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Taco Bell goes upscale with Cantina Bell menu, expands Doritos Tacos line
America Now News / The Christian Science Monitor ^ | June 13, 2012 | Schuyler Velasco

Posted on 06/27/2012 6:07:05 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Taco Bell menu items may be helping the chain cater to a broader clientele. But don't worry -- it's not forgetting its core customer base.

The Tex-Mex fast food giant, owned by Yum! Brands, Inc., has announced its rollout of the new Cantina Bell menu, to hit Taco Bell stores next month. Conceived with help from Miami-based celebrity chef Lorena Garcia, the new Taco Bell menu items include a burrito and a "Cantina Bowl," chock-full of ingredients like marinated grilled chicken, Hass avocados, corn and pepper salsa, and whole black beans.

Taco Bell has been market testing the new menu items since January, and a national rollout is planned for July 5. "Cantina Bell will introduce vibrant flavors to millions of Americans, all the while complementing the tastes of Taco Bell's existing core menu," Yum! Brands said in a press release.

"You'll love it, or we'll replace it with something you do. Guaranteed (but we're pretty sure you'll love it)," the Cantina Bell website reads.

The menu is a clear stab at competitor Chipotle, which dominates the Mexican fast-casual market. But Taco Bell's prices are cheaper. Both the burrito and the Cantina Bowl -- which come in steak, chicken, or vegetarian options -- will retail at under $5, while comparable menu items will set you back about $8 at Chipotle (which increased its prices in June of last year). In addition to the two entrées, the Cantina Bell menu offers two side options: chips and guacamole and black beans and rice, each for $1.49.

The rollout comes after a good start to the fiscal year for Taco Bell...

(Excerpt) Read more at americanownews.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Food
KEYWORDS: economy; fastfood; florida; food
Good news for us poor people.
1 posted on 06/27/2012 6:07:21 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

After the fast food wars, all restaurants are Taco Bell.


2 posted on 06/27/2012 6:10:19 PM PDT by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It’s easy to say ‘I would have thought of that’ but I have always wondered why the Doritos/Taco Bell marriage didn’t occur years ago.


3 posted on 06/27/2012 6:11:38 PM PDT by relictele
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m waiting for the Cool Ranch Dorito taco. The regular Doritos shell was awesome, but the CRD one will be stellar.


4 posted on 06/27/2012 6:12:08 PM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature ($1.84 - The price of a gallon of gas on Jan. 20th, 2009.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Sounds good, but their Dorito tacos are a crock. They might be a dorito chip, but they don't have the FREAKING DORITO SEASONING! It's just a corn tortia by another company without the seasoning. It irritates me to no end how they make a big deal of it when it tastes just like a normal taco.
5 posted on 06/27/2012 6:14:55 PM PDT by nerdwithagun (I'd rather go gun to gun then knife to knife.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If this new menu actually resembles Mexican food that will be a great 1st for the chain.


6 posted on 06/27/2012 6:21:12 PM PDT by Proud2BeRight
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

They’ve tried “upscale” stuff before, but I don’t think it ever sells. If we want good Mexican, we’re not going to Taco Bell, no matter how cheap it is.

Hell, I can go to an authentic tacqueria and get real carne asada tacos for 1.50 each, with real mexican queso, cilantro, onions, and free chips and pico de gallo. Neither Taco Bell or Chipotle can compete with that.


7 posted on 06/27/2012 6:23:00 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Cantina Bowl” = “E.Coli Special”!


8 posted on 06/27/2012 6:28:29 PM PDT by TaMoDee ( Lassez les bons temps rouler dans les 2012! Allez Pack!)
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To: Boogieman

Not every locale has authentic tacquerias. They’ve sold over 100 million of those Doritos tacos since early March. Sounds like they’re on a roll.


9 posted on 06/27/2012 6:29:33 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (In honor of my late father, GunnerySgt/Commo Chief, USMC 1943-65)
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To: Boogieman
Hell, I can go to an authentic tacqueria and get real carne asada tacos for 1.50 each, with real mexican queso, cilantro, onions, and free chips and pico de gallo. Neither Taco Bell or Chipotle can compete with that.

The best Mexican food I've ever eaten were burritos grilled up out of a taco truck in San Diego.

If Taco Bell could figure those out, I'd eat there every day.

10 posted on 06/27/2012 6:33:58 PM PDT by Drew68 (I WILL vote to defeat Barack Hussein Obama!)
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To: TaMoDee

I’ve been sick half a dozen times after going to Chinese Buffet restaurants (but still go, I like Chinese) but have never had food poisoning from any Mexican restaurant, be it Taco Bell or a hole in the wall.


11 posted on 06/27/2012 6:36:16 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (In honor of my late father, GunnerySgt/Commo Chief, USMC 1943-65)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Not every locale has authentic tacquerias.”

Well, now that Obama has cleared the way, they’ll be coming. Welcome to Sanctuary USA :)


12 posted on 06/27/2012 6:38:53 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Bryanw92

I miss that little dog


13 posted on 06/27/2012 6:44:01 PM PDT by molson209
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To: Drew68
We don't have many taco trucks around here yet, but they just started allowing food trucks last year, so it might be happening soon. In the meantime, I've developed a checklist for detecting a good tacqueria. Look for:

1) Circular Mayan Calendar scultpure on the wall:

2) Paintings of Aztec warriors with feather headress:

3) Shrine to the Virgin of Guadalupe:

4) Television tuned to only Futbol or Mexican Soap Operas:

5) Al Pastor Spit behind the counter:

6) Menu contains items like "cabeza" and "lengua":

If you can check off at least 4 of these items, you are probably going to be eating some darn good Mexican food!

14 posted on 06/27/2012 6:58:06 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I assume that you need a colon clean out every once in awhile! (I guess at Qu Chi you didn’t get enough of that “Oriental Action”. :>)


15 posted on 06/27/2012 6:58:36 PM PDT by TaMoDee ( Lassez les bons temps rouler dans les 2012! Allez Pack!)
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To: IllumiNaughtyByNature

They are made by Pepsico with the CEO b&^ch that hates America.


16 posted on 06/27/2012 7:02:04 PM PDT by bmwcyle (Corollary - Electing the same person over and over and expecting a different outcome is insanity)
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To: Boogieman

I see you’ve been to Tacos Nayarit in Durango. Also, real tacos have cabbage not lettuce on them.


17 posted on 06/27/2012 7:03:32 PM PDT by Illuminatas (Obama - Dumber Than Bush!)
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To: Illuminatas

Actually, I just grabbed all those images off the web, so it wasn’t me that went there :)

Never had tacos with cabbage. Around here, the tacos come with onions and cilantro only, with queso and crema by request. If you order it with lettuce and tomato, it’s called a “gringo taco”.


18 posted on 06/27/2012 7:07:10 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Drew68
The best Mexican food I've ever eaten were burritos grilled up out of a taco truck in San Diego.

Best Mexican food I've ever eaten was also in San Diego, at Roberto's. OK, maybe not the best, but pretty good for 3 AM when you're in college.
19 posted on 06/27/2012 7:19:26 PM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: Boogieman

Carnitas and carne asada street style tacos should be just onion and cilantro, but fish and shrimp tacos need some cabbage.


20 posted on 06/27/2012 7:20:58 PM PDT by ApeStyle
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To: Illuminatas

I grew up in Durango and I don’t recall a single fast food Mexican place, but this was in the ‘70’s and early ‘80’s. I do remember that we would always go to Francisco’s down by the train station for special family occasions.


21 posted on 06/27/2012 7:26:45 PM PDT by ApeStyle
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To: Boogieman
There can be only one!


22 posted on 06/27/2012 7:26:45 PM PDT by Last of the Mohicans
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To: ApeStyle

Ah, well that explains it, I never eat fish or shrimp tacos.


23 posted on 06/27/2012 7:30:22 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Boogieman

Just a wild guess with the food truck comment, but I bet you’re in the Twin Cities. I’ve yet to try the amazing trucks featured on theheavytable.com. If I’m wrong, it’s still one heck of a cool site. :)

I love my chow, and authentic Mexican food is one of my favs. The taquerias are fantastic up and down Lake St. in Mpls., and big thumbs up to the Sonora Grill in Midtown Global Market for high quality in a fast food environment.


24 posted on 06/27/2012 7:34:38 PM PDT by mplsconservative (Impeach Obama Now!)
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To: Boogieman
LOL. Great list. I love the “Stake and Sausage”!

Also look for a sign in the window advertising “Birria el Sabado”.

25 posted on 06/27/2012 7:36:14 PM PDT by Hugin ("Most times a man'll tell you his bad intentions, if you listen and let yourself hear."---Open Range)
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To: mplsconservative
Nope, I'm in Chi-town, the heart of darkness.

We can see where the food trucks are on Truxmap, but they are almost always downtown, so I hardly ever get to try one, and most of them are fru fru crap, not like Mexican taco trucks. I think the licenses and sanitation requirements priced most of the Mexicans out of the truck business here.

26 posted on 06/27/2012 7:40:27 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Hugin

Hey, you never know when a vampire might show up at the tacqueria, the stake might come in handy!


27 posted on 06/27/2012 7:42:34 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Stay away from the buffets, go to a restaurant that cooks to order. Those buffets are nasty.


28 posted on 06/27/2012 7:47:21 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: Boogieman

Vampires mostly eat at German delis. They love the blood sausage.


29 posted on 06/27/2012 7:52:53 PM PDT by Hugin ("Most times a man'll tell you his bad intentions, if you listen and let yourself hear."---Open Range)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Who would name their company Yum!Brands? Is some 5 year old running it?


30 posted on 06/27/2012 7:55:35 PM PDT by RushingWater (Let's have a brokered convention and page Sarah Palin)
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To: Boogieman

Ah, Chi-town. I would’ve thought your city had a vibrant food truck culture already in existence. Knock me over with a feather.

I live in the state where nothing is allowed and they approved the food trucks last year. It’s a huge thing here in Minneapolis. I’m way outside the metro now but drool over their offerings I see at the various websites.

I’ve learned to make some pretty decent carnitas on my own and foray into the city once in awhile for fresh corn tortillas and (cheap) limes and avocados. I grow my own cilantro, jalapenos and radishes. Even out here we can get queso fresco and crema, so it’s good.

That’s so racist (sarcasm) they licensed the taco trucks out of business. In Minneapolis, Mayor Ryback would be kneeling before them pleading for forgiveness. Yes, it’s a conundrum, too big of government or be seen as racist. Coming soon to my liberal outpost I’m sure.


31 posted on 06/27/2012 7:56:44 PM PDT by mplsconservative (Impeach Obama Now!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Taco Bell and upscale do not belong in the same sentence.


32 posted on 06/27/2012 7:57:42 PM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: Bryanw92
After the fast food wars, all restaurants are Taco Bell.

Underrated movie.

33 posted on 06/27/2012 8:00:01 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Rather than go upscale Taco Bell should go retro and make their tacos and burritos the way they did back in the 1980s.


34 posted on 06/27/2012 8:02:43 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: mplsconservative

Yes, I think that technically, they can’t even prepare the food on the trucks under the Chicago law. They have to prepare it in a regular, licensed restaurant, and then they can only reheat it in the truck. So, frying up meat on the grill and slapping it in a tortilla is right out.

Chicago is right behind New York on stupid regulations.


35 posted on 06/27/2012 8:04:27 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
rollout of the new Cantina Bell menu, to hit Taco Bell stores next month. Conceived with help from Miami-based celebrity chef Lorena Garcia

This will get some stiff competition from A&W's new Castrata menu, conceived with help from celebrity chef Lorena Bobbitt.

36 posted on 06/27/2012 8:14:34 PM PDT by Dr.Deth
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To: Drew68
"The best Mexican food I've ever eaten were burritos grilled up out of a taco truck in San Diego."

Yes, you're right. Good Mexican food requires a certain simplicity that is impossible to describe. The very best --bar none -- tacos I've ever had were bought from a woman who operated a small kitchen under a stairwell beside the Clinda Roma in Guadalajara. If the best taco I've ever had since was a 6, those tacos were a 10.

The next best was a trio of women serving tamales out of a kettle on a street corner in Mexico city a few blocks from the Zocalo. Unfortunately, they served amoebas too, and by the time I could eat again two weeks later, I'd lost a quarter of my body weight.

37 posted on 06/27/2012 9:16:44 PM PDT by PUGACHEV
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To: PUGACHEV
Unfortunately, they served amoebas too, and by the time I could eat again two weeks later, I'd lost a quarter of my body weight.

Oh yuck. How horrible for you. I've never been in a third world country, and that's one reason why I wouldn't want to go.

38 posted on 06/27/2012 9:34:47 PM PDT by beaversmom
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