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Taco Bell fans, get ready to bid farewell to more longtime menu options.
The fast-food chain announced Thursday that in November it will remove Mexican pizza, items with shredded chicken – including the Shredded Chicken Soft Taco, Shredded Chicken Burrito and Shredded Chicken Quesadilla Melt – as it continues to streamline the menu.
Fresh diced tomatoes also are scheduled to replace pico de gallo and a couple of new items will be added like the new Chicken Chipotle Melt and Dragonfruit Freeze.
The menu revamp comes after Taco Bell removed a dozen items in August including the Grilled Steak Soft Taco, 7-Layer Burrito, Quesarito, Nachos Supreme, Beefy Fritos Burrito, Spicy Tostada, Triple Layer Nachos, Spicy Potato Soft Taco, Cheesy Fiesta Potatoes, Loaded Grillers, Chips & Dips and the Mini Skillet Bowl.
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“We’re constantly evaluating ways to provide a more efficient restaurant experience, and have already begun to see progress from streamlining our menu,” said Mike Grams, Taco Bell president, global chief operating officer, in a news release. “While we know fans may be understandably sad to see some of their favorites go, this evolution of our menu truly paves the way for fresh new ideas.”
The new Dragonfruit Freeze, a tropical frozen beverage, will be available nationwide starting Sept. 24, which is the same day Taco Bell also will start to test a new Quesalupa in Knoxville, Tennessee. The Quesalupa could be added back to restaurants nationwide in 2021, the chain said.
On Nov. 5, the Chicken Chipotle Melt will be added to the Cravings Value Menu at restaurants nationwide starting at $1. The melt includes “marinated all-white meat grilled chicken, creamy chipotle sauce, and cheddar cheese rolled and melted together.” Also in November, a green sauce returns to select markets.
While the Quesarito was one of the items removed from menu boards in August, Taco Bell said Thursday that it can still be ordered.
“While the Quesarito may be gone from our restaurant menu boards, there was never a need to fully say goodbye,” Taco Bell said. “You can still order the Quesarito digitally via our mobile app, which allows for a more seamless ordering experience.
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