Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Enchirito? Do we have Enchirito?

"Enchirito? Do we have Enchirito?" Was the confused response to my order from the poor, young Taco Bell lass at the food court (Crossgates Mall). Apparently this is not a menu item that is ordered too often anymore. You see, I like to stick with the classics. My standard order at Taco Bell is an Enchirito and a side of Pintos with Cheese.

The often ignored Enchirito is one of the only things left on the Bell menu that I think is worthy of being consumed these days. TB, you can keep all of your oddly colored Volcano Sauces and Dorito taco shells, thank you very much. It is one of the classic menu items on which the Taco Bell dynasty was born. I recommend that you give it a try some time. It is your standard liqui-beef, onion, flour tortilla, "red sauce," and cheese combination that you would expect, but you get to eat it with a Spork.

Regretfully, as I push forward into my 30s I have been only rarely eating at Taco Bell. My gullet just does not have the fortitude to digest the stuff any more than a couple of times a year. Frankly, I don't know how I consumed as much of the stuff as I did in my late teens and early twenties. The now forgotten Chili Cheese Burrito was virtually a staple of my diet back in the day, don't know why they took it off the menu. It wasn't any grosser than anything else that the Bell peddles. Luckily I found a recipe to recreate the Chili Cheese of my youth, I will have to try this some time.


  1. I have not forgotten the Chili Cheese Burrito! Hands down TB fav. Awesome that you found a copycat recipe for it. I'm going to have to try it out.

  2. Okay, I just have to say...

    That is no freaking enchirito. My first job was at Taco Bell in 1985 and I know what an enchirito looks like. Hell, my grandfather had been ordering them since 1979, so I'd seen my fair share even before then. Look at that sad little sauce-laden burrito thing. A real enchirito is made with an unfried corn tortilla, but since the enchirito was the only item Taco Bell sold that used one in that state, and since modern Taco Bells don't fry their own products anymore (they arrive prepackaged like those kits in the grocery store), the only solution now is to use a limp, bleached flour tortilla. And where are the black olives on the top? Three slices of them, to be precise. Oh. Right. There's that stupid story about how American Airlines saved a bajillion dollars by not serving olives in martinis on first class flights. So now there are no black olives to be found in any Taco Bell products. Which is one of the greatest shames of the 1990's. Even worse than grunge and Madonna's Sex book.

    Okay, rant over. I miss my enchirito.

  3. Wait, where are the cinnamon twists?


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