HONEST REVIEW: New!! Naked Chicken Chalupa from Taco Bell

Bet that’s not you were expecting my latest blog post to be about, right?

In case you didn’t know this about me, I am very passionate about Taco Bell (among other fast food restaurants). I didn’t become a fan until college, but now I’m a complete convert. I just have a couple rules for myself when I eat at Taco Bell:

  1. It has to be nighttime. This type of food is not meant to be eaten in the light of day.
  2. Your trip should be relatively spontaneous. No one should actually plan to eat a full meal there.
  3. Always get more than one item. My go-to order is a beef chicken chalupa supreme with a soft taco supreme. YUM.

One of my good friends (and biggest fans of my blog), Lizzy, texted me this a couple weeks ago at 11:42 p.m.:

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After having a good laugh, I responded with a “yes of course.” And so we tried it, with pictures for proof.

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The excitement in the air was tangible.

Here’s what I thought:

Presentation

I’ll be honest, at first I had to get over the fact that the chicken WAS the shell. But instead of being a piece of grilled chicken it was breaded and fried, so you didn’t have to look at a gross piece of cooked, floppy chicken. It basically looked like a shell. And the lettuce, cheese, and tomatoes inside gave it some nice color contrast. Overall, decent presentation.

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Beauty.

Texture

This was probably one of the most significant things this chalupa has going for it – the crunchiness of the chicken shell was great, but it wasn’t SO crunchy that it broke and got taco innards all over the place (much like the traditional hard shell). The lettuce, cheese and tomatoes added another layer of texture that made for an enjoyable experience.

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Taking the first bite together because we are true friends.

 

Guys, the Naked Chicken Chalupa tastes GOOD!! The avocado ranch really sets everything over the edge, and the chicken is perfectly fried/seasoned, with a kick to it at the end that is pleasantly surprising.

Rating: 8.5/10 

I’ll still order the old standby 90% of the time, but I would absolutely get this unique menu item again.

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Meg liked it too, clearly.

*I wasn’t paid to review any of this stuff – I’m not famous enough for that (yet).*

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