Taco Bell’s Menu: Dull or Reliable?

Taco Bell, while loved by many, seems to have a worse reputation than most of its competitors. Many claim Taco Bell is not only unappetizing and disgusting, but that it’s flavors are lacking and that you will find yourself sick the following day if you are to consume their food. Some argue that Taco Bell’s menu is an uninspiring, disorderly mess of seemingly countless items consisting of the same five ingredients. I imagine most Taco Bell connoisseurs would be the first to concede this point. Taco Bell’s menu absolutely has some weaker entries. One such entry is the Cheese roll-up, is legitimately just melted cheese rolled up inside a tortilla. Others assert that Taco Bell’s inauthentic menu is why they don’t like the food. I would argue that Taco Bell’s menu is one of it’s strengths and cements their position as one of the more, if not the most, reliable fast food chains in North America.

Another of Taco Bell’s short coming is easily the consistency of the food, the most egregious example being none other than their hard-shell tacos. The issue with the tacos is that the shells seemingly have a half-life no longer than the time it takes for the employee to wrap the taco and pass it through the drive through window. This of course is disappointing as you will typically find yourself with the contents of the taco between two halves of a seemingly disintegrated shell. Not to excuse the disappointing shells, but Taco bell’s menu has a solution to this problem, this solution of course being the Cheesy Gordita Crunch. The Cheesy Gordita Crunch standard hard-shell taco sheathed within a flat bread filled with their melted three cheese blend. This flat bread sheath serves to secure the contents of the taco in a way that the hard shell simply cannot, without the need to sacrifice the satisfying crunch of the shell like you would, should you opt for a soft-shell taco. Additionally, this newfound robustness opens the Cheesy Gordita Crunch up to near limitless substitutions, modifications and additions making it an optimal platform to expand on. Fortunately Taco Bell allows it’s customers to add, remove or substitute any ingredient on any item. Additionally, the inclusion of a hard shell opens up the possibility of substituting it for any of the Doritos locos taco shells offered by Taco Bell, adding another dimension of both flavor and texture to the Cheesy Gordita Crunch. Unfortunately, the Cheesy Gordita Crunch is adorned with a spicy ranch sauce that you must remove or substitute with something like chipotle, fire or Diablo sauce. The aforementioned substitution is required as it is a ranch derivative as the name implies, additionally the spicy ranch lacks anything that could potentially be interpreted as spice. This is absolutely necessary if you wish to taste or smell anything other than ranch in the near future, if you are a fan of ranch I suppose you could opt to keep it but you’re wrong.

Cheesy Gordita Crunch featuring a nacho cheese Doritos Locos Taco shell and chipotle sauce.
Cheesy Gordita Crunch featuring a nacho cheese Doritos Locos Taco shell and chipotle sauce.

Taco Bell while not something everyone can appreciate, has without doubt earned itself quite the reputation among the masses, whether this reputation is good or bad seems to be open to interpretation. Most seem to be able to agree on what Taco Bell is like, but they can not seem to agree on whether or not Taco Bell is among the best or the worst fast food chains in North America.

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