Thinking Outside the Bun

Time to lace up your jogging shoes for a run to the border. Taco Bell is getting set to launch its Doritos Locos Tacos on March 8.

The taco features Doritos Nacho Cheese tortilla chips masquerading as a crunchy taco shell. Not exactly crazy, as the name implies – but just wild enough to amass media hype over an estimated 85 million taco shells on reserve for the mad dash.

Now for the breakdown: a good old fashioned Taco Bell Crunchy Taco gets you 3 grams of dietary fiber for 170 calories. The 14 gram taco shell has 1 gram of that fiber.

Since a 28 gram serving of Doritos Nacho Cheese chips (1 oz, 11 chips) also has 1 gram of fiber, you can surmise that the new Doritos shell will only have 0.5 grams of fiber in a 14 gram shell…once again reinforcing the notion that half of nothing is still nothing.

While TB hasn’t yet released its official nutrition stats on this marvelous mashup, the company has confirmed the taco will be topped with reduced-fat sour cream. Cutting condiment calories? Great ruse for placating the nutritionally-concerned consumer!

So, what’s a better bet at Taco Bell? Go for their Fresco Bean Burrito: with 11 grams of fiber and 350 calories, this menu item will fill you up without filling you out.