The absolute best Taco Bell hacks we found on TikTok

TikTok is more than just viral dances, creative make-up trends, and hilarious short-form videos. The platform, which is most popular with high schoolers, also has a lot of useful information, including but not at all limited to creative menu hacks. In particular, TikTok users have found success hacking the menu of Taco Bell, an establishment old enough to be TikTok's grandparent.

Taco Bell has made plenty of changes as they've grown and expanded to try and keep up with the times, but they need not panic, as the franchise continues to stay relevant with one of the best demographics for marketing in the world: creative teens on TikTok. Read on for spicy details from Taco Bell employees and fast food fans alike, as well as for tips on how you can hack the menu or hack your favorite delicious Taco Bell meal at home.

Take your Taco Bell burrito to the waffle iron

The first hack on our list is not so much a menu hack as it is a trick for something you can do at home with your Taco Bell burrito once you've ordered it. User statealchemists96 on TikTok revisits an older internet trend of seeing if you can "waffle" various foods, and put their Disney waffle iron to the test.

In the TikTok video, a remix of the classic pop jam "Hey Mickey" plays as someone is seen popping their fresh Taco Bell burrito into a Mickey Mouse themed waffle maker. The subject waits a few seconds, and then opens the waffle maker, revealing a burrito featuring the brand of Mickey Mouse's trademark ears, almost as if a Disney Channel star of the early 2000s traced them onto the burrito with a magic wand.

This hack is perfect for an era where eating in person in restaurants may not be the safest or most accessible option. Simply order the tortilla-wrapped Taco Bell item of your choice at the drive-thru, transport that meal home, and break out the waffle maker. Consider ordering yourself this Mickey machine for the full effect.

Order Taco Bell's Cheesy Gordita Crunch in a Doritos Locos shell

The original TikTok video for this next hack was posted by a presumed Taco Bell employee, but is no longer easily accessible online, perhaps because this secret menu item is too juicy for the public eye. As reported by The U.S. Sun, TikTok user Donut King revealed an unrivaled hack: tossing a Doritos Locos shell into that classic Gorita.

"So here's a secret item that you can order," voices TikTok user Donut King, as video plays of a Taco Bell employee constructing the tasty treat. "Order a Cheesy Gordita Crunch. Tell them to replace the normal taco shell with a Dorito Loco taco. Yo quiero," concludes Donut King, emphasizing in Spanish how much they want this hack.

The kicker on this now hard to find video is that many users in the comments section admitted they've been ordering their Cheesy Gordita Crunches this way for years, meaning this secret menu item may not actually be all that secret.

Order a nacho quesadilla at Taco Bell

In their popular Taco Bell hack TikTok video, user ogdaddydyke does not give their delicious tortilla concoction a name, but it's safe to say they've invented some sort of a nacho quesadilla. The video contains no voiceover, but instead, it shows footage of what appears to be a Taco Bell employee working in the kitchen, as the vintage Internet song "Raining Tacos" plays with a tinny, techno beat.

In the footage, the taco chef starts out with a flour tortilla, and encourages potential customers with subtitles, "ask for nacho cheese. Chicken. Creamy Jalapeño sauce." Then, to up the spice level a little more, the subject puts a hefty handful of jalapeños on the tortilla, as the subtitle confirms, "jalapeños."

Next comes shredded cheese, and a trip to the oven to melt the cheese. At this point the TikTok user has broken out the drooling smiley face emoji. Finally, the video ends with "grill it!" Although the final meal is never pictured, we have to assume its spicy, tangy, and cheesy perfection.

Rip your Taco Bell quesadilla bag for easy access

In a TikTok video posted by user sean.calderon, the user shakes things up by posting another video that is not a menu hack. This one could actually be considered a logistical hack, or maybe a hardware hack.

One has to assume this user has torn a few too many tortillas trying to slide his cheese quesadillas out of the Taco Bell paper bag, because in this short video, he encourages viewers to rip down the side of the bag in order to release their quesadillas from their paper enclosures. All the while, the song "Wipe It Down" by BMW Kenny, which has become hugely popular in TikTok videos, plays in the background.

Some users are less than impressed with this hack. User yeahbabakhan commented, "yeah we already knew." Another user, Tammy Otterdahl, asks the original poster if he's been "living under a rock." Despite the obvious simplicity, for novice Taco Bell patrons, this could actually be a pretty useful hack!

Order your Taco Bell burrito platter smothered in red sauce

This next hack comes from TikTok user haibre, and is actually pretty simple. You can order any burrito platter smothered in red sauce. The video itself features a Taco Bell employee doing exactly that: smothering a burrito in red sauce and then topping it with shredded cheese and sour cream. In the background of the video, Justin Bieber's "Yummy" plays, informing viewers that this meal you're looking at? It's yummy.

According to haibre, this hack works on any burrito you could think to order. The video makes it pretty clear that this is not a dish that could necessarily be eaten with your hands. It's smothered and messy. But if you have time to enjoy your Taco Bell meal somewhere other than the car on the go, this is a pretty good option to spice up a burrito. This seems like an easy way to turn a burrito into a whole platter.

Do it yourself Taco Bell Crunchwrap

Do it yourself copycat Crunchwrap recipes have been circulating online for years, but this TikTok video by user mrs_dee_pena lays out one process for making the classic Taco Bell dish at home quite smoothly. The user starts out with a flour tortilla, which they top with seasoned ground beef, shredded cheese, and a crunchy tostada shell. On top of the shell goes sour cream, shredded lettuce, pico de gallo, green onion, and a smaller tortilla. Then comes the hard part: the TikTok user artfully folds the soft tortilla around the disk of ingredients to mimic the Crunchwrap's signature look. Finally, the pocket of goodness hits the hot pan, and after a flip, dinner is served.

This recipe would likely be such a resounding success because it offers ample substitutions. The ground beef could be replaced with chicken, pork, tofu, or even mushrooms. Any vegetable could be substituted, and those making this meal could even upscale the whole dish with a higher quality green than simple shredded iceberg lettuce.

Make yourself a cloudy skies Taco Bell mocktail

If you have access to a Taco Bell soda machine and are interested in some nonalcoholic mixology, this TikTok hack is for you. User babyjman suggests filling your plastic Taco Bell cup half full with the blue Baja Blast drink and topping the rest of the cup off with pink lemonade. Ice, it would seem, is optional.

While one might expect from basic color principle, this blue and pink drink would come out a pale purple color, the result is actually a very dull, and perhaps unappetizing, grey. While one user commented, somewhat rudely, that the drink "looks like Florida sink water," there's no reason to think this mixed up mocktail wouldn't taste amazing. It's sugary and carbonated, after all. What's not to love?

It seems babyjman has leaned into the grey color by calling the drink the "cloudy skies," implying the grey color may perhaps be intentional. At a minimum, the taste is very intentional, and likely very sweet.

Bring back the Taco Bell Meximelt with some creative ordering

If you're missing Taco Bell's discontinued Meximelt, TikTok user homerolara0 has a hack for you. This user suggests ordering a cheesy roll up, and adding beef and pico. Seems simple enough. Homerolara0 appears to be yet another TikTok user who moonlights as a Taco Bell employee, so their TikTok depicts them actually making the gooey cheesy meal and filming it. Considering that they have the insider experience to know this order, it gives us hope that it's probably just as good as the dearly departed Meximelt once was.

The real star of this video, however, is melted cheese, which is in no short supply. Anyone watching this video can see that if they order the cheesy roll up with any of their favorite toppings it will be amazing, so they're not just limited to beef and pico. This is yet another Taco Bell employee doing the work and spreading the good word about what to order, and viewers can definitely appreciate that.

Recreate Taco Bell's chicken quesadillas at home

This may just be the most detailed do it yourself Taco Bell hack we found on TikTok. User arimonika gives a detailed tutorial from start to finish on how to make Taco Bell's chicken quesadillas, including a tutorial on how to make homemade tortillas! Definitely check out this video to see every mouthwatering detail from making tortilla dough to seasoning the chicken with lime, cumin, garlic powder, oregano, paprika, and pepper. The only premade feature in this homemade tortilla is the sauce, which the creator mentions they simply got from Taco Bell when ordering there. Hey, you can't do it yourself every time!

In the comments, user arimonika says they actually prefer the homemade version to Taco Bell's quesadilla, saying it is way tastier. It really does look that way in the TikTok, sizzling on the griddle as an instrumental version of Doja Cat's "Say So" plays in the background.