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Reviving Taco Bell's Daredevil Loaded Grillers

Taco Bell has removed a lot of menu items in the past, but the Daredevil loaded griller has always stuck with me as one of the best. They made 3 varieties; mild chipotle, hot habanero, and fiery ghost pepper. I’ve never been able to get the flavor out of my head, and the nostalgia was too strong for me not to recreate them. Here is my recipe for the Taco Bell Daredevil Loaded Grillers. Make all of the sauces for the full experience, or one for a more realistic recipe.

Chipotle Sauce

¼ cup Mayo

¼ cup Sour Cream

A splash of whole milk

1 seeded jalapeño

2 tbsp chipotle in adobo

1 clove Garlic

1 tsp Garlic Powder

1 tsp Onion Powder



Habanero Sauce

¼ cup Mayo

¼ cup Sour Cream

A splash of whole milk

Little chunk of bell pepper

2 seeded habanero peppers

Pinch of sugar

1 clove Garlic

1 tsp Garlic Powder

1 tsp Onion Powder



Ghost Pepper Sauce

Equal Parts ghost pepper hot sauce and kewpie mayo

Taco Bell Copycat Meat Recipe

1 lb 80/20 ground Beef

½ tsp Sugar

1 tsp Salt

2 tsp Chile powder

1 tsp onion/ garlic powder


½ tsp Chicken powder

1 tspSmoked paprika

1 tsp cumin

½ tsp cocoa powder

Cornstarch slurry for thickening after blending


Cheese sauce

3 parts american cheese to 2 parts water

Cumin and garlic powder

For the Chipotle Sauce, blend together mayo, sour cream, milk, salt, garlic, seeded jalapeno, onion powder, garlic powder, chipotles in adobo, and a touch of smoked paprika until smooth. Store in the fridge until you're ready to make the loaded grillers.

For the Habanero Sauce, blend together mayo, sour cream, milk, salt, habaneros, orange bell pepper, garlic, onion powder, and garlic powder until smooth. The orange bell pepper is really there for color, so feel free to leave it out if you can't find it.

For the Ghost Pepper Sauce, mix ghost pepper hot sauce with kewpie mayo in equal parts. This one is crazy easy, and I guarantee this is what Taco Bell does.

Toss crushed tortilla chips with smoked paprika and cayenne for added flavor and color. Set this aside till later.

Our meat needs to be about as liquidy as Taco Bell meat, which means we'll be throwing it in the food processor. It seems a little weird, but trust me. Make a spice mix by combining white sugar, kosher salt, chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder, smoked paprika, cayenne, ground cumin, black pepper, and chicken powder. In a hot skillet without oil, add ground beef and break it up. Let that cook until the meat has some nice browning. Add the spice mix and continue cooking over medium-high heat. Add cocoa powder once the meat is mostly cooked. Transfer the meat to a food processor and pulse a few times until it reaches the desired texture. Return the meat to the pan and add half a cup of water. Adjust water quantity as needed. Mix cornstarch with cold water, then add half of it to the pan to thicken the meat. You've probably eaten Taco bell before, so you know what kind of texture you're looking for.

For the Taco Bell cheese sauce, melt american cheese with water in a pan over medium low heat. Season with a little salt, cumin, and garlic powder.

We can now begin building our grillers, so heat your large tortillas in a pan until they're pliable. Place two spoonfuls of taco meat onto each tortilla. Drizzle with the american cheese sauce, and sprinkle with shredded cheddar cheese and seasoned red strip stand-in. Top with your preferred sauce: Chipotle for mild, Habanero for medium, and Ghost Pepper for spicy. Fold the tortilla as shown in the video. Crisp up the loaded grillers in a pan over medium heat, cooking them first on the seam side. This will seal them closed.

You can now create the most amazing Taco Bell item at home, knowing that there's a good chance they will never be bringing them back. Cheers!



Hey, I'm Cameron, and I'm glad you're here. I post new recipes every week, all intended to build your confidence in the kitchen, each one with video tutorials to help. Craving something specific? Drop me a note in my contact form! 

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