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- Taco Bell is bringing back the Naked Egg Taco on March 8.
- The breakfast taco uses a fried egg as the taco “shell.”
- It’s a tasty treat that looks good on Instagram – but it’s not the best breakfast item Taco Bell has to offer.
Taco Bell is bringing back a breakfast taco that uses a fried egg as the shell.
On Thursday, Taco Bell announced that the Naked Egg Taco is returning to the chain’s menu next week, on March 8. The taco sticks potatoes, bacon or sausage, and cheese inside a fried egg shell, and it will cost $1.99. It will be available at all of Taco Bell’s locations nationwide.
For customers who find a fried egg shell to be too unorthodox, Taco Bell is also offering a “dressed” version, wrapped in a flatbread.
The menu item’s biggest problem is similar to the primary struggle with the successful Naked Chicken Chalupa: greasy fingers.
A carrier helps prevent undue greasiness or spillage – but keeping the carrier on means hiding the egg yolk that proclaims to the world, “Yes, I am eating a taco with a shell made out of a fried egg.”
When it comes to flavor, the Naked Breakfast Taco is on the right track.
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It’s hard to go wrong with fried eggs, potatoes, breakfast meats, and cheese (in both the shredded and melty nacho variety).
The nacho cheese helps alleviate one of the problems with using the egg as a taco shell: it needs to be cooked too much to allow for a nice, drippy yolk. And, while the Gordita Flatbread is slightly too big for the task assigned to it, the dressed version is a more portable and carbo-loaded choice.
“We think it will pique people’s curiosity… People are going to be really passionate one way or another about it,” Missy Nelson, Taco Bell’s dietitian and product developer, told Business Insider in 2017. “I think once you taste it, you’re going to want it again.”