Taco Bell Introduces Breakfast Waffle Tacos--Um, What?

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Years ago, a reporter with the New York Times asked me a simple question: what constitutes a taco? After thinking about it for a bit, I said it's a folded tortilla stuffed with ingredients.

"How about if it's a slice of bread, folded?"

No, I responded. It wasn't the form itself but content mixed with form--in other words, it's the folding of a tortilla for a singular meal that makes a taco. It's why the lettuce you use to wrap around cha gio doesn't make it a Vietnamese taco, why using rice paper in Korean BBQ doesn't make Korean tacos, and why getting a pita and wrapping it around shawerma doesn't make it an Arabic taco (unless, of course, it's a taco árabe).

But we now live in a postmodern, post-Reconquista world, so tacos are apparently whatever people deem tacos to be. And that's how we've come to this: Taco Bell has announced a push toward breakfast in March with the introduction of breakfast waffle tacos.

The move, in the works for about a year, is genius, actually: The Bell has capitalized on the burgeoning Tex-Mex breakfast taco fad coupled with America's love of all things waffle to create an unholy mestizaje that will be ridiculed by Baylessistas and gobbled up by the rest of America.

But is the waffle taco a taco? I still say no--after all, if the form is all that defines the taco nowadays, then Bruxie's bold fold has actually been tacos for years. But what do I know: we've now entered a Brave New Taco World. Are you hep to the jive?

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ExtemeDull
ExtemeDull

I like all these nay sayers but the Taco Bell on Jamboree and MacArthur had it for a while a few months ago for 79 cents. The logical part of my brain said it was horrible, the rest of my brain wouldn't let me stop eating them. Horrible. 

Leigh Ann Harvey
Leigh Ann Harvey

I grew up eating Cali-Mex food at a restaurant in Singapore owned by two Chinese brothers. Only Mexican restaurant in the country at the time (there's probably something else there now). They wanted to open a Mexican restaurant so they moved to California to learn. Being from Texas I wish they'd moved to Texas to learn. But it was still pretty good and we ate there a lot.

trying2divide
trying2divide

i'd try it...bruxie is rip off and really didn't taste that good for the cost. If this thing is $2 and tastes satisfactory i'll take one of these rather than an $8 bruxie burger...

Fleoo Calavera
Fleoo Calavera

I eat those all the time, but i call em a waffle samich LOL!

Amparo De Anda
Amparo De Anda

Wtf? I make pancake tacos for my sons with peanut butter and jelly. We were poor and had no bread. Im mecicsm

Steve Ross
Steve Ross

Nor would it look anything like that in reality

Hector Becerra
Hector Becerra

Taco Bell is really stretching--and folding--the definition of a taco.

Mike MacDuffee
Mike MacDuffee

Lol taco bell selling prison food now. Wait, I guess it's not that different to begin with

Andy Au
Andy Au

If you want a real waffle taco, then go to Bruxie!!!!

Lex Lexington
Lex Lexington

Yoga mat and and horse meat with a side of soy. Yuck

Joshua F Sanchez
Joshua F Sanchez

Someday soon, wienersnitchel will sell a hotdog in a tortilla or maybe a wiener cooked over the stove top in a fork

B Allen Thomas
B Allen Thomas

Eat a bunch of these...walking M.I. look at all the sodium ..

Larry Sombke
Larry Sombke

If they didn't use crap ingredients it might not be a bad idea.

Rick Hale
Rick Hale

People commenting on here are real funny. Serve waffles, sausage and eggs flat on a plate at home or at a waitress restaurant and they likely think it's yummy. Put it together and fold it in half and it's "the reason America is obese", it "looks fattening as hell", or "this perversion could only come from a corporate board of overpaid idiots with too much time on their hands", and "ewww".

Jake Westenberg
Jake Westenberg

If Taco Bell isn't Mexican food who cares what they make? Wasn't this the same argument when they came out with their "Mexician pizza"?

butiwonteatthat
butiwonteatthat

Pretty sure the average run-of-the-mill waffle, sausage and egg breakfast isn't loaded with preservatives, grease, and sugar that prolong their shelf life (especially if the waffles are made in restaurant), like this thing probably is.  Either way, both breakfasts are unhealthy.

butiwonteatthat
butiwonteatthat

Hey! I'm proud of the Mexican pizza...just like nana used to make!

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