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.Boss WrapTaco 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.

IMG_5749My 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.      

Boss WrapThe 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.

Boss Wrap Taco BellAnother 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.

IMG_5756Besides 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.

Taste: 8.00/10
Value: 4.50/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 5.00/10
Price: $5.49

Overall GrubGrade: 6.75/10

More Info: tacobell.com
Nutrition Facts:
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

15 comments on “Review: Steak & Potato Boss Wrap from Taco Bell

  1. The fact that their copy uses the phrase “total bummer” shows that those hep cats at Taco Bell are really on the trolley! Twenty-three skidoo!

  2. JLebowskiTheDude says:

    “Personally, I would have preferred to pay $3.99 for a single portion of steak instead of $5.49 for a double portion. ”

    Might make sense to use the App and customize a regular Crunchwrap Supreme.

    With an upcharge for a single portion of Steak over the Seasoned Beef base, and an add-on of potatoes, it would be at or near that $3.99 depending on how your local Taco Bell prices out their uprcharges/add-ons.

    • Ryan says:

      Yeah I was thinking of that, but the add-on prices are wacky.

      Crunchwrap Supreme – $3.29
      substitute beef for steak + $0.80
      add chipotle sauce + $0.30
      add 3 cheese blend + $0.60
      add potatoes + $0.50
      add baon + $0.50

      Grand Total = $5.99

      Removing nacho cheese sauce, tomatoes, lettuce from the original product doesn’t make the product any cheaper.

      • JLebowskiTheDude says:

        I probably should have been a bit more clear and said by limiting to JUST those two changes, it could be a “Poor Man’s” equivalent. Could maybe call it, “Steak & Potato Assistant Manager Wrap”.

        I do wholly agree that the App could do a much better job by crediting back the price for unused ingredients or downgrades. The App promotions do often make up for that, though. At least in our area. We seems to get an unending supply of $2 off $10 offers. The Visa Checkout offer (50% off, up to $10) has been great, too.

        • Jonathan Wayne says:

          “Steak & Potato Assistant Manager Wrap” you sir win the Internets today, well done. Ha Ha.

        • aaron says:

          The 50% up to $20 here is great but in my experiences you have to create a new account to use it multiple times unless you wait for a new promotion. We do always have the $2 of $10 promotion here but I never spend $10 at Tbell by myself.

          • Joe says:

            The deal was 50% up to $20 nation wide, I think what he meant was that the max discount was $10 off an order. While it was running you could use the same Visa checkout, but only once a week – it reset on Friday.

            Unfortunately the deal ends on the 16th, sad but I didn’t expect it to last long. Goodbye Cheesy Gordita Crunches for the price of a crunchy taco ;(

  3. Robert says:

    I think I’d like this item, but considering what their steak tastes like, I’d have to substitute beef or shredded chicken. If the app lets me. Over ten years ago the steak was delicious. My god, does anyone remember those grilled steak tacos with the lime-y garlic white sauce or whatever? They were no joke. The last time I got the steak it was really tough and tasted like broth. Blech.

  4. Ryan says:

    Had this last night. I felt like they skimped on everything. Hardly any steak, almost no sauce, and the bacon actually looked sad. I felt regret after 4 bites.

  5. Russ says:

    I just had one tonight and my goodness they stuffed it with steak and potatoes. Everything really went together and I was surprised how full I was after just eating that.

  6. T.A. says:

    Save your money and just get a fully loaded potato griller.

  7. Michael says:

    I just want my Quesolupa!

  8. Steve says:

    Already they got rid of the lava sauce??? Come on taco bell!!!!

  9. doctorx0079 says:

    Bring back the Dare Devil Grillers! They were only here for a week! I never got to try Ghost Pepper!

    • Russ says:

      Doctorx0079 have you asked if they still were selling them? I know my local stores removed the ads for it but still sell them.

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