REVIEW: Taco Bell Salsa Verde Grilled Chicken Burrito

Spicy food is pretty new to me. I’ve been too afraid to order fiery food for most of my life, and only recently realized that I actually like the burn of mild-to-moderately spiced food. I’m still never going to order a Super Triple Spicy Ghost Pepper Burger or whatever, but I like me some Wendy’s Spicy Nuggets.

What makes this item interesting — yet another burrito from Taco Bell, oh joy — is that it seems like the spiciness has been calibrated for people like me. You’ve got the salsa verde, which Taco Bell calls “green sauce,” which is spicy, but the presence of rice, grilled chicken, reduced fat sour cream, and a three-cheese blend are all fighting valiantly to cancel out that spice. What I ended up with was a burrito that created a pleasant, light-burning sensation on the tip of my tongue and the roof of my mouth, but did not spread that heat to the back of my mouth.

Other than the perfect spice level (for me, anyway), there isn’t that much to talk about. The other foods that complement the green sauce, save the cheese blend, are all relatively bland, which leads to a bland dining experience. The chicken tastes fine, but lightly marinated chicken is never going to rock your socks off with flavor. The cheese blend could add some flavor contrast, but I tasted very little cheese in my burrito. I’m assuming that means there wasn’t much in my burrito to begin with because cheese has a flavor that would have stood out if it was there in any reasonable quantity. More green sauce would have dialed up the flavor, but then the burrito would lose its “perfect for spice-wimps” level of heat.

Since I have so little to say about the flavor, I spent a little time online seeing what other reactions this burrito has been inspiring. Surprisingly, some eaters noted that it had too much cheese and not nearly enough salsa verde, which does not match my experience at all. Apparently, there may be some quality control issues going on here, which will not shock anybody.

The last thing I want to mention is the fact that this burrito is only two dollars on Taco Bell’s “Cravings” menu. Criticisms aside, this is a pretty hefty burrito for only two dollars; if you’re a somewhat light eater, this could serve as a really cheap lunch. Taco Bell is known for providing cheap eats, and while this burrito is far from perfect, it’s a pretty good deal for what it is.

Purchased Price: $2.00
Rating: 7 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: 390 calories, 12 grams of fat, 6 grams of saturated fat, 1110 milligrams of sodium, 50 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of sugar, and 18 grams of protein.

7 thoughts to “REVIEW: Taco Bell Salsa Verde Grilled Chicken Burrito”

  1. I thought it was pretty good, 7/10 sounds about right. But I find their salsa verde to be pretty darn mild. I get some subtle citrus notes, but almost no spice, especially considering most verdes pack a decent kick. But while it lacks spice, the flavors all meld together well. It’s a solid option that I’ll be mixing into my TB rotation while its available.

  2. “Green sauce” isn’t just what Taco Bell calls it. It’s the literal English translation of “salsa verde”.

  3. I found it rather bland also, and to me (a hot spice lover) I didn’t get any heat at all. Last night I had the chipotle version and liked it better… it had a better flavor, but it was also grilled more, which make the texture better

  4. I’m happy to have the verde salsa back. And yeah…this is what it is, lol. Mine had barely any sour cream on it and suffered the typical widely inconsistent Taco Bell construction fate. I think this would fare (fair?) better as a supreme type of burrito. Can’t really complain though, especially for the price point.

  5. I’ve been in love with green chile since Iived in Santa Fe, NM. Salsa verde isn’t green chile, which disappoints me greatly. I truly loved omelets covered amply with green chile.

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