5 Most Popular Guilty Pleasures of 2013

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JK Grence
Taco Bell's smothered burrito.
We all have them. They're the irresistible, mass produced, totally-bad-for-us food indulgences we just can't give up.

Take a look back at the year in our most-read Guilty Pleasures.

See all of JK Grence's Guilty Pleasures here.

Taco Bell Introduces Smothered Burrito. Enchirito Lovers, Rejoice!

The Guilty Pleasure: Smothered Burrito
Where To Get It: Taco Bell, locations nationwide
Price: $2.99 (or $3.99 with steak or chicken)
What It Really Costs: Dairy-induced heartburn.

Of all the fast food items I've seen, few have had the rabid following of Taco Bell's cult classic Enchirito. I never understood the fuss over it. We have real enchiladas around here, why would I ever want a simulacrum?

I might not have been an Enchirito fan, but its lovers were legion. Taco Bell officially discontinued the Enchirito in 1993 (Twenty years ago! God, I feel old!). However, since all the ingredients were part of Taco Bell's regular stock, many locations kept right on making them as though nothing ever happened. Then, in late 1999, the Enchirito officially went back on the menu. Read more here.


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JK Grence
Burger King's Satisfries.
Burger King's Satisfries: Do They Satisfy?

The (Sort Of) Guilty Pleasure: Satisfries
Where To Get It: Burger King, locations Valleywide
Price: $1.49 and up; 20 to 30 cents more than the regular fries depending on size.
What It Really Costs: Less damage than your average fry. Don't eat more to compensate.

If there's one practically universal thing about fast food, it's that it's not good for you in the slightest. The highly processed food (or in many cases, the highly processed substance that vaguely resembles food) doesn't have much flavor, so it's loaded with fat, salt, and sugar to compensate.

Almost every major fast food chain has a small selection of healthy-ish items to at least give a façade of sensible choices. Needless to say, most of these are blatant cop-outs. Salad from a drive-thru? Yeah, right! Bring on the burgers! Read more here.


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6 comments
A Claire Slattery
A Claire Slattery

i'm surprised you have that taco bell option and not the fiery dlt.

Sharon Cody Vega
Sharon Cody Vega

Interesting but I'll pass. Not worth the sickness I feel when I eat bad for me foods.

Carmen Aranda-Chavez
Carmen Aranda-Chavez

I don't eat any of these nasty foods except the Cheddar Bay Biscuits and I don't feel guilty about eating them.

JKGrence
JKGrence

I know I'm late to the party, but I couldn't resist responding in case you check back. I was a little surprised that the Smothered Burrito beat out the Fiery DLT, but I think there's two factors at work. First off, the Fiery is the third incarnation of the Doritos Locos Taco; extending the flavor line isn't much of a draw, even if the Fiery is (in my humble but correct opinion) by far the best of the bunch.


The other thing going on is that the Smothered Burrito is the reincarnation of the Enchirito, a cult classic fast food item if there ever was one. Its return, even under a different name, got the attention of quite a few people.

JKGrence
JKGrence

The completely apathetic squiggle of sour cream was amusing in a slightly pathetic way, yes.

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