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Why Isn’t Taco Bell’s Best Menu Item Available In The U.S.?

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Listen up, Taco Bell, because we’ve got a small problem: There’s an item on your menu that’s been a rousing success in the U.K., Canada, Japan, and all over Latin America. This illustrious item goes by many names — from the exotic Papas Supreme to the simple Loaded Fries — and it sounds absolutely delicious, because what could be better than an order of fries topped with a smattering of all our favorite Taco Bell ingredients? Who doesn’t love nacho fries? But wait, why sounds instead of tastes? Oh, that’s right: For some reason, nacho fries aren’t available in the USA. You know we like fries, right?

Check out what the rest of the world is feasting on and try not to get jealous:

In Japan, loaded fries come with cheddar and nacho cheese, beef, sour cream, and green onions. Taco Bell Guatemala has an entire fry menu, and Latin American Taco Bell locations serve up “Papas Supreme.” In Chile, in addition to loaded fries, there’s even a burrito stuffed with fries. Taco Bell in Canada serves Fries Supreme, Cheesy Fries, and Chili Cheese Fries.

An entire fry menu? Sounds like an artery-clogging goldmine that could sustain the franchise for a literal eternity (or until whatever moment the sun decides to expand and burn us all to a crisp). So why don’t we have them here yet? Why has Taco Bell never gotten into the potato game stateside? Why, Big Nacho, have you forsaken us?


Uh-oh…turns out, it might be all our fault.

Laura Nedbal, spokeswoman for the chain which brings you the best 2 a.m. Cali-Tex-Mesh™, cleared up some of the confusion (and anger you’re probably feeling right now), telling Business Insider that we don’t have Loaded Fries on our shores yet because “we’ve tested fries in the US previously. We’re always looking for new items to test, so if we see a good fit for a particular region, we would never say never to testing them again.”

They tested them and they failed? Fellow Americans, we need to do better! We should live in an America where any man, woman, or child can walk into any of Taco Bell’s thousands of locations nationwide and get the contents of a 7-Layer Burrito dumped onto a pipping hot order of fries, or get those fries stuffed inside said burrito (maybe both)! Until that wonderful day, we’re just going to have to frequent Taco Time which serves amazing and spicy tater tots, or Mexi-Fries if you will, and live vicariously through the lives of more fortunate others on Instagram.

(Via Business Insider)

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