REVIEW: Taco Bell Rolled Chicken Tacos

Taco Bell Rolled Chicken Tacos

Say what you will about Taco Bell’s recycling of ingredients when introducing new menu items, but I will say this – they do enjoy getting creative with tacos. Whether they’re turning a Dorito into a shell, or wrapping a taco around another taco, playing origami with tortillas is not their weak spot.

And thus, the next iteration of the taco has arrived at Taco Bell: Rolled Chicken Tacos.

“Aren’t rolled tacos called taquitos?” You’re asking yourself right now. Or maybe you’re not, but it was my first thought when I saw them. The short answer is yes. I’m glad we cleared that up.

I associate these two terms with two different things, however. Whenever I visit a taqueria, I see them listed as rolled tacos on the menu. But when I visit the frozen food aisle of the grocery store, I see big boxes of taquitos.

In fact, growing up, my parents’ freezer was not complete without a big box of El Monterey or Delimex beef taquitos. It was my dad’s thing. I think he gave them out at the hospital when I was born in lieu of cigars. They tasted as cheap as they cost, but when you’re a ravenous prepubescent, the perfect food is something you can throw in the microwave, eat with your hands, and dunk into a puddle of Pace Picante.

Strangely, beef isn’t an option when it comes to Taco Bell’s Rolled Tacos. It’s chicken or GTFO. I don’t understand this decision, given that Taco Bell has loads of ground beef hanging around that would fit perfectly into a fried tortilla tube, but here we are. I have no choice but to be poultrified.

While it seems self-explanatory, I should let you know how Taco Bell describes their Rolled Chicken Tacos: “Rolled Chicken Tacos are crispy tacos rolled up with marinated all-white-meat shredded chicken.” Again, so glad we cleared all that up.

The Rolled Tacos also come with your choice of five, that’s right, FIVE different dipping sauces: Nacho Cheese, Premium Guacamole, Salsa, Reduced-Fat Sour Cream or Taco Bell’s new Spicy Ranch.

My mouth wanted to go with guacamole, but knowing that the Spicy Ranch was new, I had to pick that. Spicy Ranch is about as Mexican as dipping your rolled tacos in ketchup, but we are talking about Taco Bell, so hey.

Taco Bell Rolled Chicken Tacos Unwrapped

When Taco Bell says “crispy”, what they really mean is “deep fried”, and boy are these Rolled Chicken Tacos. Upon removal from their sleeve, the delightful scent of fried tortillas wafted into my nostrils. The tacos were dark and glistening with grease. Yesss.

The texture of the tacos was indeed crispy, but not so much that they were mouth-hurty, and there was a nice, greasy give in the middle. The meat-to-tortilla ratio was pretty much spot-on; I expected them to be underfilled, but the chicken wasn’t overwhelmed by the tortilla.

The chicken itself was moist and surprisingly flavorful. When you’ve only got one ingredient going on inside a taco, it’s important to get it right, and Taco Bell did a pretty good job. Whatever marinade they used kept the chicken juicy and added seasoning and a nice little kick to what could easily have been bland, shredded meat. My favorite part were the bits on the end that had turned crunchy from the frying process. I could eat a whole stick of crunchy, deep-fried chicken.

Taco Bell Spicy Ranch

As mentioned before, dip is important when it comes to taquitos. In regards to Taco Bell’s new Spicy Ranch, I found it to be lackluster, and this is coming from a person who will dip pretty much any chicken product into any ranch product. It wasn’t bad, it was just terribly generic.

I don’t know what they used to spice up the ranch, but it had a slightly orange-ish tone with little red and green flecks. It was thick, which was good – nobody wants a runny ranch when they’re dipping – and Taco Bell was generous with their portions, as I got two cups with my four rolled tacos. In the end, though, it was just ranch with a bit of a kick, and nothing more.

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by Taco Bell’s Rolled Chicken Tacos. The corn tortillas were deep fried to just the right unhealthily greasy and crunchy texture and the chicken was prominent, juicy and well-marinated. While the Spicy Ranch did nothing to wow me, there are four other dip choices for your perusal.

At the price of $1.99 for two tacos and one dip or $3.99 for four and two dips, these make a fine snack or appetizer to your Fourthmeal. There’s also a “duo” (I don’t know what that means) 12-pack.

(Nutrition Facts – 4 rolled tacos – 520 calories, 200 calories from fat, 22 grams of total fat, 3 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 50 milligrams of cholesterol, 940 milligrams of sodium, 58 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of dietary fiber, 0 grams of sugars, and 20 grams of protein.)

Item: Taco Bell Rolled Chicken Tacos
Purchased Price: $3.99
Size: 4 tacos and 2 dip cups
Purchased at: Taco Bell
Rating: 8 out of 10
Pros: Tortillas were just the right amount of crispy. Origami tacos. Chicken filling was juicy and well-marinated. Makes a cheap but satisfying snack. Taquito Cigars.
Cons: Forced poultrification. Spicy Ranch was lackluster. Things that are mouth-hurty. Unhealthy amounts of grease (if you consider that a con).

11 thoughts to “REVIEW: Taco Bell Rolled Chicken Tacos”

  1. The “duo” is 6 rolled tacos and 6 crunchy tacos … pretty sure I would have called it a 12-pack. Go figure.

    1. It’s odd that Taco Bell doesn’t explain the duo on their website. I had no idea it included crunchy tacos and not just rolled tacos.

  2. These were my first ever venture into the land of taquitos (yes, 38 years old, first taquito) and I didn’t come away as impressed as you. I like their chicken, I know some don’t, but really didn’t care much for this product. It was crispy, it was hot, and it was ok. I ordered 4 and really started to care less and less for it. I also had the ranch, and it isn’t bad, but certainly has no spot on my Spicy Ranch Mount Rushmore, which would probably include Buffalo Wild Wings, Long john Silver’s (it’s a Yum! company, Taco Bell should just help themselves to the Baja Sauce, way better than this) and Popeye’s. So, still room for a 4th on my mountain. As far as these are concerned, they get about a 5/10 from me.

  3. I tried this a couple weeks ago and enjoyed it, but not enough to race out and order it again soon.

    Compared to a QuickTrip taquito… more meat, not as chewy or spongy, yay for the ranch sauce, but actually less flavor in with taquito itself, not to mention fewer flavor choices.

    Compared to a proper rolled taco from a dive ending in -berto’s… not as crisp with greasy goodness. Plus, rolled tacos around here are always beef.

    I’m more likely to make a deliberate Taco Bell run for one of the ghastly, gooey, bizarre value-menu items though, so my taste is already suspect.

  4. These were freaking awesome. I stand with the reviewer – the crunchy end bits! Sweet Lord were those delicious ends. I plan on re-buying many more times before they disappear, besides the occasional breakfast item, I had no reason to eat TB.. now I do.

  5. I tried these the other night and they were pretty good. I got the salsa for my dip. I’m not sure I’d order them again though cause 2 for $1.99 is a bit much. 2 for $1 would be a great price point.

  6. And then I realized I can go to a little Mexican shack and get real rolled tacos and not give shitty corporations any of my money.

  7. I liked these. They actually reminded me a little of flautas. Wish they were permanent menu items, but yeah, they could be a tad cheaper.

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