So Brave: PEOPLE Staffers Tried Everything on Taco Bell’s New $1 Breakfast Menu

03/15/2016 at 04:36 PM ET

We can all agree there’s nothing better than starting the morning with a good breakfast, which is why the announcement of Taco Bell‘s $1 breakfast menu, which launched on Thursday, is one of the best things to happen to us this year, maybe ever.

But how does the food taste? Can tacos for breakfast ever not end in disaster?

We gathered four of our most breakfast-obsessed, thick-stomached staffers to taste all four new items that appear on the $1 menu: the Mini Skillet Bowl, a bowl filled with seasoned potatoes, scrambled eggs, melty cheese and Pico de Gallo; the Breakfast Soft Taco, a warm flour tortilla filled with scrambled eggs and Bacon or Sausage; and the Sausage Flatbread Quesadilla, a “pillowy” grilled flatbread filled with a three-cheese blend, sausage, and scrambled eggs. (Note: There are a total of 10 items on the breakfast dollar menu, including such standards as hash browns, grilled breakfast burritos and Cinnabon delights.)

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Our conclusion? The new items are (mostly) yummy  and unfathomably cost-effective. We do not, however, recommend eating them all in one five-minute sitting, as we did, under the hot lights of a camera.

Taco Bell
Taco Bell

Favorites emerged almost immediately: Taster Alex Heigl gravitated towards the Mini Skillet Bowl, which he calls “cheese-forward and satisfying.” The bowl proved itself to be one of the lighter options, as it wasn’t wrapped in a carbohydrate (plus it was topped with pico, making it basically a salad.) Another universally enjoyed item was the Sausage Flatbread Quesadilla each of us finished one. The flatbread truly was “sealed to lock in the flavors,” as Taco Bell had promised. (Some of us actually tried to open the flatbread to stuff in hash browns, but it was sealed so forcefully that we couldn’t.)

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Kelli Bender, a taster who cherishes Taco Bell’s classic blend of carbs, cheese and meat (CCM), found the offerings to be mostly satisfactory. “Since Taco Bell’s blend of CCM, especially in taco form, have all proven tasty and satisfying at least for a few hours to me in the past, I was surprised by the lack of melty comfort I found in the breakfast tacos, but the sausage flatbread made up for it with a strong chewy, creamy, flavorful showing that made me wish I could switch my bed for the welcoming embraces of a pillowy flatbread,” Bender says.

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While we all adore the Breakfast Crunchwrap ($2.49) because food items stuffed with fried potatoes are better than food items not stuffed with fried potatoes our favorite $1 breakfast deal is conclusively the Sausage Flatbread Quesadilla, followed closely by the Mini Skillet Bowl.

Just promise us you’ll learn from our mistakes and eat your breakfast slowly.

— Maria Yagoda, @mariayagoda

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The level of writing on almost all of your articles is so poor that they must be written by primary school students. What’s so brave about children eating at a fast food restaurant.

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Taco Bell is YUCKY!

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By starting the day with a “good breakfast” I assume you mean eating in the morning, because there is nothing good about Taco Bell….at all….ever. Maybe the ice water….

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What is with this saying they are brave to try Taco Bell’s food? I eat there all of the time, what is the issue. Maybe they should try more things and get their heads out of the Kardashian’s butts

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“so brave”? You get the moron of the day award. Congrats!

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That Alex Higel would look so much cooler if he had dreads. To bad he is a sissy.

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Alex Higel is “quite literally” a huge Vagina mouth.

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No….being a soldier, law enforcement, firefighter, etc is brave. Eating Taco Bell and writing about it is stupid. Hope the staff still has copious amounts of brown liquid shooting out their rectum.

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