Guilty Pleasures

Taco Bell Introduces Smothered Burrito. Enchirito Lovers, Rejoice!

The Guilty Pleasure: Smothered Burrito Where To Get It: Taco Bell, locations nationwide Price: $2.99 (or $3.99 with steak or chicken) What It Really Costs: Dairy-induced heartburn.

Of all the fast food items I've seen, few have had the rabid following of Taco Bell's cult classic Enchirito. I never understood the fuss over it. We have real enchiladas around here, why would I ever want a simulacrum?

I might not have been an Enchirito fan, but its lovers were legion. Taco Bell officially discontinued the Enchirito in 1993 (Twenty years ago! God, I feel old!). However, since all the ingredients were part of Taco Bell's regular stock, many locations kept right on making them as though nothing ever happened. Then, in late 1999, the Enchirito officially went back on the menu.

The Enchirito has once again disappeared from the Taco Bell menu. This time, it hasn't been as much discontinued as upgraded. It also has a new name, the Smothered Burrito.

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JK Grence
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