Taco Bell Is Cutting the Beloved Quesalupa From Its Menu. Again.

The menu item was brought back in March after a five-year absence.

May 18, 2021

Photo by: Photo courtesy of Taco Bell

Photo courtesy of Taco Bell

Taco Bell is making changes to its menu once again. This time, the Mexican-inspired chain is saying goodbye to the popular Quesalupa for the second time in several years. The quesadilla-chalupa hybrid returned to Taco Bell menus in March 2021 after it debuted in 2016.

The 2021 Quesalupa was created with a new recipe that included 50 percent more cheese than the earlier version. It also featured a chalupa shell stuffed with said cheese — a tasty combination of melted pepper jack and mozzarella — as well as seasoned beef, lettuce, shredded cheddar cheese, diced tomatoes and sour cream. What more could you ask for?

While no reason was given for the Quesalupa’s unexpected departure, it’s definitely happening. And soon. “Fans are encouraged to satisfy their Quesalupa craving before it leaves Taco Bell’s menu later this month,” a spokesperson for the chain told Thrillist.

Photo by: Photo courtesy of Taco Bell

Photo courtesy of Taco Bell

However, if the fact that the Quesalupa has already found its way back to the Taco Bell menu once is any indication, it could come back at some point in the future, especially since Taco Bell has undergone a variety of menu changes in recent months.

In January, the chain confirmed that Cheesy Fiesta Potatoes and Spicy Potato Soft Tacos would be returning to menus, and the following month Taco Bell formally entered the Chicken Sandwich Wars with its new Crispy Chicken Sandwich Taco, which debuted in Nashville.

On the plant-based front, Taco Bell created its own proprietary vegan meat that’s currently being tested in California as part of a new vegetarian menu item called the Cravetarian Taco. Additionally, the restaurant’s parent company, Yum Brands! entered into a partnership with Beyond Meat earlier this year, so there’s another vegan meat alternative in the works.

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