Let’s all agree: if it’s deemed a taco, we'll eat it. And Taco Bell has made billions of dollars on this theory, now embodied in the release of its newest creation: the Naked Chicken Chalupa.
Fresh out of the wacky taco vault (see Doritos Locos Taco, waffle taco, biscuit taco … need I go on?), the NCC replaces the standard tortilla shell with one made from crispy fried chicken, folded like a tortilla and filled with the classic Chalupa fillings. Currently available only in certain test markets like Lawrence, KS, it was up to me to figure out if this was the same naked taco T-Bell tried out last year. Here’s what I found.
As far as I can tell, nothing covering the breaded, all-white chicken shell makes this taco “naked," aside from lacking real bread. But that makes it look awfully similar to KFC’s Double Down sandwich. When you start using poultry as your bun (or tortilla, in this case) it’s hard to avoid comparisons.
Inside, you'll find the taco fixings you’d expect -- lettuce, diced tomatoes and cheese -- hold the meat, because you’ve already got a meat "tortilla." They’ve topped it with avocado ranch, too, instead of sour cream you’d find on a normal Chalupa, which is a nice touch.