Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Introducing Taco Bell's Delicious New Cantina Steak Burrito...

You may not know this about me…but I enjoy a fast food meal on occasion, and one of my fast food cravings is Taco Bell. Granted, I don’t indulge in it too often these days since I cook most of our meals…but I have to say that their Doritos Locos Taco Supreme is one of my favorite guilty pleasures! My admiration for Taco Bell goes back to when I was in college in the late '80s. My girlfriends and I had very little money in those days, but we needed to fuel our late-night sorority adventures… sessions! For only a little bit of money, we could enjoy several items from their inexpensive menu. To this day, Taco Bell equals comfort food from my youth. That’s why I was very excited when DailyBuzz Food and Taco Bell offered me the opportunity to try the Cantina Steak Burrito from their new Cantina Bell menu, then come here and share my thoughts about it with you.

Taco Bell’s Cantina Menu is developed by Miami-based Chef Lorena Garcia. The Cantina Steak Burrito features strips of citrus-marinated grilled steak, fresh guacamole made from Haas avocados, black beans, corn and pepper salsa, Latin-sesoned rice, fresh pico de gallo, and a tangy cilantro sauce. These ingredients bring exciting new flavors to the Taco Bell experience. One look at this burrito showed me that this wasn’t the Taco Bell experience of my college days: this burrito is kicked up and bursting with fresh flavors! I stopped in to pick up a Cantina Steak Burrito over the weekend for a quick post-shopping lunch. My first impression was that this burrito was large – and quite hefty! Taco Bell definitely didn’t skimp on the filling! The $4.99 price is a bit higher than the usual Taco Bell price point, but it was a very good deal considering the size of this burrito and the quality of the ingredients! I headed home and cut my burrito in half so I could examine the ingredients before digging in. The pieces of steak were chunky and plentiful, and the ratio of beef to the other ingredients seemed pretty good. It would have been disappointing for my steak burrito to have 2 or 3 lonely pieces of meat, but that wasn’t the case.

I peeled the wrapping from one half of the Cantina Steak Burrito and dug in. The tortilla was nicely toasted and evenly browned, and the steak was flavorful and tender! The cilantro sauce is tart, but it complimented the rest of the ingredients nicely without overwhelming them. I enjoyed the inclusion of guacamole, black beans, and corn…these items really gave the burrito a fresh, vibrant taste! I could only eat half of the burrito, but the other half reheated very well later that evening. My only suggestion for improvement would be to reduce the amount of rice. It was flavorful, but there was too much of it. Of course, this could have been simply because the employee who built my burrito had a heavy hand.

Overall, I was very impressed with the quality of Taco Bell’s Cantina Steak Burrito. The flavor was fresh, and the portion size was very generous. I would definitely order this burrito again, and I look forward to trying the other Cantina Menu items...the Grilled Chicken Cantina Bowl looks especially yummy to me! The next time you’re craving Mexican and don’t have time for a sit-down meal, I would encourage you to give Taco Bell's Cantina Steak Burrito a try!

This post is sponsored by Taco Bell. See how great our steak is when you try the new Cantina Steak Burrito. Because when it comes to a great steak burrito, it's all about the steak.

Disclosure: I received a monetary stipend in exchange for sharing my thoughts on the new Cantina Steak Burrito. However, all photographs and opinions expressed are my own.


  1. Morning Wendy, hope you aren't working too hard, lol! My husband is on the road all day, so he hits the drive-thrus and he told me he liked that burrito. When I was studying hard (wink, wink) we would hit up taco-bell too.
    Have a good one!

  2. I've been very tempted to try this one the only problem is the Loaded Potato Griller is so good I have to order it instead.

  3. We enjoyed ours too!!! College and Taco Bell Bean Burritos... it was a way of life!!


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