ordered it with extra sauce. Otherwise it is really dry.

      • mike hendrie says:

        thats what diablo is for

      • MMAfighter says:

        Taco and pop for free? What is pop?

        • Brad says:

          Pop is what some parts of the country call soda, or coke (non-proper noun coke.) Soft drink. Carbonated beverage, etc.
          I can’t tell if you don’t honestly know that, or if you’re condescendingly mocking those of us in flyover country who use that term.

    • raiders757 says:

      I’m cheap, so I tend to miss out on the different items TB has to offer. I normally just get four tacos so I can keep my purchase around $5. This is indeed a good deal, so I might have to give this a try.

    • SPM79 says:

      I had been to a Taco Bell about twice in the past year. Yesterday was my third visit and the $5 box was $6 for some reason. I turned around and walked out, something really annoys me when a location cannot honor a national promotion.

  2. Yawnathan Rayne says:

    Worst bacon ever

  3. Adam says:

    I agree with Mike, for $2 more you can get the Box meal which makes it a GREAT value.

  4. Kevin K. says:

    The box is the way to go. It’s an even better value with the 10% off Taco Bell app orders which makes it only $4.50.

  5. Beefonstick says:

    I am forever envious to those who are privy to true $5 boxes, theyre always $6 here. That being said, this re-offering had me wishing for the past. The “cantina” menu ruined chicken at tbell.

  6. Daniel Fletcher says:

    Been doing the $5 box but ordering through the app, so I can get a cool ranch chicken doritos loco taco instead of the regular hard/soft taco, add onions to everything and avacado ranch sauce and latin rice to the burrito along with subbing in chicken. That along with the soda upgrade makes it like $7.10 but worth it.

    I would never be able to explain that to the cashier easily, but last time I picked up my app order I asked if they cringe when they see them and they said doesn’t really matter as it’s all on the screen what you want and they agreed easier than trying to sub with a cashier. 🙂

  7. Snackeroo says:

    The bacon bits on this thing are a bit meh, but the $5 box is still a good deal.

  8. Erin says:

    Chalupas are the best vehicle they have, so I say….bring it! More chalupa (much like more cow bell)!

  9. doctorx0079 says:

    Thanks for the tip Kevin K! I may give that a shot. Good deal. I have to say, I have had this, and this bacon is actually pretty decent. BK’s bacon is much worse, and so is Hardee’s unfortunately, at least at my local Hardee’s. Obviously Arby’s and Wendy’s have better bacon, but this is pretty good for the money. Bring back the Diablo Sauce!!

  10. MP says:

    You know, with real ingredients, this is actually a good idea. Some chicken or turkey breast, bacon, ranch dressing, diced tomatoes, sharp cheddar & crisp up a pita in the bacon grease…

  11. Bubbsy says:

    I’ve always thought that the Chalupa shell and the Totino’s pizza crust are the same animal. I can’t help but like crispy chewy fried dough. And in both cases it’s better than its fast food counterparts (taco shell, pizza crust). I’ve even made a deluxe taco using the Totino’s crust as a shell. It was nice.

  12. Rehnberg says:

    These are good….but when the hell is the friggin Quesalupa coming already? I can’t wait much longer!!!

  13. Jonathan Wayne says:

    I’ve never had a bad chalupa yet, they are pricey but good.

    • SPM79 says:

      Definitely pricey for a million dollar restaurant, the $5 million restaurant down the road gives you a chalupa with a mound of tortilla chips for about the same price.

  14. Josh M says:

    It’s only been a few weeks but my times visiting Taco Bell to grab this or the box has already outpaced the Grilled Stuft Nacho. Everything in this chalupa really works together and makes for a crisp, meaty, and refreshing little menu item. Though I do agree the chicken could stand to be a bit more accentuated, everything else works so well I can’t pass it up.

    I’m standing up for TB’s bacon. I know it can’t be real bacon, but neither is their ground beef. 😉

  15. alan rodriguez says:

    taco bell.. not enough of this or that.. too bad. thats life… anyhoos

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