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.Taco Bell BoxThe 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.

Taco Bell Steakhouse BurritoIt’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.Steakhouse BurritoThe 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.Taco Bell Steakhouse BurritoEven 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.Taco Bell Steakhouse 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.

Taste: 5.25/10
Value: 4.50/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 4.00/10
Price: $6.49

Overall GrubGrade: 4.75/10

More Info: tacobell.com
Nutrition Facts:
1120 calories
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

15 comments on “Review: Steakhouse Burrito from Taco Bell

  1. Mery says:

    This look s0 good mmm i’m going to run for the border looool

  2. richard says:

    For that price it better be amazing and you did not get amazing.

  3. Peter Mrozik says:

    This line made me laugh out loud. One of my co-workers walked in to see what was going on…

    “The new Steakhouse Burrito features a double portion of grilled marinated steak so there’s twice the amount of expected disappointment.”

    Good one, Ryan! Thanks for the laugh!

  4. Shaun Hough says:

    I had one on Thursday and my potatoes were spaced out pretty good. Overall it was an awesome burrito and I’d get it again.

  5. christian moore says:

    I loved the steak in mine. Everything worked (I dont eat sour cream so that wasnt in it) the queso potatos bacon it was all good. The price is just a little steep IMO.

  6. Gr8pimpin says:

    Mine was a pile of beans with soggy potatoes (all at one end of the burrito). The steak was indiscernible from the beans. The queso is quite tasty. I still enjoyed It despite the flaws.

    FYI, You can get this burrito with chicken or their seasoned beef rather than steak so maybe that’s the way to go.

  7. Bobby Crawford says:

    I wish Taco Bell would bring back the Bacon-Potato Burrito, I remember it being sold during the fall of 2009. I think the price was around $3-$3.50, $6.49 for a burrito is uncharted ugly territory for Taco Bell, I remember the big fuss in 2011-2012 when the $5 Cantina Bowl-Burrito debuted.

  8. Dan says:

    When they move up price enough to compete with Chipotle and other Burrito joints, the lack of quality with Taco Bell becomes even more evident.

  9. David says:

    The fact that they don’t grill the burrito after construction is a disappointment. They should that will all their premium burritos…it really does make them better. I’m pretty happy with their quesarito, though, so I don’t think I’ll be trying this.

  10. Alex K. says:

    Dudes… you can ask them to grill any burrito for free. Shocked nobody knows this.

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