The Laidback Gourmet: XXL Chalupa & Two New Sauces

Greetings! Welcome to another edition of the Laidback Gourmet. Looks like its time to don our quasi sombreros because once again we are heading down south of the boarder to Taco Bell. It seems like we go there a lot, doesn’t it? Come on you other fast food places, show some innovation!

Today we look at Taco Bell’s newest most grande creation to date, the XXL Chalupa. I have to say, the box actually is pretty large. (Wow, that’s a line that could be taken out of context good thing this isn’t an audio review.)

That’s pretty hefty. Let’s open this coffin sized box (Ironic) and see what we got.

Looks good, smells good, and that shell looks pretty tasty. Looks like it has plenty of meat and plenty of toppings. The only thing that I’m concerned about is if I can lift this behemoth so I can take a bite. Let’s give it a try.

*Struggling sounds as I finally manage to lift it high enough to take a bite… oh nom nom*

Hey, that’s pretty good. The shell is crispy and chewy, the meat and toppings are standard Taco Bell fair but you know what you’re going to get when you go to Taco Bell. The whole thing works really well and I think I got a fair share of food for just over three dollars. Gotta rate this one fairly high, let’s say 7 out of 10.

Normally I would end the review here but while I was at Taco Bell I found out that they are offering two new flavors of sauce packets:

Salsa Verde and Fire Roasted. As I looked at these red and green packets I thought, “Man, Christmas is right around the corner, isn’t it?” Oh, and then I thought, “I should probably review these. Let’s look at the salsa verde first. Let’s pour the packet out and taste it with some tortilla chips.

Wow… doesn’t that look like mucus. Appetizing. Well I guess you’re snot suppose to look at it and just eat it. Let’s try it. We’ll skip the sound effects, I mean they’re just sauce packets. Well, this one’s not bad. Kinda tart and acidic. Not as good as a good salsa verde, but not bad. 6/10. It’d probably be best on a chicken taco or one of those cantina tacos. Let’s pour out the Fire Roasted packet.

As you can see, it’s the deep read color that you’d expect this flavor to be. Let’s try it. Again, we’ll forgo the sound effects. This one’s pretty good too. Kind of like the typical sauce but with a smoky flavor. Probably go well on a standard beef taco to add a little smoky favor to it. 7/10

Well that wraps up yet another Laidback Gourmet and yet another trip down south. Seriously, come on Burger King, come out with something new. Until next time please send all your comments, suggestions for future reviews, or to simply lavish they praise upon me at Seriously, I need more emails, I hope to reach the 100th email mark soon. Until next time, this is Ed DiFolco, your Laidback Gourmet, and I need to go find an icepack, I think I pulled something lifting that giant chalupa.

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