Posts Tagged ‘Taco Bell’

7 Things We Learned About The History Of The Doritos Taco

 

7 Things We Learned About The History Of The Doritos Locos Taco – Consumerist.

 

Interesting look into the process of bringing a fast food product to market.

 

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Taco Bell Cool Ranch Dorito Review

For quite some time, Taco Bell was just playing with us.   Launching new items with the ingredients of the old.    Let’s put a hard taco inside a bean burrito.  Let’s put the breakfast Tater Tots in a burrito.  Then they started to be pretty concerned about completely being whipped by Chipotle.  Time to bring out some more expensive food to  erase our memory of the “59 / 79 / 99” pricing for tiny quantities of bland food wrapped in bland wrappers.  Bring out the Doritos, baby.

The nacho ones were first out.  Not bad!  Pretty worrysome for those of us who don’t want food to be hunter’s orange though. So … next comes the cool ranch version.

Being time for an occasional non-paleo meal I treat myself to, just to keep the experience fresh, today turned out to be a great time to try these.

To set this up in the best possible way, I took young son along, ‘cuz he loves anything ranch flavored.

I ordered one regular crunchy taco and one of the cool ranch.

I was immediately impressed because the nice lady behind the counter took my name instead of referring me to a number.  Great!  Like Panera.  Everybody likes to be called by name.  We don’t like being referred to as the next sequential number.

The food came up quickly, and I was greeted, again by name, and was politely wished much enjoyment of my food.  Whoa.  Almost needed to look at the sign to make sure this really was Taco Bell.

I opened up both tacos.  I was please again!  The tomatoes were red.  They looked quite a bit like tomatoes.  And the lettuce was green!  And cold!  Will wonders never cease!

Then I compared the two tacos. They cool ranch one looked just like the regular plain one, with some ranch powder on it.

And there’s the rub.   The cool ranch taco tasted the same as the regular taco, except you could feel the dust.  It’s like the dust didn’t have much taste on its own.  A bite of each shell confirmed that they taste about alike.

They could bring out a new version of this, kicked up, and call it the extreme ranch version or something.  This version here, meh.  It’s not worth the price mark-up from the plain version.  The nacho Dorito flavor tastes a little bit like a nacho cheese Dorito.  The ranch version, well, tastes like ranch Doritos if you got a bag with too little ranch stuff.  All this wait, all the pleasant expectation of a new flavor and … like … meh.

I understand that the next flavor out of the chute for these is a very spicy extreme flavor.  Let me predict — it will be really pretty good.  Especially if there’s a spicy sauce that’s the Mexican equivalent of siracha.  Which is Da Bomb.  But this flavor — there’s just not enough of it to make a taco taste like something other than a plain taco.  Which is fine in its own way, being that the lettuce and tomato was relatively real and the person  who made it for me remembered my name (!)  and wished me a good day (!) by name(!!!) when we left(!!!!) … but it’s not something worth being my weekly non-paleo indulgence.

Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos At Taco Bell On March 7

This is one of those things that’s largely unnoticed by most of us here but will be of vast, deep influence for some — so here it is.  The long-awaited second flavor of Doritos tacos arrives March 7.

CSPI pretty happy that Taco Bell Agrees to Pull Ad About Veggies

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“We are delighted that Taco Bell is pulling an ad that urged people not to bring veggie trays to their Super Bowl parties, but to instead bring 12-packs of Taco Bell’s tacos,” the Center for Science in the Public said in a statement“Thanks to Taco Bell for responding with record speed to address nutritionists’ and consumers’ concern over this ad campaign,” the group said.

via Taco Bell Agrees to Pull Ad After Group Complains It Sends Wrong Message About Veggies | Video | TheBlaze.com.

The add suggested that only social misfits would bring a veggie tray to a Super Bowl party.   Whatever.  Taco Bell’s add countered that people would rather have tacos.  Well, yes, that may be preferable to people who consistantly cram food into their mouths for its right-taste rather than for what it will do for them long term

But we have to point out:

1.  This is another great example of how to use Twitter to quickly bring attention to an issue.  File that away, you may be able to use that idea later.

2.  Have you  ever gotten Taco Bell tacos to go?  Either you eat them right then, there, or you’re taking a pile of wet, cold, no-longer-crunchy things to the party.

We realize it’s just an ad, made to be comical while making you hungry for some tacos, which realistically you’re not going to leave the TV to get some tacos and then come back to your party.   The point is, to have a good time, eat this not that,  and nutritionists were right to point it out that way.

Here’s a good rule of thumb to bring instant clarity to your food decisions.  Every food you eat, either will help you live longer and feel better, or help you die sooner and feel worse.  Now go choose.

Lean Cuisine Fiesta Grilled Chicken review, and an easy, better, homemade solution.

Got to say, frozen meal packages are evolving into masterworks of photographic art.

It doesn’t look like the box, it looks like this:

What looked like it was going to be a Mexican meal served up in authentic south-of-the-border style, turned out to be just another pile of sauced chicken with a side pile of rice to stir it into.

It’s not horrible. It’s OK.  My final impression was, wonder how the brown grill marks get on the meat, wonder how much salt is in here, and wondering what specific lack of taste the salt is covering for.  That would probably vegetables. There’s some little chips of various frozen food veggie pieces, and that’s about it.

If you like this even a little bit, let me recommend making something much better yourself.

9×13″ pan.

Stack of corn tortillas.

Jar of salsa, 8 oz of cream cheese mixed together.  Low fat cream cheese is fine.

Can of corn.

Can of pintos or black beans.

Little can of green peppers.

Rice if you want.  A cup or two, brown or white.  Be like Chipotle and stir some cilantro into your rice.  Don’t be like Taco Bell and stir salad dressing into it.  Shudder.

Thin covering of cheese on top so it doesn’t get dry.

Now make lasagna out of this in a pan. Layer, layer, cover.  Heat until it’s warm and gooey.  You’ve got six Better Cuisines there, for the cost of 2 Lean Cuisines.  Freeze or refrigerate separately for your convenience.  You can get a little creative with olives, sliced tomatoes, green salsa, hot sauce, whatever you want.  Enjoy.