Taco Bell Is Bringing Back One of Its Most Iconic Hybrid Menu Items

The Quesalupa, a quesadilla-chalupa mashup, will be even cheesier than you may remember.

March 10, 2021

Photo by: Photo courtesy of Taco Bell

Photo courtesy of Taco Bell

More changes are coming to Taco Bell! The chain announced Wednesday that it’s bringing back its iconic Quesalupa, which debuted back in 2016, for a limited time.

What’s more? The new and improved Quesalupa, which is available to Taco Bell Rewards Beta members today and will be available to everyone else on March 11, is made with 50 percent more cheese than its predecessor, meaning there’s even more gooey goodness to look forward to.

In case you need a Quesalupa refresher, here’s what you can expect from the beloved menu item, which is a combination of a quesadilla and a chalupa. It’s a “famously crispy” chalupa shell stuffed to the brim with a blend of melted pepper jack and mozzarella cheeses. Additionally, the Quesalupa boasts Taco Bell's signature flavors, including seasoned beef, crispy lettuce, shredded cheddar cheese, fresh diced tomatoes and cool reduced-fat sour cream.

Photo by: Photo courtesy of Taco Bell

Photo courtesy of Taco Bell

“Behind the scenes in our Test Kitchen, my team is constantly hard at work ideating on how to enhance the food experience for our guests,” Liz Matthews, Taco Bell’s Global Chief Food Innovation Officer, said in a press release. “Our customers raved about the cheese filled Chalupa shell in its first debut, so when the Quesalupa began its return journey back to our nationwide menus, we knew we needed to perfect that cheesy experience - one that will be consistent for every guest and every bite.”

Even though this revamped Quesalupa contains more cheese, Taco Bell is selling it for $2.99 on its own or for $6.99 as part of a combo meal that also includes two Crunchy Tacos and a large fountain drink. In order to get early access to the Quesalupa today, Taco Bell fans need to join the Taco Bell Rewards program by downloading the app and registering for an account.

As the press release notes, the Quesalupa was one of Taco Bell's most influential tests in the company’s history during its initial 36-restaurant rollout in Toledo, Ohio, in 2015. The following year, it became available nationwide, marking the first time in Taco Bell history that a quesadilla and chalupa had come together.

The Quesalupa’s current reincarnation actually began years ago in order to perfect the cheesy shell. Last September, the hybrid dish began its journey back to menus nationwide with a test in Knoxville, Tennessee.

The return of the Quesalupa comes about two months after Taco Bell confirmed that Cheesy Fiesta Potatoes and Spicy Potato Soft Tacos would be returning as well. Fan-favorite Nacho Fries are also back now after a pandemic-related absence.

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