Cool Ranch Locos Taco: The Latest Doritos/Taco Bell Mashup

Cool Ranch vs. Nacho Cheese Locos Taco Throwdown
Cool Ranch vs. Nacho Cheese Locos Taco Throwdown
Photos by Christina Uticone

One year ago, on March 26, 2012, I reviewed the Taco Bell Doritos Locos Taco. In that review I wrote: "Can you imagine a Cool Ranch Dorito taco? Yikes."

We no longer need to imagine, friends -- the Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Taco is here. And the other day after seeing the commercial, my husband jumped up off the couch, threw a wad of bills at me -- like I'm some kind of fast food stripper/delivery girl! -- and begged me to please, please, please go get him one.*


I obliged and picked up a Cool Ranch, as well as a Nacho Cheese Doritos Locos Taco so that we could do a little compare-and-contrast exercise.

The thing about Doritos is that I am a traditional nacho cheese girl and Cool Ranch has never been my favorite flavor, so my expectations were low. Last year, the Nacho Cheese Doritos Locos Taco really surprised me -- I kind of loved it -- but given my Cool Ranch aversion, I wasn't entirely excited to dig in.

Cool Ranch Locos Taco: The Latest Doritos/Taco Bell Mashup

The weirdest thing happened when I finally did chow down on the Cool Ranch Locos Taco -- I found that it didn't have enough Cool Ranch flavor. Where the Nacho Cheese taco is strongly flavored, the Cool Ranch disappears against the taco meat, sour cream and toppings. It ends up being a good taco, but there is nothing particularly Cool Ranch-y about it. I asked my husband what he thought, and he agreed that the Nacho Cheese Locos Taco had a truer flavor than the Cool Ranch. Josh and I both thought the taco stuffs were good, if standard, fast food quality so the Doritos flavor is the whole point -- if you don't have that, you've just got a quick, cheap taco.

So the result is, I really enjoyed the Cool Ranch taco, but it's possible -- even likely -- that is due to the absence of Cool Ranch flavor. If you're a Cool Ranch enthusiast, I suspect you may be disappointed. I'd love to hear from the Cool Ranch lovers out there -- was this taco a hit or a miss for you?

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