If your idea of fusion cuisine is more along the lines of donut sandwiches and pizza fries, you’ll like Taco Bell’s newest creation. Enter the Crispy Chicken Sandwich Taco — which Taco Bell is releasing nationwide this fall!
A piece of jalapeño-buttermilk-marinated chicken is rolled in spices and tortilla chips and fried, then sandwiched into a soft bread bun shaped like a taco shell to create this delightful mashup. Customers can choose the creamy chipotle sauce version or a spicier option that also includes jalapeño slices.
The $2.49 taco-sandwich was first tested in Nashville and in Charlotte, North Carolina, earlier this year, according to Delish. Now, Taco Bell says the taco-sandwich will be available “at participating locations for a limited time” starting on Sept. 2.
Taco Bell debuted the new menu item on social media in February, teasing, “Is it a sandwich or a taco? You decide.”
Is it a sandwich or a taco? You decide. Try our new Crispy Chicken Sandwich Taco in regular or spicy. Testing at select locations in Nashville, TN & Charlotte, NC starting March 11. pic.twitter.com/7SaC628a40
— Taco Bell (@tacobell) February 23, 2021
One Twitter user’s judgment was that it is neither. “By definition a sandwich consists of 2 pieces of bread and a taco requires a tortilla, therefore this would be difficult to qualify as a sandwich or a taco,” tweeted @ROOTCatZ. “Can’t wait to try it regardless!”
And then there were the legions of commenters just wanting a different Taco Bell “fusion” menu item back.
“Y’all stole our beloved Mexican pizza… ripped our hearts out and stomped on them… to then offer us a chicken finger in a pancake,” Andy Botts said on Facebook.
Despite customers upset about Taco Bell’s recent elimination of a number of menu items, the fast-food chain had a profitable 2020 and saw a large uptick in drive-thru customers. It has also added a few new foods to the menu.
Taco Bell’s global chief food innovation officer Liz Matthews hinted at even more chicken-based creativity to come this year when she told Business Insider, “I love watching the competitors. I think a lot of players out there are doing a great job, but what I will say is that we will interrupt that with what we’re going to do on chicken.”
What do you think about Taco Bell’s entrance into the crispy chickensandwich fast-food wars?
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