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This Is Taco Bell's Most Popular Menu Item In History

The beloved value item earned its icon status in an instant.

A fair share of menu items have gained cult followings throughout Taco Bell's history. Crunchwrap Supremes, Doritos Locos Tacos, and Quesaritos have all brought in the kinds of sales that make a dent on year-end earnings statements. However, when it comes to declaring one menu item as the GOAT—that's greatest of all time—the title goes to the one and only Nacho Fries.

Nacho Fries aren't a permanent menu item, but that didn't stop them from becoming the beloved Tex-Mex chain's most popular item to date. The crispy, spiced potatoes that upended the fast-food industry first dropped in January 2018. The chain sold more than 53 million orders within five short weeks, making the fries the most successful new launch in Taco Bell's history.

At the time, Taco Bell stated that every third order placed included Nacho Fries—a metric of success that outpaced Doritos Locos Tacos. To date, the chain has sold more than 347 million orders of Nacho Fries during their bi-annual appearances. (Related: McDonald's Is Making These 8 Major Upgrades.)

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Americans were well primed for the arrival of Nacho Fries, whose delicious reputation preceded them across the globe. Taco Bell's loaded fries were first available in countries across Asia and South America, as well as Canada. Once they turned up stateside, they were everything we could have possibly hoped for—thicker and heftier than McDonald's fries, coated in a slightly spicy blend of seasoning, and served with a side of nacho cheese sauce for dipping. All for the low price of $1. 

Even better? The fries provided a new base menu item that customers could build upon (aka another opportunity for customization, which the Taco Bell crowd loves). Load them with nacho toppings or add them to a burrito—the world is your oyster!

Taco Bell Heads already know the drill: Nachos Fries are currently available on the chain's menu nationwide. They'll likely disappear by April … and reappear again later this year.

Given all of the potato drama that took place at Taco Bell last year, we sure are glad to know there's one potato we can always count on to make a comeback. May Taco Bell never cancel its greatest hit!

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Mura Dominko
Mura is ETNT's Executive Editor, leading the coverage of America's favorite restaurant chains, grocery stores, and viral food moments. Read more about Mura