Fast Food Nightmare: Taco Bell’s XXL Chalupa

Taco Bell's XXL Chalupa

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Tacos don’t have to be unhealthy. You can make healthy tacos with low-fat beef or turkey, lots of healthy veggies and beans, and whole wheat tortillas. But Taco Bell‘s effort to top the XXL Chalupa with reduced-fat sour cream isn’t enough to turn this monster into something that’s good for you.

This taco boat is loaded up with 650 calories worth of ground beef, “red strips,” nacho cheese sauce and three cheese blend–and a minimal amount of salsa and lettuce. The mysterious “red strips” are pretty much strips of corn chip that have been pumped full of artificially coloring. The XXL chalupa is basically a regular Taco Bell chalupa, only on a flatbread that’s about 50 percent bigger with additional filling.

The new chalupa weighs 266 grams, and contains 1300 milligrams of sodium, 350 calories of fat, 53 grams of carbohydrates. “I’d much rather have some dollar menu variety for the three dollar price this beast carries,” writes food reviewer Michael Katis. “It looks absurd and you can’t hold it like a regular chalupa, and after all of that it still has absolutely no difference in taste whatsoever.” Looks aside, this fast food meal isn’t worth the money or the calories.

Nutritional information via Taco Bell.

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