Food Taco Bell Serves Up Black Rice in New 'Forbidden' Menu Items

02:22  14 september  2017
02:22  14 september  2017 Source:   foodandwine.com

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Now, Taco Bell is changing things up with a new menu item but don't get too attached to it because it'll only be available for a WEEK! To help test the waters, Taco Bell will be serving its new black rice in its new Forbidden Bowl.

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Say what you want about Taco Bell, the fast food chain has never shied away from testing innovative new products. Granted, those products have often been corporate tie-ins like the Doritos Locos Taco or strange repurposings of ingredients already on its menu like the Double Decker Taco. But still, whether it's a taco with an egg for a shell or a burrito full of Pop Rocks, the Bell has never been afraid of experimentation. And for its latest test item, the fast food chain is trying something unusual once again—a bowl and burrito featuring a slightly more upmarket ingredient: black rice.

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  Taco Bell Is Launching A We would be lying if we said that Taco Bell's newest menu addition caught us totally by surprise. TB has launched a steady onslaught of creative menu additions our way over the past few years. We've seen everything spanning from the expansion of cantina locations across the country (beachside included) to an official Taco Bell wedding venue, and the creation of breakfast salsa and naked chicken chips. To top ALL of that off, the big Bell still hasn't lost any steam for adding new and wacky items to its menu. Its most recent launch is here to prove it. What exactly is it?! Drumroll, please.

Taco Bell will make a series of items with black rice , which is a healthy food with high levels of antioxidants. Other Forbidden dishes include decadent fried pieces of avocado, sour cream, romaine lettuce, black beans, tomatoes, a “ Forbidden sauce,” and your choice of ground beef

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Taco Bell's forthcoming Forbidden Rice Burrito and Forbidden Rice Bowl are extremely limited release items that will only be available in one California location for one week starting tomorrow. The menu items take their name from the dishes' signature ingredient: black rice. Black rice is also sometimes called "Forbidden" rice because in ancient China it was reserved exclusively for the Emperor. Well, now it's at Taco Bell (take that, Emperor!) where it offers more than just a striking color: Black rice is also considered a health food thanks to its high levels of antioxidants.

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Taco Bell's Newest Test Item Is So Exclusive, It's Forbidden

  Taco Bell's Newest Test Item Is So Exclusive, It's Forbidden Taco Bell is going dark. While the fast food chain may not have meant to time its latest release with Halloween, it's certainly a timely move to debut the Forbidden Bowl and Forbidden Burrito, which both feature black ricewith no trendy charcoal in sight. Brand Eating reports that Taco Bell is testing the new menu items for one week at just one location in Orange County, California. Black rice is the star ingredient and it's called that because it was once reserved only for Chinese royalty. Well, the masses (in SoCal, at least) can get a taste of it now, with the addition of Taco Bell's signature spices.

Taco Bell is set to test new black rice in a new burrito bowl that they're calling the " Forbidden Bowl." Black rice is sometimes called " forbidden rice " as it was once exclusively reserved for Chinese royalty.

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Adding to the artisanal flare, these Forbidden dishes also come with fried pieces of avocado, as well as sour cream, romaine lettuce, black beans, tomatoes, a "Forbidden sauce," and your choice of ground beef, shredded chicken, grilled chicken, or steak. Plus, if you opt for the bowl, the actual container it arrives in is significantly classier than Taco Bell's usual packaging.

This test item got high praise from Foodbeast during an advance preview, with one person proclaiming it "better than Chipotle." "It's clear that Taco Bell has a leg up on Chipotle with the new Forbidden Rice meals," the site wrote. "The rice adds a great texture and flavor to the dish, which is complemented even further with the crispy yet creamy fried avocado pieces."

If you're interested in trying this new high-end Taco Bell offering, these "Forbidden" menu items will be sold exclusively at the Irvine, California, location at 2222 Barranca Parkway starting tomorrow, Thursday, September 14. A burrito or bowl will set you back a mere $3.49 or $3.99 depending on your filling.

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It's nicknamed forbidden rice because it was considered a luxury food in ancient China and was only eaten by royalty. With that, Taco Bell is also releasing a new menu item called the Forbidden Bowl.

Brand Eating reports that Taco Bell is testing the new menu items for one week at just one location in Orange County, California. Black rice is the star ingredient and it's called that because it was once reserved only for Chinese royalty.

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