Copycat Taco Bell Bacon A.M. Crunchwrap

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.

Copycat Taco Bell Bacon AM Crunchwrap

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.

Copycat Taco Bell AM Crunchwrap Recipe

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Copycat Taco Bell Bacon A.M. Crunchwrap
 
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 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
Method
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Add butter to pan, then eggs, salt, and pepper. Stir occasionally with spatula until eggs scramble. Remove from heat and set aside.
  4. 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.
  5. Top with the fried hash brown patty, and as much of the spicy ranch and hot sauce as you'd like.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

Malcolm Bedell is co-author of the critically acclaimed "Eating in Maine: At Home, On the Town, and On the Road," as well as the taco-centric blog "Eat More Tacos," and the junk food-centric "Spork & Barrel." His contributions include Serious Eats, Down East, L.A. Weekly, The Guardian, and The Huffington Post and his food truck, "'Wich, Please," was named "Hottest Restaurant in Maine" for 2015 by Eater. Finally, he finds it very silly to be trying to write this in the third person.

13 Comments

  1. I had absolutely no idea about this breakfast menu – except for the waffle thing. I have to admit, it’s been 20 years since I’ve eaten at a Taco Bell. Until last week, the boss brought in a dozen beef tacos. I took one bite and wondered how they stay in business. The taco has a smidge of beef on the bottom (which was actually flavored nicely) and was topped with a mountain of shredded lettuce with the clear taste of that chemical that they treat bagged lettuce with. And some cheese. I took a couple of bites and threw it out. NOW, with that said, this breakfast crunch wrap looks really good. I might have to stop in and give one a try. And thanks for making it at home and sharing, it really does sound good. And please, my feelings won’t be hurt if you delete this and don’t want a taco bell basher comment on your site. I just had to get that Taco “thing” off my chest.

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    1. Not at all! Voices of Taco Bell dissent are more than welcome. I think it’s a chain that’s quality varies widely by location. The Taco Bell in Rockland, Maine, for example, is just as you describe: anemic, underfilled tacos made with cruddy ingredients and stale shells. In LA, they have to do a little bit better, I presume because there is so much real Mexican food around, often for less money. I do think that the chain really nailed it with this particular breakfast item, though. In fact, I would eat it before just about any other fast food breakfast.

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      1. Here in central California, the quality control of the menu items at Taco Bell can vary greatly from one location to another which is sad. Love it or hate it, the food at McDonald’s is pretty consistent everywhere you go (in the United States, anyway).

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    2. As a former Taco Bell manager, I can tell you that it really depends on the location. If you went to a corporate store they are more likely to follow weight procedures than a franchise store (meaning you will get a better product-more filling) corporate stores are managed better than franchise stores. I worked at a corporate store and we had specific guidelines that we had to follow, and we had checks and balances to make sure our food were prepared properly. Franchise stores can set their own menu, hours and prices. As long as they follow certain corporate guidelines they are free to run their stores as they please. Please don’t discount all Taco Bell stores because of one bad experience. There are some great run restaurants out there…hope you find one and really experience how their food taste.

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  2. I made two of these from memory this morning having read your recipe the other day. I used “burrito” sized tortillas, a potato patty each, one egg each, one slice of American cheese each, about a 5/8″ slice of Jimmy Dean’s reg. sausage each, and a tablespoon of California Classics Jalapeño Ranch dressing each.
    I used my Panini grill and grilled the potato patty and the sausage patties (separated from one another) at the same time* I pulled the Sausage off the grill early as they cooked faster than the potato pattys. While the potatoes were finishing up, I cooked the scrambled eggs with just a tablespoon of water stirred into them. Once inthe skillet, I salt and peppered the eggs.
    To assemble, I put the jalapeño dressing on the uncooked or warmed tortilla, then the potato patty, followed by the sausage patty, the scrambled eggs, then the cheese slice. I folded it up like the five sided fold in your picture and placed it upside (fold side) down on my panini grill, dropped the lid and grilled it for about two minutes. The “CrunchWrap” couldn’t have come out more perfect. After reading your recipe the other day, I took my wife over to TacoBell and bought her one so we could see how they tasted. My wife said mine was better, and I had to agree! Thanks for the idea as I can see us frequently having them.

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    1. * the next time, I will start the potatoes about five min ahead of the sausage patties. This 5/8″ slice of sausage was flattened out to about 1/4″ thick before grilling.

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  3. i will try to modify this using your banana pancake, shreded sweet potatoes, turkey bacon, avacado and Paleo ranch from homemade mayo. wish me luck i’ll let you know how it goes.

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  4. I love the Taco Bell AM Crunchwrap w/bacon WAY too much. Actually tried this before seeing this version and it was amazing as well. Only thing I did differently was instead of a skillet, I used my Rocket Grill. Made it absolutely perfect. YUMMY!

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  5. i know this is an old post but a suggestion. instead of scrabbled eggs do an omelet style egg. one or 2 eggs with a splash of milk in a mid sized skillet. don’t pour it to thick, about as thin is your tortilla shell. once its done you can fold it inside the crunch wrap and get the same fluffy texture you do with great scrambled eggs, but it holds its self together so you don’t make a mess eating.

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  6. Here in Texas, the Tacos are wonderful especially ones with sour cream and they use a generous scoop of beef along with shredded cheese, lettuce and chopped tomato. So far no lettuce has tasted of chemicals. If it did I would not eat it. The crunchwraps are wonderful either for breakfast or the lunch ones. I eat once each week at Taco Bell here in Temple, Texas. Will try this recipe, sounds good!!!!!!! I guess mine is the franchise store, would not like it if there was hardly any beef.

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