Fast Food

Taco Bell joins dollar menu fast food war but is it really a bargain?

Taco Bell's new Cravings menu offerings.

Taco Bell's new Cravings menu offerings.  (Copyright 2014. All rights reserved.)

After McDonald’s announced the end of their “Dollar and More Menu” last fall, fast food chains have been scrambling to best each other in different meal categories—most notably breakfast.

While other chains are moving away from a super cheap image to focus on more premium items, now Taco Bell has officially unveiled their own “Dollar Cravings Menu” in an effort to win back the snacking demo.

The new offerings appeal to all taste buds—there’s a cheesy, meaty Beef Quesadilla; a crunchy Spicy Tostado topped with beans; and three sweet offerings including a Caramel Apple Empanada and bite size Cinnabon Delights.

Although each item is just a dollar, Taco Bell is pretty cheap as fast food goes and Time notes in some cases, it’s not really a discount. The Crispy Potato Soft Taco and the Cheese Roll-up are already on the menu 99 cents at many locations of the chain.

Many of Taco Bell’s vegetarian offerings, like the Bean Burrito, and their crunchy tacos frequently hover just over a dollar.

Unfortunately, the new Dollar Cravings Menu doesn’t currently include any items sprinkled with Dorito dust.