It looks good on the box, but can be misleading
$3 will buy you six chocolate shells, sprinkles, and chocolate sauce.
Chocolate Taco? According to Huffington Post, Taco Bell has released a DIY Chocolate Taco Kit, but it's something you may never want to consider purchasing.
The taco kit, now available at Wal-Mart for just $3, comes with six chocolate taco shells, chocolate sauce, and sprinkles. But don’t get your hopes up: most likely yours won’t look the same as the one on the box with the taco shell perfectly holding the ice cream, luscious chocolate sauce, a lump of whipped cream, and sprinkles in the middle.
Jason Coleman, who does food reviews for bevnerd.com, did a video review of the taco, but got off to a poor start: when Coleman first bought the product, all the taco shells were broken. After exchanging it for a new one, he also bought some Blue Bell ice cream and Reddi Whip.
After attempting to mimic the image on the box, he took a hefty bite of the questionable taco. “Ugh” was his first reaction. Then after another try, he claimed the taco was “a mess.” “The chocolate syrup is super sickening sweet,” he added. And the shell? “It sucks,” and tastes like “corn with a hint of chocolate."
No surprise that Coleman rated the product as “D for Dumb.”
ShopWell also shared the nutrition facts and a few quick facts about the product. They gave the product a smiley face for low cholesterol, low saturated fat, and low sodium, so at least there’s that.
Overall, though, this product is one we won’t be chasing after.
Homemade Taco Seasoning
Taco night just got wayyy better thanks to this homemade taco seasoning. You most likely have all of these spices on hand, which makes this seasoning so simple to throw together. It's perfect on taco tomatoes, cheesy taco casserole, and in cheesy chicken pasta! Honestly, this could probably go on any veggies or protein and would make it taste amazing.
We are huge proponents of the premixed stuff. Its convenient and doesn't just go well with beef (see our Taco Lime Shrimp). But there are a few huge advantages to making your own. First thing, its cheaper and, if you buy good spices, better quality than what you find in the store. Second, its customizable! Don't love the cumin? Take it down a bit! Want it spicer? Add some cayenne to feel the burn. Lastly, you know exactly what goes into it, no additives and preservatives, just spice!
If you have any left over, store in an airtight container, and this should keep for about a year or so from when you bought the oldest spice used in the mix.
Tried this spice mix out? Let us know how it went in the comments below!
Editor's Note: The introduction to this recipe was updated on March 29, 2021 to include more information about the dish.
A spicy sauce made fresh from sautéed vegetables helps you begin the day with a good dose of vitamins A and C.
🍳 SERVES 4 | PREP TIME: 10 MINUTES | TOTAL TIME: 35 MINUTES
- 3 tsp olive oil
- 1 med green bell pepper, chopped
- 1 med yellow onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1/2 tsp dried oregano
- 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 1 can (14 oz) no-salt-added diced tomatoes with juice
- 2 Tbsp chopped chipotle pepper in adobo
- 1/4 c chopped cilantro + leaves for garnish
- 4 eggs
- 1 c canned black beans or pinto beans, drained and rinsed
- 4 whole wheat tortillas, warmed
How to Make It:
1. Heat 2 tsp oil over medium until shimmering in medium saucepan. Add bell pepper, onion, garlic, oregano, cumin, and a pinch of kosher salt and cook until onion is translucent, 8 minutes. Add tomatoes, chipotle, and cilantro and cook until reduced slightly, 10 minutes. Puree with regular or hand blender until smooth.
2. Heat remaining 1 tsp oil in large nonstick skillet and fry eggs sunny side up. Fill each tortilla with 1/4 cup beans, 1 egg, and desired amount of sauce. Top with cilantro leaves.
Per serving: 272 cal, 14 g pro, 40 g carb, 8 g fiber, 6 g sugars (1 g added sugars), 9.5 g fat, 2 g sat fat, 186 mg cholesterol, 476 mg sodium
The Choco Taco is easily one of the most delicious desserts ever created, and now Taco Bell is giving you the chance to make your own at home with the Taco Bell Chocolate Taco Kit. The kit comes with everything you need (sans ice cream) to make a dessert taco, including: chocolate shells, sprinkles and chocolate sauce.
In addition to the Taco Bell Choco Taco Kit, the fast food company is also selling cinnamon shells. The reception of the new kit by Internet food bloggers has been decidedly mixed, with some decrying the shells for their relative lack of strength and taste. However, unless you plan on buying a waffle iron, then there doesn't appear to be an easier way to make a delicious Choco Taco on the fly. The kits have been sighted at Wal-Mart and are said to be priced at $3.
How To Make Taco Salad Bowls
- Set Up: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Set 4 oven-safe cereal bowls on a large rimmed baking sheet. Then set a large 12-14 inch skillet on the stovetop over medium heat.
- Coat: Pour oil into the skillet. Once hot, place a tortilla in the skillet. Use tongs to swirl the tortilla to coat it in oil, then flip it over.
- Flash Fry: Pan-fry the tortilla for 30-45 seconds per side, allowing it to puff up with large bubbles. The bigger the better! Flip and repeat.
- Shape: Use tongs to move the tortilla to one of the cereal bowls. Tuck it down into the bottom of the bowl, to create a bowl shape with the tortilla.
- Repeat: Continue frying the remaining three tortillas.
- Bake: Once all the tortillas are flash-fried and shaped into bowls, bake for until very crispy and golden.
Taco Bell Red Sauce Recipe
It’s simple and easy to make. It will totally blow away any can or bottled sauce you buy off a grocery store shelf for just a fraction of the price. The only exception would be is if you can find a carneceria in your neighborhood.
Taco Bell Red Sauce
The ingredients are simple and ones you probably already have. It has tomato sauce, cumin, white vinegar, instant minced onion, garlic powder, garlic salt, paprika (I like mind with a little smoked paprika), cayenne pepper, water and a little sugar.
- 1 (8 ounce) can of tomato sauce
- 1/3 cup water
- 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 1/2 teaspoons dry onion flakes
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon white sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
(Optional 2-3 jalapenos or pasilla peppers-seeded)
Red Sauce from Taco Bell
Mix everything and simmer for 15-20 minutes. Serve it hot or cold and it will make an excellent enchilada sauce. The spicyness is mild by my standards but that can be tweaked with a little bit more cayenne pepper or using some blended jalapenos or for a juiced up version some pasilla peppers. It is a little bit spicier if you let it sit in the fridge overnight.
In a saucepan, add the spices and vinegar to one can of tomato sauce. Simmer for 10-15 minutes. Allow to cool. Keep refrigerated for a week. Today, I made some homemade jam, and I’ll bet I could make a batch of this and water can it.
There you have it, an easy peazy Taco Bell Red Sauce Recipe.
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Amanda’s Cookin’ taco bell mild sauce recipe. Delicious recipes and easy desserts!
October 25, 2012 By Amanda Formaro (WE EARN COMMISSION FROM PURCHASES MADE VIA PRODUCT LINKS IN OUR POSTS)
It probably started like a typical love story: one burrito full of shredded chicken, seasoned rice, refried beans, and creamy chipotle sauce meets a red sauce made with melted three-cheese blend and reduced fat sour cream. You know what is soon to follow and the Smothered Burrito sure knows too.
They start dating and quickly fall completely in love because it’s teenage love or the honeymoon phase as others would call it. They were quickly given their celebrity name, which you guessed it, is Smothered Burrito. It’s all about them and how they’ve never had a relationship like this one before. Of course not. Because that’s not what you said the last time or anything, Suzy.
Don’t worry, we won’t call you out on it. You all reading this knows how it goes. Everything is great for the first few months, but then burrito starts to see a few red flags in sauce. It feels smothered, like a Smothered Burrito. Maybe it gets a little too jealous of other sauces and only wants to hang out with one sauce.
Maybe sauce gets a little angry when burrito goes to the mall with other burritos which is rare because burrito’s friends hardly see him anymore, alone. Why can’t the two have their own friends? Don’t ask burrito or sauce that because the answer is just a blank stare (because you should know why), unless the sauce can tag along with burritos friends.
So, now, burrito just spends weekends shopping for deals on lawn furniture and falling asleep to cable television at 10 P.M, a shadow of the burrito it was before being smothered by taco bell red sauce. Boys’ nights are long behind him. We’d feel kind of bad for the burrito, but honestly it’s just too dang delicious with red sauce all over it.
The Smothered Burrito just wouldn’t be the same without all its sauce smothering it. If we have to choose sides, sorry, burrito, but we have sauce’s back. Don’t take it personally, we just couldn’t imagine a life without you two together. Plus, who are we kidding, it’s just a burrito, and burritos don’t have feelings. So there’s that.
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Back in the pioneering days, restless westward travelers would sit around the campfire and eat cans of beans to give them the much-needed energy to take on the unknown. But now, they can just get some of their energy with a little help from the Bean Burrito.
Things are different now since the Bean Burrito came into the scene. Most of California has already been explored, and it’s definitely illegal to just light campfires anywhere you want. Don’t try it, seriously. For the sake of the California population, we kindly ask you not to go out and light a campfire just anywhere.
However, the Bean Burrito, stuffed full of warm refried beans, real cheddar cheese, diced onions, and taco bell red sauce still carries on the spirit of old adventuring pioneers today. It brings back all those memories of roughing it out in the open land, pitching a tent with just a tarp and some sticks, and sparking your only source of heat with a fire that you worked so hard to get started while trying to open a can of beans with a rock.
Ever try it before? Yeah, it’s pretty hard. Not recommended for the weak. The challenge is on the table should you consider testing yourself. But now, with the Bean Burrito from Taco Bell, things are so much easier. Who needs to rough it anymore? No one. Unless you’re totally into that kind of thing. Then good for you!
We need more adventurous souls like you. But the Bean Burrito will give you all the feels as if you’re out in the middle of the desert telling spooky stories like you’re in the Wild West. Just saying. You can get all the campfire glory all from a warm, delicious, Bean Burrito. So fill up, and prepare for your own quest through the last real land of the unpredictable, wild, and potentially dangerous frontier…the Internet.
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Homemade Smothered Burrito
The featured video Taco Bell Red Sauce Recipe
The recipe in the featured video is below:
This is for the sauce used in the taco bell bean burrito, and to smother the smotherd burrito, how ever it will get spicy-er with more cayenne pepper!
- 1 (15ounce) can tomato sauce
- 2⁄3 cup water
- 1⁄2 teaspoon chili powder
- 3 teaspoons cumin
- 3 teaspoons instant minced onion
- 2 tablespoon white vinegar
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon paprika
- 1⁄2 teaspoon sugar
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (use more for more spicy less for less spicy)
Place in sauce pan and stir well, simmer at a very low temperature for 15- 20 minutes.
Remove and cool.
May be kept in refrigerator for several days.
While this recipe isn’t Sous Vide here is our equipement that we thinkk you should have at home for great Sous Vide meals.
Chili Powder | This is what gives your taco seasoning that Southwest flavor. You use a good portion of chili powder in this recipe.
Cumin | Cumin is great for adding a nutty flavor to your taco seasoning. It does also have an element of warmth.
Paprika | When heated up in a skillet this bright red spice offers a peppery flavor that is needed for a good taco seasoning.
Onion Powder And Garlic Powder | These two spices add a nice element of flavor and depth into the seasoning.
Salt And Pepper | These are basics that can help give your taco seasoning added flavors.
You can always spice up the taco seasoning if you like it a bit hotter or tame it down if you prefer mild. This is a basic taco seasoning recipe that will work well with any dish.
Red Pepper Flakes or Cayenne pepper| You can use either of these if you prefer spicy foods
With it being so cold outside, I am always looking for a recipe that will warm me up.
But I am also obsessed with the flavors of an amazing taco, I often use my taco seasoning recipe to make this amazing Easy Instant Pot Taco Soup Recipe .
When I do, I like to spice it up a bit with some red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper.
When I was in high school, I used to love going to Taco Bell after work and ordering the Taco Bell Mexican Pizzas. I don&rsquot know what it was about it&hellipmaybe the crunch of the tortillas and the mix of cheese and enchilada sauce? Whatever it was, it got me every time. Then one night after work I went to the drive-thru, ordered my pizza, and drove off&hellip.without my change!
When I got home I realized my mistake, so I called and asked to talk to the manager. They said they would count out the register drawer when they closed, and would refund my change. Sure enough, I never heard back so I called the next day, and the manager told me the register was not &lsquoover&rsquo meaning there was no extra cash there.
I came to the conclusion that the drive-thru person must have pocketed my change (I paid with a $20, and that&rsquos a lot to a 16 year old&hellipwell, in 2001 it was!), and I vowed never to eat at Taco Bell again!
Well my vow lasted a long time, and by the time I found myself stuck at Taco Bell again, I was a vegetarian and there are super limited options. My favorite? A Crispy Potato Soft Taco or the vegetarian Taco Bell Mexican Pizzas, but these bad boys definitely are not healthy.
Okay, flash forward to the present where I actually know how to cook. I saw a couple pins on Pinterest one day for DIY Mexican Pizza&rsquos and it brought back all the memories of TB Mexican Pizzas. The only difference is that now that I am a vegetarian, I obviously don&rsquot want beef on my pizza, so
I came up with a healthier version that just uses refried beans (check out this awesome refried bean recipe), and let me tell you, it&rsquos delicious, and JUST like Taco Bells Mexican Pizza (probably better actually). If you aren&rsquot a vegetarian, it would be easy for you to brown up some ground beef or ground turkey and throw it in there.
This is delicious, it&rsquos quick, it&rsquos healthy (only 400 calories per pizza, which is great for how filling it is), and you will love it. I use La Banderita Tortillas (***UPDATE: I now use Ole Xtreme Whole Wheat Wraps because they are only 50 cals per wrap &ndash they work GREAT!) because they only have 72 calories per tortilla, and most other brands are a lot higher. Of course, you could use homemade tortillas or whatever brand you like for your copycat Taco Bell Mexican Pizzas.
Put this on your weekly menu plan and make it asap. I&rsquove made them twice in the last 2 weeks, that&rsquos how easy and yummy they are!
I like using my homemade chipotle enchilada sauce on these Copycat Taco Bell Mexican Pizzas, because it gives them a smokey kick! But, it definitely takes the flavor to a different place than TB&rsquos pizzas&hellipwhich isn&rsquot a bad thing if you like some smokey heat! Get the recipe here.
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Taco Bell Caramel Empanada Recipe
I know. You were probably expecting something a little more meaningful from my life than parchment paper. And sometime in the next 22 days, I'll deliver something a little more meaningful than my favorite baking supplies.
But tonight, it's parchment paper. And here's why…
You know that feeling towards the end of the day? How you feel after making dinner, serving dinner, and cleaning up after dinner. How you feel after making 3 desserts, strategically storing them so they won't be eaten before you can photograph tomorrow, and trying to wrap up your post for the day?
How you feel after an hour and a half of waiting outside in the cold to vote, followed by hours of political analysis, and a nail biting election?
And you just don't want to do any more dishes ever again??
And then you remember that you used parchment paper and there are no dishes waiting for you.
I'm a tiny bit tired and lazy most of the time. Which is why I decided to make these empanadas baked, and not fried (like Taco Bell makes theirs). Don't worry, I'm not making them any healthier (it's pie crust!), but I'm making it a lot less messy and a lot less effort.
Taco Bell Reveals Its Mystery Beef Ingredients
Company responds online to criticism that its meat is only 88 percent beef.
Taco Bell Explains Those Hard-to-Pronounce Ingredients
April 29, 2014 -- After Taco Bell started telling the public its beef is 88 percent beef, customers were left to wonder, what's the other 12 percent?
Taco Bell, owned by Yum! Brands, introduced in 2011 an explainer on its website to describe what the other 12 percent is.
The company states on the website that they "do have weird names," but they're all "safe and approved by the FDA."
"They're common ingredients also found in food items at your grocery store," the company states. "Each ingredient helps make our Seasoned Beef taste great. Many of them are items you might use at home such as salt, peppers, and spices. Ingredients like oats and sodium phosphates help make sure the texture is right."
The company also noted it uses only USDA-inspected, "100 percent premium real beef" and no monosodium glutamate, or MSG, which is a flavor enhancer.
"We believe it's important that consumers make informed decisions about what they eat, and so for many years have provided details of our ingredients on our website," Rob Poetsch, Taco Bell spokesman, told ABCNews.com.
Derek Lowe, a chemist and blogger with a Ph.D. from Duke University, said he sympathizes with people who are surprised these ingredients are food, but he said he has "no patience" with the general argument, "I can't pronounce it, so I won't eat it."
"There's nothing on this list I have a problem eating," he said.
Here are some of the ingredients and what Taco Bell has to say about them:
"It sounds weird, but it's actually a form of mildly sweet sugar we use to balance the flavor. You may have had it the last time you had a natural soda," Taco Bell says.
2. TORULA YEAST
"This is a form of yeast that gives our seasoned beef a more savory taste," the company says.
3. MODIFIED CORN STARCH
"Actually, it's derived from corn, which is a food staple in Mexican culture as well as many others. We use a small amount as a thickener and to maintain moisture in our seasoned beef. It's common in many foods like yogurt," Taco Bell states.
4. SOY LECITHIN
"When you prepare as much seasoned beef as we do, you don't want it to separate. That's what soy lecithin does. It helps (with moisture) to bind substances that would otherwise separate -- like oil and water. It's a common ingredient in many grocery staples, like chocolate bars and salad dressings," says Taco Bell.
5. SODIUM PHOSPHATES
Taco Bell says it uses this "to help make sure our seasoned beef is the right texture."
"They're also commonly found in deli items, cheeses, coffee drinks and desserts," the company says.
6. LACTIC ACID
Taco Bell says, "This safe acid occurs in almost all living things, and we use a very small amount to manage the acidity to get the right flavor."
7. CARAMEL COLOR AND COCOA POWDER
Taco Bell says the caramel color "is caramelized sugar, which is a commonly used food coloring (also found in cereals and pancake syrup). Cocoa Powder doesn't add any flavor to our recipe, but it helps our seasoned beef maintain a rich color."
Taco Bell: "It's a naturally occurring sugar that we use to improve the taste of our seasoned beef."