REVIEW: Jack in the Box Sauced & Loaded Tots

Jack in the Box Sauced  Loaded Tots Boxes

What are Jack in the Box Sauced & Loaded Tots?

They’re a follow-up to Jack’s Sauced & Loaded Curly Fries. They’re available in two varieties — Cheddar Bacon and Jalapeño Ranch. The former features cheese sauce, shredded cheddar cheese, and bacon bits on top of tater tots. While the latter has cheese sauce, shredded cheddar cheese, jalapeño slices, and buttermilk ranch plopped on tots.

How are they?

In my experience, it’s rare that anything involving cheese-covered deep-fried potato thingies ends up being awful, so it’s not surprising I enjoyed these Sauced & Loaded Tots.

Jack in the Box Sauced  Loaded Tots Cheddar Bacon Closeup

Jack in the Box Sauced  Loaded Tots Cheddar Bacon Forked

But having tried multiple varieties of Jack’s Sauced & Loaded Curly Fries, I think topped curly fries are a better experience than these. The curly fries’ seasoning stands out a little more among the cheeses and sauces, and the coating helps prevent the potato product from falling apart. With both tots varieties, by the time I got to the middle of their boxes, the viscous toppings softened most of the coated tater tots to the point where they fell apart when picked up with a fork.

Also, I don’t mean to be a Danny Double Downer, but Cheddar Bacon and Jalapeño Ranch are uninspiring flavors. If you’ve been eating Jack’s food for years, the flavor combinations will be familiar, so they’re not anything unique.

Jack in the Box Sauced  Loaded Tots Jalapeno Ranch Closeup

Jack in the Box Sauced  Loaded Tots Jalapeno Ranch Forked

With that said, both are tasty, but if I had to pick a favorite between the two, it would be the Jalapeño Ranch. I prefer the ranch’s tang and jalapeño’s zing over the porky and cheesy flavors of the other one. Although, I do wish there were more pickled peppers in the container and with all the cheese and sauces, the jalapeños don’t have a strong kick.

Anything else you need to know?

I’m going by memory, but this might be the first time Jack has offered tater tots. Unfortunately, unsauced and unloaded tater tots aren’t its own thing on Jack in the Box’s menu. However, using the chain’s app, I could remove all the toppings to turn them into plain tots. But, of course, the price doesn’t change even after the deletions. I was able to try a few tots on their own and they taste like any ol’ tots you’ve had.

Conclusion:

If you enjoy anything involving cheese-covered deep-fried potato thingies, Jack in the Box’s Sauced & Loaded Tots will satisfy your cheese and carbohydrate cravings.

Purchased Price: $4.00 each*
Size: N/A
Rating: 6 out of 10 (Cheddar Bacon), 7 out of 10 (Jalapeño Ranch)
Nutrition Facts: Cheddar Bacon – 740 calories, 47 grams of fat, 13 grams of saturated fat, 0.5 grams of trans fat, 30 milligrams of cholesterol, 1670 milligrams of sodium, 65 grams of carbohydrates, 6 grams of fiber, 4 grams of sugar, and 15 grams of protein. Jalapeño Ranch – 750 calories, 49 grams of fat, 13 grams of saturated fat, 0.5 grams of trans fat, 30 milligrams of cholesterol, 1770 milligrams of sodium, 66 grams of carbohydrates, 6 grams of fiber, 4 grams of sugar, and 12 grams of protein.

*Because I live on a rock in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, things are a bit pricier here. You’ll probably pay less than I did.

10 thoughts to “REVIEW: Jack in the Box Sauced & Loaded Tots”

  1. Yeah, I could see how it would essentially turn into a “tater tot casserole” before finishing. Also, I think I might be the only person I am aware of who really doesn’t care for tots…I still respect those who do though!

    1. Tots suck, and I don’t see fries staying crisp for very long either.
      Putting them in a container with a lid just exacerbates the problem, the whole concept is flawed.

      Put the sauce/bacon bits in a wide mouthed container I can jab some fries in and I might be interested, but even then I don’t see myself making a special trip for them ?.

  2. Unique in the food world often means a bad or disappointing product, IMHO. At least for most people. I am all about the weird $hit! Companies tend to stick with the status quo for a reason. And as a character on Supernatural once said, “Everybody loves bacon!” 😀

    1. Hmm, so I would agree that unique in the general public of the FAST FOOD/MASS PRODUCED FOODS world that maybe it is commonly bad or disappointing. I would highly beg to differ in terms of the food world as a whole.

  3. I just had a thought. They could/should have made a Pepper Jack version with jalapeños and bacon. That would have been fantastic, IMHO. Aside from the whole soggy tots problem.

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