By Mike Thayer
There's been a chicken sandwich war going on in fast food for a couple of years now. But there's another war developing... It's a toasted cheese war! With the success Wendy's has enjoyed with their cheddar bun, Taco Bell is playing off that success by re-introducing its Grilled Cheese Burrito.
Wendy's kicked things up a notch in August and took a step ahead of the burger competition by introducing their Cheddar Bun, featured in a Bacon Cheddar Cheeseburger. You can check out that review here. The toasted cheese on the bun has been so popular, Wendy's now features the bun in select chicken sandwiches in addition to the burger option. Consumers are loving that cheddar bun!
So not to be left out of toasted cheese market share, Taco Bell has brought back their version of toasted cheese on bread in the Grilled Chicken Burrito, which Taco Bell took OFF their menu in December 2020. Hmm, perhaps Taco Bell outsmarted itself?
Here's the description from restaurant's website: Seasoned beef, nacho cheese sauce, seasoned rice, red strips, creamy chipotle sauce, reduced-fat sour cream, and three-cheese blend wrapped inside a warm flour tortilla, with even more three-cheese blend grilled on the top.
I liked the flavor the toasted cheese did for the Wendy's Bun, it wasn't picture perfect, but it was good. Will Taco Bell's toasted cheese on bread also be good?
The answer is yes.
The Grilled Cheese Burrito is cheese flavor on top of cheese flavor. The burrito is thick, stuffed full of tasty ingredients, not skimpy on portion at all. Every flavor in this thing combines into a wonderful bite, the cheeses, the seasoned rice, the sour cream, the red strips which despite all that cheese and warmth going on, still had some texture and crunch to them but I suspect they wouldn't have, had I had a longer drive home. The only knock I've got on the burrito is that the seasoned beef got a bit lost in all that cheese. I should have ordered extra. I could say the beef to burrito ratio was a bit unbalanced, but then again, there's no such thing as too much cheese.
Costing me about $3, the Taco Bell Grilled Cheese Burrito is cheesy good, quite satisfying and very wallet friendly. Enjoying the burrito for lunch, it will carry me to dinner. I'm giving it 4 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars and it's definitely worthy of a repeat buy! Cheese grilled into a tortilla is a very good thing. Ordering options are available, such as steak, chicken and black bean. I look forward to trying them all.
Who will be next to put toasted cheese on bread? Burger King? McDonald's? Arby's?