Taco Bell’s Gordita Crunch: Is It Worth Your Money?

Taco Bell’s Gordita Crunch: Is It Worth Your Money?

Taco Bell isn’t particularly known for its genuine Mexican food. They’re known for fast, cheap, Mexican-inspired(ish) gimmicks. The gordita is an excellent example of an early-stage gimmick. The authentic gorditas aren’t a lot alike to the Taco Bell version – they’re thicker and more like corn cake pitas in which the filling is put in the pocket. However, the gordita crunch of Taco Bell is basically a taco that’s wrapped in flatbread.

It’s kind of a pity, isn’t it?

There’s not much to say about it, and truthfully that’s the reason why I’ve not thought of trying it. Today, I’m going to embark on this journey of testing tacos on your behalf. But I also get one taco as part of it which means I’m getting that for me. (Technically “gordita”, but I’m not going to cut hairs over it.)

Inside the inside, you’ll find your usual cheese, lettuce, beef, and this mayo-like condiment that is stuffed inside a taco shell. The sauce is said to be a ranch, but I’m not sure. Then there is a flatbread that has been bonded on the hard shell and covered with cheese. I’ve tried chicken, steak, and beef. It was the best with beef, and I would recommend sticking with the gordita in its original form.

Taco Bell's Gordita Crunch

History Of Taco Bell’s Gordita

The first gordita smash hit Taco Bell, as best we can tell, was 1998. This makes it a standard that has been around for more than 20 years to this day. Since then, it’s been spun off into various variations, including the bacon gordita Baja gordita and the cheesy gordita and the double cheese gordita, and a myriad of other variations.

At the beginning of gorditas, they did not include the solid shell stuck on by cheese and they used flatbread as the outer layer. It’s possible that they then deep-fried the version and dubbed it a chalupa. It is more in line with its Mexican origins than its gordita.

In addition to the introduction for the hardshell several other adjustments are being added. Most notably, the reduction of toppings such as beans, tomatoes, and corn. It kind of freaks me out since the original 90’s style looks more appealing. Also, it’s not a great way to end the day.

Gordita Inspiration

It’s an old menu item of Taco Bell, and we cannot pinpoint the source of inspiration. The most plausible, to my mind, would be the whimsical style of Taco Bell mashed up with real-world Mexican cuisine. The older commercials (in the times of the chihuahua and the chihuahua, if you believe it) appear to confirm this notion.

Another theory is in the opposite direction. In 1993, Chipotle opened its doors, and Qdoba was opened as the very first restaurant in 1995. Although neither one of them gained any notable traction until the late 1990s and early 2000s which sparked an ongoing war over tacos in the fast-food industry. Taco Bell, attempting to maintain its status, began with some bizarre creations around the time. When I say “strange,” I’m referring to BLT tacos as well as seafood salads and sloppy Joes.

Although I’m not convinced that the introduction of Chipotle and Qdoba in the ’90s inspired Taco Bell to make a BLT taco, I’m not able to claim that it was absolutely nothing to be associated with the creation of gordita. If this is the case, Taco Bell likely launched the gordita in order to make something authentic because Chipotle, as well as Qdoba, are more authentic.

Types Of Gorditas

There’s the standard gordita (which isn’t a taco with a hard shell) and the various variations of the. There’s the double cheese gordita which, as you’ve already guessed, has more cheese, but in a twist of a surprise it comes with more beef. There’s also an ultimate gordita that includes sour cream. Also, you can purchase the double cheese supreme gordita that gives you two of the finest flavors.

Then there’s the gordita Crunch and its spin-off kids that are similar to the above, with the addition of the hard shell taco sandwiched inside. We’re talking double gordita crunch with cheesy supreme, gordita crunch, and the gordita crunch with double cheesy supreme (because it’s so catchy.) But, even still

To be honest it’s complex and confusing. It’s also a bit overwhelming.

Gordita Crunch Review

Taste and Texture 3/5

If you like Taco Bell’s normal crunchy tacos, you’ll probably love their gordita. It’s a bit more bready than expected and in the crunch version, the bread is a bit overpowering. The double cheesy version felt like a much bread to filling ratio. As far as the taste goes, I think their ranch sauce was a bit like a mayo and sour cream mix. I didn’t get a ton of ranch flavor in there. Everything else in the gordita, if you’ve ever tried Taco Bell’s anything ever, tastes like you’d expect it to.

The beef was the best way to go. I’m not sure if it was the amount of seasoning they use or if it was a texture thing – possibly both – but the chicken and steak fell flat and they were lost in the bready-ness of the gordita.

Are they Healthy? 3/5

They’re relatively low in carbs and high in protein. They are, however, through the roof – as you probably guessed – in fats and sodium. In a surprising twist, it does have a decent amount of vitamin A and an alright level of fiber for something that seems, for all other purposes, a lot like empty calories.

They’re definitely not terrible for you unless you have a sodium issue. But I wouldn’t tell anyone they’re healthy, either.

Gordita Nutrition

Calories 280 (1172 kJ)
% DV*
Total Fat 12 g 18%
Saturated Fat 4.5 g 23%
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 30 mg 10%
Sodium 570 mg 24%
Total Carbohydrate 31 g 10%
Dietary Fiber 3 g 12%
Sugars 5 g
Protein 13 g
Calcium 100 mg
Alcohol 0 g
Iron 3 mg
Vitamin A 500 mg
Vitamin C 4 mg

Are they Worth it? 3/5

They’re an average-priced option at Taco Bell, hovering somewhere between $3 and $3 (depending on the location you’re in.) With that in mind, they’re definitely not an all-time poor deal, however, I believe there are more items offered on the menu better worth your time (and the cash!) that offer a good bargain.

The XXL Stuft, a grilled Stuft, comes in around the same cost, but is far more filling and is packaged in more convenient packaging. If you’re not concerned about spilling on your lap (and possibly your car,) then who am I to prevent you from doing it? For me, however cleaning up, it was a play a role in the price. It’s possible that they are worth the cost however, how much time do I need to clean my clothes and car?

I can earn more money, but I’m not able to spend more time.

Final Verdict

There was nothing special about Taco Bell’s gorditas, one way or the other. I think they were in the middle of boring. If they weren’t the cause of my most loved pants, I’d likely return to forgetting about them within the course of a week. Yes, my pants do contribute to this score however much I tried to forget about it. me. I’m not able to forget about them.

If you’re looking to buy something for a low price The $5 Fill-Up boxes that come with these guys is extremely filling and an excellent value, but if seeking something nutritious and delicious, inexpensive or filling, or excellent value that’s not likely to ruin your favorite pants, these aren’t the ones for you.

What did you think about the gorditas? Have a recipe you know that you think makes them worthwhile? We’d love to hear about it and you can share it with us by leaving a comment!

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