Review: Steakhouse Burrito from Taco Bell
Fast food steak isn’t easy to get right. The idea of fast food steak already comes in at a disadvantage because there’s only so much you can do to get a decent steak product and keep the price as low as possible. Taco Bell has gone through enough steak updates to be at the point where it’s no secret that their struggle is a tough hurdle to overcome. The latest steak product from Taco Bell is the new Steakhouse Burrito and it proves once again that this uphill battle remains the steepest in the industry. At least the packaging is nice.The new Steakhouse Burrito features a double portion of grilled marinated steak so there’s twice the amount of expected disappointment. Also included in this healthy-sized burrito are Potato Bites, bacon, reduced-fat sour cream, a three cheese blend and a new queso.
It’s too bad that the featured protein ends up hurting the product overall too much for me to be able to say I enjoyed it. The truth is, pretty much everything about this burrito worked for me except the steak. The steak and potatoes vibe is there with the inclusion of the crispy potato bites, but most of the potatoes seemed to be huddled in just one spot of the burrito. Luckily, the potato bites still remained noticeable in taste and texture even when smothered in warm cheese sauce. Speaking of cheese sauce, that new queso is made with green chiles and jalapeños so it’s got a nice, medium- level spice, the thickness is perfect and it’s pretty delicious. The bits of bacon go well with the queso and potatoes for a loaded potato type of flavor.The reduced-fat sour cream and three cheese blend seem to make their way into a lot of Taco Bell products so it’s no surprise they’re also found in the new Steakhouse Burrito. I couldn’t quite pinpoint any significant pros or cons with either except for maybe the sour cream adds creaminess and works to cool down the spice of the queso enough to give the overall product an easier chance for mass appeal.Even though the price is tough to be OK with ($6.49), including the queso dip for the chips was a great way to promote the new sauce and I’m looking forward to having it in future Taco Bell creations.To sum up, a double portion of steak to boost the beefiness of your product isn’t necessary if it jacks up the price too high and takes away some impact from the crispy potato bites. Too much mediocre steak throws off the balance of the burrito and when the steak is under-seasoned and rubbery, you’re not doing yourself any favors by giving us more. I really think that slightly less steak could have made for a couple of extra levels up in the overall grade.
Pros: Crispy potato bites. New queso is awesome. Packaging.
Cons: The steak needs yet another makeover, but I think it's a losing battle. It comes with chips and queso, but $6.49 is still too much for an entree that ends up disappointing. Toasting up the flour tortilla would've been nice.
Grubbing on-the-go: 4.00/10
Overall GrubGrade: 4.75/10
More Info: tacobell.com
52 grams of fat
17 grams of saturated fat
2840 milligrams of sodium
117 grams of carbs
11 grams of fiber
9 grams of sugar
46 grams of protein