Copycat Taco Bell Crunchwrap Supreme

updated Sep 8, 2022
Copycat Taco Bell Crunchwrap Supreme

The legendary Taco Bell crunchwrap that's filled with cheesy beef and crispy tortilla shells can now be made at home.

Makes4 crunchwraps

Prep15 minutes

Cook16 minutes to 18 minutes

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Taco Bell hit the nail right on the head when it launched its now-legendary Crunchwrap in 2006. Their ingenious idea was to combine three concepts into one handheld wrap: cheese sauce from nachos, pretty much every yummy part from a crispy ground beef taco, and a soft flour tortilla to wrap it all up. The whole thing is then griddled like a quesadilla.

Here’s how to make one at home — and I’m not afraid to say it’s even better than the one you’d pick up at the drive-through.

Credit: Photo: Joe Lingeman/Kitchn; Food Stylist: Pearl Jones/Kitchn

Crunchwrap Cheesy Beef

Let’s start with the beef filling: All you need is lean ground beef and some taco seasoning. I find that Taco Bell’s Crunchwraps don’t have enough beef in them, so pick up a full pound to make sure there’s beef in every bite. Brown up the beef, cook it with the taco seasoning and some water, and you’re good to go.

That being said, feel free to sub in ground turkey or chicken instead, or even some soyrizo (soy chorizo) if you’re vegetarian (but skip the taco seasoning if you’re using soyrizo, which is already seasoned).

Next comes the nacho cheese sauce. You can make your own nacho cheese or queso dip, or pick up a jar at the store. But instead of just drizzling it in the crunchwraps, stir it right into the pan with the cooked beef. The cheese acts like a glue so that it’s easier to scoop the beef for assembly, and it ensures that every bite of beef has cheesy sauce on it. 

Crispy Tostada Shells Are Key

While the beef is cooking, toss the flour tortillas into the oven to warm them (which will make them easier to fold), and crisp up the tostada shells at the same time. I’ve found that quality varies across brands with tostada shells, and some have been sitting on store shelves a long time, making them a bit stale. Just a quick toast in the oven brings them back to life, which is essential for the crunch in a crunchwrap.

How to Deal with Small Tortillas

Taco Bell uses really large flour tortillas for crunchwraps, and if you can find these 12-inch big guys, grab them. But since most stores only carry 10-inch tortillas that are too small to completely cover the filling, use this easy fix: Tear an extra tortilla into four wedges and use each one as a patch on each crunchwrap. Once the crunchwrap is folded and griddled, you won’t even notice the difference.

Crunchwraps are best assembled and eaten while fresh, but you can make the cheesy beef and chop up the lettuce and tomato a day or two ahead. That way, a crunchwrap is only a few minutes away when the craving strikes.

Copycat Taco Bell Crunchwrap Supreme

The legendary Taco Bell crunchwrap that's filled with cheesy beef and crispy tortilla shells can now be made at home.

Prep time 15 minutes

Cook time 16 minutes to 18 minutes

Makes 4 crunchwraps

Nutritional Info

Ingredients

  • 1/4 medium head

    iceberg lettuce

  • 1

    medium tomato

  • 1 pound

    lean ground beef

  • 5

    (10-inch) large flour tortillas

  • 4

    (5-inch) tostada shells

  • 2 tablespoons

    store-bought or homemade taco seasoning

  • 1/2 cup

    water

  • 1 cup

    store-bought or homemade nacho cheese or queso dip

  • 1/4 cup

    regular or reduced-fat sour cream

Instructions

  1. Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and heat the oven to 350ºF. Meanwhile, cut 1/4 head iceberg lettuce into fine shreds. Dice 1 tomato.

  2. Heat a large frying pan over medium-high heat until hot. Add 1 pound ground beef and cook, stirring occasionally and breaking up any large chunks with a wooden spoon, until the beef is cooked through and starting to brown, about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, heat the tortillas and crisp up the tostada shells.

  3. Stack 5 tortillas and wrap completely in aluminum foil. Place the tortillas in the oven, place 4 tostada shells directly on the oven rack in a single layer, and heat until the tostadas are crisp and the tortillas are warmed through, about 3 minutes. Set the tostadas and tortillas aside.

  4. Sprinkle the beef with 2 tablespoons taco seasoning and stir to combine. Stir in 1/2 cup water and simmer on medium heat until mostly evaporated, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in 1 cup nacho cheese sauce or queso dip.

  5. Fill the crunchwraps: Place 4 of the tortillas on a work surface. Divide and dollop the cheesy beef onto the center of the tortillas, then spread the beef out on each one to create a 5-inch round. Spread 1 tablespoon sour cream on each of the tostada shells. Place a tostada sour cream-side up on each round of cheesy beef. Sprinkle the lettuce and tomatoes onto the sour cream. Tear the remaining tortilla into 4 pieces and place a piece on the top of each crunchwrap to cover the center.

  6. Wrap the crunchwraps: Fold the top of a tortilla down over the filling to the center. Holding that piece down and working clockwise, continue folding the rest of the tortilla towards the middle until the filling is completely covered (you will have 5 to 6 folds). Flip the crunchwrap over and repeat with the remaining tortillas.

  7. Place 2 frying pans or a griddle over medium heat. Place the crunchwraps, folded-side down, in the heated pans or griddle, as many as will fit in a single layer. Cook until browned, 3 to 4 minutes on each side. Repeat as needed until all the crunchwraps are cooked.

Recipe Notes

Tortillas: If you can find them, use 4 (12-inch) extra-large flour tortillas and they’ll be big enough to fold over the filling.

Make ahead: Crunchwraps are best assembled and cooked immediately. The beef can be cooked, combined with the nacho cheese, and refrigerated up to 2 days ahead.