REVIEW: Naked Chicken Chalupa is a catastrophe

Taco Bell released their new limited edition item on Jan. 26: a chalupa made with a fried chicken shell.

By Annie Cui, Staff–

On Thursday, Jan. 26, Taco Bell revolutionized the food industry by releasing the Naked Chicken Chalupa.

For those that do not know, a chalupa is a fried corn cup filled with ingredients such as pork, onions and salsa– a tostada from South-Central Mexico. The Taco Bell version, however, has morphed the chalupa into a thick fried wheat shell filled with ingredients and appearance similar to their classic taco.

Taco Bell’s new limited edition item, the Naked Chicken Chalupa, replaces the wheat shell with a “crispy, marinated all-white-meat chicken” and is “filled with crisp lettuce, diced tomatoes, cheese and avocado ranch sauce,” according to Taco Bell’s website.

Although this idea had large potential to revolutionize the fast food world, it really is just a bad egg. It was a fascinating idea, but this chicken should never have crossed the road.

The most interesting factor is what disappoints the most. The chicken shell is similar to the meat served in elementary school hot-lunch: soggy, sad and an odd flat texture. It might have been fried at one point but by the time this chalupa is served, there is no crunch that fried chicken should embody.

In addition to the chicken shell’s unappealing texture, it is incompetent to be a shell. It does not support the chalupa fillings adequately and feels flimsy. The structure of the chalupa is all gone and it might as well be just a chicken patty with a few sprinkles of lettuce and cheese on top.

The chalupa fails to satisfy the tempting description on Taco Bell’s website. Even for $2.99, this is not worth it.

Another upsetting factor is that the chalupa is too small. Granted, it is quite greasy and sickening after the first two bites so many might not even want to finish one, but the quantity of the chalupa is far too small to satisfy anyone’s hunger.

According to Taco Bell’s website, one chicken chalupa has 440 calories, as well as 30g of fat and 1090 mg of sodium. Make it two chalupas– enough for a full meal– and it makes up over 90% of someone’s daily sodium and fat intake.

The Chalupa supreme, which has the regular wheat shell and the addition of beef and sour cream, cuts out 80 calories, nine grams of fat, nearly half of the amount of sodium from its crazy chicken chalupa counterpart. It is also 20 cents cheaper– better for your wallet and your health.

This is not the first time Taco Bell has made radical food combinations. In 2012, they released their famous Doritos Locos Taco, which is a taco with a Doritos chip shell. Another one of their popular items is the Cheesy Gordita Crunch, which has a taco shell surrounded by a cheesy flatbread shell as well.

Want both? No problem, because Taco Bell also has the Doritos Cheesy Gordita Crunch.

Although the Dorito and gordita combination has been extremely successful, all people must experience failure sometimes, such as with this Naked Chicken Chalupa.

If the chicken part of the Naked Chicken Chalupa fails, there is nothing else that makes this dish interesting or worth anyone’s money or stomach. So, let’s keep this chicken catastrophe cooped up.

2 thoughts on “REVIEW: Naked Chicken Chalupa is a catastrophe

  • January 29, 2017 at 10:04 PM

    Fantastic review, Annie!

    We need more articles like this one and more coverage of things that really matter, like fast food crazes.

  • February 5, 2017 at 9:45 PM

    After hearing this review, I decided to try a naked chicken chalupa, and I have to say that I very much disagree. It was delicious. Almost so delicious that eating it is worth having to tell people that you ate something called a “naked chicken chalupa.” I can just imagine someone at Taco Bell thinking “what’s the most boring part of a taco? Of course, the shell!” Why wouldn’t you just make the outside chicken? The only reason this hasn’t been done before is because a) no ordinary person has tools at their disposal to make a piece of fried chicken in the shape of a taco shell, and b) because no other fast food chain has the cajones to say just say “screw it, let’s make a fried chicken taco shell.” Taco Bell, I thank you for not caring anymore, and Annie, I respectfully disagree with you about the taste. This all being said, I do not plan on eating another, because I felt like crap afterwards.

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