REVIEW: Taco Bell Beefy Potato-rito

Taco Bell Beefy Potato rito


It’s an ingredient some of you may not realize is available at Taco Bell. It doesn’t get as much love on the menu as seasoned ground beef, reduced fat sour cream, or shredded lettuce.

So all this time you could’ve had a Mexican Pizza topped with potatoes, a Taco Salad topped with potatoes, or a Breakfast Crunchwrap, that already has hash browns, and added potatoes to it.

While Taco Bell’s potatoes don’t usually get center stage, it’s gotten a little love with the new Beefy Potato-rito. The “beefy” is the seasoned beef. The “potato” part is the seasoned crispy potatoes. And, I guess, the cheddar cheese, nacho cheese sauce, chipotle sauce, and flour tortilla represent the “-rito.” The menu item is a dollar at most Taco Bell locations, but, after eating it, it seemed like I got more than I paid for.

But I’m not talking about the extra curricular restroom activities that folks joke about when it comes to eating Taco Bell.

It’s hefty for something on the value menu. That’s due to the Mr. Potato Head’s head amount of potatoes in it. There’s enough that you’ll get spuds in every bite. It’s not a forearm-huge burrito, and I wasn’t expecting one for something you can buy with pocket change, but the cubes of carbs make it filling.

The seasoning on them is hard to detect because of the creamy sauces. Their insides are fluffy, but they’re not crispy on the outside. But that’s understandable since they’re sitting in a flour tortilla cocoon with other hot ingredients. I imagine it’s like a sauna, except instead of using water to create steam, it’s chipotle sauce.

Speaking of the chipotle sauce, it’s the highlight of the burrito, providing a smoky flavor and a little kick. It adds a bit more flavor to the standard seasoned beef and goes well with potatoes. If I could buy a serving of the spuds a la carte, I’d eat them with the sauce and call it Chipo-tatoes.

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As for the other ingredients, I’m not sure why there’s shredded cheddar cheese, because it doesn’t add anything. Its flavor gets lost among the nacho cheese and chipotle sauces. So why have it? Does the dairy industry have dirt on Taco Bell that gets released if a shredded cheese quota isn’t met?

The nacho cheese sauce gives the burrito a creaminess and, of course, cheesiness that goes well with the cubes of starch. If I could buy a serving of the potatoes a la carte, I’d eat them with the cheesy sauce and call it Potat-chos.

Overall, I enjoyed the Beefy Potato-rito. It fulfills everything I expect from a Taco Bell item — it’s filling, inexpensive, and tastes good.

(Nutrition Facts – 450 calories, 24 grams of fat, 7 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 35 milligrams of cholesterol, 1030 milligrams of sodium, 45 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, 3 grams of sugar, and 14 grams of protein.)

Purchased Price: $5.75 (Beefy Potato-rito Box)
Size: N/A
Rating: 7 out of 10
Pros: Tasty. Inexpensive. Potatoes give the burrito a bit more heft than other Taco Bell value menu items. Chipotle sauce.
Cons: Potatoes aren’t crispy and seasoning does come through with all the other sauces included. Why is there shredded cheddar cheese?

9 thoughts to “REVIEW: Taco Bell Beefy Potato-rito”

  1. You can get the potatoes in a bowl with nacho cheese and sour cream they are called Fiesta Potatoes they have been around for years.

    1. Remember that Taco Bell used to top off these with green onions? Then the green onions scare came and the green onions were kicked off the menu.

    2. As a Taco Bell Employee, I can tell you many people order them plain too, without the Nacho cheese/sour cream. They have removed the potato bites themselves from the sides menu though.

  2. Nothing special to see here. I’ve been getting potatoes and latin rice on everything. I never order at the counter. Always through the app and always customized. I’ve had potatoes and latin rice on everything.

  3. Very disappointed Two tablespoons of mush..Rolled in gigantic flour tortilla. Sad Taco Bell Sad

  4. Aw man I was so excited to try this but this would put me in a lactose coma. I could power through one cheese sauce but the addition of shredded cheese *and* a creamy spice sauce? Curse you and your obsession with cheese, TBell!

    I wonder, though, were the potatoes supposed to be crunchy? I expected them to be like more of a soft diced potato rather than a tater tot. Idk maybe I’m weird but I don’t need fifty different textures and would eat the hell out of this if I could lol

  5. Three times i have tried to order this, however everytime i do, i end up getting it with literally old crunchy solid rock hard potatoes and only 4 at that! I used to be a store manager at tacobell, this is very disapointing.

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