This streamlined menu “will leave room for new fan favorites, continued progress in categories such as plant-based diets, and even opportunities for the return of some classics on a limited time basis,” Taco Bell wrote in its news release.
It’s tough news for potato-loving Taco Bell fans — particularly vegetarians, who utilized Taco Bell’s potatoes to bulk up their orders. However, there is one small consolation: A cook recently posted her recipe for Taco Bell-style potatoes on Lifehacker.
“Thankfully, making Taco Bell potatoes at home is easy: All you need are regular russet potatoes, oil, and a simple seasoning blend,” the cook, A.A. Newton, wrote in her recent post.
Newton’s process involves both stovetop frying and oven roasting. And the key to getting these potatoes right, she explained, is the seasoning — or as she calls it, “Live Más Dust.”
For this magic dust, Newton uses ground cumin, granulated garlic, dehydrated onion flakes or onion powder, smoked paprika, cayenne or any other red chili powder, powdered bouillon (she prefers chicken-flavored bouillon) or nutritional yeast, white sugar, adobo seasoning and all-purpose flour.
The flour is crucial: “A little bit of all-purpose flour adds a hint of crunch to their fried potatoes, which is desperately needed amongst the squish,” she explained.
To see the full recipe and cooking directions, visit Lifehacker.