Taco Bell Crunchwrap Supreme

by Barry Lewis


500g beef mince

Pinch salt and pepper

1tsp paprika

1tsp cumin

1tsp medium chilli powder (or pick the heat to suit)

4 large flour tortillas

4 small flour tortillas

4 hard shell tacos / tostadas

150ml pot nacho sauce (a Doritos dip works well)

200g sour cream

200g cheddar cheese, grated

½ lettuce, washed and chopped

3 tomatoes, chopped in small chunks and de-seeded

Taco bell is not too close to where I live, I’ve been in a few over the pond before and there are some scattered around the UK. Above that though, I love tacos, I think they are probably my most favourite food in the World, or certainly right up there. So when I missed the opportunity to try a Crunchwrap supreme from Taco bell, I thought it was only right to make a Taco Bell clone and attempt to make one for myself, it’s actually quite fun to make and speedy too if you use some prepared items rather than going fully homemade – like making your own tortillas etc, it’s your call, but this was actually fantastic! Hope you try it, this should make enough for 4 people.

How to make a Taco Bell crunchwrap supreme

Alright, the first thing to do is cook the beef mince. Really you can use any type of meat (or meat-free alternative) but just get it in a large frying pan, with a little oil, and cook over a medium heat, adding the salt, pepper, paprika, cumin and chilli powder. Cook away until well browned all over and push into a bowl to one side. Wipe the frying pan clean with kitchen towel for later.

Now prep all your other ingredients if you have not already.

Lay down a large tortilla, then spoon some beef mince into the centre, make sure it is flat and has a good size border evenly all around it, these will be folded over the meat in a moment. About 1 ½ inch is probably ok for a gap all around. Now add on some nacho sauce, then the crispy hard shell taco. Ideally if it’s a round the same size as the small tortillas add that on top, or if it’s a half shell, snap it in half like the video. I would actually if you have any spare add another layer for some more crunch next time I make it. You could also use tortilla chips such as Doritos, just make sure to cover the sauce. Then add the sour cream, lettuce, tomatoes and finally the cheese.

Take the small tortilla, and place it on top of the cheese, in an ideal World you’ve made the filling shape be the same size as the small tortilla, just don’t over fill it! Now slowly bring the outside tortilla into the centre, holding the fold down with a finger as you rotate around and repeat all the way to create a sort of hexagon holding in the ingredients.

Take your cooled frying pan and flip the crunch wrap into the pan seam side down, so that they stay in place. Warm the pan gently on the hob to toast the wrap on the outside and lock in the seam shape, check with a spatula you are happy with the colour, then flip it and repeat on the other side. This should get it nice and toasted but not cook it too quickly which we found cooking in oil does, the insides will be warm too but if it cools you can put it in a microwave for 10 seconds.

Eat immediately and play around with the flavour combinations! Flavoured Doritos, as I type this would add another dimension, as would more vegetables, or bacon and different sauces! If you can’t get small flour tortillas, get large ones and cut them to the dimension of a snapped taco shell or approx. half the size of a large one.