REVIEW: Taco Bell Nacho Fries

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Let’s not beat around the Bell with each other here, alright Hoss?

If you’re a regular reader of a website called The Impulsive Buy, more than once after picking up a bagful of Chalupas and Meximelts from the nearest Taco Bell drive-thru, chances are you’ve probably then driven across the street to the McDonald’s (or whatever burger joint is closest) for an order or two of those famous large fries, hot out the fryer and ready to dip in that quintessential Taco Bell cheese sauce.

I know I have. Like yesterday.

But it’s alright, baby. In the world of fast food, there ain’t no shame in this game. Let’s face it: French fries go great with just about everything, from the finest cuts of aged Wagyu beef to the lowliest no-name prison-approved Nutraloaf. It’s an American classic (yeah, I said it!) and finally, the culinary geniuses at our fave faux-Mex eatery, Taco Bell have come to their senses and are now offering them as part of their beloved dollar menu.

While at first I was mostly excited about all the gas money I’ll be saving, now I know I’ll probably use the aforementioned cash to buy more of these Taco Bell Nacho Fries, because, amigos, its take on papa fritas is the bomb.

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Cut thicker than most other fast food chains’ and absolutely coated with dangerously covetous Mexican seasonings (exactly what seasonings and from where in Mexico, we’re never told), these deep-fried darlings are perfectly crispy, surprisingly dense, and have a thick “twice-fried” feel to them that few places know how to get right and if they do, you gotta by a terrible roast beef sandwich to pair with them. I’m looking at you, Arby’s.

Sadly, the serving size is quite small, even for a dollar menu offering, but, truth be told, these fries do manage to pack a lot of flavor in such a singular container, with or without the nacho cheese dipping sauce. So order two servings and everyone’s happy. Additionally, ketchup is available, but — hello Mild, my old friend – that good ol’ reliable T.B. hot sauce works even better as a potato condiment, complementing the mysterious Mexican spices with just enough heat to provide a smooth finish and pleasant enough aftertaste.

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In a surprising twist of fate, besides the one buck incarnation of these Nacho Fries, the Bell is also offering them in Supreme ($2.49) and Bell Grande ($3.49) variations. Both use said fries as a bed for nacho cheese, ground beef, tomatoes and sour cream, with the Bell Grande doubling everything for a dollar more. While it’s a completely unnecessary gesture — seriously dudes, the Nacho Fries were good enough — it’s not wholly unwelcomed either. Just don’t look for it to replace the Nachos Bell Grande anytime soon, unless you order both and mix ‘em together, trough style.

That being said, Taco Bell’s Nacho Fries have definitely moved to the top of the “must order” list and deserves to be part of the regular menu, if there is truly any justice in this cold, heartless world. The only problem with that, however, is now when I go to McDonald’s, I’ve gotta go across the street to get my preferred fries from the Bell. What a deliciously wonderful problem that is to have. ¡Cómpralo ya!

(Nutrition Facts – Nacho Fries only – 320 calories, 160 calories from fat, 18 grams of fat, 2 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, less than 5 milligrams of cholesterol, 620 milligrams of sodium, 35 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, 2 grams of sugar, and 4 grams of protein.)

Purchased Price: $1.00
Size: N/A
Rating: 10 out of 10
Pros: Crunchy, perfectly seasoned, and affordable.
Cons: Small serving size. Might be addictive. Limited time on menu?

14 thoughts to “REVIEW: Taco Bell Nacho Fries”

  1. Everyone at our house loved them. I had the nacho fries bell grande and added jalapeños. 10/10.

  2. I’m still stuck on the first part, you go to Taco Bell and then to a burger place for fries. I’m sorry…but that is weird.

  3. I actually did get them with McD’s tonight (good sandwich deal on the app). I wasn’t really expecting much, but I was pleasantly surprised. The seasoning worked well, so much so that I didn’t think adding Fire sauce to the cheese was an improvement since it overpowered the seasoning. I was most worried about how crispy they’d be, but they held up as well as any fast food fry I’ve had lately. Very impressed, especially for a buck. Although I’m worried they’ll cut out Fiesta Potatoes and replace them with the fries. They’re both nice things to have.

  4. They’re great but indeed, the serving size is small. In addition to being great, these are the perfect drunk late night food. Potatoes and cheese are perfect together after night out.

    10/10 sober
    11/10 drunk

  5. I tried these the other day and thought they were fantastic. When eaten with the nacho cheese sauce, the fries don’t feel like a small serving (or at least they didn’t to me). I also noticed that the ‘seasoning’ seemed very similar to a spiced up version of the Doritos Nacho Cheese seasoning. I might be dreaming, though.

  6. I don’t know about 10/10 but they are definitely addictive. I think the Naked Chicken Chalupa is replacing them next month though.

  7. Maybe I got a lousy batch but by themselves they tasted like pretty average fries to me. I don’t understand the hype lol.

    1. Update: The second time I got these, there was a bit too much seasoning, but they were still really good, about an 8/10 after getting a 10/10 the first time. The third time, though, I got a batch that obviously came from the bottom of the bag, as they were mostly the tiny little pieces no one wants, and were over-cooked due to being so small. For that visit, I’d give them a 3/10, and that’s being generous.

  8. First time I got nearly 2 dozen cold fries in a medium bag. Tonight I got 11 lukewarm fries in a tiny bag. There’s plenty of seasoning but it’s quite bland by itself. Definitely not worth it. 10/10 review? Seriously?! I don’t think I’d trust any other of your food reviews.

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