Apr 20, 2010

Review: Taco Bell - Salsa Roja Tortada

Taco Bell Salsa Roja Tortada
One of two Taco Bell non-sandwich limited-time menu items (along with the Bacon Ranch Tortada), the Salsa Roja Tortada features southwest-marinated chicken breast (seasoned with garlic powder, "spices," chili pepper, and paprika among other things), shredded lettuce, a blend of three cheeses (mozzarella, pepper jack, and Cheddar), Fiesta Salsa (tomatoes, onions, and cilantro), and salsa rojas (a spicy red sauce) for $3.29.

Like the Bacon Ranch Tortada, the Salsa Roja Tortada also had a nice crispness where the tortilla contacted the press. The Salsa Roja Tortada also had some heft to it and was a bit like eating a two sandwich halves from the way they cut it diagonally.
Taco Bell Salsa Roja Tortada cross section
As far as taste goes, it was just okay; the lettuce and the cheese were largely lost between the marinated chicken and the salsas which left mostly chicken and tomato flavors. The salsa rojas had a nice bit of heat to it but I found upon eating the second half that it wasn't well distributed. The Salsa Roja Tortada was mostly seasoned salty and sour. I would have liked it a lot more if were more heavy with cheese and lettuce.
Inside the Taco Bell Salsa Roja Tortada
Between the Bacon Ranch Tortada and the Salsa Roja Tortada, I would choose the Bacon Ranch for its bacon flavor and a bit more variety. Although, with the price on the Tortadas, I would more likely go cheaper with a Crunchwrap Supreme for extra crunch, seasoned beef, and more lettuce.

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Nutritional Info (268g)
Calories - 480 (from Fat - 130)
Fat - 14g (Saturated Fat - 6g)
Sodium - 1860mg
Carbs - 60g (Sugar - 5g)
Protein - 30g

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