Earlier this month, we published an article on the worst menu items available at some of America's favorite eateries. But there's already a new contender clamoring for a spot on our list. Taco Bell - the Mexican-inspired chain that once challenged fast-food diners to think outside the bun - is now asking you to think beyond the traditional tortilla. Instead of the same old flour-based wrap, restaurants will soon offer a folded strip of fried chicken to girdle your Gordita.
But it has a much sexier name than other Taco Bell staples. The food fansite Eater says the new dish is called the Naked Crispy Chicken Shell Chalupa. According to Wikipedia, a "chalupa" is a type of tostada. It's probably also the sound your heart will make after you eat the fast-food version. Taco Bell's Chalupa shell is basically a fried chicken pancake that's been moulded into a curved shape so that it can hold lettuce, diced tomatoes, avocado, shredded cheese and ranch sauce inside.
If you're salivating over it already, you'll have to wait a while yet before you can get your hands on one. The Chalupa won't become available until sometime in 2017. But you can feast your eyes on this sneak peak of the new wrap.
In the meantime, you'll soon be able to get Burger King's Mexican twist on their flagship sandwich. Last June, Fortune reported that select BK restaurants are offering the "Whopperito" - a Whopper/burrito hybrid that crams beef, American cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, onions, ketchup and mayonnaise in a tortilla. (Sorry, they're only using flour-based wraps for now.)
The Whopperito will be released nationwide on August 15th. Till then, you'll have to sate your stomach with the wrap's glamor shot.
Banner Image: Taco Bell Restaurant exterior. Taco Bell is an American chain of fast-food restaurants and serve a variety of Tex-Mex foods. (Ken Wolter / Shutterstock.com)