Taco Bell is obviously a national treasure. As far as fast food goes, no one is more innovative and constantly relevant than them. So what have their best creations been so far? There’s nothing on the menu we particularly dislike, but there are certainly ones that are almost required purchases every time. Here is the definitive ranking of the Taco Bell menu.
40. Black Bean Burrito
If you like black beans, that’s fine, but there is definitely a superior vegetarian option in the form of a burrito.
39. XXL Grilled Stuft Burrito
If you just want one big item, this might be the way to go. But we prefer spreading the meal out with several different smaller options.
38. Cheesy Potato Burrito
You have to have an option like this on the menu. We get it. It’s just not at the top of the list with so many other solid choices.
37. Nachos Supreme
Again, nothing wrong with Nachos Supreme, but if you’re going to go with nachos, the ultimate choice is a little higher on the list.
36. Smothered Burrito
There’s only one smothered burrito on the menu, so it feels a bit out of place. Then again, if the other menu items don’t work for you, this may be your best bet.
35. Crunchy Taco Supreme
I’m going to be honest, if I have to choose between a crunchy shell and a soft shell, I’m going with the soft shell option every single time.
34. Cheesy Gordita Crunch
This is the best option if you like a little crunch with your gordita. But for a gordita purist, you’re going to want just the one shell.
33. Shredded Chicken Burrito
With so many burrito variations, you’re probably going to lean towards something a little more sexy than just shredded chicken.
32. Grilled Breakfast Burrito Fiesta Potato
This is the first of many of the new breakfast menu items on the list. It may be the lowest ranked one, but their entire breakfast menu is top notch.
31. Mini Skillet Bowl
It’s perfect if you just want a small snack or a side item, but you’ll probably need more than just this to have a full breakfast.
30. Cool Ranch Doritos Taco Supreme
The Doritos shell completely changed the game, so the bar was set ridiculously high by the original. If you want a Dorito taco, Cool Ranch should be the third option on your list.
29. Power Bowl
The Cantina bowls definitely don’t get the type of credit they deserve. If you haven’t tried them yet, you certainly won’t be disappointed. Plus it’s in a bowl, so you’re eating a salad! Hooray, healthy!
28. Cheesy Roll-up
It’s unbelievable how satisfying cheese can be when it’s rolled up in a soft taco. It’s the simplest thing on the menu, but it’s the perfect companion to any meal.
27. Chicken Soft Taco
If you don’t want some big, elaborate burrito, the simple taco options are always a safe bet. It’s not flashy, but you’ll never regret getting one.
26. Grilled Steak Soft Taco
Why just stop at chicken when there’s grilled steak right there on the menu? You’re worth it.
25. Triple Double Crunchwrap
This is a newer item and there’s a lot to take in, but in time, it might become one of the most go-to items on the menu.
24. Bean Burrito
The Bean Burrito is one of the all time greats. Sure, more elaborate options have come along, but elaborate doesn’t necessarily mean better.
23. Fiery Doritos Locos Taco Supreme
If spicy isn’t your thing, this one certainly isn’t for you. There’s definitely a noticeable kick to it. However, for those that like that sting, it will be much higher on the list.
22. Breakfast Taco
Seriously, if you haven’t gotten up to experience their breakfast menu yet, you’re missing out. The breakfast taco is a must for your first visit.
The Meximelt is probably the safest choice on the menu. It’s not flashy, but if you need to get someone a snack and don’t know what they like, this should be your go-to choice.
20. Soft Taco
It might not be flashy, either, but it’s like a base hit in baseball. It gets the job done and never disappoints. Everyone loves a soft taco.
19. Gordita Supreme
The gordita and chalupa showed up around the same time and, while the chalupa might be a little superior, don’t sell the Gordita Supreme short. It’s like a thicker version of a soft shell taco in the best possible way.
18. Burrito Supreme
All other burritos are the descendants of the Burrito Supreme. You can’t love the others if you don’t love the one that started it all. Thank you, basic burrito.
17. Grande Scrambler
Take all the best breakfast foods and put them into one soft taco shell. That’s it. Eat it and enjoy your life!
16. 7-Layer Burrito
It might not make sense to put the 7-Layer Burrito lower on the list than the Beefy 5-Layer Burrito, but maybe less is more. Why use more layers than you have to in order to get the same job done? I love you, 7-layer, but I love your little brother even more.
15. Fiesta Taco Salad
If you’re getting a taco salad, get this one. Seriously, it’s in an entire different league than the others. It’s the only time the word “fiesta” should be associated with a salad.
14. The Griller
These little guys are fairly new, but the flavors are very big and give you a chance to try a little of everything without spending much money at all.
13. Double Decker Taco
You’ve probably been getting Double Decker Tacos your whole life. It’s the go-to menu item when you’re not sure what to get, but you want to make sure you’re not disappointed. You just can’t go wrong with it.
Did you know the Quesarito is called that because it’s a combination of a quesadilla and a burrito? If that’s the result, then let’s just start combining every item on the Taco Bell menu and see what happens.
11. Sausage Flatbread Quesadilla
Did you ever think you’d be eating a breakfast flatbread at Taco Bell? It’s a delicious time to be alive, isn’t it? Seriously, go try their breakfast.
10. Doritos Cheesy Gordita Crunch
The combination of the Doritos taco AND a gordita is the best pairing since Tegan and Sara. It’s a little less talented musically, but much more accessible.
9. Breakfast Crunchwrap
One of the only things better than the Breakfast Crunchwrap is the lunch and dinner version of the crunchwrap. Basically, what I’m saying is that you can make pretty much anything better by crunchwrapping it.
8. Mexican Pizza
This is another item that doesn’t really fit into a category, but deserves all the recognition. Plus, how can you go wrong combining tacos and pizza? They’re literally the two best words in the human language!
7. Beefy 5-Layer Burrito
It’s almost crazy that you get so much for so little. You can grab a drink with a Beefy 5-Layer Burrito and almost always be full for just a few dollars.
6. Crunchwrap Supreme
You get pretty much everything Taco Bell has to offer in one delicious handheld wrap. Plus, since it’s all wrapped up, there’s less chance of a mess, so you can eat it on the go very easily.
5. Doritos Locos Taco Supreme
This one revolutionized the taco. Instead of just having flavor inside, the shell became the most important part of it. It’s safe to assume that it’s going to lead to very delicious things in the future.
No one has ever regretted getting a quesadilla. You know they’re wonderful. I’m not going to tell you anything you don’t already know about the joy a quesadilla will bring to your life.
3. Chalupa Supreme
The chalupa is, without a doubt, the best handheld lunch item Taco Bell has to offer. It has a crunch to it without being a thin, crispy shell. If only they would bring back the nacho cheese version and make the world whole again.
2. Grilled Breakfast Burrito
It may be controversial to some to put a breakfast item this high on the list, but that’s only the case if you’ve never tried one. It’s not the best breakfast item at Taco Bell; it’s one of the best breakfast items you can get at any fast food restaurant.
1. Nachos BellGrande
This is it. The Nachos BellGrande is the cornerstone of the Taco Bell menu. It’s perfect for just you, or a group. Let the BellGrande be your guide in times of need. It will make you a better person.
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