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This Beloved Cheesy Item From Taco Bell Is Back After Five Years

It's one of the most popular limited-time offers in the chain's history.
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One of Taco Bell's most popular limited-time offers in history is making a comeback! The Quesalupa, a cheese-stuffed chalupa, is hitting nationwide menus on March 11, further demonstrating that the chain has had cheese on the brain lately. What's more, according to the announcement, this new menu item going to be cheesier than ever.

The last time we've seen the Quesalupa on Taco Bell's menu was in 2016 when it exploded in popularity overnight. But the fast-food chain isn't simply just bringing it back—it's also upped the ante with the addition of extra cheese. That's right, the 2021 Quesalupa's cheese ratio has been increased by 50%, making the stuffed crispy shell heftier than before. The chain uses a combo of melted pepper jack and mozzarella, so you can expect the perfect cheese pull.

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The Quesalupa's insides are staying the same, and feature the tried-and-true blend of signature Taco Bell flavors: Seasoned beef, crispy lettuce, shredded cheddar cheese, fresh diced tomatoes, and sour cream.

"Behind the scenes in our Test Kitchen, my team is constantly hard at work ideating on how to enhance the food experience for our guests," said Liz Matthews, Taco Bell's Global Chief Food Innovation Officer, in a press release. "Our customers raved about the cheese-filled Chalupa shell in its first debut, so when the Quesalupa began its return journey back to our nationwide menus, we knew we needed to perfect that cheesy experience—one that will be consistent for every guest and every bite."

Another thing that isn't changing is the price. The Quesalupa will cost you exactly what it did back in 2016: $2.99 on its own, or $6.99 in a combo with two Crunchy Tacos and a large drink. As always, Taco Bell app users get first dibs, and will be able to order the chalupa starting today, a day ahead of its nationwide launch. And while this definitely isn't a healthy fast-food order, it may be worth the calorie splurge for the die-hard cheese fans.

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Mura Dominko
Mura Dominko is a senior editor at Eat This, Not That!. Read more