I’ve heard of eggshells, but an egg AS a shell?! What the…
Let me clear the air here, I love Taco Bell breakfast. The A.M. Crunchwrap should win them whatever a Michelin Star is. If there was a location closer to my house, I’d have breakfast there weekly.
When it comes to fast food innovation, no one can compete with Taco Bell. So far they’ve given us “shells” made from Doritos, chicken, waffles, now an egg?! Other restaurant chains may try to match their creativity, but in the end, the marketing geniuses at Taco Bell always retain the belt.
So, you’re probably wondering, is the Naked Egg Breakfast Taco worth the extra morning drive time?
Well, it’s interesting.
I’m gonna go ahead and skip past the fact I’m not a big fan of the word “naked” when pertaining to food and get to the review.
It’s not exactly the most photogenic menu item Taco Bell offers, that’s for sure. It looks like a three-day old omelet. The fried egg “shell” does its best to show off a yolk, just so you know what you’re eating.
The taco came with a cardboard sleeve that I found inconvenient to eat out of, so I ditched it. Once I did, I realized why it was there. As you might expect, a fried egg taco “shell” is greasy. It’s probably best to eat it with utensils, but that kinda kills the novelty of eating a taco, right? Also to be fair, it’s not much greasier than a McGriddle cake.
Using an egg as a “shell” is all good in theory, but in order to keep some stability, it had to be firm. The egg was overcooked. I’d compare it to a rubbery hard-boiled egg white that got cold almost instantly.
The taco comes filled with cheddar cheese, nacho cheese sauce, seasoned potatoes, and the sausage crumbles I opted for.
The “warm layer” of cheddar cheese they promised was actually congealed plastic, but it did act as a glue to hold the taco together. I thought there was way too much of it, but when I opened the taco to check out the other ingredients, they all kinda spewed out.
The other three inner ingredients were tasty. I have no complaints there. The zesty nacho sauce added a (this is gonna sound gross) lubricant, and I’ve always been a fan of their seasoned potatoes. The sausage crumbles were standard fare.
So overall, it’s kind of a mixed bag. You have a rubbery egg, some plastic cheese, and then the good warm inner contents. Mixed together, it’s not bad, but I absolutely missed a tortilla to tie everything together.
The Naked Egg Breakfast Taco is a cool gimmick, but unless you’re trying to cut a few carbs from your morning, I see no reason to ever get this over other superior Taco Bell menu items. It’s a one time purchase.
(Nutrition Facts – 300 calories, 190 calories from fat, 21 grams of fat, 6 grams of saturated fat, 170 mg of cholesterol, 520 milligrams of sodium, 15 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 4 grams of sugar, and 12 grams of protein..)
Purchased Price: $1.99
Rating: 5 out of 10
Pros: Fun little gimmick. The inner ingredients all worked well. Taco Bell innovation. A.M. Crunchwrap is the G.O.A.T.
Cons: Rubbery egg “shell.” Plastic cheese. Greasy. Pretty small. The word “naked” pertaining to food. Not even close to the other breakfast options at Taco Bell.
4 thoughts to “REVIEW: Taco Bell Naked Egg Breakfast Taco”
As the saying goes, if we were all alike, it’d be a dull world. I respectfully disagree with this reviewer’s overall score. While I do agree the egg is greasy, eating it from the provided sleeve largely takes care of that, much the same way as the sleeve keeps the more brittle Doritos taco shells from breaking in a million pieces. I also agree that it is a small menu item and I probably wouldn’t pay more than $1.99 for it.
But what I really liked was the flavor. So many fast food restaurants push either flavorless spongy scrambled eggs or egg patties straight from the freezer. These naked eggs are the real deal and have a much better fried egg vibe going on. In much the same way that McDonald’s round egg served on the Mcmuffin is so much more enjoyable to me than the folded egg served on their other sandwiches, this naked egg is preferable to the scrambled eggs offered on Taco Bell’s other breakfast items. Finally as a general rule, I prefer sausage over bacon, and while the naked egg sausage taco was good, the bacon was even better. It just meshed with the potatoes and cheese so perfectly and felt more complete. Overall I would rate this breakfast taco around 8 out of 10.
I haven’t seen any semi-positive reviews except for yours. I have a hard time accepting this latest addition since it seems like a hyped up omelet (only difference being the egg is fried rather than whisked then fried), but you’re right with saying how these real eggs are much more enjoyable than the rubber folded eggs elsewhere. The only place besides McDonald’s I’d go for a real tasting egg sandwich is normally Chick-fil-A , since their muffin sandwiches taste like they use real eggs even though they look like they’d be the fake ones, but I suppose I might give Taco Bell a chance thanks to your review! Certainly if it passed their test kitchens then there’s more than just you who enjoyed it, and if I’m one of them I want to know! Love all the detail you went into, very useful!
Thank you 🙂 Let me know what you think of it. Also, try it with their red sauce. Next level good.
Holy crap, have you looked at your own pics? If you think this is “food”, and I guess you do, please get really great insurance so I don’t have to pay to even more to take care of your arteries while I’m just struggling to afford not just eating cat food in my old age.
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