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The new Taco Bell app will let you order a Doritos Cheesy Gordita Crunch on-the-go

Taco Bell has released a new app that enables users to place an order for tacos from afar, and then come to the store to pick them up. The app is now focused on the menu and ordering, allowing users to select and customize their menu items (even including a drink selection where applicable), find restaurants, and add them to their order. You can even remotely pay with a saved credit card, debit card, or Taco Bell gift card.

Select a Taco Bell restaurant and when you get there, the staff will start building your order. Yeah, it's not as convenient as some "show up and it's ready" restaurant remote ordering apps are, but Taco Bell's never exactly been a slow-service eatery (there's a reason it's called "fast food"). And, as Taco Bell says in their app description: "We make your food when you arrive because just-prepared food is the best." And we can attest: Taco Bell isn't great when it's been allowed to sit and marinate in its own greases.

You can even place an order well in advance and pick it up hours later. The app uses your location to check you in on arrival, offering users a lock screen or banner notification to finish the check-in.

There are other features in the new Taco Bell app, including buying and reloading Taco Bell gift cards, nutritional information (if you're a masochist), and more, but that's going to have to wait until after go pick up our order of five Quesaritos. brb tacos

You can grab the new Taco Bell app for free from Google Play (opens in new tab)

Derek Kessler is Special Projects Manager for Mobile Nations. He's been writing about tech since 2009, has far more phones than is considered humane, still carries a torch for Palm (the old one), and got a Tesla because it was the biggest gadget he could find. You can follow him on Twitter at @derekakessler.

34 Comments
  • Why tell us when we aren't using iOS??? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Sorry, typo. :/ It's good for Android too! https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tacobell.ordering
  • Better yet, why is there an app for this? :)
  • Why is there am app where you tap the screen trying to make a bird miss pipes? Posted from the Avengers: Age of Droid Ultra
  • Because it's entertaining (for some)? Also, it's pretty fun to see people rage. Posted via the Android Central App
  • And I suppose tacos are happiness, for some.
  • Not good Posted via the Android Central App
  • I used to be a GM at Taco Bell. As I read this, I was thinking didn't up until it was mentioned in the article, that they would have to make the food when the customer arrived. For food safety reasons, and because of the nature of the food they cannot make it before hand. That essentially makes this app nearly useless. With the only benefit possibly being a slightly faster speed of service because it saves time on payment and ordering. Posted via the Android Central App using my Galaxy Note 4 from Sprint
  • Don't forget quality of service, I'd order from my phone in the store just not to have to rely on the cashier not messing up taking my order (God for bid I ask for no tomatoes on my chalupa!)
  • This is a godsend for vegetarians. Every item on my order (aside from the cheese quesadilla) is special order.
  • Or bean burrito?
  • Then go to a vegetarian restaurant. That's like me going to red Robin and bitching at them for making a hamburger Posted via the Android Central App
  • What an ignorant comment... I'm saying it's going to be easier for me to place my order... the person taking the order doesn't have to sift through menus and I don't have to hope they got it right in the system. And for the record: red robin has two types of veggie burgers... so that's an option for me as well. Dick.
  • Since when is Taco Bell concerned about the nature of food? Thanks guys, I'll be here all week. Tip your waitress. Try the veal.
  • I don't get it how this makes it as a story yet a story like One Plus deciding to create their own ROM for their next phone does not get reported. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Because we have all seen Taco Bells in our towns. We know they're real. I don't have to be invited to a mystery Taco Bell, I can just go to any one I choose. Now, if there was a place called Tostada Gong we have all heard of but very few of us have seen, and they were talking about releasing their magical recipe for a new burrito, I wouldn't be upset if it weren't getting any coverage. Just like I'm not upset about a lack of articles on the benefits of unicorn manure. Posted via Android Central App
  • This wins the internet for today.
  • I've seen 2 One Plus phones in the wild. Of course, one went away when my friend was approached in NY and offered $400 cash for his. He's got another on order now.
  • I was going to reply but you did it. Nothing more needs to be said. Good job!
  • Our Taco Bell is slow as molasses. I was excited about this app until I read the part about them making it when you get there. I thought I would actually be able to go there for my lunch break at work. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Ooooh! I can order my diarrhea in advance... Posted via the Android Central App
  • ^+1000 Posted via Android Central App
  • Omg. I literally shit my pants reading this comment Posted via the Android Central App
  • Got sick from Taco Bell a couple weeks ago. It's happened a few times in the last year. Fever, aches, and nausea. I had already been eating more and more Chipotle and Qdoba anyway, so this time was probably the last nail in the confin. Besides, Taco Bell isn't even really cheap. In order to get something as filling as a burrito from Chipotle you end up paying more than than the $7 bucks Chipotle charges anyway, and at Taco Bell your getting inferior food quality. This app is unlikely to change my mind. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Ever thought..." gee, this food isn't healthy " try cooking at home! I am sure u will be one of those assholes who tries to sue cause your " fat, and have high cholesterol, and diabetes " Posted via the Android Central App
  • This'll be easier to order as a vegetarian... no more "wait, no beef?"
  • I miss Taco Bell's old recipes, before they got in trouble for the whole "pink slime" stuff. The beef and nacho cheese have a really nasty aftertaste now. Say what you want about the after-effects of eating Taco Bell, at least it used to taste good.
  • Ugh. All of you poor people not in Texas... Taco Bell... Blech. I'll be eating 75 cent tacos el pastor at the local tacqueria on Friday. I'll pray for y'all.
  • You act like taco bell is our only option. When we want to fly through a drivethrough and eat something other than the same shit at every restaurant... we have TB. When we want real food, we get real food...
  • This pleases me. Going to this fast food restaurant and placing my order in person was far too slow.
  • "The new Taco Bell app will let you order a Doritos Cheesy Gordita Crunch on-the-go" for when you absolutely MUST have explosive diarrhea .
  • Maybe I could use the app to order before we leave the house and the food would be ready when we get there. My gripe with Taco Bell is the length of time it takes to get your food, especially when ordering inside. One time our son joined us arriving just after we had ordered. Based on the wait inside he went through the drive thru and got his food and sat down with us before our order was ready.
  • Awesome. Stay fat, America. Posted via Android Central App
  • Does the app have an option for real food to be used? Verizon gs4 rooted and still learning