NEW YORK — Taco Bell is testing a new value menu that could put it in more direct competition with the Dollar Menu at McDonald’s.
The Mexican fast-food chain is testing a “$1 Cravings Menu” in two markets that lists nine items, including three new offerings. If successful, it would replace the chain’s current value menu, called “Why Pay More,” with items priced at 89 cents and 99 cents. The $2 “meal deals” on “Why Pay More” are not offered on the new menu.
Chris Brandt, vice president of marketing for Taco Bell, said the tests will continue for a couple of months before a decision is made on whether to roll out the menu more widely. He said the idea for “$1 Cravings” came about after research showed diners felt like they were “forced to eat off the value menu,” rather than wanting the items it offered. So Taco Bell decided to split the “$1 Cravings” menu into what it considers to be five universal cravings: beefy, cheesy, spicy, crunchy and sweet.