By Jelisa Castrodale | FoodAndWine.Com
Troy Warren for CNT #Foodie
The new taco is one of three new menu items hitting the fast food chain this week.
Taco Bell has announced a couple of new limited-time additions to its menu and, before you ask, it’s not the Mexican Pizza. But starting on Thursday, February 10, you can get its newest Flamin’ Hot innovation, the Flamin’ Hot Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos. The just-added tacos are a quick follow-up to its also-recently-added Doritos Flamin’ Hot Cool Ranch Flavored Tortilla Chips. (Honestly, I applaud their ability to fit the words ‘hot’ and ‘cool’ in its name.)
The Flamin’ Hot Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos — and surely there’s gotta be a shorter way to order one — are built around Taco Bell’s Flamin’ Hot Cool Ranch Doritos Locos crunchy taco shells, and will be available on their own for $1.99, or as a Supreme for $2.49.
If this sounds familiar-ish, it kind of is: this is a spicier version of the now-discontinued Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos. (This year is also the 10th anniversary of the arrival of the first Doritos Locos Tacos at Taco Bell, so there’s a better than average chance it’s not the only Doritos-themed innovation we’ll see between now and December.)
In addition to the Flamin’ Hot Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos, Taco Bell also added two more menu items. It’s launching the Cantina Crispy Chicken Taco, which is jalapeño buttermilk-marinated chicken that’s been rolled in tortilla chips, topped with lettuce, cheddar, and tomatoes, and wrapped in a soft taco shell. It’s also welcoming the Cantina Crispy Chicken Tortada, which Foodbeast describes as similar to a Crunchwrap Supreme, “minus the tostada shell, folded up in a handheld toasty square and filled with the same Crispy Chicken.”
As for the Mexican Pizza, who knows what’s up. Earlier this month, longtime Taco Bell fan Dolly Parton said that she thinks the chain should bring the Mexican Pizza back — and if it’s not coming back for Dolly Parton, it’s not coming back for anyone.
And on Twitter, the @TacoBell account recently tweeted “Number 1 question you’re tired of answering from the brand account, we’ll go first: WhEN iS MExicAn PiZzA CoMiNg BAcK?” So I guess that virtual eyeroll basically means “Enjoy the new Flamin’ Hot Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos.”