Taco Bell is one of America’s most loved Mexican-American fast food chains. And if you are a regular patron, you likely have a few favorites that you go to. But like any restaurant, they often change up the menu to add and remove items, appeal to changing food trends, and attract new patrons. Sometimes our favorite items get dropped, like the enchirito and the 7-layer burrito. Sometimes, things are dropped, but public demand prompts them to bring it back, like the Mexican Pizza. But lucky for you, some of those items can be recreated or ordered with a few easy hacks. If you want to get in on that, check out this list of Taco Bell secret menu items and hacks.
How to order it: Ask for a nachos bellgrande, but request the chips in one container and all the toppings in another. Then, mix all the toppings together and dip your chips right in. You can always ask for an extra side of cheese too if you like it extra cheesy.
This one was an old menu item made with Mexican Pizza Sauce, green onions, and cheese, wrapped in a flour tortilla.
How to order it: Order a cheese roll up and red sauce. Taco bell no longer serves green onions.
CopyCat 7-Layer Burrito
How to order it: Ask for a fiesta veggie burrito, no tortilla strips or chipotle sauce, and add lettuce. The fiesta veggie burrito comes with black beans, so you’ll have to ask them to also sub in pinto beans instead.
Add a Doritos flavor blast to any taco on the menu by asking them to swap out the tortilla for these shells.
Double Grilled & Grilled
If you don’t love soggy quesadillas? Ask them to double grill it for an extra crispy shell. If you want your burritos to have a crispy outer layer, you can ask for those to be grilled as well.
DIY Double Decker Taco
How to order it: Order a cheesy gordita crunch and ask them to use a regular flour tortilla instead of a flatbread on the outside layer.
This fan favorite menu item was pulled from the menu in 2013 and returned briefly to the menu in 2022.
How to order it: You can sometimes ask them to make it, just by requesting it by name, or you can ask for an enchilada with beef, beans, and cheese. But beware — some locations will make it, and some may say it’s no longer available.
Fiesta Potatoes BellGrande
How to order it: Ask for a nachos bellgrande and then ask them to take out the chips and sub in potatoes instead. If you’re vegetarian, you can request black beans instead of beef.
When Taco Bell had pico de gallo, Fresco Style meant the sauce and cheese was removed and they added fresh pico de gallo. Most locations no longer have pico, so Fresco Style now removes mayo-based sauces, cheeses, and reduced-fat sour cream, and adds diced tomatoes.
How to order it: Add Guac to your bean and cheese burrito.
The Incredible Hulk
How to order it: Ask for a five layer burrito with guac instead of nacho cheese sauce.
Taco Bell took Lava Sauce off the menu in 2016, but you can recreate it yourself. Just ask for a side of nacho cheese sauce and you can stir in 2 or 3 packets of fire sauce.
The original meximelt was a flour tortilla, ground beef, cheese, and fiesta salsa.
How to order it: Ask for a regular soft taco, with diced tomatoes instead of lettuce.
How to order it: Order a side of cheesy fiesta potatoes, add shredded cheese, tomatoes, and your choice of meat.
Nacho BellGrande Hack
How to order it: Ask for a Nachos BellGrande, no ground beef, chicken instead; no nacho cheese, sub the 3-cheese blend instead, add guac and jalapenos.
How to order it: Order a beefy melt burrito with guac, sour cream, potatoes, and tortilla strips.
A tie-dye freeze is just a combination of Taco Bell’s freeze flavors and Baja Blasts. The available flavors may vary by location.
How to order it: Just ask for them to add a mix of the flavors you would like. If they won’t do it for you, you can order more than one and mix them yourself.
You can also make a “cloudy skies” baja blast by asking for half pink lemonade, half baja blast.
You can’t order Taco Bell’s Salsa Con Queso from the regular menu but you can make a queso dip with this simple hack.
How to order it: Order nacho cheese sauce and a side of tomatoes with your hot sauce packet of choice and mix all three ingredients yourself. You can also order a side of jalapenos to mix in as well or substitute for the hot sauce.
These are things that you can add to any menu item for an upcharge to customize it to your liking:
- Make it supreme: adds tomatoes and sour cream
- Add pinto beans or black beans
- Add chicken, steak, or seasoned ground beef
- Spicy ranch
- cheese, nacho cheese sauce, or three cheese blend
- Jalapeno peppers
- Seasoned rice
- Avocado Ranch sauce
- Chipotle Sauce
- Creamy Jalapeno Sauce
- Mexican Pizza Sauce
- Red Sauce
- Sour Cream
- TRUFF Sauce (a sauce made of black truffles and red chili peppers)
Discontinued Taco Bell Items
- 7-Layer Burrito
- Loaded Grillers
- Nacho Crunch Grilled Stuft Burrito
- The Bell Beefer
- Caramel Apple Empanada
- Grilled Steak Soft Taco
- Double Decker Taco
- Black Jack Taco
- Volcano Taco & Lava Sauce
- Spicy Tostada
- Beefy Crunch Burrito
- Chili Cheese Burrito
- Taco Salad
- Zesty Chicken Bowl
- Beefy Fritos Burrito
- Mini Skillet Bowl
- Nachos Supreme
- Triple Layer Nachos
- Cool Ranch Tacos
- Fully Loaded Nachos
- Cinnamon Crispas (some locations still sell cinnamon twists)
- Seafood Salad (way back in the 80’s)
- Bacon Cheeseburger Burrito
- BLT Soft Taco
- Chicken Club Burrito
- Spicy Chicken Crunchwrap Supreme
- Grilled Stuft Nacho
- Chicken Caesar Grilled Stuft Burrito
- Waffle Taco
- Biscuit Taco
- Naked Egg Taco
- French Toast Chalupa
- Firecracker Burrito
- Naked Chicken Chips
- Cheetos Burrito
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Taco Bell Open During Holidays?
Taco Bell is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day and is open on Easter, 4th of July, New Year’s Eve & Day, Christmas Eve and all other holidays.
What time does Taco Bell stop serving breakfast?
Taco Bell’s breakfast hours may vary by location but they typically serve breakfast between 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Does Taco Bell serve breakfast all day?
Taco Bell does not serve breakfast all day and most locations stop serving breakfast at 11 a.m.
Does Taco Bell serve lunch all day?
Taco Bell does not serve lunch all day. Most Taco Bell locations start serving lunch at 11 a.m. You cannot order most lunch menu items during Taco Bell’s breakfast hours.
Is there an app for Taco Bell?
Taco Bell has an app on Apple and the Google Play store where you can order online, earn reward points and receive exclusive rewards and special offers.
Can you order Taco Bell online?
You can order pickup through TacoBell.com and their app or order delivery through many popular meal delivery apps such as UberEats and DoorDash.
Does Taco Bell have gift cards?
Taco bells offers eGift cards and physical gift cards both in store and online.
Does Taco bell take EBT?
Most Taco Bell locations do not accept EBT payments. A limited number of Taco Bell locations participate in the EBT Restaurant Meals Program (RMP) and are able to accept EBT as a form of payment.
Does Taco Bell Have a Taco Tuesday?
Taco Bell usually does not have any specials for Taco Tuesday except occasionally they do have limited time Taco Tuesday offers such as BOGO deal or to promote a new menu item.
What is Taco Bell’s Hottest Sauce?
Diablo Sauce is Taco Bell’s hottest sauce followed by Fire Sauce and then Hot Sauce. They also have Mild Sauce plus other sauces like nacho cheese and chipotle sauce.
Is Taco Bell Pepsi or Coke?
Taco Bell serves Pepsi and other Pepsico drinks such as Diet Pepsi, Mountain Dew, and Sierra Mist.
Does Taco Bell have Nacho Fries?
Taco Bell does not serve Nacho Fries.
Does Taco Bell have Mexican Pizza?
Taco Bell does serve Mexican Pizza on their regular menu.
Does Taco Bell have Queso Dip?
Taco Bell does not serve queso dip on their regular menu however they have offered a Salsa Con Queso dip in the past and occasionally bring it back. You can also purchase Taco Bell’s Salsa Con Queso at grocery stores nationwide and on Amazon.
Does Taco Bell have Wings?
Taco Bell does not serve chicken wings on their regular menu do sometimes offer chicken wings as part of a limited time menu.
Is Taco Bell Halal?
The menu items served in Taco Bell are not specifically Halal certified.
Is Taco Bell Kosher?
The menu items served in Taco Bell are not specifically kosher certified.
Does Taco Bell have wi-fi?
Taco Bell does offer free wi-fi at most locations.
What is Taco Bell meat made of?
Taco Bell’s seasoned beef is 100% USDA premium beef and includes about 12% seasonings, spices, water and other ingredients.
When was Taco Bell founded?
Glen Bell opened the first Taco Bell on March 21, 1962 in Downey, CA.
Who owns Taco Bell?
Taco Bell is owned by a publicly traded company called Yum! Brands which also owns KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, and The Habit Burger Grill.
Where are Taco Bell’s headquarters?
Taco Bell’s headquarters are located in Irvine, California in Orange County. The address is 1 Glen Bell Way, Irvine, CA 92618.
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Heidi Deal is the author of the Newcomers Handbook to Living In Los Angeles & Orange County, and a children’s book author specializing in history and human rights.