This is a Nacho Bell grande on steriods. It is bigger, better and all around amazing. The XXL Nacho has everyting the Nacho Bell grande has. Chips, cheese sauce, beef (you can get chicken or steak as well), beans, tomatos and sour cream. But a few things take the XXL nacho to the next level. First, it is about 50% larger, so don't order to many extra tacos with this one. Second, real cheese is added on top of the li
This is the first in a new series of post that I am still figuring out the name. I am going to give the advertisement picture of the item and the company’s description and then give you my picture and my description. I am thinking maybe calling it Mad Men Mondays in honor of the 1960's advertisement agencies. This first one I am doing on throwback Thursday because I had this over a year ago but still have the picture. The specimen today is Taco Bell's Smothered Burrito.
Let’s start with Taco Bells Description.....
"Our new Smothered Burrito is filled with shredded chicken, premium Latin rice, hearty beans, and creamy chipotle sauce. Then it’s smothered with red sauce, loads of melted cheeses and topped with reduced-fat sour cream. Available with seasoned beef or marinated premium thick-cut steak."
Let’s compare the picture first. To start nothing at Taco bell or really any Mexican restaurant will ever be as neatly layered and perfectly round as they show in their picture. A burrito also doesn’t really need to be so perfect in my opinion anyways, especially a smother burrito, you want a little mess to it. Now the sauce and cheese I would say are pretty comparable and represent what you actually get fairly well, nice job TBell. Now the Sour cream, ha-ha. It really wouldn’t be that hard to make a zigzag pattern with the caulk gun they use to shoot sour cream on this burrito, but what do I know, I don’t have a sour cream gun (yet). Clearly this employee just wanted to throw a bunch of sour cream in the middle and not evenly dispersed it. Which leads me to the actually filing of the burrito.
While the ingredients are all there as the add says, Chicken, rice, Beans, chipotle sauce, they were not evenly distributed. One end was all chicken, the other end was all beans, but this is a pretty common result for Taco Bell. I don’t really remember the chipotle sauce so either I didn’t get much in mine or it wasn’t very memorable. My favorite part to the ingredients and description of this is the “reduced-fat sour cream." As if anyone ordering the smothered burrito really cares about reduced-fat. In the words of my dad "must be healthy."
I do remember liking the smothered burrito. Obviously it looks nothing like the advertisement, but that’s the point of this series. Don't judge a food by its advertisement or its actual appearance, just give it a taste.
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I have had a few request to finish up the Taco Bell breakfast so here is round 2. This time I will discuss two items. I will discuss he AM Grilled taco and breakfast burrito.
The Grilled taco is as the name says, a grilled taco. It takes the classic soft shell taco and fills it with a decent portion of scrambled eggs, bacon bits, and cheese of course. It came together quite well and I liked the crispiness of the grilled shell. There was just enough egg in the taco not to overwhelm the other flavors. I have not tried the sausage version of this and probably won’t because I know what the Taco Bell sausage is like and I prefer the bacon. I will say I found the taco to be a little dry so adding a little taco bell hot sauce really stepped up the overall experience. If you don’t like heat I would still suggest adding the mild sauce.
Overall a good choice for breakfast. I still prefer the Crunchwrap over the taco mainly because of the hashbrowns and jalapeno sauce.
Second, the breakfast burrito. I have tried both the bacon and the steak versions of this, but not the sausage. Surprisingly both were some of my least favorite items. This stems from the eggs being dry just as in the taco, except in the burrito you get twice as much eggs. No grill on his one, just a soft burrito shell filled with the scrambled eggs, cheese and meat. The one thing that made the steak version stand out was the jalapeno sauce that by now you know I love. However, the steak itself is pretty chewy, but what you expect from Taco Bell.
Overall Bacon burrito, would not recommend. Steak burrito, give it a try if you like the sauce on the crunchwrap or you like other steak items from Taco Bell.
Here are the Rankings so far
1. Bacon AM Crunchwrap
2. Sausage AM Crunchwrap
3. Steak Burrito
4. AM Grilled Bacon Taco
5. Bacon Burrito
There was really no way McDonald’s could screw this one up for me. Put sautéed onions and bacon on anything and I will probably love it. This did not disappoint.
Let’s start with the Toppings. The onions are good for being a fast food grilled onion, not as delicious as a real restaurant but it’s what you expect from McDonalds, just a little dry. The Bacon is a thicker than many fast food bacon strips and gives a good Smokey flavor to the burger. Adding the “Special Sauce” really made the burger for me. I am all about sauces and I have never thought of the Special sauce/bacon/onion combo but it works.
The Bun is “Artisan.” I didn't feel this added anything special to the Burger, but hey it makes it sound fancy. The burger is also topped with lettuce and tomato, the lettuce is a big leaf not the shredded kind that is often on Mcd’s stuff. Which again didn't really make the burger any better but makes it look a little fancier.
The burger itself is your classic Quarter pounder and comes with, again trying to be fancy, white cheddar.
Overall I like it and would order again if it stays around.