Taco Bell hacks you need to know

Taco Bell is well-known for its quirky and distinctive product names — think chalupa or doubledilla — that sound vaguely Mexican, but are really a hybridization of cheap American fast food and actual Mexican cuisine. And as silly as a quesalupa sounds, if you're a Taco Bell fan, you're going to like it anyway. So what if I told you that you can take your next taco bell binge even further? Thanks to the good people of the internet, there are a variety of ways to customize and hack the standard Taco Bell menu to some super delicious ends. Here are some of the hacks that every Taco Bell aficionado needs to know.

Loaded baked potato burrito

Taco Bell officially got in on the breakfast game back in early 2014, joining fast food juggernaut McDonald's as a provider of quick morning eats. And with the introduction of breakfast nationwide came the introduction of something else to the menu: bacon. And this pork product, beloved by carnivores and omnivores alike, doesn't have to stay in the breakfast lane. So naturally, this hack from Buzzfeed should make its way onto your Taco Bell bucket list. 

There's no wrong way to start, so I'll default to what seems the most basic. Order a cheesy potato burrito, but have them sub out the ground beef for bacon. Lots and lots of bacon. Then double the cheese, and boom, you have the loaded baked potato burrito. Serve with the sauce of your choice, be it fire or diablo, and enjoy.

Cinnabon bite breakfast crunchwrap

Speaking of breakfast, Taco Bell has a variety of options ranging from the bargain priced mini skillet bowl to the gluttonous grande scrambler. And if you're feeling especially cavalier, there's the breakfast crunchwrap combo, which consists of a breakfast crunchwrap (with bacon), a two-pack of Cinnabon delights, and a medium beverage. That's a filling way to begin your day for sure!

If you're already eating it as a combo, why not go whole hog and smoosh it all together? Use this hack and have the crunchwrap prepared with the Cinnabon delights inside. The result is a delicious, bacon forward, sweet and savory combination of pleasing textures. Your cholesterol may increase on the spot, but it's worth it for the all-out indulgence. 

Cinnamon cheese twists

The cinnamon twists you can get at Taco Bell are an Americanized riff on churros, a classic Mexican dessert (or snack) comprised of light, fried dough served hot with cinnamon and sugar. And while they're meant to be eaten as ordered, it's always fun to experiment with different flavor combinations. Aren't we grateful to the first person to dunk Wendy's fries in a frosty? 

For this hack, which is pretty simple, just order a side of nacho cheese sauce with your cinnamon twists, and voilà! You now have cinnamon cheese twists, a dipping snack that combines sweet and savory flavors, as well as crunchy and gooey textures. Obviously the nutritional content isn't going to be healthy or good for you, but if you wanted nutritious, you'd be ordering other items.

Tostada quesadilla

Taco Bell is a great place to eat if you're on a tight budget and need some protein. They have 20 items on their dollar menu, including the cheesy bean and rice burrito, and two kinds of breakfast tacos. Additionally, there are also items on the menu that can marry very well together.

Perhaps the best pairing on the dollar menu is that of the mini chicken quesadilla and the spicy tostada. One is cheesy and grilled, while the other is crunchy and packs a punch, so why not pair them in one delicious bite? Follow this simple hack and you can — simply break a tostada into two pieces, and tuck each half into a mini chicken quesadilla. That's the least expensive textural pleasure on the menu.

The Incredible Hulk

It's no secret that you can actually be pretty healthy at Taco Bell despite the fact that you can get a taco housed in a Doritos shell. You can even eat vegan there, which is an indication that they're not all about frying everything in lard and topping it with beef. So this hack, though still rich in calories and fat, is a tasty way to sub out some of the bad fat and carbs in favor of nutrition (sort of) and a more natural flavor. 

You basically want to order a five layer burrito, but sub out the nacho cheese and sour cream for guacamole, the latter of which is a much healthier fat. You also toss out the inner tortilla, then make sure your order is "fresco." You'll be surprised at the depth of flavor with this more veggie-forward option. 

The Superman Burrito

If green's not your color but you're still feeling like a superhero, fear not — there's a menu hack for you. If you're feeling invincible (digestively speaking), put on your cape and order the Superman burrito. It's meaty, it's cheesy, and it's creamy, all markers of the tastiest and most decadent foods that Taco Bell has to offer.

Start by ordering a cheesy double beef burrito — go big or go home, right? Then, ask them to add a few of your favorite things inside the tortilla: sour cream, guacamole, potatoes, and crispy tortilla strips. Then they'll wrap it all up, and it's yours to conquer. As long as Taco Bell food isn't your kryptonite, you're all set.

Brunch nachos

Nachos are a staple of American game day food because frankly, they're just delicious. How can you go wrong when chips and cheese are involved? Nachos are also easily customizable by nature, so it's inevitable that there's a tasty way to hack the standard nacho offerings at Taco Bell. 

This one starts with one of the humble dollar menu offerings — triple layer nachos — and turns them into brunch nachos. When you're ordering, ask to have the red sauce omitted. Then, ask to have the three cheese blend added. At the same time, order a mini skillet, a side of guacamole, and if you're down, some hash browns. Once you have everything on your tray, spread both the guac and the contents of the mini skillet on top of the nachos. Crumble the hash browns over the top, and you've got brunch.

Chicken bacon ranch gordita crunch

If ever there was a classic American flavor profile, chicken with ranch and bacon is a serious contender for the top spot. It's found in salads, sandwiches, and all manner of snack foods. It helps that chicken is a super versatile protein that absorbs any flavor you pair with it. And bacon and ranch are both assertive and complimentary, so it's no wonder they all marry so well together. 

You can hack the Taco Bell menu pretty easily to attain this trifecta of yum, especially since the Doritos taco shells are on the menu. Start by ordering a Doritos cheesy gordita crunch, subbing out the beef for chicken. Then, sub out the standard nacho cheese shell for a cool ranch shell. Top it off with bacon, and there you have it!  

Overloaded potato soft taco

The humble potato, with it's lack of flavor and inexpensive price tag, is a great candidate for frying. You can impart flavor and attain a desirable texture with a little skill and a lot of butter. Or, you can head over to Taco Bell and have someone else make it for you.

If you're feeling especially hungry for some fried spud, hack yourself an overloaded potato soft taco — it's pretty easy. Start by ordering a basic spicy potato soft taco, subbing out the plain lettuce for romaine. Then, add three items: Premium Latin (or seasoned) rice, pico de gallo, and guacamole. The result is a flavorful, plant-based flavor bomb with some awesome textural elements. Top it off with fire sauce for an extra kick.

Doritos as nachos

Aside from wrapping a quesadilla around a Doritos locos taco, or stuffing one griller inside of another, there's one more hack that is a must-do for Taco Bell aficionados. This one's simple, relying solely on the salty goodness of Doritos for flavor, and melty cheese for an awesome textural contrast. So next time you order nachos supreme, simply have them swap out the standard chips for Doritos. It's a simple hack, but it's a game changer insofar as Taco Bell is concerned. 

And if you're feeling super experimental? Do the same for nachos bell grande. Live mas, right?