Taco Bell’s Naked Chicken Chalupa Is Back on the Menu Right Now

The Naked Chicken Chalupa is back by popular demand!

Taco Bell lovers—let’s taco ’bout the latest addition to the menu! The chain announced that its Naked Chicken Chalupa is back for summer.

Not familiar with this treat? The Naked Chicken Chalupas don’t have a soft or crunchy taco shell, but instead, wrap taco fixin’s in a “shell” of crispy fried chicken rolled in Mexican spices. It’s filled with lettuce, cheddar cheese and tomato, topped off by a cool avocado ranch dressing. It’s also Taco Bell’s contribution to the ongoing Chicken Sandwich Wars.

But How Does It Really Taste?

I tested the chalupas at a Taco Bell in Manhattan, and it tastes akin to a giant chicken nugget with few veggies wrapped inside. The avocado ranch from the chalupa didn’t register much, so you might want to add grab a hot sauce packet for some extra kick.

I couldn’t finish the chalupa—it was way too much chicken without other flavors to balance things out—but if you’re a chicken nugget devotee, this might be the perfect meal for you. If you’re watching your calorie intake, you might want to opt for the original Chicken Chalupa or a Black Bean Chalupa instead—the Naked Chicken Chalupa packs in more flavor, but adds up to 150-200 extra calories.

When Can I Get One? 

As of May 20, the Naked Chicken Chalupa is available at Taco Bell nationwide. However, all good things must come to an end (even Taco Bell’s super-popular Nacho Fries), so the Naked Chicken Chalupas will only be on the Taco Bell menu for a limited time. If you’re intrigued by the chicken shells, you’ll want to get to Taco Bell as soon as possible!

You can get it a la carte for $3.49 or a Crispy Chalupa Box for $5.99, which includes a Beef Burrito, Crunchy Taco and medium fountain drink. Don’t forget to pair it with Taco Bell’s new Freeze!

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Meghan De Maria
Meghan is an entertainment and lifestyle writer with a soft spot for nostalgic snack foods. Whether it's a new Pop-Tarts flavor or a new menu item at Taco Bell, there's nothing she won't try in the name of research... or just in the name of a junk food craving.