Taco Bell

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It’s time to ditch the ordinary and Live Mas! Taco Bell beckons with a symphony of flavors and textures, a fiesta of bold ingredients waiting to tantalize your taste buds. But with a menu overflowing with options, where do you even begin? Fear not, fellow taco adventurer! We’re here to guide you through the labyrinth of deliciousness, highlighting the must-try menu items that will have you chanting “Live Mas” with every satisfying bite. 

A survey revealed that 36 percent of people reach for fast food when having a bad day. And, gasp, this Tex-Mex comfort food is a mood enhancer! We know this because researchers also asked people about the foods that instantly improve their moods. Tacos top the list, with a whopping 33 percent of people saying tacos make a difference in how they feel. We’re starting to see why Taco Bell is so popular. With so many people circling the drive-thru for dinner, you may find yourself in line at Taco Bell soon. Maybe even after reading this article! So, we searched 12 experts’ websites to find the five best Taco Bell items on the menu. Many may enter, but only five can emerge as the champions. Let us know your order in the comments!

The List: Best Taco Bell Menu Items, According to Experts

1. Crunchwrap Supreme

Move over, ordinary tacos and burritos – there’s a new champion in town. Mashable declares the Crunchwrap Supreme the undisputed king of the Taco Bell menu. Why? It’s the ultimate flavor fiesta, a symphony of textures rolled into one handheld masterpiece. Imagine a warm flour tortilla cradling a symphony of deliciousness: seasoned beef, melty nacho cheese, a surprise layer of crispy tostada shell, and all the classic taco fixings for a burst of freshness. As Mashable puts it, the Crunchwrap Supreme “provides the best of all worlds” in every single bite.

It’s the crown jewel of Taco Bell’s culinary kingdom. Debuting in 2005, this temporary offering quickly ascended to permanent status, a testament to its irresistible appeal. Complex even bestows a title upon it: “our portable prince.” This moniker perfectly captures the Crunchwrap Supreme’s essence – a delicious and convenient masterpiece designed for on-the-go enjoyment.

But the magic of the Crunchwrap Supreme goes beyond mere practicality. UPROXX highlights its unique status as a Taco Bell original. Unlike tacos or nachos, this isn’t a rehashed Mexican staple. It’s a pure invention, a flavor explosion born from the minds of Taco Bell’s mad scientists (in the best way possible!). Each bite is a textural adventure – crunchy, salty, savory, and bursting with fresh ingredients. It’s a “greatest hits collection of Taco Bell flavors” all rolled into one, making it an item that’s hard to resist. So, the next time you’re craving Taco Bell, ditch the ordinary and go for the king – the one and only Crunchwrap Supre

2. Nacho Cheese Doritos Locos Tacos Supreme

Doritos or tacos? Why choose? With this option, you can have both! Delish puts it perfectly: “It’s the epitome of Taco Bell – take something classic like a beef taco and add something crazy like a shell made out of Doritos. It shouldn’t work, but it does. It’s delicious, and you won’t want to stop eating it.”

This isn’t your average taco. It’s a marriage of two American favorites – the humble taco and the iconic Doritos chip. Restaurant Clicks gets to the heart of the matter: “We can all agree that Doritos are one of the best snacks on the planet. So what could be better than a taco shell that tastes like your favorite chip?” From Nacho Cheese to Cool Ranch to Fiery, there’s a Doritos Locos Taco flavor to satisfy every craving. It’s a testament to Taco Bell’s ingenuity, a delicious fusion that shouldn’t work, but somehow works beautifully.

And let’s be honest, sometimes the best food is enjoyed after dark. ShopFood.com knows the struggle – those late-night munchie attacks that demand a satisfying solution. Enter the Nacho Cheese Doritos Locos Tacos Supreme – a symphony of textures and flavors perfectly suited for conquering those cravings. Imagine a soft Nacho Cheese Doritos shell cradling seasoned beef, creamy sour cream, vibrant pico de gallo, and melty cheddar cheese. It’s a flavor and texture party in your mouth, the perfect answer to any late-night hunger pangs. So, next time Taco Bell beckons, don’t be afraid to embrace the Doritos Locos Tacos – they’re a guaranteed way to satisfy your cravings and leave you with a smile.

3. Cheesy Gordita Crunch

Calling all cheese lovers! The Cheesy Gordita Crunch is about to become your new Taco Bell obsession. TimeOut declares it the “shining star” of the entire menu, and for good reason. Imagine a warm, pillowy flatbread enveloping a hidden treasure – a crispy hard shell overflowing with seasoned beef, melty cheese, refreshing lettuce, and a kick of spicy ranch. As TimeOut puts it, this masterpiece is “a study in texture and flavor.” It’s not just the delicious filling, though. The Cheesy Gordita Crunch lives up to its name with an extra layer of cheese blanketing the outside – because, well, why not?

Major League Baseball might be known for strikeouts and home runs, but according to them, the Cheesy Gordita Crunch is a definite homerun. They describe it perfectly: a classic taco gets an upgrade with a mysterious sauce (though they admit it’s probably not that much of a mystery) and a melty cheese exterior, all nestled within a delightfully fluffy Gordita shell. It’s a “warm pillow for your taste buds,” a delightful combination of textures and flavors that will have you reaching for another bite.

We’re reading “pillow” a lot. You may want to try this Taco Bell favorite before naptime, just in case. 

4. Soft Taco

Get a taco at Taco Bell? Who would have thought?! But seriously, this is a really good choice, according to the experts. Despite their name, Taco Bell isn’t exactly known for its gourmet tacos. Whimsy and Spice acknowledges this truth: sure, the chain’s name boasts about tacos, but they’re not necessarily the star of the show. However, don’t underestimate the power of a well-crafted Taco Bell taco! With the right combination of fillings, sauces, and cheese, these little guys can be the perfect customizable sidekicks to your Taco Bell feast. The beauty lies in their versatility – a blank canvas waiting to be transformed into your own personal flavor masterpiece.

Thrillist takes a more lighthearted approach, questioning why Taco Bell isn’t named after these ubiquitous menu items. “Gordita Bell? Burrito Bell? Nah,” they say. It’s Taco Bell, and the soft taco is a practically unspoken certainty in your order. Small enough for a satisfying snack, but easily multiplied into a full-blown meal, the soft taco is the “girl next door” of the Taco Bell menu. It’s everything you crave in a fast-food Mexican experience, a familiar friend that’s been there all along. Don’t overlook the humble taco – with a little customization, it can be a delicious and versatile addition to your Taco Bell adventure.

5. Nacho Fries Box

Taco Bell Nacho Fries are one of the best items order off the menu.
Taco Bell Nacho Fries. (Image credit: Taco Bell)

“Nacho” regular menu item … It’s a sampler and a steal. Brace yourselves for a menu item that’s as legendary as it is delicious: the Nacho Fries Box. Spoon University declares it a “game-changer,” offering a taste of Taco Bell’s greatest hits for just a few bucks! This isn’t just a good deal – it’s an epicurean adventure in a cardboard box.

Imagine this: a symphony of Taco Bell flavors, all wrapped up in one convenient package. We’re talking seasoned fries with a generous helping of nacho cheese dip for dipping bliss, a classic Doritos Locos Taco for that irresistible crunch, a Cheesy Gordita Crunch – the champion of cheesy goodness – and a refreshing medium drink to wash it all down. As Spoon University puts it, this is “the epitome of Taco Bell.” Whether you’re a Taco Bell newbie or a seasoned connoisseur, the Nacho Fries Box is a testament to the chain’s ability to deliver crave-worthy flavors at an unbeatable price.

Chef DaDong calls it the “ultimate meal” for anyone seeking a flavor explosion and a full stomach. Plus, it’s a steal! In Chef DaDong’s words, “This box comes with 4 of the best Taco Bell items,” offering a delicious and satisfying experience that won’t break the bank.

Starving? We could go for Taco Bell, too. Tell us what we should order in the comments.


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  1. Paul William Ryckaert says:

    How didn’t the Mexican pizza make this list?

  2. Together we stand says:

    Looks so good, but is so unhealthy for you.