Hey there, gang! I’ve got a review today for a product from a place that’s very near and dear to my heart (among other body parts). That place, if you didn’t already know, is Taco Bell. I love me some Taco Bell, and the new breakfast menu is seriously a gift from the universe. But breakfast isn’t on the menu tonight. The specific product that I’m taking a look at is a new variety of the chain’s popular Doritos Locos Tacos, which now comes in a Spicy Chicken Cool Ranch version! I hope you’re salivating as much as I was when I first heard about this thing.
A Taco Supreme® made with our Marinated all-white-meat shredded chicken, new Fiery sauce, crisp lettuce, diced juicy red ripe tomatoes, real cheddar cheese and topped with cool reduced-fat sour cream, in a shell made from Cool Ranch® Doritos® Chips
As usual, that’s taken directly from the chain’s website, so what you see up there is (ideally) what you get. I have no beef (ha!) with this list, so I got my taco all the way.
Okay, so like most fast food places, Taco Bell isn’t exactly known for having products that truly match promotional images in appearance. To the right, you can see what the Spicy Chicken Cool Ranch is supposed to look like, and the main image in this review is what I really got (broken open for better viewing). I mean, it still looks like a taco, which is all I really expected, and I eat at Taco Bell often enough to have a certain set of expectations, so no worries.
Smell and Taste:
I don’t really get much of a spicy smell from this product. It honestly just smells like a pretty standard chicken taco supreme, but with the Cool Ranch Doritos’ tangy smell in the background. Like everything else on the menu, the flavors here mesh pretty well together, so that you get a chicken taco that isn’t really overpowered by any one ingredient. I’m not entirely convinced the Cool Ranch Doritos shell is necessary here, but it works well enough (besides, this wouldn’t really be a special item without the DLT shell).
This probably won’t surprise anyone, but this thing isn’t really hot. Despite the presence of the word “spicy” in the product’s name, the heat barely registers on my taste buds. I’m giving it a Mild, because I can’t imagine anyone complaining about this being too hot. Taco Bell’s Fire sauce is hotter than this taco, and that stuff barely qualifies as hot sauce itself. But hey, at least it tastes good! I would love to try this as hybrid with the Cheesy Gordita Crunch, but I don’t know if they would let me do that. By itself, this is a Nice item.
I’m not sure why, but Taco Bell hasn’t really broken into the chilehead market yet. Other fast-food giants are at least making efforts by using habanero or ghost pepper sauces, but not these guys. You can’t even get actual jalapenos on the nachos there! What gives? Taco Bell is my favorite go-to joint for quick and cheap food, but I would love to see the chain branch out into some more spicy fare.