Sep 16, 2019

Review: Taco Bell - Toasted Cheddar Chalupa

Taco Bell's Toasted Cheddar Chalupa features seasoned beef, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, grated cheddar cheese, and reduced-fat sour cream folded inside of a Chalupa shell that has 6-month aged cheddar cheese baked onto it.

I picked one up for $3.49 (which is the same price as a Chalupa Supreme in my area).

Where the regular Chalupa shell (it's a deep-fried Gordita shell) is only very lightly crisped, the addition of toasted cheddar cheese gives it an uneven smattering of airy, crumbly, crispiness as well as a strong note of cheddar that you're not going to find elsewhere on the Taco Bell menu (unlike the very familiar combination of beef, lettuce, tomato, very mild cheddar cheese, and sour cream that can be had on anything resembling a taco on the menu).

As for the classic filling of the Chalupa, if you've never tried it, most of the flavor comes from seasoned beef with the other components providing varying textures (fresh, crisp, soft, etc.) more than anything. I would say it's the signature taste of Taco Bell.

As a fan of the signature taste of Taco Bell, I especially enjoyed the extra layer of flavor and delicate crunch that the Toasted Cheddar Chalupa added to the classic combination. I would not mind just eating the shell if the offered it.

Nutritional Info - Taco Bell Toasted Cheddar Chalupa - Beef (160g)
Calories - 450 (from Fat - 270)
Fat - 30g (Saturated Fat - 9g)
Sodium - 550mg
Carbs - 29g (Sugar - 3g)
Protein - 16g

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