Taco Bell Chicken Sandwich Taco

A close-up of the new Taco Bell chicken sandwich taco.

Photo: Kotaku

Taco Bell has a new chicken sandwich that is also a taco, but which is also not a taco or even really a sandwich. That is strange. Still, it’s even weirder than all that I .. like it?

In the fast food world, the chicken sandwich wars are raging on. It all started in 2019, en Popeyes introduced a new fried chicken sandwich to his menu. People lost their collective shit over it. Where I live, the local Popeyes were packed in the weeks and months following the new menu items. I remember passing the joint when a line of 40 cars in drive-thru stretched out past the parking lot and into the road. In response, other places like McDonald’s and Burger King have added new and (supposedly) improved chicken sandwiches.

And now Taco Bell has surprisingly decided to join the ongoing war with its new chicken taco sandwich. And folks, I hate myself for writing this next sentence, but: I love it.

So what is chicken taco sandwich? Well, it’s essentially a crispy and fried large chicken butter placed in a soft pita bread “taco shell” with some Taco Bell chipotle sauce. You can also get a spicy variant, which is the same, but with some jalapenos thrown into the mix. Is this really a sandwich? I do not think. Is it a taco? It’s probably a better way to describe it, but I’m still not so sure. I understand why Taco Bell decided to just go by the name Chicken Sandwich -taco, because even though that name really does not make sense, it would still end up being what most people called this thing. Most likely to say the name in a loud voice and in a questioning tone.

The thing is, crispy chicken and pita bread plus a decent sauce is not a hugely unique concept, but still a tasty creation. I ordered two as I was not sure how big they would be and I ended up eating them both and did not hate a minute of it. The chicken is very crispy and contains enough spice to not be bland but not too much so that your boring uncle or whatever can still enjoy it. The spicy variant is spicier, but everything is spicy if you add jalapenos to the recipe.

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Photo: Kotaku

Pita bread-like shells are soft, but not as soft as a standard tortilla you would find at Taco Bell. However, it is also not as messy or crispy as a taco with a hard shell. It sits somewhere in the middle.

Taco Bell has said it is only a temporary item, which is sad. I would be happy to have it on the menu in the foreseeable future. Unlike previous Taco Bell experiments (waffle taco … * shudder *), this crispy chicken sandwich taco is a winner in my book. And after trying all the other fast food chicken sandwich competitors, it’s by far the most unique spin on an item that quickly becomes exaggerated and boring.

I’m guessing you can say Taco Bell was really thinking outside the box on this one.

No. Wait. Stop. I can not end this blog like that. Oh, I’m out of time.

Shit …

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