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What We Think of Taco Bell’s New Toasted Cheddar Chalupa

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Taco Bell just added the Toasted Cheddar Chalupa to their menu, and we were really eager to try it out! After all, taking a beloved menu item and making it even cheesier seems like a slam dunk!

We sent our in-house Taco Bell expert and self-proclaimed chalupa-lover Stetson to test this updated version of one of his favorite menu items. In case you missed it, you can catch his taste test by watching a replay of yesterday’s Facebook Live video. Here’s what he had to say before trying out the Toasted Cheddar Chalupa:

“I basically live at Taco Bell. I love all of their items, from the bean and cheese burritos to that spicy nacho cheese and chips to their classic crunchy taco. Every once in a while something new comes along to Taco Bell that surprises us and tastes great, and sometimes the new item is a disaster. Today I’m trying the new Toasted Cheddar Chalupa to see how it rates as the newest menu item at Taco Bell!”


Taco Bell cheddar chalupa

The Toasted Cheddar Chalupa features 6-month-aged cheddar toasted right onto the traditional Chalupa flatbread shell. Inside you’ll find seasoned beef, a three-cheese blend, lettuce, tomatoes, and reduced-fat sour cream.

The Toasted Cheddar Chalupa can be ordered with beef ($3.19), chicken ($3.79), or steak ($3.99). You can also upgrade your Chalupa to a meal with two tacos and a drink for $5.99. Please note that prices may vary by location, and these were the prices listed at Stetson’s local Taco Bell.


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Here’s what Stetson had to say about this new menu item:

“This new Toasted Cheddar Chalupa was a total surprise! I really enjoy the classic Chalupa from Taco Bell, but this one just blew me away. From the first bite into the crunch of that toasted cheese I was hooked. The shell melted in my mouth and gave me a taste of cheese that was just perfect. With fast-food, we know that sometimes menu items at chain restaurants can be a hit or miss, but this particular Chalupa couldn’t have been any better. I haven’t had anything new from Taco Bell that blew me away like this in a very long time. This definitely should be a permanent menu item. I recommend it 100%, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!”

Sound good? If so, grab one while you can, because this new Toasted Cheddar Chalupa is available for a limited time only at participating locations.

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  1. Sue

    What kind of meat was in the Chalupa you tested?

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Hi Sue! Stetson tried the beef!

      • Sue

        Thanks : )

        • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

          You’re welcome!

  2. Cindy

    We love their breakfast menu, which was a huge surprise. The rest of my family gets the sausage flatbread quesadilla, and I like the mini skillet bowl (which only has 180 calories!!)

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      YUM! I haven’t tried their breakfast items yet! Glad to hear how much you have enjoyed them!

  3. Roshni

    For anyone that doesn’t know, you can always substitute beans (refried or black) for free in any of the items at taco bell. As a vegetarian Taco Bell is my go to for quick meals because I can eat just about anything and that’s rare! I was just there today actually and noticed that they have little green V’s next to the items that are already vegetarian friendly.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      How cool! Thanks so much for that tip!

    • Luna

      They just replace the meat with beans /veggies. don’t they always do that without extra charge everywhere else

    • Amberd68

      Yep! Taco Bell makes it so easy! Download the app if you haven’t already and you can customize anything! My brother can even eat vegan here.

    • Kitty

      That’s pretty cool. Thanks for the tip!

  4. Tracy

    I wonder if this would be a good option for Keto dieters?

    • mel

      probably not. This has 29 g Carbs, 4 g of Fiber + 3 g Sugar for 1.

      • Denise

        Geez! Might be worth it

    • Stetson

      That would be AH-MAZING! 🙌🏼 Thanks for watching!

  5. Sue

    Tracy, I checked that out. The nutrition facts are on the website. The beef one Stetson ate is 29 carbs/450 calories. I guess it depends how tight you are on carbs. (Wish it only had 19 carbs, but a splurge of 29 isn’t bad I guess.)

    • Stetson

      I guess with the 4g of Fiber it would make it 25g of carbs 🤔 just to make you feel a bit better 😂

  6. tipaye

    I find it funny they use reduced-fat sour cream! Just looks kind of funny given the ingredient list 😂 Thanks so much for the review! 🙂

    • Stetson

      Thank you I appreciate it! Looking forward for more content for you all! ☺️

  7. Ruby C

    Is there anything you dont like Stetson?? Lol. Just wanted to say, Stetson is such a fun edition to hip2save..he always makes me laugh.

    • Stetson

      Hi Ruby! Yes actually, there are a few things I don’t like. But something about this chalupa was just so good. Especially having eat out like everyday of my life. Lol

      I am happy you can laugh at my pain. 😅 but I really enjoy doing these taste reviews for all of you. It’s probably my favorite thing I do! 🙂

    • Kitty

      Stetson rocks 👍 🍴

  8. kayla

    I tried the box yesterday for $5.00 and loved it. Hope they keep it.

    • Stetson

      Couldn’t agree more! It’s tasty right? I was genuinely dumbfounded after the first bite! 🤤

      • kayla

        Very tasty. I almost wanted to get it again today.

  9. Ali

    I thought this was Keto friendly 😒.

  10. Hilga

    Make sure to enter the 500$ survey contest on receipt too ; )

  11. Tracy

    I should of tried it before I asked lol!!
    Thank you for checking on the carb and calorie amount.

  12. Wendy R.

    Funny. My adult daughter got one last night because she was excited to try it out and HATED it. She said it tasted like burnt crunchy cheese.

    • Renee

      I had one a couple of days ago and didn’t enjoy the cheesy shell at all. It also had too much lettuce and very little meat and cheese.

  13. Lisa

    I love the beef supreme chalupa, so after I read your post about the new toasted cheddar one I had to go try it. I totally agree with your review I thought it was awesome.

  14. Amanda

    I had this yesterday and LOVED it! I was already obsessed with the original chalupa and was hesitant to try bc it is perfect the way it is but the new chalupa blew me away! Super delicious with the extra cheese on the outside and the additional crunch 🙂

  15. MamaBear

    Anyone get to try the stacker? It was SO good! They sold out very quickly because it was awesome and only $1 this was when nacho fries First came out. Miss that little triangle of deliciousness!

  16. Dirt

    My wife got one last night and she had the same experience as Stetson but I took a bite and could only taste an oil fried shell and it left a bad taste behind.

  17. TS

    My husband and I love taco bell and we were excited to try this after seeing this post, so we finally got around to getting one a couple hours ago. It was delicious! We both loved it and we both feel like it’s the top 2 best things on the menu. The chicken quesadilla is my #1. The toasted cheddar chalupa wasn’t greasy and had amazing cheese flavor. I might need to get it one more time before it’s gone lol

  18. Denise

    We tried them and their really good

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Yay! Glad you enjoyed them, Denise! Thanks for the feedback!

  19. Bob

    Went last night to try it… They said they were out a couple days ago… And its done… wow… That sucks..

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