The nation saw a notable addition to fast-food value menus today: Taco Bell—the chain that is currently testing the waters with a bougie fast-casual restaurant concept—has now decided to go the dollar-menu route.

The new “$1 Dollar Cravings Menu” joins the ranks of what once was the McDonald’s Dollar Menu (which has since become the “Dollar Menu & More”), and Wendy’s “Right Price, Right Size” menu. Both the McDonald’s and Wendy’s value menus feature pricier-than-a-dollar items, ranging from $2 to $5.

There’s a total of 11 items on the Dollar Cravings menu—some items are new to customers, other have been around for a while. The chain was already shilling 99¢ Cheese Roll-Ups, Cinnamon Twists, and Cinnabons before this dirt-cheap menu came along.

For this exceptionally low-priced chain, charging $1 for some items actually represents an increase in price, notes TIME.


“The chain already had items on the menu for 99¢, like the Crispy Potato Soft Taco, Cinnamon Twists, and the Cheese Roll-up. Cinnamon twists and a slightly different potato taco are now on the dollar menu, meaning they’re actually more expensive (by a penny) than they were before. An order of Cinnabon delights is on the dollar menu for breakfast, but before the ‘change,’ a two-pack of Cinnabons was also listed on menus for $1.”


Regardless of whether any of these Taco Bell items are actually a good deal, here’s a look at what you can get your hands on for a dollar:

Caramel Apple Empanada

What it is: warm apple chunks and a caramel sauce in a pastry pocket

Triple Layer Nachos

What it is: tortilla chips and beans in nacho cheese and tangy red sauces

Beefy Mini Quesadilla

What it is: beef, chipotle sauce, and a three-cheese blend, wrapped in a warm tortilla

Cinnamon Twists

What it is: cinnamon twists

Cinnabon Delights 4-Pack

What it is: an upgrade from the two-pack Cinnabon Delights

Cheesy Bean and Rice Burrito

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What it is: meatless burrito with cilantro rice, beans, nacho cheese, and jalapeño sauce

Beefy Fritos Burrito

What it is: beef burrito with cilantro rice, nacho cheese sauce, and Frito chips. No beans included. 

Spicy Tostada

What it is: a tostada shell topped with lettuce, beans, tangy red and chipotle sauces, and real cheese. 

Shredded Chicken Mini Quesadilla

What it is: shredded chicken and a three-cheese blend, wrapped in a warm tortilla

Spicy Potato Soft Taco

What it is: warm tortilla filled with potato bites, real cheddar cheese, lettuce, and chipotle sauce

Cheese Roll-Up

What it is: a melted three-cheese blend in a flour tortilla

(Photos via Taco Bell)

Note: We are unruffled by the recurrent usage of fake cheese on this menu, and ultimately can’t judge whether it’s better than, say, McDonald’s value menu. The most exciting thing on that menu might be the Jalapeño Double Burger, for the record.

We shall eagerly await the customer verdict.

[via TIME Money, Taco Bell]