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Taco Bell Power Bowl: What To Know Before Ordering
Taco Bell's Power Bowl comprises of grilled chicken, seasoned rice, black beans, real cheddar cheese, vegetables, Avocado Ranch Sauce, and guacamole. Although it reminds us of Chipotle's classic rice bowls with a wide choice of base, protein, beans, and salsa, among others, the Power Bowl only has two choices of protein: chicken and steak.
Fast Food Menu Prices describes Taco Bell’s Power Bowl as "inexpensive, but not cheap." The chicken Power Bowl typically costs about $5.69 which is less than the average cost of a chicken bowl at Chipotle today, which is around $6.50. The other Power Bowl option, steak, costs 20 cents more than the chicken, but still costs less than its $7.50 Chipotle counterpart.
The chicken Power Bowl is an upgrade to the Cantina Bowl that was around a few years ago. Although the chicken is dry in some places, the addition of the black beans, pico de gallo, and guacamole makes it worthwhile. Fast Food Menu Prices gives it a high score for nutrition, texture and taste, and calls it a great lunch.
Taco Bell Power Bowl was nationally released in July 2014, but it was first tested the year before in Dayton, Ohio. While some sources indicate that the Power Bowl will only be in restaurants for a "limited time," it's unclear when exactly Taco Bell HQ plans to take it off the menu.
The chicken Power Bowl is 470 calories, and it's packed with protein and fiber, while the steak option is 15 calories more, but offers the same mix of carbs, fiber, and protein. Additionally, it is rather high in sodium, containing 1,200 milligrams of sodium, or 50% of a person's recommended daily intake.