There are two kinds of people in this world: Those who admit to eating Taco Bell, and those who don’t.
We’ve wrapped up the 10 best secrets we know to save money while eating well at Taco Bell:
1. Save up to 50% on your favorite foods by customizing a cheaper option.
Did you know you can make a Quesarito by modifying a Beefy Fritos Burrito? Yeah, and it’s $0.60 less. Save up to 50% on your favorite menu items by adding the right toppings to cheaper foods. Check it out:
If you want a Meximelt (regular price, $2.49)
Instead, order a Beefy Mini Quesadilla and add:
- Chipotle Sauce
- Pico de Gallo
Final price: $1.25, 50% savings
If you want a Quesarito (regular price, $2.49)
Instead, order a Beefy Fritos Burrito (ask to remove the Fritos) and add:
- Chipotle Sauce
- Cheese Sauce
- Sour Cream
Final price: $1.90, 24% savings
If you want Nachos BellGrande (regular price, $3.19)
Instead, order the Triple Layer Nachos and add:
- 1 Crunchy Taco Supreme, then empty the contents onto your Triple Layer Nachos!
Final price: $2.59, 19% savings
If you want Chips & Nacho Cheese Sauce (regular price $1.59)
Instead, order a bag of Doritos and add:
- Side order of Nacho Cheese Sauce
Final Price: $1.34, 16% savings
TIP: For complicated customized orders, I recommend downloading the Taco Bell app and using it to make your order. Chances are better that it’ll turn out exactly how you want!
2. Enchiritos might be gone, but you can still secretly order them.
People loved Enchiritos. The cheese-and-olive-covered hybrid between a burrito and an enchilada has been a favorite since the 1970’s and Taco Bell broke a lot of hearts when they removed it from the menu.
But here’s a secret — Enchiritos are still in the Taco Bell system, and your local taco slingers can (and definitely will) still make them for you!
Taco Bell rotates their new menu items every six weeks, so check back every month and a half for a new food experience like this.
TIP: Missing the old Taco Bell Lava Sauce? Mix a $0.55 order of Nacho Cheese sauce with two to three Fire Sauce packets to make your own.
3. Save up to 56% on medium drinks during Taco Bell‘s Happier Hour.
If you’re dying for that Baja Blast, hold your cravings until at least 2 p.m.
Taco Bell’s Happier Hour (which runs daily from 2:00-5:00 p.m.) offers up $1.00 medium drinks including Freezes, lemonade, Gatorade Fruit Punch, Baja Blasts, Pepsi fountain drinks, Sparkling Freeze’s or ice tea, saving you $0.89-$1.29 per drink.
4. The Beefy Fritos Burrito is the most food you can get for $1.00.
5. Get one taco free when you order the 12-taco Party Box instead of 12 tacos.
Ordering the 12-Taco Party Box at $13.99 is 10% less spendy than ordering 12 tacos for $15.49. Don’t be fooled. It’s like getting one of your tacos for free!
6. Get 10% off your order at Taco Bell using a discounted gift card.
Face it, you know you’re going to spend at least $50 at Taco Bell this year. Why not save yourself 10% before you ever hit the drive through by buying a $50 Taco Bell gift card from Gift Card Granny for just $44.98.
7. Initiate “Taco Mode” in 2018 during your Lyft ride for custom swag and free food.
This year Lyft + Taco Bell plan to roll out “Taco Mode,” letting you add a trip to Taco Bell to your Lyft ride for no extra cost.
Just tap “Taco Mode” in the Lyft app between 9 p.m to 2 a.m. Customers who test out “Taco Mode” get to ride in a taco-themed car, a custom in-ride menu, free t-shirts, sunglasses and free Doritos Locos tacos.
The bummer? This feature won’t be live nationwide until mid-2018.
8. If you only have $1.00, hit up Taco Bell for the largest dollar menu of any fast food chain.
In 2017 McDonald’s revamped their Value Menu, offering several menu items between $1-$3. But they’ll have to work harder than that to catch up to Taco Bell.
And the menu will keep growing. Expect 20 more $1.00 items to roll out over the course of 2018. Here they are:
- Grilled Breakfast Burrito Fiesta Potato
- Breakfast Soft Taco with Bacon
- Grilled Sausage Breakfast Burrito
- Sausage Flatbread Quesadilla
- Mini Skillet Bowl
- Two-pack Cinnabon Delights
- Grilled Bacon Breakfast Burritos
- Sausage Breakfast Soft Taco
- Shredded Chicken Mini Quesadilla
- Beefy Fritos Burrito
- Spicy Tostada
- Beefy Mini Quesadilla
- Cheesy Bean and Rice Burrito
- Cheesy Roll Up
- Cinnamon Twists
- Caramel Apple Empanada
- Nacho Fries
- Triple Layer Nachos
- Spicy Potato Soft Taco
TIP: Since Taco Bell did away with their Kid’s Menu, this is the place to look for your little ones’ favorites.
9. Score a 10% senior discount at Taco Bell if you’re over 65 years old.
Just show your ID to your cashier and ask about a senior discount.
10. Skip the drive thru and get Taco Bell brands at your local grocery store.
If you’re craving some authentic Taco Bell at home, you can find the salad dressing, salsas, taco shells and hot sauce they use in the restaurants at most major retailers like Walmart and Target. At less than $4 a bottle for the Southwest and Spicy Ranch Salad Dressing, it might just be cheaper to make your own taco night at home.
Here are some items and prices from the Taco Bell grocery line:
- Mild Sauce: $1.50
- Hot Sauce: $1.50
- Fire Sauce: $1.50
- Verde Sauce: $1.50
- Bold and Creamy Chipotle sauce: $1.50
- Southwest Ranch Salad Dressing: $3.49
- Spicy Ranch Salad Dressing: $3.49
- Cinnamon Nachos Dessert Kit: $2.99
- Chocolate Taco Dessert Kit: $2.99
- Mild Taco Seasoning: $0.79
- Reduced Sodium Taco Seasoning: $0.79 cents
- Ultimate Taco Night Kit: Cheesy Taco Grande: $2.99
- Ultimate Taco Night Kit: Steak & Cheese Soft Taco Kit : $2.99