Munchies Review- Toasted Cheddar Chalupa


Stone with the Toasted Cheddar Chalupa

Taco Bell certainly has become one of the most popular fast-food chains, specifically among young adults. Known for its cheap cuisine, Taco Bell is full of exciting and unique flavors. According to JD McShane (‘22), “the reason I like it is because of their variety of options that other Mexican fast foods do not have.”  For me, Taco Bell has always been a contender amongst the fast-food chains for their chicken quesadillas and their delicious assortment of sauces. 

Recently added to their constantly rotating menu is the Toasted Cheddar Chalupa. When I went to check out this new item, I had a very interesting experience. When I first arrived at the store I was immediately struck by the service. It was overall satisfactory for a busy lunch rush. I waited about 6 minutes for my food, however, it was excusable because it looked like only three people were working. When I received my paper bag full of goodness I was immediately hit by the smell of toasted cheese. 

According to a Bothell student Gracey Adair (‘22), who is employed at our local Taco Bell, “It’s prepared like every other chalupa on the line, however, the hardest part is having to toss it in the frier and trying to take it out of the deep frier.” When I took the first bite I immediately tasted a ton of cheddar. I could also tell it was fried because it had a perfect crunch when I bit into it. Imagine Cheetzits on a taco and you can understand what it tastes like. It also reminded me of a nacho cheese fry that Taco Bell used to serve.

 Inside of the Taco was ground beef, more cheddar, lettuce, and tomatoes. It also had a whopping amount of sour cream which for me was a bit too much. The chalupa also came in a nice container that was perfect for picking it up, which helped make me feel like the chalupa mattered.  The taste was certainly nothing new but it had hints of greatness.

 If I could change one thing about the chalupa, I would take out the sour cream and add their signature cheese sauce! That certainly would have made the chalupa receive a much higher score. Overall, I want to give the cheddar chalupa a 3.75 out of 5 because it was certainly amazing, but it did not serve a right to be compared with my other past reviews. This certainly was a great new item for Taco Bell but to be a true contender, they need to experiment with more unique food ideas.