Taco Bell has always been the least traditional of the major fast food chains, but it looks like the company is now placing a bet on a hamburger joint staple: French fries. Or, more specifically, "loaded" French fries, according to the food blog Brand Eating.
The chain is testing new Loaded Fries Supreme and Seasoned Fries at one Taco Bell location near the campus of the University of California, Irvine. This might seem like a big deal for Taco Bell devotees in the U.S., but the company already offers similar loaded fries at locations in Japan, Canada, and numerous countries in Latin America.
The loaded fries at the UC Irvine location feature all the staples of a typical Nachos Supreme, like beef, sour cream, tomatoes, and nacho cheese—just don't expect any beans. The Seasoned Fries, on the other hand, feature a "habanero" seasoning that, according to one employee, "wasn't all that spicy." While word of fast food tests never used to leave their designated areas, the Taco Bell fries have already found their way to Instagram, courtesy of some sociable foodies:
The Seasoned Fries go for just $0.50 or $0.75 with cheese, while the Loaded Fries Supreme are $1 for a normal order and $2 for Loaded Fries BellGrande, which is simply a larger order. Brand Eating points out that these low prices are likely just for testing purpose, and the products won't be that cheap if they reach the national stage. If you want to see these Loaded Fries become a mainstay nationwide, you can show your support at the testing location at 4101 Campus Drive, Irvine, California.
[h/t: Brand Eating]