May 27, 2015

Review: Moe's Southwest Grill - Sriracha Nacho Stack

Moe's Southwest Grill’s Sriracha Nacho Stack features cotija cheese, Huy Fong brand Sriracha hot chili sauce, beans, queso, pickled jalapenos, shredded cheese, pico de gallo, and a choice of protein (chicken, steak, etc.) between two crunchy corn shells and wrapped in a soft flour tortilla.

I picked one up for $8.59.

While it's customary to pick whatever toppings you want at Moe's, I stuck with the suggested ingredients in my Sriracha Nacho Stack. I went with chicken for a protein, black beans, and a whole grain soft tortilla. They also smashed a couple of nachos into the mix to add crunch, not by my request. Apparently the Sriracha Nacho menu has been available in some select markets since last year, but only recently has it expanded to the entirety of Moe's locations.

With the abundance of melted cheese and wet ingredients, followed by grilling and being wrapped in foil, my Sriracha Nacho Stack lost almost all of its crunch by the time I got home. Even the two corn tortillas keeping the ingredients together only helped with the texture slightly.

The flavors in the stack did blend together well. I'm personally not familiar with cotija cheese but it didn’t seem to stand out above the other ingredients. The cheesiness came primarily from the queso and shredded Monterey Jack-cheddar blend, which provided a creamy, gooey texture to the whole dish. The most notable sensation, however, was definitely the Sriracha. They didn’t skimp on the sauce and between it and the jalapenos, I had worked up a little sweat by the end of it. The mild, fresh pico de gallo worked nicely to balance against the heat of the Sriracha so it's not unbearable.

Overall, while I enjoyed the Sriracha Nacho Stack, I think in the future I'd just go with the burrito. The stack wasn’t crunchy enough to justify the price. However, as a Sriracha fan I was pleased. The Sriracha Nacho Stack definitely met my heat expectation and had enough other good flavors to balance it out.

Nutritional Info - Moe's Southwest Grill Sriracha Nacho Stack
Calories - 1066 (from Fat - 450)
Fat - 50g (Saturated Fat - 21g)
Sodium - 3121mg
Carbs - 92g (Sugars - 6g)
Protein - 61g
*Nutrition will vary based on chosen ingredients

By Darius.

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