Officially Kind of Obsessed With Taco Bell's Grilled Stuft Nachos

830 calories for $3.01. Now that's calorie-dense nutrition.
830 calories for $3.01. Now that's calorie-dense nutrition.
Photos by Christina Uticone

Before we talk about how the new Taco Bell Grilled Stuft Nachos taste, let's all agree that the spelling is stupid and move on. I'd like to not move on -- cutesy, pointless misspelling is a pet peeve -- but the fact is, no matter how the thing is spelled, the Grilled Stuft Nacho is downright delicious. Like, I've gone back twice since eating my first one, because they are so tasty, satisfying and -- best of all -- so freaking cheap, about a buck-fifty apiece. Tack on an order of Cinnabon® Delights™ like I did, and the whole order comes to a whopping $3.01.

Whether I'm eating fast food or fancy food, I'm always happiest when something exceeds my expectations. Nachos are one of my favorite things to eat in the world (and, somewhat famously, the only thing I knew how to make until I was 30). I was sure that Taco Bell's tagline -- the claim that its Grilled Stuft variety are "everything [I] love about nachos, grilled up to go" -- would surely fail to meet my personal high bar. And I am delighted to be proven wrong in the end.

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This thing's got guts.
This thing's got guts.

The only thing this hand-held nacho lacks is the crunch of tortilla chips. In their place is a warm, soft (yes, flour) tortilla shell that is wrapped around the toppings-turned-filling: seasoned beef, nacho cheese sauce, "crunchy" (not really that crunchy) red strips, warm nacho cheese, nacho sauce and sour cream. The soft tortilla is wrapped into a triangle shape -- a nod to the inspirational tortilla, upon which these ingredients once sat proudly astride.

One could make a pretty convincing argument that the Grilled Stuft Nacho is a lot more like a soft taco than a riff on nachos, but no matter what you call it, it's delicious. The nacho sauce adds a good balance of tang and spice, so along with the seasoned beef there is plenty of flavor to stand up against the cheese sauce and sour cream, which are applied generously. It's surprisingly neat to eat, too -- my tortilla stayed tightly folded, without any of that dripping-down-the-arm thing that can happen with tacos nachos.

Four, because five would be unhealthy.
Four, because five would be unhealthy.

I won't be going back for the Cinnabon® Delights™. I seriously underestimated the level of nostalgia that influenced my decision; call it an impulse buy based on years of stops on the New York Thruway, on cold days when the lure of a warm, sweet cinnamon bun was more tempting than words can describe. The Taco Bell Delights are merely cinnamon and sugar-dusted doughnuts, jammed full of sugary icing -- as if "icing" and "filling" are interchangeable! This cloyingly sweet treat is best reserved for those with an insatiable sweet tooth.

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