Steak Reaper Ranch Fries
The Steak Reaper Ranch Fries takes everything good about their beloved nacho fries and intensifies it with a healthy dose of their reaper ranch sauce. The result is a bed of steaming, seasoned French fries smothered in cheese, sour cream, diced tomato, strips of steak, and the aforementioned sauce. The sauce, shockingly enough, is actually spicy; compared to their packets of Diablo and Fire sauce, the reaper ranch is miles ahead in terms of heat.
It’s not the type of heat that will make you double over in a coughing fit and reach for a jug of milk, but it’s definitely hotter than anything else I’ve ever had at Taco Bell. The heat starts slow, like a tiny tongue-tingle, but by the time you’re halfway through your plate of fries, you’ll be able to feel it creeping to the back of your throat and down your esophagus. This plate will definitely warm you up.
I loved it. The fries were gooey and cheesy and spicy enough, but if you really need some reprieve from the heat, you can find it in the generous glob of sour cream that’s included. I liked the sour cream, but I did find it to be a little overwhelming because it detracts from the purity of the reaper ranch.
The steak was not as present as I anticipated, but I didn’t notice myself longing for more meat because I was so enticed by the cheesy fries. And the tomato cubes also felt a little bit out of place, like an afterthought thrown on so you don’t feel as guilty shoveling fries, cheese, sour cream, and ranch into your mouth -- but who are we kidding? This is Taco Bell.