With Taco Bell's new breakfast menu, I thought this would be appropriate. IamA Taco Bell Shift Leader. AMA!
May 28th 2014 by TheTacoBellGuy • 70 Questions • 436 Points
I've been working at Taco Bell for about a year and a half while attending college. I'm here to answer all of your Taco Bell questions, as well as questions pertaining to anything else!
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Not sure why you'd care, but I have a YouTube channel! You can hear me talk and.... stuff. Plus I could lose my job! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmMxv1XeOlxYFXHZEde0IkA
Is it true that the Cina twists are just deep fried rotini pasta?
Yes!!! We get these large bags of them. Once fried, they puff up to the familiar look and we put cinnamon sugar on them!
It would definitely be possible!
soak them in Bunn water and mix them with nacho cheese, makes for a delicious snack ;D
Hmmm. I will have to try that!
Growing up I was the biggest fan of the chilito which went away, then came back as the chili cheese burrito, then went away and now is back but its twice the price and half the size of grillers. How the heck to I get a big fat chili cheese burrito? Is there some code word or something? PLEASE HELP ME GET MY CHILITO BACK!
The chili is a limited time only item! It isn't the most popular thing, so they hardly ever bring it back! But, I would say the best way to get a thicker burrito is to ask for extra chili. It'll run you about 40 cents extra, but it may be the only way!
I seriously need to know why the hell the Cheesy Bean and Rice burrito was discontinued and if there is someway that I can "rearrange" a different menu item to dupe it. I'm still going through withdrawals!
Okay, I'm gonna help you out.
Step 1: Go to your local Taco Bell and order a Bean Burrito.
Step 2: Tell them to hold the Red Sauce and the Onions (unless you like that stuff)
Step 3: Ask them to add Nacho Cheese and to take the cheddar cheese off and add 3-Cheese instead.
Step 4: Ask to add Rice.
Step 5: Ask to had Jalapeno sauce.
This will get you something very similar to those burritos... It may cost a little extra, but it could be worth it in the end!
My go to taco bell food item would have to be the steak quesadilla. What's your favorite thing from taco bell?
Ohhhh this is tough.... I have worked there for so long that everything just doesn't appeal to me. But, if I had to choose something from there, it would either be the chicken quesadilla or the cheesy gordita crunch. Both are quite good.
Thanks for the ama and all that you do for the good of mankind.
Can you enlighten us on your worst customer experience?
Do you guys have the ingredients on hand to make "limited time only" items? It surprises me to think that the chicken flat bread is too expensive to keep around. I miss it. . 1/2lb beef and potato burrito was a classic too. That sour cream.
I appreciate the thanks!
The worst customer experience I ever had was with a drunk man. He came through the drive through and passed out while ordering! So, we yelled into the mic to wake him up, and he passed out 2 more times while ordering. He finally pulled around to the pay window, hit the wall 3 times, and passed out while paying. So we parked him and made him wait on his food, when in reality we called the police on the guy. It was funny, but pretty scary in its own right.
And no. We don't have some of the items. It's usually the sauce that we get rid of. We keep the obvious things; chicken, beef, all that jazz. But we usually get rid of the sauces that go on certain items.
I don't know! It is probably my favorite thing on the menu.... It's probably because it has so much cheese.
I am incredibly excited about this. So, the beans are vegetarian??
They have cut meat out of their diet...
The beans are considered a substitution for beef at Taco Bell. That way we can feed those who love the beef, and those who are against it. And then some people just prefer the beans over our beef. But it is free of charge! If they try to charge you, tell them there is a Sub Bean for Beef button on More Modifiers....
Yes! I ate three last night. I am so full of shame yet so satisfied as well.
Do not be ashamed friend! I'm sure it was delicious!
I've been eating Chalupas for like 18 years now because I love that delicious shell. I especially love it when the shell is crunchy. Can I ask for the shell to be made crunchy or do I just get what I get?
You can ask to have it fried for a little longer. That's what makes them a little crispier!
Who handles their twitter account? dudes a genius
I honestly have no idea.... But he is quick with witty remarks. I'll give him that.
Cheap food and diarrhea.
This is important. Tell me about the baja sauce.
It used to be on the baja gorditas, which seem to be in limited availability in my area, and in the quesadillas. I need more.
Does your store not have it anymore? We do, as it goes on the cheesy gordita crunch. Maybe you should ask! They could be hiding it from you....
Seriously, this is the only question I care about. Baja sauce is just, something otherworldly. Is there anywhere I can get like, minor bulk of it? Like a bottle or something
It's just a pepper jack sauce. The only way you can order a lot of it is if you get a side of it. Sides cost around 40 cents, so you could order as many as you like! They can't tell you no...
I appreciate the AMA.
1.) If I only had $7.00, and it was noon, what would you say would be a good bang for my buck?
2.) Would it be more probable to see you playing checkers with a friend, or rollerblading to work?
1.) Meal deals! They provide you with a food item, a bag of Doritos, and a drink for around $2. So that covers a good sized food item and a drink. (Keep in mind, a drink is about $2 by itself.) After the meal deal, provided you're still hungry, you can splurge on whatever it is you desire!
2.) Checkers. I enjoy playing it, even though I'm really bad at it.
I'd like to know just how much of the menu arrives in the form of powder? I'm assuming the beans do and then are reconstituted with water. Anything else?
You are correct on the beans. They aren't fine powder, however. They are small chunks, very similar to Cocoa Pebbles. Red Sauce is a really fine powder that we add hot water to. And the rice seasoning comes in a powder form as well. That's about it though... Salsa used to be powder, but we have changed that.
Well, if I found out an employee had stuck his dick in 69 tacos, I would be more impressed than anything...
I was satisfied when I did it...
You worried about getting fired for this? I'd imagine somewhere buried in your hiring paperwork there's something against this or something.
Step 1: Put a 10.5" tortilla on the grill for 5 seconds on one side, 5 seconds on the other side.
Step 2: Apply a hashbrown
Step 3: Add a scoop of eggs
Step 4: Add the meat (Steak, Bacon, or Sausage)
Step 5: Add a pinch of cheddar cheese
Step 6: Add Creamy Jalapeno Sauce in the shape of a "Z"
Step 7: Fold in the shape of a hexagon
Step 8: Grill for 17 seconds
Well.... To be honest I don't like anything on the breakfast menu. The preparation and the ingredients that go on the items just make it disgusting to me. Ronald McDonald may like it.... But Ronald McDonald I am not.
I tried every item on the breakfast menu, only the breakfast crunchwrap thing was anything less than disgusting.
I agree. It's all very greasy and very very nasty. I can't stomach it.
Aww, disappointing! I thought it all looked decent but the ...waffle taco. I don't think I have anywhere nearby that does the breakfast. I guess that's for the best. :p
It is expensive and not worth it. You could get a better and more conventional breakfast elsewhere, like Hardee's/Carl Jr.'s. I love their breakfast haha.
I will do that for you... I will honor your request! For GreenThmb!!
Okay is it my imagination, or are the Loaded Grillers getting smaller? It seems like less and less filling is being put in them since they were introduced.
Well, they actually have. The portions that go into them, as well as the rolling procedures, have all changed. So they appear smaller.
Why does Taco Bell get rid of the new menu items so quickly? The nacho wrap. Chicken flatbread. Beefy crunch burrito.
Well, the demand for those items go wayyyyyy down after some time passes. We keep them as limited time only items to keep the demand up whenever they come back. Otherwise we waste a lot of product.
Hmm. It really depends on who you know. Taco Bell usually doesn't hire too many people, as they aren't really needed. But, if I had to give any advice, I would just put in your application with some good references. And then call the store and follow up on your application.
What can I do to bring back Lava Sauce? I got that added onto everything and it was sooo good. It seems to be gone nationwide, despite a high demand for it. :(
I know! It sucks that they got rid of it. And I am not sure if it'll ever be back. But have you tried the new Fiery sauce? It could heal the wounds from the loss of Lava sauce.
Why ain't the double decker more popular?
Also, why do you all cock tease us by making the Doritos taco so small?
Well, mainly because people don't realize that you can order it by itself. It is really only advertised as the Meal Deal #2. Plus, when ordered by itself, it's pretty expensive for how little you get.
The Doritos tacos are the same size as our regular tacos. I'm not sure why they would be any bigger...
I get sick everytime I eat your ground beef, but I love taco bell so I order everything with beans instead of meat. How much do you guys hate that?
I don't hate it at all! A lot of my coworkers bitch about it. But it isn't hard to do at all. It's quicker in some cases.
<3 love Taco Bell. Sucks you might get reprimanded for this.
I could drink your nacho cheese with a straw. But It seems like it was much better in CA then it is here in TX.
Hell. At least at the one i work at it is. I work about an hour and a half over every day. The air conditioner doesn't work at all. The job itself is really easy though, so I can't complain there.
I..... I didn't know they were.....
Will they ever bring back the Enchirito? And will they ever start putting green onions on items again? I used to love a enchirito with green onions on top.
Doubtful. We now have the smothered burritos, which took the place of the enchirito. They're basically just a larger version of an enchirito, have you tried one?
what is the largest order you have ever filled for 1 customer?
15 party packs..... It was freaking brutal.
15 party packs! 180 crunchy tacos! And the guy tried to order it in the drive-thru!
Who would win in a fight, a Galapagos giant tortoise, or a chicken soft taco?
It depends if the chicken soft taco had sour cream...
Why aren't there any freaking potatoes in the breakfast burrito? It's not like you guys are a Mexican restaurant or anything.
There's a guy that works there who puts potatoes on the breakfast items, and it makes them a little better! Our breakfast burritos are really disappointing. I mean, of all the things we could have, we really suck it up on the burritos.
Thanks for doing the AMA! What can I do as a customer to make your life easier/more enjoyable?
It makes it easy if you order small things through the drive-thru, and come in for larger orders.
Always order grilled items first, they take the longest and we want to finish those first.
Just be short and sweet with your order.
That, Mr. Hogan524, is a damn good question. I like Hardee's/Carl Jr.'s (depending on where you are from) a lot. I also like Wendy's and McDonald's. I prefer to eat cheap. As long as the price is low, I like it haha.
Hm.... Probably the free food....
It isn't!!! It's actually being sold in stores now as a limited time only type of thing!
But, it was originally sold only at Taco Bell because it was exclusive. The chemicals in Baja Blast are supposed to "enlighten" your taste buds, making the food you eat more enjoyable.
I have eaten breakfast there once, so how is the breakfast experiment going? I pass several TBs on my way to work in the morning not a lot of traffic.
On any given day during a lunch rush, my particular Taco Bell will do around 100-200 transactions in a one hour period. On any given day during breakfast, which lasts 3 hours, we do an average of about 5-12.... So I'm gonna take a shot in the dark and say it isn't going well...