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Sep 6, 2014

Taste Test: Taco Bell - New Biscuit Tacos

As you might have heard, Taco Bell is testing new Biscuit Tacos as a potential menu item for their breakfast menu. During a visit to Taco Bell headquarters, I got to try both the Sausage, Egg, and Cheese Biscuit Taco as well as the Crispy Chicken Biscuit Taco.

The Sausage, Egg, and Cheese is the more familiar of the two, as it's a common fast food breakfast combination that Taco Bell already offers in the Waffle Taco as well as in a burrito.

The biscuit taco shell was pretty nice with a thin, crisp shell and a soft, buttery crumb. It was a little more dense with soft layers rather than airy and fluffy. The Taco Bell chef/development guy who came up with the Biscuit Taco is from the South, so he drew upon his roots in coming up these.

Beyond the shell, the sausage, egg, and cheese combination is pretty much as you'd expect. It tastes fine, but I found myself wanting some kind of sauce for some extra zip and flavor.

The Crispy Chicken Biscuit Taco is the more interesting of the two. The chicken is the same as was being tested last year, but I'd never tried it before. If the chicken makes the menu, that means a Chicken and Waffle Taco can probably be yours for the ordering.

The twist on the chicken is that the crispy breading is actually made of bits of tortilla chips rather than bread crumbs. It gives the chicken a nice crunch, but I can't say I tasted any tortilla.

The Crispy Chicken Biscuit Taco comes simply with chicken on a biscuit taco shell with either new country gravy or jalapeno honey sauce. I was given both sauces in little dipping cups, which is probably a better way to go since the chicken won't get soggy.

Between the two sauces, I preferred the country gravy. It had this delicious, powerful chicken flavor and creamy savory notes. When I asked if there was chicken in it, I was told that it was actually meatless; so yeah, food magic. Taco Bell should offer French fries, so I could go to town on French fries and gravy. It goes really well with the chicken too.

The jalapeno honey sauce offers a combination of tangy, spicy, and sweet. The jalapeno seems mostly there for heat rather than flavor. I think it might end up being the more popular of the two as the more trendy sauce, but man, gimme that gravy!

The chicken itself was juicy, flavorful, and actually a bit spicy. It seems to be a formed strip rather than a whole cut of chicken.

If Taco Bell's Biscuit Tacos make it out of test, the Crispy Chicken with Gravy version would definitely be my go-to dish off their breakfast menu.



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