Cool Ranch Locos Taco: The Latest Doritos/Taco Bell Mashup

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Cool Ranch vs. Nacho Cheese Locos Taco Throwdown
One year ago, on March 26, 2012, I reviewed the Taco Bell Doritos Locos Taco. In that review I wrote: "Can you imagine a Cool Ranch Dorito taco? Yikes."

We no longer need to imagine, friends -- the Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Taco is here. And the other day after seeing the commercial, my husband jumped up off the couch, threw a wad of bills at me -- like I'm some kind of fast food stripper/delivery girl! -- and begged me to please, please, please go get him one.*

*Dramatization.

I obliged and picked up a Cool Ranch, as well as a Nacho Cheese Doritos Locos Taco so that we could do a little compare-and-contrast exercise.

The thing about Doritos is that I am a traditional nacho cheese girl and Cool Ranch has never been my favorite flavor, so my expectations were low. Last year, the Nacho Cheese Doritos Locos Taco really surprised me -- I kind of loved it -- but given my Cool Ranch aversion, I wasn't entirely excited to dig in.

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The weirdest thing happened when I finally did chow down on the Cool Ranch Locos Taco -- I found that it didn't have enough Cool Ranch flavor. Where the Nacho Cheese taco is strongly flavored, the Cool Ranch disappears against the taco meat, sour cream and toppings. It ends up being a good taco, but there is nothing particularly Cool Ranch-y about it. I asked my husband what he thought, and he agreed that the Nacho Cheese Locos Taco had a truer flavor than the Cool Ranch. Josh and I both thought the taco stuffs were good, if standard, fast food quality so the Doritos flavor is the whole point -- if you don't have that, you've just got a quick, cheap taco.

So the result is, I really enjoyed the Cool Ranch taco, but it's possible -- even likely -- that is due to the absence of Cool Ranch flavor. If you're a Cool Ranch enthusiast, I suspect you may be disappointed. I'd love to hear from the Cool Ranch lovers out there -- was this taco a hit or a miss for you?



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23 comments
brett thompson
brett thompson

Seriously can't get over how good the Cool Ranch Locos Taco is. Like that's what they serve when you walk in heaven.

Commited_MoneyMaker
Commited_MoneyMaker

I'm Addicted To That Cool Ranch Locos Taco Sometimes You Just Gotta Live Mas

Nehemiah
Nehemiah

Had the cool ranch locos taco....stop hyping them shits!

Summer Kelly
Summer Kelly

I want a cool ranch locos taco... nowwwwwwwww!!!!

Max Ryan
Max Ryan

The new cool ranch locos taco is boss!

Apple Dávila
Apple Dávila

I remember I tried the Cheese Doritos, talk about salty and UNORIGINAL. my familias has been eating smashed beans with doritos, in replace of tortillas, since i was a youngen.

ShaneL.™
ShaneL.™

Nacho locos taco > Cool ranch locos taco

Greg Feczko
Greg Feczko

I was very happy with the Doritos Locos Taco - it was done nicely. The cool ranch -- I agree with the blogger, its just.... bland? Maybe they can tweak it some -- but right now, I don't think I'll buy any of the cool ranch ones and stick to the original :)

Andrew Lex
Andrew Lex

Cool ranch locos taco... you are a huge letdown.

Alex Smith
Alex Smith

I had a Cool Ranch locos taco today, and they are..... Overrated but good. Nacho is better though.

fear2stop
fear2stop

Here''s a novel idea...why not tacos using Taco flavored Doritos? :D

Sean
Sean

Oh shitt cool ranch locos taco debut

Bruce Wayne
Bruce Wayne

Nacho Cheese locos taco > Cool Ranch Locos Taco

Katie Johnson
Katie Johnson

There aren't many things that make me happier than a cool ranch locos taco

Tyler Hartman
Tyler Hartman

I could definately go for a cool ranch locos taco right now!

FattyFatBastard
FattyFatBastard topcommenter

The cool ranch flavor is essentially undetectable.  Not worth the extra cost.  Stick with the regular crunchy taco.

fmontes
fmontes

I found it be disappointing. I was an avid Cool Ranch fan before reverting back to Nacho Cheese many years ago. I still had hopes for this taco but it was just ok. The original set the bar very high in terms of nacho taconess.

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