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The best discontinued Taco Bell menu items

These discontinued Taco Bell items from a long-forgotten menu might ring a bell and foster magical memories of simpler times and late night drive-throughs

Scott Snowden
Edited by
Scott Snowden
Written by
Stephanie Breijo

Oh the humanity… whenever an item from a fast food menu is removed, loyal fans mourn the loss. Of all the fast food and cheap eats spots out there, Taco Bell just might elicit the strongest reactions, and the most nostalgia for fast foods lost. Some of the most beloved discontinued Taco Bell items can still foster magical memories of simpler times and late night drive-through runs.

The thing is, that many items disappear and then reappear on a semi-cycular basis. This list is accurate at the time of going to press and it's worth noting that since the last update, Cheesy Fiesta Potatoes, the Mini Skillet Bowl, the Spicy Potato Soft Taco and the Mexican Pizza are all available once again. 

Moreover, Nacho Fries are back, rumor has it that the Enchirtio is also making a return, the 
Beefy Fritos Burrito is also expected to reappear and the Fully Loaded Nachos have more or less just been replaced by the Nachos Bellgrande.

Throughout Taco Bell’s illustrious history it has urged the masses to think outside the bun, with a menu of cheesy, crunchy and downright ingenious mashups. Some concoctions, however, are more fleeting than others. Some of Taco Bell’s most crispy tacos, experimental attention grabbers and iconic items are no longer with us. These discontinued items are often dropped to make way for new, over-the-top dishes, but their impression on our hearts (and our bellies) will last forever.

Best discontinued Taco Bell items

The 7-Layer Burrito
Taco Bell

1. The 7-Layer Burrito

Truly a great amongst fast-food vegetarian options, the 7-Layer Burrito was one of our consummate go-to's when we didn't feel like beefing up. The strata of refried beans, guacamole, cheese, onion, lettuce, sour cream and tomatoes at least felt a little lighter than its cheese-and-potato counterparts, and could be even further improved by subbing in black beans.

Loaded Grillers
Taco Bell

2. Loaded Grillers

The Loaded Griller menu included three variations: The Beefy Nacho Loaded Griller (sometimes referred to as the Beefy Nacho Griller) consisted of ground beef, crunchy red strips, and nacho cheese, wrapped inside a tortilla and grilled using a grill press. The Chipotle Chicken Loaded Griller comprised of chicken strips, reduced-fat sour cream, and chipotle sauce, wrapped inside of a juicy tortilla and grilled. And finally, the Loaded Potato Griller, which was made up of potatoes, reduced-fat sour cream, bacon and nacho cheese sauce. In July 2020, Taco bell removed all loaded grillers from its menu.

Nacho Crunch Grilled Stuft Burrito
Taco Bell

3. Nacho Crunch Grilled Stuft Burrito

When it was first launched, many years ago, the original Grilled Stuft Burrito, which was made with a grill press, featured a flour tortilla packed with ground beef, beans, rice, cheddar, Pepper Jack, mozzarella, creamy Pepper Jack sauce and Fiesta Salsa. Since then, the recipe has expanded to include the Chicken Enchilada and Chicken Caesar variations...and the all-important Nacho Crunch Grilled Stuft Burrito. It consisted of two portions of beef or chicken, nacho cheese, beans, green onions, tomatoes, sour cream, and crunchy red tortilla chip strips. And it was delicious.

The Bell Beefer
Taco Bell

4. The Bell Beefer

Most know Taco Bell is big on thinking outside the bun, but once upon a time—we're talking well into the '90s—you could head to the Bell for a very bun-based meal. In a fast-food world full of classic hamburgers, the Bell Beefer was a south-of-the-border–inspired option that leaned more toward the Sloppy Joe; ground taco beef provided much of the heft to this long-time favorite, lightened by lettuce and diced onion, and it could gain shredded cheese with a 'supreme' upgrade. Decades later and fans are still calling for its return.

Caramel Apple Empanada
Taco Bell

5. Caramel Apple Empanada

For roughly a decade you could hold fall in the palm of your hand—not by going apple picking, but by heading to Taco Bell for an empanada. McDonald's might have cornered the market on apple turnovers, but Taco Bell's apple empanada contained something special: a smooth, not-too-thick caramel sauce that coated the apples and tasted a little like autumn year round. We guess we'll settle for the Cinnabon Delights. If we must.

The Enchirito
Taco Bell

6. The Enchirito

Death to false prophets: Taco Bell riffed on the Enchirito's format with smothered burritos a few years back, but they could not touch their fabled Enchirito, which, after a mid-'90s hiatus and then a reprise, fell off menus in 2013 for good. A portmanteau right up there with the best of them, this burrito positively drowning in enchilada sauce was the wet burrito of our fast-food dreams. Stuffed with ground beef, refried beans and diced onions, then basking in a pool of red enchilada sauce so hot that the cheese instantly melted into gooey puddles on the surface, the Enchirito was a knife-and-fork behemoth. 

Grilled Steak Soft Taco
Taco Bell

7. Grilled Steak Soft Taco

Originally, the Grilled Steak Soft Taco featured a lime sauce with lettuce, cheddar cheese, and tomatoes. In later variations, Avocado Ranch sauce was added, which is the one most people remember. This was a steak alternative to the Ranchero Chicken Soft Taco — with the exception that the Ranchero Chicken Soft Taco offered fiesta salsa and not tomato. It was actually quite delicious and the steak was better than you'd imagine. Too late now though. 

Double Decker Taco
Taco Bell

8. Double Decker Taco

The Double Decker Taco is actually still available in some countries, like Australia and the UK, but just not in the USA. It consists of a soft flour tortilla wrapped around a traditional crunchy taco with a layer of refried beans serving as a mortar between the two tortillas. It was introduced as a limited-run promotional item in 1995 and was advertised in a series of commercials featuring Shaquille O'Neal and Hakeem Olajuwan, before becoming a permanent menu item...and then being permanently removed.

Black Jack Taco
Taco Bell

9. Black Jack Taco

The Black Jack Taco was an odd menu item, it's most defining feature was, obviously the black taco shell and it proved to be a polarizing feature: Some folk liked it since it was an unsual color and didn't really change the meal in any way...and other folk hated it because it was an unsual color and didn't really change the meal in any way. The filling had the same seasoned ground beef, shredded lettuce, and shredded cheese you will find in most items on Taco Bell’s menu, but it also came with a white pepper jack cheese sauce. However, the slightly spicy cheese sauce does provide some flavor, it’s not as tasty as Taco Bell’s nacho cheese and Volcano sauces.

Volcano Taco & Lava Sauce
Taco Bell

10. Volcano Taco & Lava Sauce

Before the bright shell on the Fiery Doritos Locos Taco, there was the neon red Volcano Taco, which launched in 2008 and brought the heat (at least in comparison to the rest of the menu). Tauted as the Bell's spiciest taco yet and part of a heat-loving Volcano menu, fans lined up for a taste of the ground beef, lettuce and shredded cheddar doused with lava sauce: a spicy, creamy take on nacho cheese and a discontinued topping that's still mourned across social media years after its demise. The lava sauce here was what truly heated things up, and no amount of Fiery or Flamin' Hot tacos can sate our cravings for it.


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