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Earlier today, Taco Bell released a sneak peek at their new secret item. Over the past few weeks Taco Bell has been leaking out teaser ads showing a mystery box, telling the world to pre-order their new $2.99 item. This new secret item is scheduled to be announced tomorrow during the Super Bowl. If you pre-ordered one, you got to see it a day early. So what is this new secret menu item? My buddy Tim pre-ordered one so we get to take a sneak peek at the new Taco Bell Quesalupa (a cross between a cheese quesadilla and a chalupa).
I am sure some of you are thinking, wow this sounds really good. Others are probably thinking, this sounds like a $3 heart attack waiting to happen. To me, I think both sides have merit, but as a foodie I have to side with “this sounds really good”. Obviously this isn’t going to be a gourmet hand made taco, but if you are like me and you like Chalupa’s, then I am pretty sure this is going to taste pretty good too.
So here were the first two questions that raced through my mind when Tim told me about the new Taco Bell Quesalupa: does it taste as good as it looks and does it actually look as good as the professionally shot and Photoshop’ed ad? Unfortunately I can’t answer the first question right now because I haven’t eaten it yet. I will update this post as soon as I get to try it myself. Tim pre-ordered one and tried it today, so he is helping me to answer the second question and I can give you his input on the first question as well. The picture below was sent to me by Tim today. I don’t think anyone is surprised that the real Taco Bell Quesalupa doesn’t look exactly like the ad above.
See the real Taco Bell Quesalupa
What can you expect though, the ad probably had a well paid chef spending 20 minutes just to make sure the Quesalupa looked mouth watering where all of the fresh ingredients pouring out of the shell. On the other hand, the real Taco Bell Quesalupa was prepared by employee that is popping out as many as humanly possible. With that being said, the real Quesalupa still looks pretty good.
My buddy Tim is a true foodie, he is the type of guy that texts me the minute he tries a new dish that he thinks is worth sharing. This is why I’ve learn to trust his input on places to try and dishes to eat. According to Tim, the Taco Bell Quesalupa is awesome and I need to try out ASAP. I guess I know what I am having for lunch this week!
[Updated on 2/12/16]
My Opinion of the Quesalupa
So I finally went and tried the Quesalupa for myself.
When I unwrapped it, my initial thought was it looks just like a Chalupa and why the hell is there some sour cream on the lip of my Quesalupa shell?
I took my first bite, then I took a quick picture so you could see what the Quesalupa looks like on the inside. Overall, it tastes really good, but I have to say I was a little disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, I will order this again and I do enjoy the taste. I just felt it was hyped up a lot for something that is basically a Chalupa with some pepper jack cheese added into it.
I didn’t get the cheese oozing out of the shell effect that the commercials and ads show, but I’ve been around long enough to know that fast food is almost never as advertised. My official review is this:
- Does it taste good? Yes
- Is it worth $2.99? Yes
- Would I order it again? Yes
- Is it my favorite item at Taco Bell? No, sorry… I still love the crunch wrap supreme!
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