Mar 26, 2014

Review: Taco Bell - Waffle Taco

Taco Bell's Waffle Taco anchors their new breakfast menu and features your choice of either bacon or sausage (or egg and cheese even if it's not listed on the menu) plus scrambled eggs, and shredded cheddar cheese nestled inside a taco-shaped waffle. Syrup comes on the side.

I picked up both bacon and sausage version for $1.99 a piece.

The waffle shell has a nice, just slightly sweet flavor to it; similar to a frozen waffle you might toast at home. It wasn't crispy at all though, which kinda defeats the purpose of deep-frying it. It was also very oily; my fingers had a sheen to them after taking a bite. The texture was a little bit different from frozen waffles; it was slightly more airy with a stretchy chewy quality to it. I'd previously tried it when they were testing a Berry Waffle Taco; it didn't quite work there but fits better here.

The eggs had a nice fluffy, scrambled consistency but are a little crumbly and can make for a little mess if you're not careful. They were moist and I much prefer them to the egg patties Starbucks uses. There was a good amount of them in each Waffle Taco.

The cheese was nicely melted through and provided a mild flavor.

The sausage is a good size for the Waffle Taco although it doesn't quite meet the edges. It hits a decent savory note without too much in the way of seasoning.

The bacon was the better-tasting and more flavorful of the two. There's a definitely smokiness to the little meaty chunks of bacon and it never felt like they skimped. Like the waffle shell, the bacon wasn't crispy at all though.

The syrup really does pull the Waffle Taco together. It's a pretty standard syrup as far as supermarket varieties go, but the maple-ly sweetness really hits the right notes with the waffle and breakfast meats. It especially adds something to the waffle shell.

While the bacon version might be able to stand alone without the syrup, it definitely uplifts the Sausage Waffle Taco. The wide container lets you skim it with your waffle or pour it on your Waffle Taco to suit your taste. You can't really full-on dip it though since the contents of your taco would spill out.

With syrup.
Overall, the both versions of Waffle Taco were pretty enjoyable with a balanced amount of the usual breakfast suspects. I'd pick the bacon as the flavorful and tasty of the two. If the waffle taco shell has its shortcomings, it still measures very well against competing attempts at waffle or pancake buns. It's a little too messy to eat it in the car on the way to work or school though, which makes it more of a Sunday morning event. That makes me think the A.M. Crunchwrap might end up being the more popular menu item.

Nutritional Info - Taco Bell Waffle Taco - Bacon (103g)
Calories - 320 (from Fat - 160)
Fat - 18g (Saturated Fat - 5g)
Sodium - 670mg
Carbs - 28g (Sugar - 9g)
Protein - 13g

Nutritional Info - Taco Bell Waffle Taco - Sausage (117g)
Calories - 370 (from Fat - 210)
Fat - 23g (Saturated Fat - 7g)
Sodium - 550mg
Carbs - 28g (Sugar - 8g)
Protein - 12g