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.
Taco 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.
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. I 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.
At 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.
Grubbing on-the-go: 6.50/10
Overall GrubGrade: 6.75/10
More Info: tacobell.com
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