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Taco Bell Gordita Crunch

  • Author: Erin
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 5 1x


An easy recreation of Taco Bell's cheesy gordita crunch! Soft flour tortillas are attached with melty cheese to a hard taco shell and filled with seasoned ground beef, spicy ranch sauce, and topped with shredded lettuce and cheddar cheese!



Spicy Ranch Sauce

  • 1/2 cup buttermilk ranch dressing
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon habanero hot sauce

Taco Beef Seasoning

  • 1 tablespoon dried minced onion
  • 1 beef bouillon cube, crumbled
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon white granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional

Cheesy Gordita Crunch Assembly

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 5 hard taco shells
  • 5 soft taco tortillas
  • Shredded lettuce
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese, or more for extra cheesy gorditas
  • 1 cup shredded lettuce
  • 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese


For Spicy Ranch Sauce

  1. Combine all sauce ingredients in a small bowl and stir well. Taste and add additional habanero sauce if you prefer more heat.

For Taco Beef Seasoning

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and stir well.

For Taco Beef

  1. In a medium skillet, brown ground beef and break into very small bits with a metal spatula. Drain most of the grease. Add water and taco beef seasoning, stir well, and let simmer 5 minutes. Keep warm.

For Assembly

  1. Set oven to low broil. On a large baking sheet, arrange soft taco tortillas. Top generously with Mexican blend cheese. Place in oven until cheese has melted (watch it closely).
  2. Place a hard taco shell on melted cheese and fold edges of soft tortilla around the shell, pressing down to adhere. Return to oven for an additional 2 minutes to warm.
  3. Add taco beef to each shell and top with spicy ranch sauce, shredded lettuce, and shredded cheddar cheese.


  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Entree
  • Method: Stovetop and Oven
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