If your idea of fusion cuisine is more along the lines of donut sandwiches and pizza fries, you’ll like Taco Bell’s newest creation. Enter the Crispy Chicken Sandwich Taco.
A piece of jalapeño-buttermilk-marinated chicken is rolled in spices and tortilla chips and fried, then sandwiched into a soft bread bun shaped like a taco shell. Customers can choose the creamy chipotle sauce version or a spicier option that also includes jalapeno slices.
The $2.49 taco-sandwich will be tested out first in Nashville, Tennessee, and Charlotte, North Carolina, as of March 11, before expanding nationwide, according to Delish.
Taco Bell debuted the new menu item on social media, teasing, “Is it a sandwich or a taco? You decide.”
Is it a sandwich or a taco? You decide. Try our new Crispy Chicken Sandwich Taco in regular or spicy. Testing at select locations in Nashville, TN & Charlotte, NC starting March 11. pic.twitter.com/7SaC628a40
— Taco Bell (@tacobell) February 23, 2021
One Twitter user’s judgment was that it is neither. “By definition a sandwich consists of 2 pieces of bread and a taco requires a tortilla, therefore this would be difficult to qualify as a sandwich or a taco,” tweeted @ROOTCatZ. “Can’t wait to try it regardless!”
Despite customers upset about Taco Bell’s recent elimination of a number of menu items, the fast-food chain had a profitable 2020 and saw a large uptick in drive-thru customers. It has also added a few new foods to the menu.
Taco Bell’s global chief food innovation officer Liz Matthews hinted at even more chicken-based creativity to come this year when she told Business Insider, “I love watching the competitors. I think a lot of players out there are doing a great job, but what I will say is that we will interrupt that with what we’re going to do on chicken.”