REVIEW: Taco Bell Spicy Chicken Crunchwrap Supreme

You just don’t mess with a classic, like Metallica’s The Black Album, Kevin Smith’s low-budget film Clerks, Michael Jackson’s Thriller album, George Lucas’ original Star Wars trilogy, or Taco Bell’s original Crunchwrap Supreme.

Unfortunately, Taco Bell did mess with the classic Crunchwrap Supreme and created the Spicy Chicken Crunchwrap Supreme, which contains spicy shredded chicken, sour cream, lettuce and tomatoes, a tostada shell, and nacho cheese sauce all wrapped up in a grilled flour tortilla.

It sounds good, but in reality it’s like if George Lucas did the following things to the original Star Wars trilogy:

1. Had a hairless Chewbacca that mooed
2. Lando Calrissian always had a Colt 45 in his hand
3. Princess Leia’s gold bikini in Return of the Jedi was instead a gold Victorian dress
4. Made Greedo shoot first at Han Solo in the cantina scene

In other words, the Taco Bell Spicy Chicken Crunchwrap Supreme just wasn’t right and doesn’t come close to being as good as the original.

It’s like Taco Bell took Metallica’s The Black Album cut off all of its long hair, turned the devil horns hand sign into the letter “I” in sign language, and added a cover of Reel Big Fish’s cover of a-ha’s Take On Me as a bonus track.

Basically, the only thing different between the original Crunchwrap Supreme and the Spicy Chicken Crunchwrap Supreme is the instead of ground beef, it’s got the shredded spicy chicken. But unfortunately, that seemingly minor tweak turned out to be something as dramatic as replacing the picture of normal, jheri curl, plastic surgery-less Michael Jackson on the cover of his Thriller album with a picture of a scary, pale, nostril-less women, like Michael Jackson.

If the shredded spicy chicken was actually spicy, it might’ve been much better. Sure, adding Taco Bell’s Fire sauce would’ve turned up the heat, but doing so wouldn’t have made it — as Taco Bell likes to say — good to go, because it’s hard to put taco sauce on something while driving, playing World of Warcraft, or playing air guitar to Metallica’s album Master of Puppets.

(Editor’s Note: Thanks to Impulsive Buy reader Brie for suggesting the Taco Bell Spicy Chicken Crunchwrap Supreme.)

Item: Taco Bell Spicy Chicken Crunchwrap Supreme
Price: $2.89
Purchased at: Taco Bell
Rating: 4 out of 10
Pros: Stays warm in thermal pouch thingy, instead of heat-escaping box. 4 grams of farty dietary fiber. 18 grams of muscle building protein. The Black Album and any Metallica albums before it.
Cons: Not as good as original Crunchwrap Supreme. Not very spicy. The music at the Taco Bell website. 3.5 grams of trans fat. 1,300 milligrams of sodium. Any Metallica album after The Black Album.

27 thoughts to “REVIEW: Taco Bell Spicy Chicken Crunchwrap Supreme”

  1. I’m going to save myself some hearing and not go to Taco Bell’s website ever again, and I only have your review to thank. Spicy chicken? Why? Go with what you know, Taco Bell. Go with what you know. Assy beef is what you know.

  2. Exactly, Domokun. Taco Bell can do a tolerable drive-thru beef product taco, but ask them to work with chicken, and it becomes inedible. There’s no mingling-with-the-beans guesswork to distract you when you order chicken.

  3. i play World of Warcraft too, and no its not easy putting taco sauce on the tacos while killing things =( i cry at night thinkin about it


  4. bravo for this uber-review, this classic piece of Impulsive Buy literature, w/ all of the I.B. leitmotifs we know and love… the personality-revealing pop culture refs, the powerful use of repetitive phrases to emphasize a point, the random scatological comment, oh yes, it’s all there. and real nice photo, too! i bow to you

  5. First of all, nothing is remotely edible there except for perhaps their classic crunchy taco supreme. Secondly, Reel Big Fish rocks. Marvo, is this the end of our love affair?

  6. What ruins the Spicy Chicken Crunchwrap Supreme is the “spicy” red sauce, making the food item more soggy and taste watered down. However, the spicy chicken burrito is good.

    And I think Leia in a gold Victorian dress would be hot.

  7. The Crunchwrap supreme started to go downhill when they introduced the foil pouch for it. Also, is there a version of the Crunchwrap that is not supreme? How could it be called the Crunchwrap supreme if it is the stock model?
    Finally, the remixes on the Taco Bell website are indeed, quite disturbing.

  8. I’ve never tried this before and the nutrition facts look horrendous! Not that anything sold at Taco Bell has great nutrition anyway – but I’m hooked on their chalupas!

  9. Hmmm, I like spicy chicken, but I don’t doubt this isn’t very spicy. Even though I’m from New Mexico originally, though, I like Taco Bell on occasion. It’s like the epitomy of cheap fast food.

  10. Looks good on the outside. I love a good browned tortilla. YUMMY! The innerds of dat… ummmm… not for me.

  11. Rylan – Except when my doctor is checking my balls.

    Domokun – Mmm…I like the assy beef, but I don’t like beefy ass.

    Muneer – Just consider them old school Crunchwrap containers.

    Wednesday – I did like the Taco Bell Zesty Chicken Border Bowl.

    afail – CHALUPA!!!

    B-rad – I believe we all need a third arm.

    TG – I needed to look up “leitmotifs” I’m not bright.

    Grins – I didn’t say Reel Big Fish doesn’t rock…They do. Actually, I only remember the Turn the Radio Off album.

  12. klew – Mmm…Carrie Fisher Cleavage.

    calvin – But you know someone out there is dancing to those remixes.

    tanya – CHALUPAS!!!

    Chuck – I’d like to try El Pollo Loco, but bean burritos from Taco Bell are cheap and good.

    Barb – I have delusions of hotness. 🙁

    DaDead – Just remember to not toss the Crunchwrap Supreme around like a frisbee, but with the Spicy Chicken one, feel free to do so.

    K – I also love a “good browned tortilla.” I have no idea what that means.

  13. Thanks for reviewing, Marvo!

    I tried the Crunchwrap tonight and I wasn’t really impressed. Wayy too much tortilla, but the chicken was spicy enough for me. The biggest letdown, however, was the lack of crunch. Very disappointing, it was more like a chalupa. Next time I’ll try the beef.
    The Taco Bell music was horrifying. Almost as horrifying as the Michael Jackson reference.
    Once again, a great review.

  14. I haven’t tried this yet, but I have a feeling I’ll like it simply BECAUSE it’s not spicy! I’m a wuss, ya know. 😉 Meanwhile my husband pours on the Fire sauce like it’s sour cream or something…LOL

  15. Brie – What made the original Crunchwrap Supreme good was the nacho cheese sauce, which makes for the best ammunition during food fights.

    nat – Okay, only Weird Al can mess with the Thriller album. Don’t forget, Weird Al’s new album is dropping on September 26, y’all.

    Webmiztris – Imagine if Fire sauce was currency. Your husband would be poor.

  16. I can’t say I’ve ever had the crunchwrap, but I get the spicy chicken soft tacos all the time. Now, I don’t know if it’s because I get them plain or what, but those things are always spicy enough – even almost too spicy to be enjoyable on one occasion. Not like I’m a spice wuss either, I’m usually the guy getting the notch above hot buffalo wings and thinking they don’t have enough kick. Weird that the crunchwrap saps the spice out of them.

  17. omg! what is this person talking about. I’ve purchased a spicy chicken crunch wrap supreme, at least once a week since it’s debut. I LOVE IT…..! It is my favorite menu item now.

  18. Ahhh so you finally finished the review…I guess when I’m not calling every hour and a half to lament on how I’ve yet again lost my way on the freeway and found myself lost in the mountains…you can actually get some work done.

  19. Being a huge Taco Bell fan, I was always curious about the Crunchwrap, but never got it, because I don’t like beef. I’d get this in a heartbeat, but as far as I know, my local Taco Bell doesn’t offer it. So much sadness.

  20. Rhawb – Must try the Crunchwrap. If you don’t like it, you can use it as a Frisbee.

    kcjo – You know, I was going to talk about the development of boxer brief which was caused by a sudden drop in tighty whitey sales, but decided to write about the Spicy chicken crunchwrap supreme instead.

    EnergyGuru – Try it, you may like it, like the person who made the comment above you.

    Gia on Oahu – This isn’t work, it’s play.

    Tristyn – I think it was only for a limited time, so that limited time might’ve passed.

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