Jul 29, 2019

Review: Taco Bell - Steak Reaper Ranch Fries

Taco Bell's Steak Reaper Ranch Fries feature seasoned fries with Reaper Ranch sauce, marinated steak, nacho cheese sauce, sour cream, and tomatoes.

I paid $3.49 for an order of them.

The Reaper Ranch sauce comes across as the main star of the dish and provides the slightly tangy, creamy quality of ranch dressing with the spicy heat and pepper flavor of Carolina Reaper chili peppers. The sauce was pretty spicy and good for an even burn on my tongue. I'm not sure it rose to nose-running levels though as I had a bout of allergies when I tried it so it was hard to tell. It never got to the actually-sweating tier though.

As far as where it falls among Taco Bell's sauces, I wouldn't say it's hotter than Diablo sauce (possibly due to the cooling effect of the ranch) but might be hotter than Hot sauce.

The seasoned fries were mostly crisp and held out well, in both flavor and texture, against the various sauces.

That steak was tender with a pleasant flavor that didn't get lost in the shuffle. The nacho cheese and sour cream were not so fortunate and mostly accounted for a bit of background noise. The tomatoes seemed mostly there for color.

As with a lot of Taco Bell's limited time menu items, Steak Reaper Ranch Fries didn't offer much in the way of novelty and altogether felt too familiar. However, it was relatively well put together, the various components mostly balanced out, and the price was fair. The pepper flavor of the Reaper Ranch sauce, more so than the spicy heat, was appreciated.

Nutritional Info - Taco Bell Reaper Ranch Fries (221g)
Calories - 470 (from Fat - 260)
Fat - 29g (Saturated Fat - 4.5g)
Sodium - 950mg
Carbs - 39g (Sugar - 3g)
Protein - 12g

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