Anecdotal opinions suggest that cannabis and Taco Bell usually go hand in hand in the most beautiful of unions. Whether it is through multiple flavors of a deliciously unhealthy Dorito Loco Tacos, Beefy 5-Layer Burrito, Chalupa Supreme, or my personal favorite and the now defunct XXL Nachos, the many mysterious ingredients in Taco Bell seem to speak to stoners’ cases of munchies in a way that Pop Tarts, Cheetos, White Castle hamburgers, delivery pizza or Chex Mix simply cannot.


In the niche market of places open beyond midnight for those who have consumed quite a bit of cannabis or alcohol, Taco Bell reigns supreme with their throne only being shared by Ronald McDonald and his empire of 10-cent Hamburgers and McChicken, sold for a dollar. Anyone who ever smoked a joint or had several alcoholic beverages has more than likely ended up at one of Taco Bell’s 7,000 locations.


With the growing legalization of cannabis, fast food restaurants are starting to market their products more towards cannabis users — quite like they have been marketing to alcohol drinkers for decades. With all due respect towards “The Bell” and my many visits to their restaurants (after a few too many drinks on Fry Street in Denton), Jack In The Box paved the way for marketing to cannabis users with the 2013 introduction of their “Late Night Munchie Meals”.


With the legalization of cannabis in the most populous state in the union and the sixth largest economy in the world, Taco Bell has released a product that could have only been replicated in a stoner’s most wild dream. By combining two classic delicacies, nachos and fries, Taco bell has perfectly catered to a sizable amount of their clientele with the release of their “Nacho Fries”.


Doritos Locos Tacos

Doritos Locos Tacos (pinterest)

The fries, which Taco Bell confidently describes as “the most-anticipated menu item release of the year”, are seasoned with various Mexican seasonings and served with nacho cheese. Although to venture beyond the simple a la carte seasoned fries which Taco Bell calls “warm queso”, the beloved restaurant announced a few upgrade options to pair with their newest item. “The fries will also be served Supreme for $2.49 or Bell Grande for $3.49,” Taco Bell states — which means the dollar menu item could potentially be served with beef, pico de gallo, nacho cheese and sour cream.


I could only imagine sheer excitement in the slightly spacey minds of some cannabis users when they heard this monumental announcement, most likely on a commercial during an Adventure Time marathon. Additional options to be added are the Nacho Fries in a $5 box with two other classics of Taco Bell that rightfully deserve their spots in the Museum of Stoner Foods, the Dorito Loco Tacos and a Cheesy Gordita Crunch.


Now, the fact that the January 25 release of Nacho Fries nationwide dovetails California’s recreational legalization of cannabis, is most likely just a coincidence. Yet, with cannabis being more legalized and less stigmatized, I am excited to see where the niche marketing towards cannabis users will go.


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