Taco Bell's Chili Cheese Burrito is back.

Roderick Usher

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Not everywhere, apparently, but where there's smoke there's fire!

The one down the block from me when I lived in KC ('04-'12) always had them, but I haven't seen them since.

(If you don't like Taco Bell / fast food, well, to each their own! I'm more than happy to occasionally compromise my health with some delicious salty super-processed rubbish. Mmmm.)
 

b-rad g

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Not everywhere, apparently, but where there's smoke there's fire!

The one down the block from me when I lived in KC ('04-'12) always had them, but I haven't seen them since.

(If you don't like Taco Bell / fast food, well, to each their own! I'm more than happy to occasionally compromise my health with some delicious salty super-processed rubbish. Mmmm.)
Cool!!:D

Used to get these when I was a younger. Haven't seen them in probably 15 years or so! Might have to grab a couple if they're in my area for old time's sake! Thanks for the heads up.
 

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(If you don't like Taco Bell / fast food, well, to each their own! I'm more than happy to occasionally compromise my health with some delicious salty super-processed rubbish. Mmmm.)
Same here. Though my problem with Taco Bell is that, as bad as they were, they're not as good as they used to be. I used to love the chili cheese burritos when I was younger, but I have a feeling that their triumphant return to the menu won't be a flavor blast from the past.

It'll probably taste like what all Taco Bell food tastes like these days. Low grade cornmeal and soy based meat products covered in a red sauce that can be vaguely described as sorta Mexicanish.
 

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There is a site somewhere that I read that said that Taco Bell at one time used to actually deep fry their taco shells in house as well as pressure cook the beans and grate their own cheese from huge blocks. That was back in the 80s.

Now, it's all prepackaged, precooked goop like all the other fast food/pizza places use.
 

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as far as mexican style fast food goes, nothing taco bell puts out can hold a candle to chipotle imo
 

kupkakez

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Chipotle is superb, but I wouldn't put it in the same category as Taco Bell. When I want delicious junk I go taco bell, when I want something awesome I go Chipotle.
I agree with this a million times. Also! Freebirds makes a mean burrito! I'm not sure how far out they stretch from Texas, though.
 

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Chipotle is superb, but I wouldn't put it in the same category as Taco Bell. When I want delicious junk I go taco bell, when I want something awesome I go Chipotle.
Yeah, I think Taco Bell knows their market. I always think of Taco Bell as the White Castle of Mexican food. Most fast food places try to balance quality with price. I feel like Taco Bell has said "F it, we're going as cheap as we can."
 

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Yeah, I think Taco Bell knows their market. I always think of Taco Bell as the White Castle of the Mexican world. Most fast food places try to balance quality with price. I feel like Taco Bell has said "F it, we're going as cheap as we can."

I've never had White Castle before, but from watching Harold and Kumar it appears they're the stoner burger joint.
 

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Chipotle is good, but severely overrated.

It's been around what, ten years now and STILL there's a line out the door whenever you go. It's good, but it isn't THAT good, not to mention they are horribly inconsistent with portion sizes.

You'd never see a line out the door at Taco Bell, personally I don't think Chipotle is so great to wait in a 20 minute line ten years in either.

Taco Bell is some good trash when you just want something cheap and easy.
 

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One thing that McDonald's brought to Chipotle was quality control - apparently McDs is crazy about that.

Now that McDs has divested themselves from Chipotle, the quality has plunged, so much so that I'm no longer eating there.

Undercooked rice - check.
Overcooked rice - check (really paste, not rice)
Cold items that should be hot - check

(On that last item - it's happened a couple of times, obviously a problem with their steam table, I was very very very close to calling the health department on them)

I'd probably go to Chipotle at least once a week on average, now I stop in every 2-3 months to see if it's gotten better - so far, it hasn't.

Sad, because when it's right, it's oh-so-good.
 

kupkakez

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Chipotle is good, but severely overrated.

It's been around what, ten years now and STILL there's a line out the door whenever you go. It's good, but it isn't THAT good, not to mention they are horribly inconsistent with portion sizes.

You'd never see a line out the door at Taco Bell, personally I don't think Chipotle is so great to wait in a 20 minute line ten years in either.

Taco Bell is some good trash when you just want something cheap and easy.
I never wait in line at Chipotle, I order and pay with the iPhone app and go straight to the cash register when I get there. :D
 

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Chipotle is good, but severely overrated.

It's been around what, ten years now and STILL there's a line out the door whenever you go. It's good, but it isn't THAT good, not to mention they are horribly inconsistent with portion sizes.

You'd never see a line out the door at Taco Bell, personally I don't think Chipotle is so great to wait in a 20 minute line ten years in either.

Taco Bell is some good trash when you just want something cheap and easy.

They've been around for over 20 years. I agree portion sized are inconsistent, and there are always lines. I usually go a couple of different ones in or around Albany NY, but I have been to ones in NYC and I think it was either a DC or Baltimore airport and rarely is the wait more than a few minutes, even with several people in line. Each order goes very fast. They also have an awesome smartphone app and if I am getting it to go I can usually order when I am 5 to 10 minutes away and have it ready when I get there.
 

kupkakez

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One thing that McDonald's brought to Chipotle was quality control - apparently McDs is crazy about that.

Now that McDs has divested themselves from Chipotle, the quality has plunged, so much so that I'm no longer eating there.

Undercooked rice - check.
Overcooked rice - check (really paste, not rice)
Cold items that should be hot - check

(On that last item - it's happened a couple of times, obviously a problem with their steam table, I was very very very close to calling the health department on them)

I'd probably go to Chipotle at least once a week on average, now I stop in every 2-3 months to see if it's gotten better - so far, it hasn't.

Sad, because when it's right, it's oh-so-good.
I really think it depends on where you go. When I lived in Ohio we had two Chipotles within 20 minutes of each other. The one was probably the best Chipotle I've ever been to, the second one ehhhh not so good.

I agree with a previous poster that they are not consistent. They aren't consistent on the portions and they aren't always consistent with the taste, but I still enjoy it most of the time.
 

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I also always feel at Chipotle like I get the burnt chicken at the very bottom of the bin, right before they change it out.

My other real gripe with Chipotle and their inconsistency is in the meat portion. I always get extra chicken, but I've noticed, if I tell them I want extra chicken up front, I get two VERY light scoops of chicken, which probably is only like 10-20% extra over someone who doesn't say extra chicken, and gets a much bigger scoopful. Now I've learned that you have to let them give you a scoop like normal, and THEN tell them you want extra.

I don't know, I mean it is pretty good, but I just think it's overrated; you'd never see a line out the door at Taco Bell, people wouldn't stand for it (pun intended).
 

kupkakez

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I also always feel at Chipotle like I get the burnt chicken at the very bottom of the bin, right before they change it out.

My other real gripe with Chipotle and their inconsistency is in the meat portion. I always get extra chicken, but I've noticed, if I tell them I want extra chicken up front, I get two VERY light scoops of chicken, which probably is only like 10-20% extra over someone who doesn't say extra chicken, and gets a much bigger scoopful. Now I've learned that you have to let them give you a scoop like normal, and THEN tell them you want extra.

I don't know, I mean it is pretty good, but I just think it's overrated; you'd never see a line out the door at Taco Bell, people wouldn't stand for it (pun intended).
I had to laugh at this! My BF had the exact same theory about the double meat thing. He said if he asks for it after the fact it's actually double the meat. :D