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Taco Bell raises the steaks with these beefy new nachos

Taco Bell raises the steaks with these beefy new nachos

Taco Bell steak steak nacho box
Five bucks gets you a ton of beefy nachos.  Courtesy photo

This week, I reached out for a new $5 Steak Nachos Box from America’s No. 1 Tex-Mex munchie-buster, Taco Bell, with 7,000 restaurants across this great land.

Good ol’ reliable Taco Bell has done it again for the quadrillionth time, raided the fridge for its core ingredients — nacho chips, cheese, sour cream, yadda yadda — thrown them together for something different that tastes the same, and called in the film crew...we’ve got a new product to promote!

Here’s the $5 Steak Nachos Box breakdown: a double portion of marinated grilled steak, refried beans, warm nacho cheese sauce, shredded three-cheese blend, pico de gallo, and reduced-fat sour cream on a whole mess of tortilla chips.

And I do mean mess. Good luck getting that sour cream spot out of your upholstery. How many times have I told you — if you’re going to eat in your car, get leather seats!

Total calories: 1,060. Fat grams: 52. Sodium: 1,880 mg. Carbs: 115 g. Dietary fiber: 6 g. Protein: 34 g. Manufacturer’s suggested retail price: $5. Some Taco Bells really are taking “$5” merely as a suggestion … and charging $6. Ask first.

Yikes, 1,880 mg. of sodium? Good thing this $5 box includes a medium soft drink. If you dine in, you might be running back to the fountain a couple of times. Or stick your head under a nozzle.

Just because Taco Bell says you’re getting a double portion of steak, don’t think it’s one of the West Texas steakhouses where your meal is free if you polish off a cow within 30 minutes. Let’s say the $5 Steak Nachos Box has a nice grabful of steak pieces.

Taco Bell came up with clever packaging for its $5 Steak Nachos Box — a cardboard box, like you get at the doughnut shop when you order a dozen glazed. There’s a paper liner at the bottom to shield your pants from the ooze. Even so, better eat fast because there’s so much toppings, the tortilla chips have a five-minute sog limit.

At Taco Bell, what’s new is old again. The $5 Steak Nachos Box is a little smaller than its recent Boss Nachos box, and a little bigger than its lamented Nachos Bell Grande box.

For sheer value, the $5 Steak Nachos Box is the best bet. It’s standard Bell-issue components, a good deal of food tonnage for a pretty nifty price, and it includes a soft drink.

There’s plenty of the good stuff on top so you get some of something on every chip. The box looks like a mini-buffet, but you can go even bigger, say guac or jalapenos, for a modest additional price
Even for a Taco Bell regular, this is so much food, you won’t finish it on your drive home. Don’t leave the box in your car, you remember what happened last time. A Christmas tree dangling from your rearview mirror won’t put a dent in that cloud.

The $5 Steak Nacho Box is eating big on the cheap, and that’s what drives the Taco Bell machine.

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Ken Hoffman reviews a new fast food restaurant item every Wednesday. Have a suggestion or a drive-thru favorite? Let Ken know in the comments or on Twitter