The Perfect Restaurant Food

Over the years, I’ve been asked many times by my readers: What’s the best food option when dining out?

Well today, I’m pleased to report that I finally have a definitive answer for you.

Now, you know I am a fan of cooking from scratch, but I also recognize that we live in the real world – and even the most die-hard health-nuts of us need to eat out every so often.  So I’ve been searching high and low for the answer to this question for many, many years. I’ve surveyed the entire retail food landscape. From school lunches to movie theaters to four-Michelin-star restaurants, I’ve seen – and eaten – it all.

And now, after all this work, I believe I’ve finally found the answer to this previously unanswerable question: 

The Taco Bell Nacho Cheese Doritos Locos Taco Supreme®!

Doritos Locos Tacos Supreme

These savory, cross-branded, whole-grain tacos aren’t just ¡muy delicioso! – they’re the tacos that nature would eat if nature ate tacos!

It’s rare to find such crunchy beauties that have just 200 calories and only 370 mg of sodium – and with just two grams of sugar!  And with all the MSG in both the “shell” and the “beef,” there’s plenty of Umami to keep you satisfied for at least thirty or forty minutes until your next meal.

As any red-blooded American will tell you, more is always better – and these tacos certainly pack a lot into each delightfully crispy shell. Don’t believe me? Here’s the impressively satisfying ingredient list in just the taco shell:

Ground Corn Treated With Lime, Vegetable Oil (Sunflower, Canola, Corn, and/or Soybean Oil), Water, And Less Than 2% Of The Following: Corn Flour, Maltodextrin, Salt, Cheddar Cheese (Milk, Cheese Cultures, Salt, Enzymes), Whey, Monosodium Glutamate, Buttermilk, Romano Cheese (Part-Skim Cow’s Milk, Cheese Cultures, Salt, Enzymes), Whey Protein Concentrate, Onion Powder, Corn Oil, Corn Flour, Disodium Phosphate, Natural And Artificial Flavor, Dextrose, Tomato Powder, Lactose, Spices, Artificial Color (FD&C Yellow No. 6, Caramel Color, FD&C Yellow No. 5, FD&C Red No. 40, Extractives Of Tumeric, Extractives of Annatto), Lactic Acid, Citric Acid, Sugar, Garlic Powder, Nonfat Milk, Red and Green Bell Pepper Powder, Disodium Inosinate, Disodium Guanylate, TBHQ (Preservative).

And that’s just the shell!!  Let’s add in the flavor-filled, seasoned beef:

Beef, Water, Seasoning [Cellulose, Chili Pepper, Onion Powder, Salt, Oats (Contains Wheat), Maltodextrin (Corn, Potato, Tapioca), Soy Lecithin, Tomato Powder, Sugar, Soybean Oil, Sea Salt, Yeast Extract (Contains Gluten), Spices, Garlic Powder, Citric Acid, Caramel Color, Disodium Inosinate, Disodium Guanylate, Potassium Chloride, Cocoa Powder Processed with Alkali, Natural And Artificial Flavors, Trehalose, Modified Corn Starch, Inactivated Yeast, Lactic Acid, Torula Yeast, Natural Smoke Flavor], Salt, Sodium Phosphate, Less Than 2% Beef Broth, Potassium Phosphate, Potassium Lactate.

Of course, no taco is complete without a creamy dollop of reduced-fat sour cream (don’t worry, they may have taken away the fat, but they gave us plenty of other stuff to make up for it!):

Milk, Cream, Modified Corn Starch, Lactic Acid, Maltodextrin, Gelatin, Modified Tapioca Starch, Sodium Phosphate, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate (A Preservative), Natural And Artificial Flavor, Guar Gum, Mono & Diglycerides, Locust Bean Gum, Carrageenan, Vitamin A.

Add it all up, and you’ve got more than 60 mouth-watering ingredients to enjoy! And all those ingredients can mean only one thing: These babies are so hard to digest and take so long for your system to process that there’s no spike in your blood sugar levels! So these tacos are a “supreme” choice for diabetics, too!

So go on, America!  Enjoy your fourth meal and keep your blood-sugar under control. And then why not, have a fifth-meal, too. You deserve it.

…and one more thing: April Fools!  I’m just kidding; these things aren’t even real food.

A photo of Andrew Wilder leaning into the frame and smiling, hovering over mixing bowls in the kitchen.

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June 1, 2013 9:41 pm

Chalk one up for sarcasm!

May 2, 2013 12:00 pm

Trolled! I was like, Really? No way! Nice one 🙂

April 11, 2013 8:50 am

Taco Bell must love you… (wink). GREG

April 4, 2013 8:09 am

This is my first time reading your blog and thought “you got to be kidding.” I am so glad that this is an April Fools’ joke. 🙂 I have never eaten at Taco Bell and reading the list of ingredients; I am so glad. Now to check out the rest of your blog….

April 2, 2013 9:06 pm

Awesome April Fool’s post! (Maybe not as great as my son telling his hip hop class that his co-teacher had died on the way to class & that’s why she did not show up, or placing over 2000 cups of water on the stairs in his college dorm, but still great!)

April 2, 2013 7:42 pm

Didn’t fool me this year!

April 2, 2013 4:10 pm

no way Jose/ not for me

April 2, 2013 6:00 am

Just as I suspected. I can literally eat not one thing at Taco Bell. Not that I’m sorry. Just…

April 1, 2013 9:54 pm

I remembered last year’s April Fool’s post with such fondness that I had to come visit today JUST to see what you would come up with! “More is better”….loving it.

Thanks for giving me something to read as an incentive to finish what I was supposed to do tonight! 😉 Katie