Monday, March 19, 2012

Taco Bell’s New Dorito Loco Taco – Eden Prairie, MN

I have heard some mixed reviews on the new taco at Taco Bell, so I thought I’d better go check it out. Luckily, there’s a location close to work and I had some errands to run on my lunch hour. The things aren’t very expensive, so it already has that going for it.

I wasn’t sure how much different the taco shell made out of a Dorito would change the flavor of the taco, so I was mainly unbiased going into the whole thing. I’d heard people complain about the cheese dust getting on their hands while eating the Dorito Loco Taco, but that didn’t seem like a big deal, especially since Taco Bell appears to have minimized this in the packaging. The taco comes in a Dorito-bag-shaped sleeve, so you actually don’t even have to touch the thing to eat it. Otherwise, it’s a standard taco.

There was a noticeable difference in the flavor of the taco. I definitely tasted Doritos after the first bite. Not in a bad way, or anything. In fact, it was kind of an interesting change. I didn’t mind it at all. I don’t think these are game-changing or anything, but it’s a nice change of pace. If I was blindfolded, they would definitely taste different than the standard taco. I’m not sure they’re BETTER than a standard taco, just a different shell. The texture is a little bit different as well – not as much crunch, but not soggy or anything.

Once again, Taco Bell delivers a delicious new menu item. I have a lot of respect for the people in R&D at Taco Bell and even more respect for the marketing folks at Taco Bell. I didn’t even know I WANTED to try a taco made out of a Dorito. Turns out I DID want to. It’s weird how they knew that.

I’d get this again, even though it’s a little bit more than the regular taco, but sadly, I’d probably pair it with a regular taco, just so I could have a little variety. Maybe I’ll even order one “fresco” just to throw another combination in the mix. It’s worth a try for the extra 30 cents, in my opinion. Take that for what it’s worth (probably much less than 30 cents, I’m guessing…)

1 comment:

Hiroshi Mishima said...

I'm surprised you didn't find it salty or anything. I dunno, maybe it's just me but I found the shell to be a little TOO much like the actual chip.

I'm glad you didn't flip over it or condemn them for trying it - as I've seen a lot of people do - because while the flavour itself wasn't bad, I just couldn't get past the dorito-chip texture and the feeling that I was eating something extremely salty.

Nice take on it, though. I enjoyed reading a more rational review, of sorts.