Has Taco Bell completely lost it? Because they're definitely losing customers.
This morning, my mom woke to an alarming phone call from her brother Mike. He'd called her house phone (AKA a landline) at 8 a.m. with some very upsetting news: Taco Bell removed the Mexican Pizza from its menu.
Of course, those of us who participate in routine doom-scrolling already knew about this unfortunate event. He, however, found out the hard way.
According to Mike, he'd gone to Taco Bell the day before, for lunch. Eager to devour a Mexican Pizza, he stood in line for nearly 30 minutes. But it didn't matter because he knew that the final result of cheesy, beefy goodness would definitely be worth the wait.
Once he finally approached the counter to give his order, he panicked. Where was the Mexican Pizza? It was missing from its usual spot on the menu. Hoping it was a mistake, he decided to order it anyway, only to be left with disappointment and an existential feeling of dread.
My uncle Mike was so upset, he waited until this morning to call my mom to tell her of his loss. Now, I'm writing this obituary in hopes of persuading the leaders of Taco Bell that they've made a grave mistake and that no random additions, including the Chicken Chipotle Melt or Quesalupa, is going to change our minds.
Sadly, my uncle Mike is not alone in his despair. In fact, hundreds of thousands of others just like him have taken a stand by creating a petition on Change.org titled "Save the Mexican Pizza." As of this moment, the petition has 147,118 signatures.
"This is an item loved by many, especially the South Asian community," the petition reads. "Losing this item would not only be the loss of one of our favorite foods but a piece of our childhood and heritage as Indian Americans."
Despite these efforts, Taco Bell is moving forward with its decision.
According to a recent article published by Thrillist, a spokesperson for the chain confirmed that the item would be removed as planned (even though literally thousands of people are fighting against its removal).
"Back in September, we confirmed the removal of the iconic Mexican Pizza as part of our final 2020 menu revamp," Taco Bell said in a statement. "While we understand our fans are bummed to see it go, streamlining our menu opens the door for future food innovations that we know our fans will love just as much. We’ve enjoyed seeing fans and influencers share their fondest Mexican Pizza memories on social, and recently, we gave it the sendoff it deserves with a tribute on Instagram. Although saying goodbye was a tough decision to make, we’ve loved the passion and energy our fans have showed us and want them to know we’re always listening and we care."
Let's have a moment of silence for others we've lost in this battle.
I too have had issues with Taco Bell. If you'll remember, back in August, Taco Bell removed the only food item that was there for me in drunken times of need: The Loaded Potato Griller.
What used to be the No. 1 fast food choice of drunken 20-somethings everywhere now leaves an empty space where our hearts used to be. Here's a list of other menu items that will be missed from here to eternity:
- 7-Layer Burrito*
- Beefy Fritos Burrito®
- Cheesy Fiesta Potatoes
- Chips & Dips
- Grilled Steak Soft Taco
- Loaded Grillers (Cheesy Potato, Beefy Nacho)
- Mexi Melt
- Mini Skillet Bowl
- Nachos Supreme
- Spicy Potato Soft Taco
- Spicy Tostada
- Triple Layer Nachos
Which Taco Bell item was your favorite? Let us know in the comment section below.