REVIEW: Taco Bell Diablo Sauce

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A review of Taco Bell’s new Diablo sauce, in five parts.

I. Mild: A Conspiracy

Taco Bell has opened a gate to hell. Proof: “Bell” rhymes with “hell.” Convenient. Seven layer burrito? Nine circles of hell. And there are actually nine layers if you count the tortilla and the Pepto Bismol that is actually essential. And latest of all, they’ve introduced Diablo sauce. Diablo, for the Latin-impaired, is Spanish for the mother-bleeping Devil. Maybe some of you know Diablo as “Stop playing that computer game and come to bed,” but for non-nerds they aren’t even trying to hide it. It’s called Devil sauce. Taco Bell has conjured El Diablo and is feeding us its hot fluids.

Other hell ties: The Devil is, like, half goat and Taco Bell does NOT serve goat because then we would be eating the Devil’s relatives; “run for the (south) border” can be simplified to “run south” and south (down) is where hell is; and somehow they consider cinnamon Cheetos a dessert. Unholy.

II. Verde: Fan Fiction Using Slogans Found on Taco Bell Sauce Packets for Dialogue

Grimace got down on one knee. “Go ahead, ask her,” whispered Fry Guy. Grimace cleared his throat. “Do it with passion or not at all. You can count on me.” The period at the end of the sentence hung in the air. He produced a ring and continued. “Let’s run away together. Marry me.” Birdie the Early Bird gasped, like she was watching a reality show and not herself in a crowded fast food restaurant being proposed to. This was unexpected. She stared ahead, lost.

Then in a true fight or flight moment, she flew. She was gone. Grimace, still on his knee, stammered. “You won’t…” His voice trailed off. Fry Guy’s face fell. “Not my first rodeo,” Grimace lamented. He dug into the pile of celebratory hamburgers on the table like it was a pie-eating contest. Tears streamed down his face, mixing with the food.

“You asked for it! Consider yourself warned! You made my day!” he screamed. Fry Guy’s face turned from pity to disgust as he mumbled under his breath, “That escalated quickly.” Grimace looked like a blubbering, rabid hyena tearing through a carcass. Fry Guy pulled out his phone to text Birdie. “Good choice,” he wrote.

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III. Hot: The Deal

“Kevin,” an employee said, as I was staring off into a Sangrita Blast machine. “Do you want sauce?” he asked. I snapped into reality and responded, “Do you have that new one?” I could only see four bins with the typical sauces. I didn’t want to have to go to another Taco Bell. His eyes lit up. “Diablo,” he said. He went into the back and returned, “They are very hot. I used them and you shouldn’t use more than three.” “Thanks,” I smiled. He paused before dropping the packets into my bag. “No more than three. Or bad things will happen. Very bad things. Promise me. Promise Diablo.” I nodded. One of his eyes were cat eyes. I turned to leave, then turned back. He was gone. He was gone because he left to serve another customer.

IV. Fire: Sauce to One Direction Analogy

Harry Styles: Fire

Zayn: Diablo

Other guy: Verde

White kid with the hair: Mild

Still one more member: Hot

V. Diablo: The Review

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The Diablo sauce delivers on all accounts. It’s spicier and has a numbing quality that the other options lack. Taco Bell’s other sauces, which have been pretty disappointing for as long as anybody can remember, go like this: Mild tastes like sour salsa, Verde tastes like green, and Hot tastes like tomato sauce mixed with ground pepper. Fire, the hottest sauce until Diablo came along, has stinging qualities that stab at the mouth but really tastes like a watered down Tabasco.

Diablo sauce begins with a pleasant smoky tomato flavor. It makes way for a prickly hum that builds into a heat crescendo and then dissipates fairly quickly, maybe after a minute or two. The spiciness definitely does not last as long as any of those weird hot sauces they sell in specialty stores. The numbness remains though, and cradles the mouth with a low heat that is not completely embarrassing for hot sauce lovers.

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The sauce plateaus, and does not seem to really ravage the face or senses that badly. I did sample three packets with a cheesy bean and rice burrito for an experiment (as per my agreement). The first packet gave a generous spice high. The second packet numbed my mouth to the point where it didn’t really matter what I was eating. My nose also started to run, but only a little bit. Packet three did not build on the previous one. I did not cry or reach for a milk. This was hotter than anything at Taco Bell, but nothing dangerous. This was not stunt hot sauce.

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Fire on top, Diablo on bottom.

The only knock is that it probably doesn’t pair well with most Taco Bell food. It simply walloped the burrito I ate. Taco Bell food is already fairly bland in a fast food sense and a sauce with this dimension obliterates any nuance the item may have had. I suspect it may go better with items that contain sour cream or steak, or things with stronger flavors to balance it out. Most things will probably end up tasting like spicy soft stuff or spicy crunchy stuff, though.

The liftoff and leftover tingling are the highlights of the sauce and I would recommend between one or two packets per meal, or taking breaks to let the heat subside so you can ride Diablo again. All hail Diablo.

(Nutrition Facts – Not available on website.)

Item: Taco Bell Diablo Sauce
Purchased Price: Free with purchase
Size: N/A
Purchased at: Taco Bell
Rating: 8 out of 10
Pros: Great heat, new dimensions. Does not linger too long. Tingly feeling.
Cons: Hard to complement with Taco Bell food.

40 thoughts to “REVIEW: Taco Bell Diablo Sauce”

    1. In in California and verde is no more at my local taco bell. One of the workers told me they replaced verde with diablo, not sure if shes simply confused cuz they ran out, but its been out for a few months now.

      Verde was actually really good on chicken.

  1. Saw the sticker on the drive thru window and told em to load me up with fire, verde, and diablo. Got home and was all excited to have some serious heat added to my food. Did the finger taste test first, nothing too spectacular about the new diablo. Thought ok, lets try a full packet on a soft taco, still kinda meh. Two packets on a soft taco, we are getting there, 3 packets, about the same as 2. 2 Diablo and 2 fire ok that isn’t too bad, 2 diablo 2 fire and one verde, that seemed to give a decent sensation but its nothing to call the fire department over. On a scale of 1-10 for heat I give diablo maybe a 4? Fire still seems hotter to me maybe a 5. The DIablo has a smokey chipotle taste to it, but the whole “You only need just one” is a little bit of a “I caught a fish and it was T H I S B I G !” kinda statement. Del Taco sauces are still taking the cake for the heat factor in my opinion, but flavor I think stays with the Bell. Kudos for trying but don’t give up.

  2. Loved the diablo. Had I known you were going to take it away, I would have cleaned out every Taco Bell around.
    “WE WANT IT BACK!!!”

  3. I’m impressed, I must say. Seldom do I encounter a blog that’s equally educative and entertaining, and let me tell you, you’ve hit the nail on the head. The problem is something which too few people are speaking intelligently about. I am very happy I came across this in my hunt for something regarding this.

  4. When I was a kid, taco bell (hot) was actually a spicy sauce and the taco meat looked and tasted real. The new Diablo sauce is actually nasty and not hot… If you want an amazing sauce, try valentina hot sauce imported from Mexico… Taco bell should be shut down by the FDA for selling fake meat and soggy food, lol.

  5. If you think this sauce is spicy/hot you’re just a weakling plain and simple. One could argue that Cholula, the most overrated hot sauce on the market today is spicier.

  6. Y’all are all fucken up! This sauce taste like a spicy Worcestershire sauce! It’s all about the originals! Mild, hot, fire! Never forget your roots!

  7. Cholula is not spicier. It’s not the most overrated hot sauce on the market either.

    I love Diablo sauce because of it’s smoky flavor. I use it on everything. Right now I’m having peanut butter on saltine crackers with diablo sauce.

    My friend has a three phase project going on.. I go to Taco Bell and take say 6 or 7 packs of sauce.. it’s all I need for the meal and I have 1 or 2 left over. He’s the type of person to go in and take a fistfull.. like 20 at a time.

    Phase one is lunch.. he’s said he’d “empty out the container”, but I bet he just grabs a big fistfull. Phase two is dinner, another large fistful, and phase three is again the next day.

    I would buy this buy the gallon as someone else stated if it were available.

  8. I’m a big fan of TB’s “Diablo.” I notice that the bin that holds the Diablo packets (at a local TB in an area with a lot of Hispanic families) is never as full as the others. I don’t know if that’s the result of its popularity or if employees just don’t keep it full. Regardless, I ALWAYS mooch many more packets that I can use/tolerate for what I’ve ordered. You all know what this means: If you like something that much, the product will be discontinued. I’ve got to either duplicate the recipe or locate it at Walmart’s or a local mercados latinos.

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