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Taco Bell launches DIY at-home taco bar in time for Cinco de Mayo

Master the Double Decker at home.

Bao Ong

Sure, your Cinco de Mayo plans this year could easily involve authentic tacos from your favorite local eatery or a margarita from a Michelin-rated restaurant. But sometimes all you want is some good, old-fashioned Taco Bell—that comforting fast food that reminds you of a time before social distancing.

Just in time for your virtual fiesta (or the people you’re staying at home with these days), the beloved national chain has launched delivery for an At Home Taco Bar kit across the country. For about $25 (pricing varies by region), you can build your own Double Decker taco teeming with shredded cheddar cheese or a 7-layer dip worthy of any Super Bowl party. If you’re feeling thirsty, they’ve even thrown in mixers for a Wild Strawberry Tequila Sunrise, too.

The limited-time menu—which also features vegetarian-friendly options—feeds six and includes flour tortillas, crunchy taco shells (FTW, obviously), nacho chips, seasoned beef, shredded lettuce, nacho cheese sauce, hot sauce packets and other condiments for you to recreate Taco Bell classics. For those of us wanting to be an executive chef of our own test kitchen, there are recipes available online to guide you along.

“Our food has always been a catalyst of bringing people together, and we’re finding new ways to do this from a safe distance until we can all be together again,” says Melissa Friebe, senior vice president of brand marketing and consumer insights at Taco Bell, in a company statement. “No matter the meal they create, we’re excited to give fans a new at home Taco Bell experience.”

Whether you view Taco Bell as a crave-worthy mashup of Mexican-inspired food or something far removed from the Latin culture’s cuisine, we say it’s a fair bet this DIY package will strike a nostalgic chord of better times—something we could all use more of these days.

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