Taking on the Waffle Taco

There aren’t too many things I love more than a good breakfast. If given the choice between eating breakfast, lunch or dinner every day for the rest of my life, it’s breakfast all the way — beyond a doubt. Pancakes, waffles (with real Bisquick), eggs scrambled, over easy, sunnyside up, cinnamon rolls, muffins, toast, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, bagels and cream cheese, doughnuts, syrup, cereal — the list goes on and on. Pour a hot cup of coffee, and I’m set for the rest of the day. So, naturally, when I heard Taco Bell was launching their first breakfast menu today, I knew where my morning would lead.

waffle tacoThis is surprising to me considering the fact that I am not a fast food breakfast person. I’m not even a fast food person really. I actually had never been to a Taco Bell until Jacob and I went there on our first date. But for some reason or another, seeing Taco Bell’s breakfast promo made my mouth water. A.M. sausage and bacon crunchwrap/tacos, breakfast burritos, cinnabon delights. The pièce de résistance, though, has to be the waffle taco. A sausage patty (or bacon) with eggs squished into a waffle shaped like a taco topped with cheese. So at 10:30 a.m., I pulled up to drive thru, placed my order to an overly-friendly Taco Bell employee and experienced my first waffle taco.

My review? You’ll have to see the end of this post for that. By now, though, you should realize I never focus my blog entirely on the creations of others. I always like to switch it up a bit so I decided to create my own take on the perfect waffle taco breakfast.

waffletaco ingredients

INGREDIENTS
Waffles:
● Waffle maker
● 1/2 cup Bisquick
● 1/2 cup milk
● 1 egg
Eggs:
● 1 egg
● 1/4 cup milk
Bacon:

● 2-3 slices

DIRECTIONS

waffle makerwaffle ingredientswaffle combinedwaffle pouringwaffle cookingwaffle end1. The waffle. Preheat your waffle maker to the settings instructed on your individual maker. My best friend bought me my first waffle maker (a Wearing Pro) last year for my birthday and I’ve been using it ever since. While you’re waiting for it to preheat, begin combining the ingredients for the waffle batter. Add the Bisquick, milk and egg into a small bowl and whisk together until everything is incorporated and you get a thick-like batter. The waffle maker I have also happens to come with a measuring cup to fill the batter with in order to pour the right consistency. Once the waffle maker is preheated, add the batter to the pan, making sure to leave enough room around the edges for it to fill out. For some reason, I always have batter that ends up spilling out so I like to place a sheet of paper towel underneath just to help with cleaning. Once you’ve poured the batter in, cook the mixture per instructed on your individual waffle maker — about 2-3 minutes for mine. Once your waffles are finished, take them out with a fork, making sure not to burn yourself, and set them aside on a plate. (The waffle maker will make four waffles but you’ll only need one for the waffle taco. You can refrigerate the others in order to save them for later.)

eggseggs panscrambled eggs2. The eggs and bacon. Begin heating a small pan over medium heat on your stovetop, sprayed with non-stick cooking spray if needed. While the pan is warming up, whisk the egg and milk together in a bowl until everything is combined. Once the pan is ready, pour the ingredients in and begin mixing the eggs and milk together with a spatula. As the mixture begins warming up, the eggs will start to scramble. It’s important to constantly mix the eggs together so they don’t stick and you get a nice fluffy texture. Once the eggs are scrambled to your liking, take them off the heat, place them on a plate and set aside. As for the bacon, cooking it is up to you. We purchased already cooked bacon that only needs to  heated up in the microwave. However, you could fry your own bacon in the pan or cook it in the oven depending on your individual preference.

waffle eggswaffle winston3. Combine together. Take one piece of the waffles we made and set at the bottom of a small plate. Then, place the egg mixture over the waffle, making sure not to overwhelm the waffle below. Crush up the bacon you made and place it on top of the egg like a garnish. And there you have it. A waffle taco even Winston wishes he could eat. You could also mix up this recipe by adding sausage instead of bacon, topping it with melted cheese and drizzling it with syrup. It’s really up to you. In the end, I promise it will still taste delicious.

waffletaco2As for Taco Bell’s waffle taco? Not too bad, I’d have to say. The sausage is definitely the saving grace for this dish (although it’s more like sausage rounds than a full on patty.) The waffle itself is a little bland, but all in all it’s nothing I’m taken aback by given the fact that this is still fast food. I’d say go ahead and put an order in for one the next time you find yourself at a Taco Bell at 8 a.m. just to say you’ve tried it. After you do, try a hand at my recipe for a homemade waffle taco. I think I know which one you’ll
enjoy more.

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