Nearly five years after its original launch, Taco Bell’s Quesalupa is again available at participating U.S. stores for a limited time.
A hybrid of Quesadilla and Chalupa, the Quesalupa features a crispy chalupa shell stuffed with a blend of melted pepper jack and mozzarella cheeses. Inside are Taco Bell’s signature flavors including seasoned beef, crispy lettuce, shredded cheddar cheese, fresh diced tomatoes, and cool reduced-fat sour cream. For a vegetarian option, customers can swap seasoned beef for black beans.
After years of perfecting the recipe, the Quesalupa now has 50 percent more cheese inside its crusty double-layered shell. The old menu favorite is now available for $3.49 a la carte or $5.99 for a combo that includes one Quesalupa, two Crunchy Tacos, and a large fountain drink. Prices, however, vary on location.
The Quesalupa was initially tested at 36 restaurants in Toledo, Ohio back in 2015. A year after, it became available nationwide for the first time. The item’s journey back to the menu started with a test in Knoxville, Tennessee last September.
“Behind the scenes in our Test Kitchen, my team is constantly hard at work ideating on how to enhance the food experience for our guests,” Liz Matthews, Taco Bell’s global chief food innovation officer, said in a news release. “Our customers raved about the cheese-filled Chalupa shell in its first debut, so when the Quesalupa began its return journey back to our nationwide menus, we knew we needed to perfect that cheesy experience – one that will be consistent for every guest and every bite.”
The Quesalupa officially came back to nationwide menus on Thursday, but similar to the launch of Taco Bell’s $5 cravings box, members of Taco Bell Rewards were given access to the Quesalupa a day early on March 10th.
To join Taco Bell Rewards, simply download the app and register for an account. Once you become a member, you will start earning points for every qualifying dollar spent, and also unlock rewards, exclusive offers, and special deals.