Recently, Taco Bell cut a bunch of fantastic diarrhea fuel from its menu. Unfortunately, loaded grillers and quesaritos were not the only items on the TB chopping block.
Come November 5th, Taco Bell's menu will no longer include Mexican Pizza, Pico de Gallo or shredded chicken. Hopefully these won't be the only major changes in November lol. Unlike the previous menu modifications, I support these (even though I'm sad to see shredded chicken go).
When it comes to Mexican (or any other foods) I am picky AF. Idfw vegetables, so Pico de Gallo and I have never formally met. Plus in my 28 years of existences I've genuinely only seen someone order a Mexican Pizza once. The article said they're a "fan favorite", but that can mean a lot of things. Lebron and Delly were both "fan favorites" in Cleveland, but only one is going to the Hall of Fame. I've conservatively gotten Taco Bell with at least 18 different people in my life and my aunt in like 1999 was the only one who dared to mix Mexican and Italian. "Fan Favorite" to describe Mexican Pizza feels like that John Mulaney bit on crime news.
Taco Bell is saying yo soy arrivederci to the Mexican Pizza because it's packaging isn't super-eco friendly. According to the linked article where I got this information from (via a friend) this change will eliminate over seven million pounds of paperboard waste; so it's hard to bash this move, even if you prefers your items to be unnecessarily difficult to eat while driving.
The Bell is getting rid of Pico for the simple reason that sliced tomatoes are basically the same thing. Credit to them for being like a dad from an 80's movie forced to make dinner that one time and saying "you can get a similar experience" with sliced tomatoes. Oh you wanted lasagna? Well here's a cup of tomato soup with two slices of wonder-bread; it's a similar experience.
The change that is the toughest for me is the death of shredded chicken; solely because the Shredded Chicken Quesadilla Melt. In the eyes/taste buds of Ole Dozo it is the best item on the value/$1 menu whatever they wanna call it, today. For a dollar you get basically a flat chicken burrito that felt about 60% of the size of a regular quesadilla. It was added bonus to feel like you were pulling one over on Taco Bell by ordering three of those for $3 instead of a chicken quesadilla and getting more food for less money. #stonks
To replace the eliminated items Taco Bell is adding a drink and a regional green sauce! I feel bad for the 17 Mexican Pizza fans out there. That must be a slap in the face to get replaced with fluids and not even a new menu item.
"The next menu item, the Dragonfruit Freeze, will be available on September 24. It's described as "a tropical frozen beverage swirled with a burst of dragonfruit flavor." Finally, two regional items will be joining the menu in select locations. First up: A Green Sauce made with fire-roasted green chilies, pureed jalapeño, and hatch green chiles is coming to select markets this fall. The Quesalupa (which hit the chain a few years ago) will also be getting another test in Knoxville, TN."
I don't know why Knoxville gets first dibs at the Quesalupa, but I do not remember this thing that apparently used to exist at some point in human history and want one immediately (no lettuce or tomato obvi).