Taco Bell's Doritos Locos Tacos: Crazy-Good or Just Plain Loco?

Tacos may very well be the perfect food, but let's face it, the standard Meximerican fare can get a bit stale after a while. Taco the Town is here to highlight some of the more unusual Mexican finds in the valley.

This week: Doritos Locos Tacos from Taco Bell

¿Como se dice?: A taco shell made out of Doritos? How is it that someone hasn't thought this up before? It's brilliant in its simplicity and so loco that it just might work. Or it could be the birth of a monstrous snack food-taco hybrid. We bellied up to The Bell to bring you our verdict.

We'll give credit where credit's due: Taco Bell is hard at work winning back customers after last year's lawsuit surrounding their use of questionable "beef" taco filling, which should really be a non-issue to anyone that has ever eaten Taco Bell. How concerned can you really be about soy filler in your meat paste when you're blitzed and ordering Fourth Meal from the back of a cab? It all ends in a flurry of taco crumbs and near-instant regret.

Taco Bell's post-lawsuit R&D crew (who we imagine to be a group of stoned teens playing mad scientist with the same six ingredients), started off the year by launching The Bell's idea of breakfast: First Meal. On the whole, we thought it was a disastrous, stomach-curdling stab at breakfast foods. Face it, there's no reason you should ever be in the drive thru of a Taco Bell at 8am.

But fear not, with the launch of Doritos Locos, Taco Bell has returned to what they do best: capitalizing on guilty pleasures to sell questionable meat paste to the masses. Except this time, when you wake up hungover, you'll have electric orange dyed fingers to remind you of your abysmal Fourth Meal-fueled decision making skills.

Read on to check out our first impressions of the Doritos Locos tacos, including whether or not we recommend that you run to (or far, far away from) the Bell.

La Comida y El Sabor: Doritos Locos tacos will run you $1.29 for the standard meat, cheese, and lettuce, or shell out an extra 50 cents for the supreme version. We tried both and are partial to the supreme Doritos Locos taco. What can we say? It reminds us of our early 20s, when we may have been guilty of making fully loaded microwave nachos out of Doritos.

Each taco comes in its own little Doritos-branded sleeve, presumably to keep the nacho cheese dust from leaving behind evidence that you just ate a couple Doritos Locos tacos. Very considerate of The Bell. The shell is bright orange, just like you would expect Doritos to be, but there was something just a little off about the texture and taste.

We hate to say it, but the taco shell needs more cheesy Doritos dust. Which means even more sodium atop an already high salt bomb of a taco. Alas, the taco shell tasted more like off-brand cheesy tortilla chips than addictive, neon orange dusted Doritos.

The Verdict: Doritos Locos are crazy like a fox. The shell added a surprising amount of familiar, cheesy Doritos flavor to otherwise standard Taco Bell fare. Good on you, Taco Bell. We'll chalk this one up in the win column.

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Erica O'Neil