I’m going to try to state this as simply as I can, without falling victim to my usual bouts of hyperbole: The new Bacon A.M. Crunchwrap from Taco Bell’s much-hyped new breakfast menu may be the most significant development in the world of fast food in the last 1,000 years, succeeding on every conceivable level in a way that no invention in human history ever has.
Unlike the offerings of many fast food companies, each trying to hopelessly out-broh each other with increasingly ridiculous offerings (I’m looking at you, BK Chicken Big King), most of Taco Bell’s lauded new breakfast items (with the exception of the disappointing “Waffle Taco”) deliver 100% on the promises they make; that is, to singlehandedly reinvent breakfast, establishing Taco Bell as a major player in the competition for your fast food breakfast dollar, all while making your taste buds kick your mouth’s ass.
The “bacon” varietal of the new “A.M. Cruchwrap” line is particularly notable: Fluffy scrambled eggs, bacon bits, and a crispy hash brown layer, rounded out with pockets of melted cheese and the chain’s “Jalapeño Ranch” sauce, all folded into a hexagonal flour tortilla and pressed on a hot grill. It’s everything I want breakfast to be, delivering an atom bomb of fat, calories, and taco sauce in a handheld package that’s easy to eat on the go.
Now for the sad truth: Many Americans still lack access to a reliably delicious Taco Bell. For some, the nearest Taco Bell can be miles away; for others, the only Taco Bell in town may share space with a KFC, ensuring not convenience, but that neither product will meet the standards of quality established by the respective chains. And it is for you, those sad, huddled, taco-deficient masses, that I’ve unlocked the secrets to making a copycat Taco Bell Bacon A.M. Crunchwrap right in the comfort of your own kitchen.
For our version, we’ll try to come as close as we can to copying the original, using mostly off-the-shelf ingredients. Once you get the hang of doing the hexagonal fold, though, making A.M. Crunchwraps yourself offers a few other advantages. If you get bored with the bacon, sausage, or steak the chain offers, you can substitute in your own ingredients. Mexican Chorizo Crunchwraps, anyone? Did I hear Steak-Umm Crunchwrap Supreme from someone there in the back? You can also try different cheeses, add your favorite hot sauces….anything you’d like to customize your A.M. Crunchwrap experience.
Finally, a suggestion: One of these is probably enough for two people. They’re freakin’ caloric nightmares. Those giant flour tortillas weigh in at around 300 calories by themselves, and that’s before you stuff them with meat, cheese, fried potatoes, and ranch dressing. Still on board? Let’s get started.
- 3 strips bacon, diced
- 2 tablespoons peanut oil
- 1 frozen hash brown patty
- 1 teaspoon butter
- 2 eggs, beaten
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 gigantic flour tortilla or flour wrap
- 2 slices American cheese
- 1-2 tablespoons spicy ranch dressing
- Your favorite hot sauce, to taste
- In a skillet over medium heat, brown bacon until crispy. Transfer to paper towels to drain and set aside. Allow pan to cool, then quickly clean fat out of pan with a clean paper towel.
- Add oil to skillet, and heat until shimmering. Add frozen hash brown patty and fry, flipping occasionally, until golden brown and crunchy. Transfer to paper towel to drain, and again, clean pan with paper towels.
- Add butter to pan, then eggs, salt, and pepper. Stir occasionally with spatula until eggs scramble. Remove from heat and set aside.
- To assemble and fold: Heat tortilla in microwave for a few seconds unil soft and pliable. Top with one slice of the cheese, then the scrambled eggs, then the bacon.
- Top with the fried hash brown patty, and as much of the spicy ranch and hot sauce as you'd like.
- Fold the top part of the tortilla down so it covers the filling halfway, then, moving clockwise, continue folding the tortilla into a hexagonal shape.
- Transfer seam side down to a skillet over medium high heat. Press down with a spatula or another pan, and grill until sealed and beginning to brown, about 1-2 minutes on each side. Serve with additional hot sauce.