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Taco Bell Chili Cheese Burrito-Gone Forever?

I live in SoCal and miss Chili Cheese Burritos (Chilito) so much.

I found a website (www.chilicheese.org) that is campaigning to get it back.

Anyone used to love them as much as me?

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  1. I was wondering why they got rid of them but had them on the website as menu items. I was addicted to those.

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    1. re: carinole

      We get the Chili Cheese Burrittos here all the time!

    2. I loved them too. I'd eat half a dozen at lunch sometimes.

      I also like to open them up and stick my french fries inside them.

      As Tony would say, "They're great!!!"


      1. Great News!!! For fans of the Chili Cheese Burrito (Chilito) there is a way to make them! They have introduced the chili as a topping for nachos. I ordered a bean and cheese burrito but told them to hold the beans but add the chili instead.


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        1. re: SoPasFoodie

          I'd try this, except the mental capacity of some of the Taco Bell employees I've encountered is slightly below a bowl of soup. They have a hard enough time understanding a simple order, let along a complex procedure like substituting beans for chili.

          I do miss the Chilito though.

          1. re: SoPasFoodie

            Hah, I totally saw the commercial for this and wondered if the topping could be exploited to make chilitos!

            1. re: SoPasFoodie

              OMG I saw the commerical for the nachos this past weekend in Vegas. Stopping at TB in Barstow, I asked if it was the same stuff as in the... "chili cheese burritos?" the cashier replied, finishing my question. "Do you want a chili cheese burrito"? was her next question. Apparently people had been asking her all day.

              IT WAS SO FREAKING GOOD!

            2. Anyone remember 10 or more years ago when they offered the Chilito with Fritos? I miss that one a lot.

              1. LOL...forget the chilitos...BRING BACK THE BELLBEEFER!!! :-) That and the enchirito with green sauce are the only edible things TB make!

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                1. re: Torchman

                  The bellbeefer can still be found. It isn't on the menu, but certain ones still make it. You might ask the ones in your area.

                2. This must vary from location to location because one of the Taco Bells I go to still has them on the menu and the other(newly built) Taco Bell that I go to doesn't have them on the menu.

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                  1. re: Chimayo Joe

                    The chilito still exists, but the franchisee can choose to sell it or not and for some reason VERY few franchisees still sell it, but if you are lucky you might find some somewhere. There is actually a whole website devoted to this thing.

                  2. The Wichita stores have had the chili cheese burrito back for over a year, as well as the tostada, which disappeared for a while. However, most times the c-c burrito's never warm enough to even melt the cheese, which is gross (even for Taco Bell).
                    I do love the enchirito, even after they eliminated the decorative black olive slice.

                    1. Our taco bell in Northeastern Ohio will always make a chili cheese burrito whenever we ask...and we always order it grilled.

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                      1. re: chelleyd01

                        A lot of taco bells will do that. They'll remove things from the actual menu byt keep the recipes around in case they're specially ordered. I had a friend who would always order an enchirito, even though they were long removed from the menu, and tthey'd make them every time.
                        It's been a while since I've headed for the border, but the chili cheese burrito and the beef meximelt were far and above my favorite things there. those and the mexican pizza. Great 2 a.m. combo.

                      2. YES! I miss them terribly. I wrote them some time ago (they slooowly disappeared in my area; I was only able to get them at a few, and then one, and then none over the course of about a year), and they said they have no plans to bring them back.
                        It seems like, with all the new stuff the seem to introduce monthly, they could bring back the chilito for a few months!

                        On a side not, I also miss the green onions; they haven't been using them since the e-Coli incident or whatever it was earlier this year. Can't blame them and appreciate the corporate responsibility, but I do miss them on my nachos.

                        1. Yep, I used to love those! They actually just recently brought them back in one of the Taco Bells in my area, but as great as that may seem, it sucks. They changed it completely. They pretty much put some beef, a couple of pieces of onion and a few clumps of shredded cheese wrapped in a tortilla, and they now call that the chili cheese burrito. I was so disappointed I about cried :(

                          1. I seriously can't believe they took it away again. When I saw that they were offering a chili cheese nacho I almost freaked. I went in and ordered the chili cheese burrito even though it was never a menu item. After only offering it for a few weeks, they have again taken it away. I'm so pissed I can't stand it. I almost went and bought 50 to freeze but I figured I would have more time with it. Now that they have taken it away again I'm not sure what I'm going to do. Lonely is the word. LOL Seriously I hope they bring it back. I'd pay $3 or more a burrito and not blink an eye.

                            1. It's my hubbies favorite thing at Taco Bell. He has been talking about it forever, I, unfortunately, have never had the pleasure of trying them.. And I know he has been missing them dearly....Guess I have to do a 'build your own' at the local Taco Bell! :)))

                              1. The Chili-Cheese Wrap at Sonic is an excellent substitute for the Taco Bell item. Just say "no Fritos" if you don't want any.

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                                1. re: aynrandgirl

                                  The Taco Bell chilito was actually created after Zantigo closed and Taco Bell/KFC took over..the chilito at Zantigo..was so incredibly good. Different though in that it's not really red chili sauce like the TB version. Green chili I think but I've never been able to figure it out. We still have the TB chilito in Saint Paul *and* we now have a couple newer Zantigos. They serve chiltos hot or mild. I've seen people order boxes of them like a couple doxen at a time! I hope they're going to share!

                                  1. re: cherrylime

                                    I sometimes ate Zantigo chilitos three times a day in the summer when I was in high school.. thank goodness I was riding horses eight hours a day to wear them off!!! A friend and I would sometimes drive into Rochester, MN for lunch, again for a late afternoon snack and again for an evening snack. I still yearn for those darn things!! I hated Taco Bell for a long time(still do actually) after they bought out Zantigo's in Rochester, the Taco Bell rendition was not the same. I am glad Zantigo's is still around, haven't been back 'home' in ten+ years but next time I am in Minneapolis I know what my first meal will be. :O)

                                2. We still have them in Minnesota!

                                  1. We still have them in Oklahoma too. I was really excited to find the encherito back on the menu recently, except the omitted the three black olives on the top and it does not taste the same.

                                    My FI loved the Frito burrito - not sure if he's tried the one at Sonic.

                                    1. Chili cheese burrito was my favorite at TB. Not a big fan of sour cream. It's hard to fing things with just meat and cheese at TB sometimes, seems all the burritos have either beans or sour cram or some type of cream sauce. A reg soft taco is ok, but I really liked the "chilito". Great after a night of drinking. Now, I might have to go to the local TB and ask for a chili cheese burrito and see what happens. Their employees do seem low on the fast food "heirachy" , maybe that can work to my advantage with a little mind persuasion, Jedi style. "You will make me a chili cheese burrito", Employee.." I will make you a chili cheese burrito"

                                      1. The chili-cheese burrito used to be my favorite also. I figured they just rotate menu items around and it'll be back eventually. Wonder if I'm right?

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                                        1. Its funny because I heard a couple of people say there not available any more but I live in Ohio and I still order chili cheese burritos matter of fact I just had one 3 day ago!!

                                          1. I hate how Taco Bell keeps getting rid of my favorite menu items. I used to adore the chilito, and it's gone (I can't get them here even if I ask), and yesterday I tried to get a cheesy beefy melt but nope, that's gone too.

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                                            1. re: mdepsmom

                                              I thought I was the only one...I LOVED CHILITOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                                              1. re: mdepsmom

                                                They now have the cheesy double beef burrito which, with 2 pack of fire sauce is awesome.


                                                1. re: Davwud

                                                  I like the cheesy double beef with sauce as well, but folks mention that the beef/cheese/sauce ratio isn't as balanced as the Chilito.

                                                  1. re: monkeyrotica

                                                    Well, different. I'm not sure I'd say balanced. It's just different. I love 'em both. As I mentioned above, they serve fries at TB here in Ontario and I usually get 3 CCB's and stuff them with fries and Fire sauce.


                                                    1. re: Davwud

                                                      wow, fries at a taco bell that's insanity.

                                                      bordering on sacriligious.

                                                      1. re: kevin

                                                        I think they all share a store with KFC now so that's why I guess. I actually prefer it since I don't bother with the nachos in the US.


                                                        1. re: Davwud

                                                          We don't have KFC/TB's out this way. Ours seem to all be Pizza Hut/ Taco Bells, but not sure which is better/worse. :)
                                                          No chilitos though.

                                              2. I had two chili -cheese burritos fron TB in Rolla, MO over St. Pats weekend 2009. As an act of protest, I still order them as chilitos. And the Peerless Park, MO TB still has them, or did as of about 3 months ago.

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                                                1. re: par38lamp

                                                  cool, thanks for that, if i happen to be in the Mo, area i'll definitely try. is that anywhere near Kansas City, MO?

                                                  1. re: kevin

                                                    Rolla - No it's abot 2 hours southwest of St. Louis. Near nothing..LOL. Peerless Park is a township inside St. Louis suburbs.

                                                2. I just had a chili cheese burrito today! The Taco Bell in Glendora CA on Route 66 still serves them, and it was just as good as I remembered! For some reason it isn't listed on their menu, but they cost $1.49 each and were worth every penny. I bought 4 extras to take home!

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                                                  1. re: existenz

                                                    sweet, thanks for the update

                                                    i presume that's close to the donut man too right?

                                                    1. re: kevin

                                                      It is a little farther west, if I remember correctly, but it isn't too far from donut man.

                                                      1. re: Velvet Elvis

                                                        I JUST went today to the Glendora location!!!! it was AMAZING! Just like i remembered it! and i got another one to freeze for later..... :)

                                                  2. Taco Bell is the ultimate late night pit stop grease pit for all young clubhoppers. I like these guys as an alternative to burgers, and I believe they have some sort of "healthy" menu with lower fat content. I've tried several items on this special menu and the food tastes exactly the same, likely because the meat is so highly spiced and salty.

                                                    One more vote for the Bell. This place rocks.

                                                    1. I found Chili Cheese Burritos on the menuboard at a Taco Bell/KFC in Cerritos. 13313 Artesia (corner of Artesia and Carmenita) It's an older Taco Bell next to a Korean market, and it's kind of run down, but it has the Chili Cheese Burritos. I bought 2 for $3.49! Tastes just like I remember!

                                                      1. I am eating one right now. I hope they never take them away from the east coast. I live in Ohio. lived in S.Carolina and Tennessee, and have eaten Chilitos for like 20 years. That's almost all I get when I go to Taco Bell. They better never take them away! so sorry you can't get them there.

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                                                        1. re: judykay4444

                                                          I'm given to understand you can get anything that TB has ever made so long as they have the ingredients. Even if it hasn't been on the menu for years.


                                                        2. Just found the chilito today! It's taken 12 years and 5 states to find again, but I did it. 13670 Preston Rd. Dallas, TX 75240 (between spring valley and alpha).
                                                          It was amazing!! Definitely took me back to the 90's!!

                                                          1. Good news if you're in LA! They are selling them at the Venice and La Brea. Think limited time, but they had them last night.

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                                                            1. re: greta9a

                                                              Definitely heading there tonight. I love how this thread is 7 years old and people are still obsessing. And by people, I mean me.

                                                              1. I found that if you cook ground beef in Trader Joe's Enchilada Sauce and slop that on a tortilla with large amounts of cheese, it nearly replicates the exact flavor of the Chili Cheese Burrito! However, I will be heading to Venice and La Brea tonight to see if they are really there!

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                                                                1. re: SoPasFoodie

                                                                  Got some this weekend. Definitely looks NOTHING like the one in the ad, bursting with chili and cheese. They're a lot skimpier than I remember, so you'll need to buy several. Still, they're that familiar spicy/cheese texture.

                                                                  1. re: monkeyrotica

                                                                    They were always skimpy! I always get 2 and rip off most of the tortilla. They still sell them back home in Ohio so I lack the lull most fans do, but hey. We can all enjoy the Chilito again. And in gorgeous SoCal. Happy days are here again :)

                                                                  2. re: SoPasFoodie

                                                                    Yes, but you can get the real deal now! So excited. I always have to get them in Columbus, Ohio, where they still serve them for some reason.

                                                                  3. Yes, they are still available in the midwest (I know for sure) but as the OP states, he lives in So Cal. We have not been able to get them here since the last TB that sold them (Glendora) stopped a couple of years ago.
                                                                    HOWEVER, I have great news. I was at the Monrovia location last night and they are offering them again "for a limited time". The employee said that they had just gotten them back last Thursday. Had them for dinner last night and they are just as delicious as they were years ago. I would be so thrilled if they would have them all the time. Limited time, guys, GO!

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                                                                    1. re: WildSwede

                                                                      That was the Glendora location on Route 66 right ?

                                                                      Maybe it was sold back to corporate and that's why they dropped the chilito.

                                                                      Wasn't this the location that also served the Bell Beefer too ???????

                                                                      Thanks WS.

                                                                    2. Anybody else enjoying this "comeback" as much as I am?

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                                                                      1. re: SoPasFoodie

                                                                        Yes! Many times! And I think it's available everywhere because of the new Loaded Griller that's supposed to mimic chili cheese fries. I've had it at the Beverly location, too. Fingers crossed they stay on the menu!

                                                                      2. I never eat Taco Bell. (Last time was 5 years ago) but was driving by and saw my favorite menu item of all time the chili cheese burrito was back!! I did a crazy illegal uturn and ordered 2.

                                                                        Yay! I hope they stay, my daughter will be happy because Taco Bell is always off limits before now.

                                                                        1. Some locations have started to discontinue them already around LA. Boooo!!

                                                                          1. Most locations stopped selling it and those that do no longer call it the "Chilito" anymore, it is now and forever will be the Chili Cheese Burrito if they have it at all.

                                                                            The reason is simple, "Chilito" translates to "Little Pepper" which is common Mexican slang for "Little Penis".

                                                                            So every time you went into a Taco Bell and ordered a Chilito any Mexican within earshot would hear you asking Taco Bell to sell you a small penis.

                                                                            What further proof do you need that Taco Bell is not even slightly Mexican? Go to a real Mexican Restaurant, the food is much better.

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                                                                            1. re: Contrabardus

                                                                              If we wanted a real Mexican Restaurant, we wouldn't be buying Chili Cheese Burritos at Taco Bell. Next thing you'll tell me is Pizza Hut isn't real Italian food.

                                                                              1. re: monkeyrotica

                                                                                Yeah, it's not like Panda Express isn't authentic Chinese.

                                                                                I have never once in my life heard anyone assert that Taco Bell is real authentic Mexican Food. But food from a real Mexican restaurant isn't necessarily better, only different. I've had plenty of horrible meals at "real" Mexican restaurants, when I realized I would have been happier at TB.