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Review: Taco Bell XXL Steak Nachos

Taco Bell has returned to their traditional menu (anything not on the Cantina Bell menu), and has unleashed a monster on us. The Taco Bell XXL Nachos. The new XXL nachos boast over “1 lb of food”, on a ginormous styrofoam plate. The nachos, available for a limited time only, are available in the steak, beef, and chicken varieties. I ordered the XXL Steak Nachos for the modest price of $5.99.

The Taco Bell XXL Steak Nachos are essentially a larger version of the old Nachos Bell Grande, only this baby features pico de gallo and guacamole, and if you order the new steak variety, steak (Thanks captain obvious). These nachos are much larger than the traditional Nachos Bell Grande and I don’t know if pictures do the size of these nachos justice. It is something that needs to be seen in person, like the Colosseum at Rome.

How Does it Taste?

The XXL Steak Nachos were impressive looking. They sported a good amount of toppings, and I could actually see the decent sized strips of steak. I took a bite of the steak and found them to have a good texture and just an OK flavor. They were somewhat blander than I thought they would be and they were definitely much less salty than I imagined (C’mon, this is fast food). A bit of a disappointment, considering I was looking forward to the steak topping the most. But that’s alright, because the rest of the nachos hold up fairly well on their own.

The guacamole is probably my favorite topping on the XXL nachos. It had a delicious flavor (I’m in love with avocados) and it didn’t have the runny texture of the famous Taco Bell “guacamole”. The pico de gallo was pretty zesty for a Taco Bell item and was a much better compliment to the XXL Nachos than the normal diced tomatoes. I have to complain about the amount of cheese though. There seemed to be far more of the “cheese blend” than the nacho cheese on these things. I have to estimate that roughly 1/4 of my nachos, the ones on the outer edges, were totally naked. So I had to do what I usually do with the Nachos Bell Grande, I mixed that mofo up for a good minute, evenly distributing the toppings, and create nacho goulash. Upon doing this, the flavor of most of the toppings I praised earlier were lost in the sea of nacho cheese and refried beans. After this point, it was hard to view these as anything other than a larger serving of Nachos Bell Grande.

Overview

I suppose I was expecting too much out of the Taco Bell XXL Steak Nachos. After the great surprise of the Taco Bell Cantina Bowl, I figured that Taco Bell was on a new track record of success, but I was let down by the XXL nachos. I wasn’t let down by the size (the portion size was freakin’ huge), but by the lack of flavor in the steak. However, I do recommend these nachos. They are an upgrade of the Nachos Bell Grande and they easily filled me up, and I’m a hungry guy!

The Score

Taste: 7/10

Presentation: 9/10

Pros: A sight to behold, steak portion, guacamole, being full
Cons: Steak lacking in flavor, not enough toppings to cover all the nachos, Nachos Bell Grande’s big brother

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 1160
Calories from Fat: 550
Total Fat: 61g
Sat. Fat: 10g
Cholesterol: 70mg
Sodium: 2140mg
Carbs: 115g
Sugars: 7g
Protein: 38g

Other Reviews of the XXL Nachos:
The Impulsive Buy

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Taylor Tamblin

Taylor is a food lover, rock guitar player, programmer, and runs the fast food review website Man Reviews Food.

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2 Comments

  1. I just had this for lunch. It seemed like the same amount of toppings as the Nachos Bell Grande, but with extra chips. Next time I want Taco Bell nachos I’ll likely just get the Grande ones. I had a grip of extra, topping-less chips. :(

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