Taco Bell’s Nacho Fries Are Back — But For How Long?

Taco Bell has been on a mission to please its most loyal supporters in 2021 by bringing back fan-favorite menu items. From Cheesy Fiesta Potatoes to the Quesalupa to Flamin’ Hot Doritos Locos Tacos, some of the restaurant’s most unique offerings have appeared back on the menu after some time away.

But those moves may have just been preludes to the most recent dish that came back to the menu. On July 22, Nacho Fries returned to Taco Bell locations nationwide.

In a press release about the return of Nacho Fries, the company touted them as the best-selling limited-release item in its history, showing their immense popularity. Nacho Fries are essentially the McRib of the Mexican-inspired fast-food world.

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The company went all-out in announcing the return of the item, even producing a 20-page manga following a heroic group called the Fry Force, which it released online as a free PDF. There was no book written for the return of Cheesy Fiesta Potatoes!

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While the return of Nacho Fries is always an event, it’s not exactly a rare one. Since debuting in 2018, the offering has returned to Taco Bell’s menu no fewer than seven times in three years, according to the company.

The company has been mum on when this beloved side will leave the menu again but we can use past Nacho Fries release patterns to make an educated guess. The last time they appeared on menus was Dec. 24, 2020 and they went away on March 10, 2021. That was roughly 11 weeks of deep-fried, nacho-cheesy bliss, which would put the end of this current promotion in early October.

For this return, Nacho Fries are priced at $1.39 on their own or as part of a $5 box with a Beefy Five-Layer Burrito, a Crunchy Taco and a medium drink. You can either get them the standard way or in a new Loaded Taco Style, which sees the fries covered in nacho cheese, sour cream and seasoned beef.

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No matter which way you order them, you can’t really lose. But if you happen to miss out on Nacho Fries this time around, don’t worry too much because they’ll probably be back again soon.