Review: Waffle Taco from Taco Bell
Taco Bell has taken the huge leap into the realm of breakfast and it’s available starting today. There’s a nice selection of products that I’ll be getting acquainted with over the coming months and what better way to start than with the new Waffle Taco.
The Waffle Taco from Taco Bell is described like this:
A warm waffle wrapped around flavorful bacon or a hearty sausage patty and fluffy scrambled eggs, served with a side of sweet syrup.
Since the sausage version of the Waffle Taco seems to be the headliner of all the ads I’m seeing, I decided to go with that. I like breakfast sausage and eggs and I like waffles, but the Waffle Taco only really succeeds at being gimmicky.
My Waffle Taco was a little messy even before I poured on the syrup. The eggs spilled out easily and I quickly realized this limp, folded over waffle wasn’t going to be too structurely sound to hold everything in. The problem with ingredients falling out is commonplace for tacos, so not a major gripe since it wasn’t unexpected. What I will gripe about is the waffle being a tough ingredient to work with when being folded… and I’m not too crazy about floppy waffles.
It would probably take new kitchen equipment, but it would be nice to get some toasty qualities out of a Waffle Taco. Maybe have the waffle folded into shape, placed on a cooking sleeve contraption and then heating it up. Many factors are involved with why this just didn’t work out in its current form. The waffle itself was also devoid of any standout flavor so a waffle with the syrup flavor mixed in its batter might have worked here. I’m also thinking that a brushed on application of syrup while toasting may improve things. I’m really just trying to find ways that would have made this thing so much better because it does have a lot of upgrade potential. A baked in flavored waffle would have also saved the consumer the trouble and mess of pouring on the syrup. Needless to say, this isn’t the best option for grubbing on the go.
Speaking of the syrup, pouring it onto this thing helps bring out some flavor other than the scrambled eggs. Flavor-wise, everything but the eggs and syrup was absent. The eggs and syrup stood out and the rest of it was just “substance”. The sausage patty was a disappointment as it provided very little flavor, so I’d have to recommend trying the Waffle Taco with bacon instead. This sausage was very bland so be smart and make good use of Taco Bell sauce packets. I was hoping for a salty component to go along with the sweetness of the syrup and it was no where to be found. This lackluster sausage patty makes me wonder why Taco Bell didn’t go with chorizo. Maybe we’ll see chorizo sausage down the road as a LTO.
I’m going to hold out hope for future improvements to the Waffle Taco because Taco Bell has changed its steak and chicken recipes enough times to make me think upgraded sausage and waffles are a possibility some day. The fact that Taco Bell is aiming for that #2 spot in quick-serve breakfast shows me they are very committed to breakfast success. Sadly the Waffle Taco was a dud and my $1.99 would have been better spent on a couple of A.M. Grilled Tacos with bacon. The Waffle Taco turned out to be an attention grab for the new breakfast menu over a well thought out product.
Pros: The gimmick will get people talking. Everything on the Taco Bell breakfast menu is under 3 bucks.
Cons: Poor execution. Floppy waffle. Bland sausage patty. Messy.
Grubbing on-the-go: 2.25/10
Overall GrubGrade: 3.75/10
More Info: http://www.tacobell.com/breakfast
Calories - 370
Total Fat - 23 grams
Saturated Fat - 7 grams
Cholesterol - 115 milligrams
Sodium - 550 milligrams
Carbs - 28 grams
Dietary Fiber - 1 gram
Sugars - 8 grams
Protein - 12 grams