Think your DIY homemade taco game is strong? Think again my friend, because the king of the taco world is touching down in Auckland tomorrow, Tuesday 12 November and we cannot wait. Yes, the creator of the seven-layer burrito and the infamous chicken chips (Dorito shaped bite size chips made entirely out of deep-fried chicken) is ready to spice up the fast food scene in New Zealand and tomorrow is the day it's all happening. Throwing open the doors from 10am the first 62 people through the door will score themselves a limited-edition t-shirt in honour of the year that the taco giant was founded. Don't fret if you miss out though as there will be heaps of giveaways throughout the day, a live DJ and even a 'Basketbell' competition to score more Taco merch. So get ready for a breakfast taco tomorrow and be one of the first in the country to try NZ's first Taco Bell delights.
Can't wait til tomorrow? Here are five things you may not know about the Tex-Mex giant.
It’s not authentically “Mexican”
Shock horror, the franchise behind the Cheetos burrito and KitKat quesadilla isn’t actually founded on providing traditional Mexican food. Taking influence from Mexican classics like tacos, enchiladas, and quesadillas, Taco Bell is somewhat responsible for the popularity of what has become known as Tex-Mex cuisine—a fusion of Texan and Mexican dishes.
They create some truly weird food items—and people love them
Known for testing the culinary boundaries of taste buds across the States, Taco Bell isn’t afraid to push the limits when it comes to trialing strange food combinations. Think French toast tacos, naked chicken chalupas (a bizarre taco like shell made entirely out of deep-fried chicken), of course the surprisingly popular sweet and savoury sausage and waffle combo drowned in maple syrup. Who knows, maybe they’ll test out a New Zealand themed dish—fish and chip burrito anyone?
There’s a secret menu only true fans know about
Okay, so it’s probably not much of a secret anymore, now that the internet found out that there’s a way to have your hard-shell taco and enjoy it too. Hint: you ask for it wrapped in a soft warm tortilla—the result is all of the crunch with none of the mess. There’s also a wrap filled with cheesy taco sauce goodness, a burrito crossed with an enchilada, and a way to get a quesadilla filled with spicy fried potatoes—double the carbs, no worries.
They have a cult following–including your fave celebs
After Jason Sudeikis revealed on the David Letterman show that he nearly missed his wife giving birth because he wanted to make a quick drive through at Taco Bell, it’s been revealed that being rich and famous makes no difference when seven-layer burritos are involved. Take Justin Timberlake celebrating his People’s Choice Awards Victory at the fast food joint, Chrissy Teigan owning several Taco Bell themed rings, and Kim and Kanye making it a regular date location as proof that no one can resist the appeal of Tex-Mex cuisine.
Their mascot used to be a pint-sized Chihuahua named Gidget
In an effort to increase sales in the 90s, Taco Bell resorted to the only thing people love more than food—puppies. Famous for popularising the line “Yo quiero Taco Bell” Gidget quickly became a US star; starring in movies, flying first class, and even opening the New York Stock Exchange.
If you’re a fan of deep-fried, cheesy, carb filled food then you’re not going to want to miss the opening of this place. Forget Shredding for Summer, join us in getting excited for New Zealand’s latest fast-food franchise.
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