A note from Darlene: Every once in a while, I like having Paul write a review for me. I don’t encourage him to eat fast food but sometimes it’s one less post for me to write.
I’m one of those guys who didn’t believe there was such a thing as a “wet burrito.” Opposed to what, a “dry burrito?” The first time I ever heard of such a thing was in 1982 from an old guy in the Midwest who said “the wet burritos are terrific” at this one Mexican restaurant in Indiana. Being from the West, I just rolled my eyes because I’d eaten many a burrito from many a Mexican restaurant and I knew KNEW there was no such animal.
Dubbed the “Smothered Burrito,” what you get is a burrito — beef, shredded chicken or steak, along with seasoned rice and beans, a chipolte cream sauce, all wrapped in a flour tortilla — and covered with shredded cheddar cheese and a warm, red enchilada sauce. Atop the whole thing is a generous dollop of sour cream. The sauce does a good job of melting the cheese so by time you’re ready to dig in, it’s a gooey ordeal.
The smothered burrito is served in a plastic “to-go” container with a lid. I think this might be the first Taco Bell entree that is practically impossible to eat while driving. There is no elegant way to eat this other than with a knife and fork (provided).
Make no mistake— this is a meal. I was able to cut this up into about 9-10 decent-sized bites, each with plenty of sauce and sour cream. It was tasty and filling, and a bit on the spicy side (no hot sauce needed). Darlene joked “I wonder if that’s how they get rid of old burritos.” That got me wondering, too… but I know Taco Bell makes their burritos from scratch and this one was no exception. Twenty minutes later, I was full. Good job, Taco Bell.
Now here’s the bad news: the Smothered Beef Burrito weighs in at a whopping 780 calories, with 320 of those calories coming from fat.
The shredded chicken and steak varieties have fewer calories, but not by much. It’s also a sodium bomb with 2260 mg — more than any other single item on their menu. If you’re going to eat one of these, choose your other meals wisely.
The Smothered Beef Burrito costs $3.69; chicken and steak varieties cost a bit more. It’s available for a limited time and at participating Taco Bell locations.