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Published May 14, 2014, 04:00 PM

Review: Taco Johns’ Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Burrito as bad as it sounds

Has anyone else noted the Taco John’s Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Burrito billboards around the Fargo-Moorhead area with disgust and wonder?

By: Heidi Tetzman Roepke, INFORUM

Has anyone else noted the Taco John’s Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Burrito billboards around the Fargo-Moorhead area with disgust and wonder?

For those who haven’t seen them, it’s a burrito filled with spicy chorizo, nacho cheese, jalapenos, chile de arbol salsa and … Flamin’ Hot Cheetos.

It’s the latest in a string of items rolled out at fast-food places using Frito-Lays products, including Taco Bell’s Doritos Locos Tacos and Subway’s Fritos Chicken Enchilada Melt.

It’s hard to imagine someone older than 15 coming up with the idea outside of a brainstorming session for the movie “Idiocracy,” much less someone voluntarily ordering it outside of a late-night, post-bar food run.

So naturally, I tried it. Greeted with an unnaturally neon-red glow followed by a texture and flavor abomination requiring a HAZMAT suit, it’s exactly what you might imagine and worse. The whole thing is just wrong. And why? And just no.

I’ve found that ordering anything beyond a regular taco at a fast-food taco place usually ends up being a mistake, and this was by far the worst.

Novelty food items offered for “a limited time only” are a regular marketing tool of fast-food chains. As for the Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Burrito, for the sake of basic human dignity, let this limited-time offer expire.


Tetzman Roepke is the assistant features editor at The Forum. Readers can reach her at htetzman@forumcomm.com.

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