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Oct 10, 2013

Review: Taco Bell - Grilled Stuft Nacho

Taco Bell's Grilled Stuft Nacho is a test item I recently was invited to try at Taco Bell HQ. It features a grilled flour tortilla wrapped up in the triangular shape of a large tortilla chip filled with seasoned ground beef, warm nacho cheese, zesty nacho sauce, crunchy red tortilla strips, and sour cream.

It was tested earlier this year in Knoxville, TN and looks to make an appearance nationwide some time next year.

Regular Taco Bell eaters will probably notice that the Grilled Stuft Nacho draws cues from the Crunchwrap Supreme, with a folded shape and grilled tortilla.

I thought the triangle shape was a clever gimmick and it felt a lot like a giant, slightly-crispy-but-mostly-soft tortilla chip in my hand and added some fun to the eating experience.

The flavors inside is the typical Taco Bell mix and generally works well. I got a good mix of beef, cheese, nacho sauce, and sour cream. The zesty nacho sauce is similar to Taco Bell's lava sauce but without the spice.

The strips are only going to be crunchy if you eat it right away.

While the balance was pretty good, I did fell like it could have used more chips and cheese for a more nacho-like feel.

Overall, the Grilled Stuft Nacho is a pretty good menu item that should play well to Taco Bell's core audience. Like a lot of the brand's limited-time offers, it doesn't bring much newness to the menu (other than the zesty nacho sauce) but adds an oft overlooked component: fun.

Nutritional Info - Taco Bell Grilled Stuft Nacho (194g)
Calories - 570 (290 from Fat)
Fat - 32g (Saturated Fat - 7g)
Sodium - 960mg
Carbs - 56g (Sugar - 6g)
Protein - 14g


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18 comments:

  1. This will be great with vodka or gin.

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  2. I wish they offered a hotter version of these, even the lava sauce is very mild to me. I am thinking dave's insanity or blair's after death/mega death levels of heat.


    Still looks great for a late night after the bar snack.

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  3. I like the way you think!

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  4. This isn't new... At least on the east coast it's been a seasonal item for 2 or 3 years.

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  5. So basically they decided to copy Sierra Mist?

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  6. I'm a Sierra Mist Cranberry Splash addict (last year I bought at least 20 of the 2-liter bottles...all for myself), so it'll be interesting to try Sprite's take on a cranberry version. I do like Sprite more than Sierra Mist when it comes to their regular versions, but I don't know if that will translate over to the cranberry versions.

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  7. This could be awesome if they fry it.

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  8. That looks pretty tasty. Although I'd prefer shredded chicken in there.

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  9. I think you're at the super high tolerance for spicy if lava sauce is "very mild." I think at that point you just have to carry around your own.

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  10. That's completely doable when it comes out though.

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  11. Looks pretty cool, especially if they could bring it out at the $.99 or $1.29 price point like the limited-edition burritos...

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  12. Vodka has a new best friend.

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  13. I'm totally in agreement with you. I have to bring a couple of bottles with me to bump up the heat levels of even "extra hot" menu items. Waiters and waitresses always tell me to be careful and then are surprised when I douse my Chinese food with half a container of chili paste or eat raw habaneros on my nachos. Is Dave's Insanity hot sauce truly hot? I've been wanting to try it but I figured it probably wasn't all that spicy since most sauces aren't. Melinda's Naga Jolokia sauce is the closest thing I've found to actually being a "hot sauce."

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  14. Rowdy From ScrubsTuesday, October 15, 2013

    That is the first thing I thought of too!

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  15. I'll have to be on the lookout for that. I'm continually on a quest to find something that is indeed "too hot" for me. I haven't found it yet, but maybe that will do it!

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  16. Are you married to Pepsi Co, theyve taken alot of things from C.C.as well

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  17. I think both Coke and Pepsi are equally guilty of copying each other's ideas... it's just how the business works.

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  18. This pretty much just a beefy crunch burrito in a triangular form. It has beef, nacho cheese, the new cheese sauce, sour cream, and red strips. To be honest, it taste pretty bland.

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