Taco Bell Is Bringing Back Super-Popular Nacho Fries

And giving them away for free to some lucky customers as a special surprise ahead of the official launch.

It’s definitely nacho best kept secret: Taco Bell is bringing back Nacho Fries.

The insanely popular menu item was launched almost one year ago for a limited time only and, once gone, loudly lamented.

Evidence of the Nacho Fries’ huge following: This video we made about them was our No. 1 video of 2018. (Warning, the video is strangely mesmerizing, apt to lure a person into repeat viewings: The slow ooze of the cheese. The cute stand. The happy dippers. “One, two, buckle your shoe!”)

More evidence: Taco Bell’s 7,000 locations sold more than 53 million orders of Nacho Fries in the first five weeks it offered them, unseating Doritos Locos Tacos as the chain’s most popular menu item.

Yet more evidence: The original window for the limited-time offering was extended and then brought back briefly in July for a “summer sequel.”

Now, Taco Bell has just announced that it is bringing back Nacho Fries.

“We’ve heard our fans loud and clear,” the company said in a coy “confidential internal memo” from its “Chief Fryologist” sent to reporters.

Nacho Fries will return to menus nationwide on January 24, again, for a limited time. And as an extra bonus, starting today (“Fryday,” get it?), January 18, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. local time in 10 select markets, Taco Bell will “give out free Nacho Fries, while supplies last, to unsuspecting customers in advance of their nationwide return on the 24th. No strings attached,” according to the “leaked memo.”

Taco Bell isn’t saying what criteria it will use to select the customers it will surprise with free fries – totally randomly? – but it has said which 10 locations are in on the promotion.

Here’s the list:

2222 Barranca Pkwy, Irvine, CA

2404 North Washington Avenue, Dallas, TX

4248 Dale Blvd, Dale City, VA

303 West Imperial Highway, Brea, CA

1100 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD

4300 Highway 360, Fort Worth, TX

4101 Campus Drive, Irvine, CA

500 8th Ave, New York, NY

840 8th Ave, New York, NY

224 7th Ave, New York, NY

4030 Belden Village St, NW, Canton, OH

5772 Hollister St., Houston, TX

3350 W. Roosevelt Rd, Chicago, IL

1037 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA

The free Nacho Fries may be a surprise, but the enthusiastic reaction to the news on social media probably is not.


“When you find out @tacobell is bringing back #nachofries 2019 is off to a great start!” wrote another.

One, two, buckle your shoe, everybody. And best of luck with your free Nacho Fries endeavors.

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