Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Taco Bell (Campbell, CA): Volcano Nachos

Say what you will about Taco Bell, but you have to admit that some of their stuff is just plain tasty.  Witness the 970 calorie "Volcano Nachos"!  The menu description on their web site goes like this:

"Crunchy, freshly prepared daily tortilla chips covered with hearty beans, seasoned beef, warm nacho cheese sauce, red tortilla strips, cheesy molten hot lava sauce, jalapenos, and topped with reduced-fat sour cream."

I totally love how they end this shamelessly marketing-driven description of this caloric monstrosity with "reduced-fat sour cream".  Classic!  I feel like I've had such a healthy lunch now!  All I know is that a "Nachos Supreme", roughly the same visual size as a Volcano Nachos, packs only 430 calories.  How are the Volcano Nachos 540 calories more??  Either the "molten hot lava sauce" is basically orange hollandaise sauce or those little red chip strips are really spicy pork rinds!  Of course, a calorie is technically a unit of heat, so maybe they're just being serious when they call it "molten hot lava sauce"?  I do still have my tongue after polishing off this gnarly tray of fast-food goodness, though, so I doubt it!

Rating: 3 out of 5
Rating Notes:  Very tasty, believe it or not, and that "molten hot lava sauce", while no La Victoria Orange Sauce, is killer.  The seasoned beef and everything else is on par with other stuff I've had from Taco bell.  These get a one-point bump above the Nachos Supreme not because of wacky ingredients and descriptions, but because they are really that much better.

PSA from my nacho wing-woman: Beware the Camden Avenue Taco Bell parking lot (at least today).  As we were getting out of the car AND on our way back to the car, we noticed a Silver Mazda 6 sitting unattended with it's capacious trunk wide open and empty.  A kidnapping in progress, maybe?  Someone getting ready to move a body?  Creepy!
Map to Location: http://www.tacobell.com