Mar 24, 2015

Preview: Taco Bell's New Biscuit Tacos & Chickstar

A slew of new breakfast items are hitting Taco Bell starting this Thursday, March 26, 2015, including new Biscuit Tacos, a trio of new Crispy Chicken items, and Mountain Dew Kickstart soda and I got to check all them out at a recent preview event at Taco Bell headquarters.

The Biscuit Tacos feature a buttery biscuit folded into the shape of a taco shell and filled with either sausage or bacon plus eggs and cheese, or new tortilla chip-crusted fried chicken strips (which comes served with either new Jalapeno Honey or Country Gravy).

The suggested price for the new Biscuit Taco is $2.49 and they'll be available during Taco Bell's breakfast hours (generally from 7 AM to 11 AM)

I've actually tried the Biscuit Tacos last year (and you can read about my previous impression of them here), so this time around I tried the Crispy Chicken and the biscuit shell separately.

The Crispy Chicken had a really nice crunch to it from the tortilla chips and seems to hold up pretty well over time (I'll have to see how well when I go get one from my local Taco Bell for review). It's juicy with a nice flavor and a decently spicy kick. Eaten on its own, I could taste a bit of tortilla to the crust.

I really like the chicken. They should consider serving them as chicken strips with dipping sauce.

The biscuit is soft and buttery, but maybe too soft, but I suppose it needs to be for them to fold it. It could use a bit more of a crust.

The Crispy Chicken is also the main feature for a number of new, limited-time items including the Chickstar, Crispy Chicken Grillers, and Double Crispy Chicken Quesadilla.

The Chickstar is basically a Crunchwrap but with two fried chicken strips rather than seasoned beef. Like the Crunchwrap, it comes in a hexagon-ally folded and grilled flour tortilla filled with cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and a choice of sauces including new Mango BBQ (I tried it and it's a sweet and tangy barbecue sauce with a subtle fruity dimension to it), Creamy Chipotle, or Bacon Ranch. The Chickstar tastes and feels more or less like a crispy chicken sandwich but wrapped in a grilled flour tortilla. Rather than a tostada shell for crunch, the chicken provides it here.

The suggested price for the Chickstar is $3.99.

Crispy Chicken Grillers feature a crispy chicken strip wrapped in flour tortilla with a choice of either Mango BBQ, Creamy Chipotle, Jalapeno Honey, or Spicy Ranch, and then grilled.

Close Up of the new Mango BBQ sauce.
The suggested price on the Crispy Chicken Grillers is $1.69.

The Double Crispy Chicken Quesadilla comes with pieces of the new crispy chicken along with a three-cheese blend and creamy jalapeno sauce folded in a grilled large flour tortilla.

The suggested price for the Double Crispy Chicken Quesadilla is $3.99.

Finally, Taco Bell is adding Mountain Dew Citrus Orange Kickstart to their soda fountain selection. It was previously only available at retail in cans (it tastes like Mountain Dew with extra citrus notes but isn't very orange-y).

Update 3/26/15 - Taco Bell is getting rid of the Waffle Taco as they start offering the Biscuit Taco. I was told you can get the Waffle Taco until they run out of waffle taco shells.

Nutritional Info - Taco Bell Bacon, Egg, & Cheese Biscuit Taco (115g)
Calories - 380 (from Fat - 200)
Fat - 24g (Saturated Fat - 9g)
Sodium - 860g
Carbs - 29g (Sugars - 7g)
Protein - 15g

Nutritional Info - Taco Bell Chicken Biscuit Taco with Gravy (142g)
Calories - 390 (from Fat - 170)
Fat - 19g (Saturated Fat - 6g)
Sodium - 960g
Carbs - 40g (Sugars - 9g)
Protein - 13g

Nutritional Info - Taco Bell Chicken Biscuit Taco with Jalapeno Honey (156g)
Calories - 470 (from Fat - 170)
Fat - 19g (Saturated Fat - 6g)
Sodium - 1030g
Carbs - 63g (Sugars - 25g)
Protein - 12g

Nutritional Info - Taco Bell Egg and Cheese Biscuit Taco  (101g)
Calories - 310 (from Fat - 160)
Fat - 17g (Saturated Fat - 7g)
Sodium - 600g
Carbs - 29g (Sugars - 7g)
Protein - 10g

Nutritional Info - Taco Bell Sausage, Egg & Cheese Biscuit Taco (129g)
Calories - 430 (from Fat - 250)
Fat - 28g (Saturated Fat - 11g)
Sodium - 740g
Carbs - 30g (Sugars - 7g)
Protein - 14g

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