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Taco Bell's 8 New Menu Items Are Already Stirring Up Lots Of Feelings, And After Seeing Them, I Understand Why

Amid the craze of the Super Bowl, another arguably equally food-centric event was taking place just one day prior: the Taco Bell Live Más Live Event.

A man standing in front of a giant phot of a taco
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At the event, which is being compared to an Apple-style iPhone launch, Taco Bell unveiled chef collaborations, new partnerships, a peek into their innovation kitchen, and, of course, their new menu items dropping in 2024.

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So here's everything Taco Bell is cookin' up, with some items set to launch as early as this week:

1. Cheesy Chicken Crispanada

Cheesy Chicken Crispanada

The audience was absolutely living for this one, so my hopes are high.

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2. Crispy Chicken Nuggets

a chicken nugget being dipped in sauce

Reactions ranged from pure joy...

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...to reasonable skepticism (and a serious longing for old menu items).

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Looks like there's nothing left to do but wait and see if Taco Bell can deliver on these.

3. Cheesy Street Chalupas

Cheesy Street Chalupas

The classic chalupa is getting an upgrade, but also a slight downgrade in size. These smaller "street-style" chalupas will feature the classic fried flatbread along with a smaller tortilla that is stuffed with cheese. Because, why the hell not?

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These were also tested out last fall at select locations, and the reviews are nothing short of astounding.

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4. Mountain Dew Baja Blast Gelato

Mountain Dew Baja Blast Gelato

If your feed is anything like mine, it's been taken over by the Baja Blast Gelato, and I'm not mad about it. Launching this summer, the gelato is said to be an ode to the 20-year anniversary of the Baja Blast (which makes me feel older than I ever have in my life).

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Listen, we're all excited, and we all need this. Like, now.

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Even if the inevitable happens.

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5. Cheesy Enchilada Dipping Taco

Cheesy Enchilada Dipping Taco

Just a slight twist on the Grilled Cheese Dipping Taco, this enchilada version features chicken or steak with an enchilada dipping sauce.

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6. Churro Chillers

Churro Chillers

7. Dulce de Leche Cinnabon Delights

Dulce de Leche Cinnabon Delights

Needless to say, I'm not alone in the tears I shed.

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8. Cheez-It Crunchwrap

Cheez-It Crunchwrap

The hype. The launch. Everything surrounding this new Crunchwrap was wonderfully over-the-top. Yes, this is the Crunchwrap we all know and love, but now stuffed with a massive Cheez-It 16 times the size of a normal one.

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Personally, this reveal was my favorite part of the launch.

a fake x-ray showing a large cheez-it inside of a crunchwrap

Long live the Cheez-It x-ray.

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Safe to say it was everyone else's favorite, too.

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We really have reached peak innovation.

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Not only did Taco Bell announce these official menu items, but they also have a few other things up their sleeve. To the excitement of every millennial, Taco Bell partnered with Salt & Straw, a Portland-based ice cream company, to bring back their version of the Choco Taco. While this was only available at the Live Más event, Taco Bell's site states that it is "currently in the testing pipeline."

a table full of new taco bell menu items including an arrow pointing to a choco taco
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Speaking of testing, a few other menu items from the test kitchen were unveiled, although not quite ready for the public just yet. Like this Baja Blast Pie.

a bright neon blue custard pie topped with whipped cream
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This one kind of broke the internet.

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Oh, did you say you wanted more Baja Blast food items? Well let me also introduce you to another test kitchen item: Baja Blast Twists.

fried dough twists being sprinkled with bright blue baja blast powder

What is happening in this test kitchen? And how do I sign up do be a part of it??

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Wait, did I also hear you say you wanted old menu items to come back? Well, apparently Taco Bell is listening to all of us because not only did they announce a plan to make Nacho Fries permanent, but they also held a vote to bring back either the Meximelt or the Caramel Apple Empanadas.

an image of a meximelt next to a caramel apple empanada

If you're not rooting for the empanadas, just know that you're wrong.

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Let me know in the comments which new menu item you're most excited for (or which one you want to see come back).