Don’t Forget The Mild Sauce
Don’t Forget the Mild Sauce
By: Kathryn Hathorne
What do you think about when you think about the fast food restaurant Taco Bell? Crunchy tacos? Soft shell tacos? Well today I am going to share with you a menu item that is, sadly, a little less known.
The Power Bowl. And it is powerful. Sorry for the loaded joke, but so is this bowl. Okay, I’ll stop.
The fast food chain Chipotle is more widely known for the “burrito bowl.” It is a menu item that combines all the ingredients of a loaded burrito into a bowl without the tortilla. Customers are able to customize their bowl and add or take away ingredients.
Sometimes ordering something new can be overwhelming, especially at a fast food restaurant, because of how fast paced the ordering lines usually are. However, I highly encourage you to check out Taco Bell’s menu online and create your own personalized Power Bowl before you go. Or if you just enjoy the thrill of ordering under pressure, go for it.
On a sunny Wednesday afternoon, I had zero anxiety as I placed my order for my customized Power Bowl. The traditional bowl includes rice, romaine lettuce, shredded cheddar cheese, black beans, Pico de Gallo, sour cream, avocado ranch sauce, and guacamole. Did I mention the sour cream was reduced fat? No need for the gym today.
I usually try to get a little bit of everything in each bite, which is impossible. The rice, beans, and potatoes really balance out the stronger flavors of the seasoned chicken, guacamole, and Pico De Gallo. That is not to say those three items are bland. The black beans are lightly salted and have a very nice texture that keeps the bowl from becoming dry. The potatoes are surprisingly not over salted and offer a softer flavor from the other richer ingredients. The seasoned rice is the base of the bowl literally and figuratively. All of the other ingredients revolve around the rice.
In order to make my Power Bowl perfect, I add potatoes, tomatoes, onions, shredded chicken, and most importantly mild sauce. Did you just get hungry? I did.
This bowl is ridiculous. By ridiculous, I mean this bowl is packed with a lot of food and a lot of flavors. I like to mix it all together and add the mild sauce. Mild sauce is the optimum level of sweet and spicy.
The shredded chicken is my personal favorite protein option because it is strips of actual chicken breast that have been seasoned with garlic, onion, paprika, and other spices. I love the way the seasoned chicken mixes with the avocado ranch sauce and sour cream. The avocado ranch sauce sounds like it would be heavy, but it is actually very light and compliments the bowl without being overpowering. The sour cream is actually the more dominant flavor throughout the bowl.
The bowl has so many colors. The Pico De Gallo, not only adds fresh flavor but beautiful colors as well, and so do the tomatoes, cheese, and guacamole.
Pico De Gallo is a staple in many Mexican dishes sometimes in the dish or just on the side. The Pico de Gallo allows me to overlook how unhealthy the rest of the bowl may be because it is so fresh and crisp. The guacamole has a very prominent onion flavor. After I add onions to the bowl and include that onion filled guacamole, this turns into an entrée you do not want to eat on a date. You could though. I have. Yolo.
As I sit here and eat this bowl of goodness and write this review, I have discovered that Taco Bell is a wonderful place to people watch. I believe there may be a few people in this restaurant actually on a date. They may be about 15 years old and definitely in high school, but clearly trying to be cool without getting hot sauce on their shirt. The majority of the patrons are college age students because no one appreciates cheap food like college kids.
I ALMOST FORGOT. If I had not just had to go get a refill I might have forgotten to talk about the, just as important, other half of this meal. The drink. A Mountain Dew Baja Blast –reason enough to visit Taco Bell. This drink has not been available in stores since late 2016, and production in bottles and cans has now been discontinued. The Baja Blast is marketed as “a tropical lime storm.” This description pretty accurately describes this tropical take on the tradition version of Mountain Dew.
Also, my meal total was $9.39. Take that Chipotle.