Review: Doritos Cheesy Gordita Crunch from Taco Bell
If there’s one item that I’m in love with at Taco Bell, it’s the Cheesy Gordita Crunch. It’s got just about everything I’m looking for in fast food Mexican grub. There isn’t much room for improvement with the CGC, but Taco Bell found a way with their DLT brand by releasing the Doritos Cheesy Gordita Crunch.
Taco Bell describes their new Doritos Cheesy Gordita Crunch like this:
Warm, pillowy flatbread covered in a melted three-cheese blend, wrapped around a Doritos® taco and topped with a zesty Pepper Jack sauce.
What puts the Doritos Cheesy Gordita Crunch in the category of “awesome fast food” is the way it nails its combination of flavors and textures while still being true to the brand. You have your choice of flavored Doritos taco shell and for this review I went with the one that started it all, the nacho cheese.
The exterior gordita flatbread acts as the warm blanket to comfortably contain all the delicious ingredients. Having a melted cheese blend of mozzarella, cheddar, and Monterey Jack adds a gooey element to double as flavoring the flatbread and sticking it to the next layer… the Doritos taco shell. So gordita flatbread, then melted cheese blend, then Doritos taco shell. For texture, you get pillowy soft followed by warm sticky cheese, followed by crunchy shell. While the Doritos shell seems slightly less crunchy than the standard corn taco shell, it still works really well here and the extra kick of cheesy flavor is a big plus. The melted cheese glues the soft flatbread to the crunchy Doritos shell and carefully catches the shattered hard taco shell pieces with each bite leaving virtually no mess. There’s more crunch towards the top of the Doritos CGC where the heat of the seasoned beef and melted cheeses don’t quite reach.
Seeing as the nacho cheese flavored Doritos shell is distinctively different enough in its saltier, sharp cheese taste over the three-cheese blend, this product it really cheesy (oh and it’s also topped with shredded cheddar cheese). That nacho cheese Doritos taco shell kicks the flavor up a notch. A regular corn shell could never achieve what the flavored DLT shell does in this product. The result is obviously more flavor and an improved product overall. Shredded lettuce is just filler, nothing special but a little extra cool texture to bulk it up. Warm seasoned ground beef brings flavors of traditional taco meat spices (predominantly garlic/onion/chili powders). The Pepper Jack sauce is like the icing on the cake as it adds another added flavor and texture element. Creamy, zesty, and not at all overdone… this sauce complements everything. Priced at $2.69, the Doritos Cheesy Gordita Crunch is a steal for something I found so satisfying. If you’re a fan of the Cheesy Gordita Crunch and Doritos Locos Tacos… this product is exactly what you need in your life. The Doritos Cheesy Gordita Crunch blends a variety of flavors and textures that are so satisfying that I’m officially calling it my favorite Taco Bell product of all time.
Pros: Crunchy, chewy, cheesy. Awesome combination of flavors and textures. Better than the original with the addition of the DLT shell (choose from Nacho/Fiery/Cool Ranch).
Cons: Nothing significant with the topping of shredded lettuce and cheese. Slightly less crunch from the DLT shell when compared to the traditional corn taco shell.
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.50/10
Overall GrubGrade: 9.50/10
More Info: http://www.tacobell.com/food/menuitem/doritos-cheesy-gordita-crunch-nacho-cheese
Serving Size: 174 grams
Total Fat: 28 grams
Saturated Fat: 10 grams
Cholesterol: 55 milligrams
Sodium: 880 milligrams
Carbs: 40 grams
Dietary Fiber: 5 grams
Sugars: 5 grams
Protein: 20 grams