Six months after Taco Bell removed potatoes from its menu last year, the chain announced that their Cheesy Fiesta Potatoes and Spicy Potato Soft Taco are finally back.
Taco Bell dropped the two popular dishes in July in order to optimize the menu. However, fans were both broken and angry about the move, and used social media and even online petitions to voice their grievances.
And their concerns have been heard: Taco Bell announced Thursday that the potatoes will triumphantly return on March 11th.
Woohoo! Six months after Taco Bell removed potatoes from its menu, the chain announced that their Cheesy Fiesta Potatoes and Spicy Potato Soft Taco are finally back
According to Eater, Taco Bell had decided to get rid of the potatoes in the face of the new challenges of the pandemic.
Liz Matthews, Taco Bell’s global chief food innovation officer, told the website that more customers are using the drive-thru and that potato finishing is a way to get those orders off the ground faster.
However, the game was bigger than expected.
“I feel like I’ve heard about potato bites from almost everyone in the country,” said Matthews.
Social media scolded and complained, and thousands signed petitions urging Taco Bell to correct the mistake.
Many were upset because they simply loved the dishes, while others pointed out their importance to vegetarian guests.
How fitting! CEO Mark King said they’ll be back with a potato filter in a fun new video in March
“Taco Bell has long been one of the most vegetarian fast food chains,” wrote Amaury Barberi, a petition writer. “Cutting these items will limit the options for vegetarians and dedicated fans and customers of their favorite dishes.”
“Getting rid of Taco Bell potatoes is worse than my parents’ divorce,” said a social media user at the time.
When Taco Bell heard their screams, he shared some very welcome news on Twitter yesterday in the form of a video of CEO Mark King using a potato filter.
‘Last year we had to switch completely to drive-through, which resulted in longer queues for our customers and a much higher demand for our team members. In order to create a better experience for you and our teams, we had to simplify our menu, ”he said.
“And unfortunately removing potatoes was one of them. But it’s a new year with new possibilities. And you know what? We bring you back!
Angry: Fans were incredibly upset when they were removed in July. Some even signed a petition
In a press release, Matthews added, “The return of our beloved potatoes is just the first step in showing our fans the strong commitment to vegetarians we are making this year.”
Customers on Twitter are thrilled with the news.
“I woke up today to the news that Taco Bell is bringing back potatoes and now the sun is just shining a little brighter,” wrote one.
Others are “so excited” and “even shed a tear of joy” at the announcement.
“If you’re wondering where I am mentally, the taco bell potato announcement this morning made me cry,” said another.
Some even see it as a sign that this year is going to be better than the last, with one writing: “Well, 2021 is starting to look great. Taco Bell is bringing potatoes back – so this year has to be good. ‘
Yes! Customers are thrilled that they are finally coming back
Quite a few say they learned the lesson that bullying is a great way to get results.
‘Bullying works. Taco Bell brings back potatoes, ”wrote one.
“I love you, I’m so sorry for all the bad things I’ve said since the potatoes were taken away,” said another.
“I’m glad that we as a company managed to get Taco Bell to bring the potatoes back,” writes a third.
As journalist and podcast host Billy Jensen wrote, “I always say at The Murder Squad that you have to ‘get loud’ when it comes to getting justice for colds. Apparently, the same applies to changes to the fast food menu. We made it! Taco Bell just announced that potatoes are coming back. ‘
Aha! Some say it’s proof that bullying works and are trying to get back other discontinued favorites
Now some are hoping that launching a campaign aggressive enough will bring other discontinued favorites back to the menu – particularly Mexican pizza, which the chain claims to have removed in September.
Others are hoping for a return of chicken burritos, meaty crunch burritos, and caramel apple empanadas.
While there hasn’t been a word on these topics yet, Taco Bell announced that some new menu options will be added soon.
The chain announced that it has partnered with Beyond Meat to develop a plant-based meat option that it will be testing next year.