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Aug 17, 2020

Taco Bell Tests New "Elevated" White Corn Shell Taco

Describing it as "an elevated experience of the iconic Crunchy Taco," Taco Bell is testing the new Cantina Crispy Melt Taco for a limited time in the Detroit area.

The key feature of the test item is a "freshly fried white corn shell," which resembles something you might get if you fried your own corn tortillas at home rather than something you bought from the supermarket in a pack of 10 or 12.

Beyond the white corn shell, the Cantina Crispy Melt Taco features a melted layer of nacho cheese sauce and three-cheese blend along with seasoned beef, reduced-fat sour cream, lettuce, cheddar cheese, and tomatoes (i.e. the regular filling for a Taco Supreme with the addition of the melted cheese layer).

For those opting for a vegetarian version, the option to swap out seasoned beef for black beans is available.

The pricing on the Cantina Crispy Melt Taco by itself stands at $1.99. It's also available in a $5 Box along with a Beef Chalupa Supreme, Crunchy Taco, and medium fountain drink.

Taco Bell has used the term "Cantina" for various things in the past. Back in 2010, they used it for a limited-time line of street-style tacos. Then, in 2012, it was used for the Chipotle-like Cantina Bell menu that was eventually discontinued. More recently, they use it for their Taco Bell Cantina restaurants, which are mostly urban locations that sport a fancier look, open kitchen, and a custom menu that includes alcohol.

Photo via Taco Bell.