Unwrapping Taco Bell’s Cantina Chicken Menu

On March 21, Taco Bell launched its new Cantina Chicken Menu to consumers nationwide. Eager to try these new items, I visited the Taco Bell in Northeast Park, Minneapolis, and sampled a variety from this chicken-centered menu. My order was: Cantina Chicken Bowl, Cantina Chicken Quesadilla, a Coke and a Baja Blast and the Cantina Chicken Burrito and Taco Meal.
Unwrapping Taco Bell’s Cantina Chicken Menu
Cantina Chicken Burrito (Elijah Easton)
Cantina Chicken Burrito Meal:

Starting with the $10.49 Cantina Chicken Burrito Meal, containing 980-1260 calories, my anticipation was high as I unwrapped the warm, chicken-filled burrito. These expectations were met as the generous portions of chicken, cheese, sauces and vegetables blended for a delicious and flavorful meal. The crunchy taco, chips and nacho cheese sauce that came along with the meal were excellent additions on the side to ensure that I would be full and satisfied. Considering the meal comes with three food items and a medium fountain drink, the price is reasonable and I rate this meal a four out of five.

Cantina Chicken Crispy Taco Meal:

Still hungry, I moved on to the Cantina Chicken Crispy Taco Meal, priced at $9.19 and containing 890-1170 calories. The meal came with two Cantina Chicken Crispy Tacos, which, unlike the Cantina Chicken Burrito, suffered from a disproportionate ratio of tortilla to filling. With each bite, I struggled with an abundance of crispy tortilla, making the tacos bland and unfilling. Just as the burrito meal did, this taco meal came with a drink and chips with nacho cheese sauce; however, the $9.19 price is too high, and I rate this meal a 2.5 out of five.

Cantina Chicken Bowl:

Next was the Cantina Chicken Bowl, priced at $7.89 with 540 calories. This chicken bowl combines many different ingredients to create a flavorful dish and a healthier option than other items Taco Bell offers. Although I was satisfied with the taste, the chicken bowl is very overpriced as it doesn’t come with any sides or drinks and only contains half the calories of the burrito and taco meals, even though it’s only about $3 cheaper. Because of the high price, I rate this item a three out of five.

Cantina Chicken Quesadilla:

Finally, I turned my attention to the Cantina Chicken Quesadilla, priced at $6.49 with 670 calories. As I worked through this quesadilla, I was met with a satisfying mixture of cheeses and chicken. Unlike the crispy tacos, the quesadilla offered a well-balanced composition and was more satisfying than the chicken bowl. Although $6.49 is pricey for a quesadilla alone, the price is more worth it than the chicken bowl, so, I rate it a four out of five.


Every item on the Cantina Chicken Menu included Taco Bell’s new Avocado Verde Salsa Packets. While this sauce served as a pleasant complement to the repetition of chicken and cheeses, nothing about it stood out to me, making it comparable to any other Taco Bell sauce.


In conclusion, the Taco Bell Cantina Chicken Menu was a different and flavorful experience from what the restaurant regularly offers. While some items exceeded my expectations, others fell short, both taste-wise and price-wise. Reflecting on my Taco Bell experience, I rate the new Cantina Chicken Menu a 3.5 out of five.


Verdict: 3.5/5

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