Taco Bell Takes On Chipotle With Its New Burrito Bowl (Photos)

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By Cooking Panda

Taco Bell might not be the first spot you think of when you’re looking for an affordable, reasonably healthy lunch or dinner, but that might all change if their Forbidden Bowl takes off.

Well … if deep-fried avocado counts as healthy, that is.

According to Brand Eating, the Mexican-American chain is testing out the new bowl and a corresponding burrito at just one location for just one week. And hopefully if it goes well we’ll see this thing pop up across the country soon.

In the meantime, it sure makes for a fitting name, considering that only Chinese royalty used to be allowed to eat the black rice back in the day.

The bowl starts with antioxidant-rich forbidden rice, which is vegan and cooked with the same seasoning as their regular rice, notes The Orange County Register. Plop on your choice of meat, shredded lettuce, black beans, sour cream, chopped tomatoes, three deep-fried avocado wedges and the cayenne pepper and garlic onion-seasoned Forbidden Sauce, and you have yourself a meal.

You can also order it as a burrito, which reportedly contains the exact same ingredients but comes wrapped in a warm, inviting tortilla blanket instead of a Chipotle-style oval dish.

The black rice, fried avocado and Forbidden Sauce make their Taco Bell debut, having never before been used as ingredients.

“We’re always about being a brand of firsts,” said Missy Schaaphok, Taco Bell’s food innovation nutrition strategist, according to The Register.

If this sounds delicious to you, you can pick up both items starting September 14 and ending September 21 at the Irvine, California, Taco Bell located on Barranca Parkway. A la carte prices range from $3.49 to $3.99.

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Orange County residents have been pretty lucky when it comes to taste tests, of which the taco chain usually conducts 25 to 30 per year at various locations without too much fanfare.

Just one month previously, a few Taco Bells in the area released a limited-edition Firecracker burrito served with spicy Pop Rocks. Though it was met with mixed reviews, the novelty food is next set to make the rounds in Ohio to see how it performs.

Sources: Brand Eating, Orange County Register / Featured Image: Anthony92931/Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: Nancy Luna, Orange County Register/SCNG

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