Enraged and Heartbroken, Fans Petition to Save Taco Bell’s Mexican Pizza
Why, Taco Bell, why?
Taco Bell has announced that, starting November 5, it will phase out a handful of menu items as part of what it calls a “streamlining” process in order to make way for some new items. So while diners can look forward to trying the Chicken Chipotle Melt (“featuring marinated all-white meat grilled chicken, creamy chipotle sauce, and cheddar cheese rolled and melted together”), Dragonfruit Freeze (“a tropical frozen beverage swirled with a burst of dragonfruit flavor”) and, in certain areas of the country, a new, spicier Green Sauce featuring “flavors of fire roasted green chilies, pureed jalapeno and hatch green chiles” and a test-run of the returning Quesalupa, they can say adios to Shredded Chicken, Pico de Gallo and – dare we say it? – Mexican Pizza.
The Pico de Gallo will be replaced by fresh diced tomatoes, but it is probably safe to say nothing will replace Mexican Pizza in its fans' hearts. They’ve taken to social media to express their grief.
“You have broken my heart,” one Twitter account sadly declared.
“Why would you do this to us???” yet another howled.
Amidst the many memes, threats never to eat at Taco Bell again and calls for a boycott, someone has taken action, starting an online petition to Save the Mexican Pizza. In just a few days, it has been signed by more than 44,500 people … and is rapidly gathering more.
I mean, yeah, a lot of people are upset, angry and in denial.
Taco Bell seems to have anticipated the outcry, at least to some degree, but says it’s making the move for the good of the planet.
“We know some fans may be sad to see this one go, we are too,” the chain wrote in a press release explaining the menu changes. “One silver lining of saying goodbye to the Mexican Pizza that might help you rest easy is that removing it from our menus helps us work towards our commitment to leave a lighter footprint on our planet. Currently, Mexican Pizza packaging accounts for over 7 million pounds of paperboard material per year in the U.S.”
Another silver lining is that you can always DIY a pizza like Taco Bell’s at home. Here’s a recipe. You’re welcome.