Jan 6, 2020

Review: Taco Bell - $1 Double Stacked Tacos (2020)

Taco Bell's $1 Double Stacked Tacos come in three varieties: Nacho Crunch, new Chipotle Cheddar, and new Reaper Ranch. Each features a crunchy taco filled with seasoned beef, lettuce, and cheddar cheese nestled in a soft flour tortilla with a layer of nacho cheese between them.

I got one of each variety for $1 each (they're cheaper than a regular crunchy taco, which costs $1.59 in my area). The Nacho Crunch adds a layer of red tortilla strips while the Chipotle Cheddar comes with Creamy Chipotle sauce and the Reaper Ranch comes with Reaper Ranch sauce.

All three varieties give you the classic taste and textures of a Taco Bell crunchy taco and aren't too different from the discontinued Double Decker Taco. The soft flour tortilla serves both as added texture and an extra layer of mess protection in case the crunchy taco shell cracks.

However, the Double Stacked Tacos are less cheesy than previously when they had a layer of both melted cheese and nacho cheese. It's not especially notable except in the Nacho Crunch, which felt a little dry with a fairly generous layer of chips. A dollop of nacho cheese on top would have actually made it somewhat like nachos. As it stood, the layer added a somewhat redundant crunchy layer given the surrounding crunchy taco shell. Still, you can pick out the chips if they prove distracting.

The Creamy Chipotle sauce gave the Chipotle Cheddar Double Stacked Taco an added smoky, creamy, and tangy dimension but also muted some of that signature seasoned beef flavor.

Finally, the Reaper Ranch offers a strong dose of spicy heat and ranch flavor that goes quite well with the crunchy taco (it was more complementary to the seasoned beef than the Creamy Chipotle).

Overall, the 2020 line-up of Taco Bell's $1 Double Stacked Tacos turned out pretty well. They're a little less cheesy than before but still represent a great value for a buck each (given that the national price of a crunchy taco alone is $1.29). As long as you can handle the heat, I recommend the Reaper Ranch as providing the best flavor of the three.

Nutritional Info - Taco Bell Nacho Crunch Double Stacked Taco (133g)
Calories - 310 (from Fat - 140)
Fat - 15g (Saturated Fat - 4.5g)
Sodium - 610mg
Carbs - 34g (Sugar - 2g)
Protein - 11g

Nutritional Info - Taco Bell Chipotle Cheddar Double Stacked Taco (132g)
Calories - 310 (from Fat - 150)
Fat - 17g (Saturated Fat - 5g)
Sodium - 640mg
Carbs - 29g (Sugar - 2g)
Protein - 10g

Nutritional Info - Taco Bell Reaper Ranch Double Stacked Taco (132g)
Calories - 310 (from Fat - 150)
Fat - 16g (Saturated Fat - 5g)
Sodium - 630mg
Carbs - 30g (Sugar - 2g)
Protein - 10g

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