Taco Bell Grilled Cheese Burrito: What To Know Before Ordering

Ever since its founding in 1962, Taco Bell has long been associated with burritos, nachos, and of course, tacos. Much of its popularity may stem from the chain's innovations with both its food and its technology. If creating a taco shell out of Doritos isn't enough to convince you, Taco Bell has earned an award recognizing their innovation in self-service technology (via ēlo). 

Some of the American fast food chain's more creative menu items include the breakfast burrito, nacho fries, and cheesy gordita crunch. Taco Bell is always pushing the limits when creating and went as far as combining a grilled cheese with a burrito.

The Taco Bell Grilled Cheese Burrito isn't actually the ingredients of a burrito sandwiched between American cheese and buttery toast, we're sorry to report. Instead, the concoction is a burrito with three types of cheeses melted onto the outside until it becomes golden brown. Extra gooey, melted cheese topped onto a burrito that's already stuffed with meat, rice, and cheese sounds about right for a Taco Bell creation.

If you have questions about the Grilled Cheese Burrito before you head to Taco Bell, including how much it costs, its nutritional value, and if it's worth it, we have the scoop.

How much does a Grilled Cheese Burrito cost?

You don't have to worry about breaking your budget to get some of that cheesy, meaty goodness. The Grilled Cheese Burrito, per Taco Bell, costs only $2.99, which you might find you have on hand after counting the change in your car. Add-ons, such as potatoes, beans, or chicken, will cost about $0.45 to $1.60 per option and the most you'd pay for your Grilled Cheese Burrito with all the fixings is around $4-5 dollars. Not a bad price for a quick lunch or midnight snack.

If you have some friends with you, or you're feeling particularly famished and one burrito just won't cut it, Taco Bell offers a Grilled Cheese Burrito Deluxe Box. For $6.99, you get the burrito, a Chalupa Supreme, a Nacho Cheese Doritos Locos Taco, nacho chips with cheese, and a medium fountain drink. That's an impressive amount of food, but you may be better off sharing this meal as the Taco Bell menu does issue it a high sodium warning.

What is the nutritional value of a Grilled Cheese Burrito?

While the fast food spot is perfect for satisfying a tasty taco or late-night nacho craving, it's not an established health food spot. If you're wondering about the nutrition facts of the Grilled Cheese Burrito, it's along the lines of what you'd expect from Taco Bell.

According to fatsecret, one Grilled Cheese Burrito hovers around 710 calories, 39 grams of total fat, 75 milligrams of cholesterol, and a whopping 1,490 milligrams of sodium. In the Deluxe Box you'll also find the Chalupa Supreme, which clocks in at 350 calories, 25 milligrams of cholesterol, 18 grams of total fat, and 560 milligrams of sodium (via CalorieKing). Additionally, the Doritos Locos Taco contains 170 calories, 9 grams of fat, 25 milligrams of cholesterol, and 350 milligrams of sodium (via Nutritionix). This totals to 1,230 calories, 66 grams of fat, 125 milligrams of cholesterol, and an astounding 2,400 milligrams of sodium, and that's not including the side of nachos and cheese that also come with this meal.

The amount of sodium in the Grilled Cheese Burrito Delux Box is so over-the-top, that, as mentioned before, there is a posted sodium warning. It would seem that the Grilled Cheese Burrito is enough on its own, but if you get the Deluxe Box, it may be best to share it with friends.

Is the Grilled Cheese Burrito good?

There's something deliciously tempting when the words "grilled cheese" and "burrito" are strung together. But is the Grilled Cheese Burrito as good as it sounds?  

According to an Insider review, the burrito is "Taco Bell's best dish in years," and notes that there is "no shortage" of cheese. The review points out that the burrito is stuffed with nacho cheese sauce, has melted grilled cheese on the outside, and that each bite is warm and fresh. Others agree that the Taco Bell treat is "buttery" with a nice kick from the chipotle sauce.

Another reviewer, per Thrillist, went on a mission to see if the burrito is as cheesy as Taco Bell promises. Although it was expected to have a bit more cheese on the outside, the burrito is described as having a "buttery, burnt cheese flavor" to every bite, without being too overwhelming or too underwhelming.  

As far as Taco Bell creations are concerned, this one seems worth trying.

There's a beefier version of the Grilled Cheese Burrito

If you bite into the Grilled Cheese Burrito and think "this needs a little something extra," Taco Bell has the answer for you. They beefed up the Grilled Cheese Burrito (literally) with strips of grilled steak and as you can see from the photo above, it's a more filling option. According to Taco Bell, the Double Steak Grilled Cheese Burrito has twice the amount of steak compared to the regular Steak Quesadilla, ensuring every bite you get will be filled with meaty, cheesy flavor. But, we have to ask, at a higher price of $5.49 and a heftier calorie count of 910, is it really worth it?

According to BRAND eating, the Double Steak Grilled Cheese Burrito seems to suffer from being "overly familiar." The review noted that it didn't seem to have the same allure as any other of Taco Bell's limited-time value items. The review also shared that for $3.89, you could upgrade the original Grilled Cheese Burrito with extra beef, which is more satisfying.

If you would prefer to have your Grilled Cheese Burrito with a bit more meat to it, then go for the double steak option, but if more meat isn't a deal-breaker, it's best to stick with the classic.

You can make your own Grilled Cheese Burrito at home

All this talk of grilled cheese, burritos, and other Taco Bell items has probably made you hungry. Lucky for you, if you have some key ingredients at home, there are some recipes that can help satisfy that Taco Bell craving.

The cookful offers its own recipe on how to make the Grilled Cheese Burrito, right down to the chipotle sauce. If you don't have any leftover hot sauce packets from previous Taco Bell runs, the recipe calls to mix mayonnaise, sour cream, chili powder, cumin, onion powder, and garlic powder for a homemade version of the famous smoky sauce. The outlet claims that melting the cheese and re-creating the crispy golden brown outside is as easy as placing your favorite kind of shredded cheese on the exterior of your burrito, and then letting it sit under the broiler for one to two minutes.

While it may not be from the drive-thru window at Taco Bell, it will help crush that craving for cheesy goodness, and could possibly be delicious enough that you'll be making your own Grilled Cheese Burritos more often than you would think.