No Mexican staple is safe once Taco Bell’s R&D team discovers a new ingredient (one word: Dorito-fied), so it should surprise no one that burritos are already being colonized by the French fries used in the chain’s nachos mash-up. It seems they’ve stuck the leftovers inside a tortilla and added some meat in a bold attempt to take on the cherished California burrito.
Taco Bell is testing out three versions, all fry-stuffed and $1.99, although two of them are definitely a stretch by even a generous definition of “Cali burrito.” The California Loaded Fries Burrito is trueish to form — they just swapped the much more exciting carne asada for the chain’s go-to “seasoned beef,” and add a glop of nacho cheese to remind you that this is a thing being sold by Taco Bell. The second one, simply dubbed Chipotle Loaded Fries, jettisons the guac for a creamy chipotle sauce. Third is the bare-bones Supreme (nacho cheese, sour cream, tomatoes) for fry-burrito dieters out there.
Southern California is where the fries debuted, but the California burrito is only available through late December to customers in Charleston, West Virginia.