Review: Steak & Potato Boss Wrap from Taco Bell
The Crunchwrap Supreme from Taco Bell had been really underutilized up until the last couple of years. When the Taco Bell breakfast menu was introduced, the Crunchwrap “style” of products started popping up again. Crunchwrap Sliders were a step in the right direction, but they were gone in a flash. The latest from Taco Bell might not have the Crunchwrap name, but it’s essentially just an extension of that family of products. Introducing the Boss Wrap and my review of the new Steak & Potato Boss Wrap.Taco Bell’s revamped website took away the simple product descriptions I’m used to posting here. They’ve been replaced with what appears to be annoying comic relief.Maybe it’s a generational thing and I’ve lost touch with Taco Bell’s target audience, but here’s the description from the website:
For a lot of people in America, Steak and Potatoes is symbolic. It represents that special time when the whole family sits down together for a good meal. But with today’s constant hustle, some might say that families don’t do that anymore, and that it’s a problem. Well, we agree. While there are probably a million better things to do than listen to your dad’s jokes, it’s a total bummer that families aren’t sitting down together for dinner. However, we don’t really agree with the whole “sitting” thing. We’re totally into family bonding, but we’re also into doing stuff, and sitting usually isn’t the most conducive stance for doing stuff. This is why we made the Steak and Potato Boss Wrap, so that you can still bond with the people you care about without stopping to do so. With a double* portion of steak, crispy potatoes, bacon, and a 3 cheese blend wrapped in a handheld tortilla, you no longer have to congregate around a table to take part in a great American family ritual.
How’d you like that? The CliffsNotes version of the Steak & Potato Boss Wrap is a double portion of steak, crispy potatoes, bacon, 3 cheese blend, chipotle sauce, reduced fat sour cream, plus a crunchy tostada shell in a Crunchwrap-style folded flour tortilla.
My biggest complaints with the Steak & Potato Boss Wrap would be the price and the unbalanced ingredients. The ingredients thing is such a huge variable so it’s more of a minor annoyance than anything else. Mentioning a nitpicky problem shows that I enjoyed this Boss Wrap enough to have a really short list of complaints. There’s a double portion of steak and it seemed like the majority of it congregated on one side. The first eaten half was the half with most of the steak and the steak isn’t so impressive at Taco Bell… a little rubbery and under-seasoned with the occasional fatty inedible piece. Personally, I would have preferred to pay $3.99 for a single portion of steak instead of $5.49 for a double portion. The suggested price is $4.99, so an extra 50 cents at my local TB in Maryland hurt the value points. Since the steak isn’t so impressive, it’s better off not being so celebrated. Yes it’s a hearty single entrée item that should make a nice dent in your appetite, but anything over 5 bucks at a fast food place will have to really stand out in the quality department to be awarded with redemption.
The second half of my Steak & Potato Boss Wrap was excellent. This was the half that had a great balance of ingredients and that’s likely thanks to fewer pieces of steak. The seasoned, crispy potatoes are a major highlight for me and I suggest customizing your future order with these as an add-on. It’s a little sad to pick potatoes over steak, but that’s just how it goes for me at Taco Bell. They’re able to stay crispy and thick enough to make a fair replacement to a protein. Single portion of steak and a double portion of crispy potatoes seems like a reasonable solution. The bacon wasn’t a real standout, but it did just enough to be noticed without getting in the way. Just like the steak, Taco Bell’s bacon doesn’t scream quality, so in very limited doses it’s fine. The salty bacon pieces complemented the potatoes really well and the creamy chipotle sauce added just enough added moisture and smoky heat to create some harmonizing flavors. There’s too much going on in the Steak & Potato Boss Wrap that put the standard 3 cheese blend and reduced fat sour cream in the back seat of true standout ingredients. Like most food components that fit this category, there isn’t much to say except they’d probably be missed if they were gone.
Another major highlight is the crunchy tostada shell which gives a Crunchwrap its crunch. There’s nothing special about the flavor of the crunchy tostada and that’s fine because there’s enough flavor in all the other ingredients. The texture of the tostada is the key here and that crunch plays a vital supporting role in the Steak & Potato Boss Wrap. Grubbing on the Go is an issue considering this pricey, heavy meal wrapped in a tortilla comes in a sleeve/bag and nothing else. Within the first few bites, the flour tortilla failed to support all the steak, but after the half way mark, there was no mess.
Besides the high price tag and some ingredient balance gripes, the Steak & Potato Boss Wrap turned out to be a solid addition to the Crunchwrap family. I can’t see myself ever getting it again, but it likely will inspire my future Taco Bell customizations. The flavors and textures worked really well for me and if you can manage to balance it all out and keep the price right, you’ve got a winner.
Pros: The Crunchwrap Supreme is a great fast food item so any extension to that idea is OK with me. Crispy, seasoned potatoes. Flavors and textures.
Cons: Expensive. When the steak has quality issues, I'd prefer to not have a double portion of it.
Grubbing on-the-go: 5.00/10
Overall GrubGrade: 6.75/10
More Info: tacobell.com
Calories - 870
Total Fat - 46 grams
Saturated Fat - 13 grams
Cholesterol - 100 milligrams
Sodium - 1960 milligrams
Carbs - 78 grams
Sugars - 5 grams
Fiber - 6 grams
Protein - 37 grams