Photos: No quiero Taco Bell breakfast


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Taco Bell is currently making the same mistake that gets you in trouble playing Risk: dividing your army. Taco Bell undoubtedly owns the late-night fast-food crowd, and it doesn't seem to be hurting at lunch or dinner, either. But thrusting its big burrito into the already crowded breakfast scene is only a good idea if Taco Bell can produce morning eatables that offer customers something different, good and more affordable than they can get at Burger King, McDonald's or Subway.

Well, Taco Bell got the affordable part right, but not so much sexy with the rest. I went, I ordered, I ate...and afterward, I had to rinse out my eat-hole with a glass of stale Evan Williams to get the taste out and dull the pain of my shattered expectations. Here's a photo tour of Taco Bell's new breakfast items. No amount of Fire sauce could make me order any of this again.

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Taco Bell's Cinnamon Delights

Teaming with Cinnabon, the sweet darling of mall shoppers, Taco Bell has created frosting-filled cinnamon bites that should be delicious -- but my order consisted of four small, chewy dough balls that tasted like corn tortilla grease with a snippet of greasy icing in the middle. The minute and a half I spent trying to choke one down is time I'll never get back.

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Taco Bell's Sausage and Egg Wrap

This scrambled egg, cheese and sausage wrap reminded me a lot of Internet dating: It looked so huge and tasty in the pictures, then in real life turned out to be the equivalent of the jobless, car-less guy who lives in his babymama's spare room and lost his hair and his charm sometime around 2001. The wrap was tiny and rather dry, the sausage was rubbery and the cheese was sparse. At least the eggs were probably real....I think....

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Taco Bell's Sausage Burrito

You really have to put your talents to the test to fuck up a breakfast burrito, and apparently Taco Bell has massive amounts of talent. Dryer than a bean fart, with scanty amounts of filling -- including miniature lumps of protein that were probably sausage -- for just $.99. McDonald's at least manages to include some moisture in its version.

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Taco Bell's Steak and Egg Burrito

We all remember the fruckus over Taco Bell beef being almost all meat but not quite. I'm not sure where its steak fits on the "actual meat -- really!" scale, but I'm comfortable staying in the dark on that, especially after trying this burrito. If steak and eggs are supposed to be prohibitively sloppy and salty enough to burn the roof of your mouth even though they're cold, then Taco Bell is doing a fine job with this.

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Taco Bell's Egg and Bean Burrito

Okay, so I complained about the breakfast burritos being dry, but this sopping monstrosity had enough humidity to keep a soybean field green for months. I don't know who thought it would be a good idea to cram scrambled eggs into a Taco Bell bean burrito (the bean filling's texture and consistency were questionable even before the eggs were added), but they should be pistol-whipped senseless with a Taco Bell sour cream gun for unleashing this horrendous swamp creation on the people of Earth.

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Taco Bell's Grande Skillet Burrito

I swear to Jesus that you probably won't find a skillet anywhere in Taco Bell that produced this burrito -- or any other Taco Bell item, for that matter. And if adding a hefty amount of fried Mexi-potatoes makes this burrito "grande," then me relaxing in a saltwater bath makes me a friggin' ham. It was dehydratingly arid, with those same dark, mysterious "sausage" nuggets strewn between layers of potato.

After a bite of my last Taco Bell breakfast item, I decided that this stuff is definitely dieter-friendly -- mostly because after this meal, I didn't want to eat anything again for at least 24 hours.

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GFTW
GFTW

Ya know, I do remember Taco Bell offering breakfast, up until about a few years ago. They had breakfast burritos they served with salsa packets. And other stuff.

elizabeth
elizabeth

I LOVE breakfast burritos and I have found that besides my homemade ones are the bomb I really do enjoy the Burger King's rendition of them. Not sure if I'm going to dip my hands in the TB breakfast bucket anytime soon, their normal menu makes my stomach churn after eating it.

Jack Mackadoo
Jack Mackadoo

 I hear ya. I have a pretty strict rule about not touching the chicken or steak items. Their ground "beef" is safe enough *boiled in bag...cough* and I've been eating their bean burritos consistently for so long that I have apparently developed an immunity to them, if you know what I mean...

Steveo65
Steveo65

Haven't tasted these yet, but I did like the breakfast items they had in the 90's. Well, they weren't delicious, but they were quick and cheap.

Jack Mackadoo
Jack Mackadoo

 See, I was expecting at least a couple of breakfast items to be edible, if not decent. I remember as a kid when McDonald's Hotcakes and Sausage were a treat, and I still like them today, mostly because McDoobers has breakfast down pretty good. Everything always looks and tastes the same, you always know what your gonna get, and despite the fact that their food is horrendously high in fat, sodium and sugar, once in a while never killed anyone.

GFTW
GFTW

Poor Jenn, WW's lab rat. :P You should recommend this diet to Laura Shrunk, who's trying to lose weight. You should also go back to work for Taco Bell and whip them back into shape!

Jack Mackadoo
Jack Mackadoo

 Ya know, I have thought about moonlighting at TB with the economy and all, but I'm pretty entrenched in the idea that food service is a youngster's game. I don't think that I would be able to put up with the myriad piles of bullshit that are intrinsic to the service industry, and since the employees are likely a bunch of snotty, iPad suckling high school brats, I have no desire to operate a day care center with that paygrade.

I do really, really miss the all-access guacamole gun, however.

GFTW
GFTW

"Jack Mackadoo"?? Jenn, did you get that operation??

Jack Mackadoo
Jack Mackadoo

 Like I could afford that operation with a writer's paycheck...*piteous sigh*

Jack Mackadoo
Jack Mackadoo

 And I am completely supportive of Laura's weight-loss efforts, but in good conscience I couldn't recommended TB breakfast to her---I want her to have happy intestines. 

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