Aug 11, 2015

Review: Taco Bell - Dare Devil Loaded Grillers

L to R: Mild Chipotle, Hot Habanero, and Fiery Ghost Pepper
Taco Bell's Dare Devil Loaded Grillers feature grilled burritos filled with seasoned beef, red tortilla chips, nacho cheese, and one of three spicy sauces: Mild Chipotle, Hot Habanero, and Fiery Ghost Pepper.

I bought one of each for $1 a piece.

Essentially, these are the Beefy Nacho Griller with the addition of a spicy sauce of your choice. I previously reviewed that one so I'll keep it brief on the common ingredients: The beef wasn't exactly plentiful but it usually offered enough coverage for every bite. The tortilla chips and grilling only really come into play if you eat it right there and then as they soften with the moist heat of the burrito very quickly. The nacho cheese was warm and mild and goes well with the beef. Onto the spicy stuff!

The Chipotle sauce is a mainstay of Taco Bell's sauce selection, while the Habanero and Ghost Pepper for only here for a limited time.

The Chipotle sauce exhibited a creamy, smoky flavor and, usually, a mild heat. I say "usually" because I think whoever was making my Loaded Griller kept the sauce gun heavy because it got much spicier than any Taco Bell item I've had with the sauce before.

Mild Chipotle
The Habanero sauce was very tangy and almost sour, which makes sense as it's sour cream based. It reminded me somewhat of the since-discontinued Lava Sauce, only less spicy (I ate half of each Griller in fairly quick succession from mildest to spiciest, so it was a little hard to tell as the burning just kept building). It didn't feel any spicier than the Chipotle though (but the Chipotle delivered a good burn in this instance).

The Ghost Pepper, eaten after the other two varieties, had me sniffling and tearing a bit. I was past the point where the heat accentuates the food and onto "I'm-not-sure-what-I'm-eating-anymore" territory, so it wasn't so nice for me. Beyond the heat, the sauce was similar to the Chipotle sauce flavor-wise.

Hot Habanero
I later came back and ate the other half of each Griller, taking my time to let the heat abate after each one, and none of them were too uncomfortably spicy. The Ghost Pepper was a little much for me though.

Overall, Taco Bell Dare Devil Loaded Grillers were pretty enjoyable, depending on where your heat tolerance lies. I liked the flavor of the Chipotle and Ghost Pepper sauces better than the overly tangy Habanero. I don't consider myself a heat-seeking heavyweight by any stretch, so my preference in spiciness level would be for either the Chipotle or Habanero.

Fiery Ghost Pepper
If eating spicy peppers are a day-to-day pastime for you, I'd recommend trying two or three Ghost Pepper Dare Devil Loaded Grillers (to build the heat up). And, if you're hankering for the Lava sauce, maybe try a Habanero Loaded Griller with extra sauce (it might cost a little extra though).

Also, if spicy isn't your thing, while the Dare Devil Loaded Grillers are available, you can probably score a Beefy Nacho Loaded Griller for slightly less ($1 versus $1.50-ish), by ordering a Dare Devil without the spicy sauce.

Nutritional Info - Taco Bell - Mild Chipotle Dare Devil Loaded Griller
Calories - 420 (from Fat - 200)
Fat - 22g (Saturated Fat - 5g)
Sodium - 940mg
Carbs - 43g (Sugar - 3g)
Protein - 12g

Nutritional Info - Taco Bell - Hot Habanero Dare Devil Loaded Griller
Calories - 380 (from Fat - 160)
Fat - 18g (Saturated Fat - 5g)
Sodium - 900mg
Carbs - 44g (Sugar - 4g)
Protein - 12g

Nutritional Info - Taco Bell - Fiery Ghost Pepper Dare Devil Loaded Griller
Calories - 400 (from Fat - 180)
Fat - 20g (Saturated Fat - 5g)
Sodium - 970mg
Carbs - 44g (Sugar - 3g)
Protein - 11g

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