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I tried Dolly Parton's full Taco Bell order and found a new favorite menu item

Dolly Parton's Taco Bell order
I tried Dolly Parton's favorite Taco Bell order, which includes the Mexican Pizza and a side of rice and beans.Anneta Konstantinides/Insider
  • Dolly Parton is a huge Taco Bell fan, and shared her usual order with Business Insider.

  • She gets the Mexican Pizza, Soft Taco Supreme, a side of rice and beans, plus mild hot sauce.

  • I tried Parton's full order and loved every dish, but the Mexican Pizza was the best.

Dolly Parton is a huge Taco Bell fan.

dolly parton
Dolly Parton is a huge Taco Bell fan.Bridget Bennett/AFP via Getty Images

Before I interviewed the queen of country music, I did a deep dive into her old interviews and discovered one from 2016 in which Parton revealed she loved going to Taco Bell for date nights with her husband Carl Dean.

"Carl and I have a little camper, a little RV, and we're always driving through fast-food restaurants to get our stuff," she told Andy Cohen during a SiriusXM show. "I'm always in the front seat. Sometimes they know me, sometimes they don't."

I brought up the chain when Parton and I sat down together on Zoom, and she was happy to share her usual Taco Bell order.

"I like soft-shell tacos," Parton told me. "I like the others, but they fall apart so bad, especially if you're riding around. So I always get a Taco Supreme, with the sour cream and all that, in the soft shell. I love that."

"I get an order of rice and beans," she added. "And I get mild sauce. I don't like to get it too hot and ruin everything."

Parton is also a huge fan of the Mexican Pizza, and joined forces with Doja Cat in May 2022 for "Mexican Pizza: The Musical," which celebrated its permanent return to Taco Bell menus.

"I was just one of many, many people that had missed them," Parton told me. "I'd just make them bigger so I could have more of it!"

As a fellow Taco Bell superfan, I knew I had to try Parton's usual order.

Dolly Parton's Taco Bell order
Dolly Parton's full Taco Bell order.Anneta Konstantinides/Insider

So I went to my local Taco Bell and ordered the Dolly special: a $5.39 Mexican Pizza, a $2.69 Soft Taco Supreme, and a $2.59 side of rice and beans.

Per Parton's recommendation, I also only got mild hot sauce packets.

First up was the Mexican Pizza.

Taco Bell's Mexican Pizza
Taco Bell's Mexican Pizza.Anneta Konstantinides/Insider

I had never ordered the Mexican Pizza before it was removed from Taco Bell's menu, so this was my very first time giving it a try.

The iconic dish features ground beef and refried beans sandwiched between two tortilla shells that have been topped with cheese, tomatoes, and pizza sauce.

After my first bite, I realized why the Mexican Pizza had so much hype.

Anneta with Taco Bell's Mexican Pizza
I was surprised by how much I loved the Mexican Pizza.Anneta Konstantinides/Insider

The Mexican Pizza has a great combination of texture and flavors. I loved the crispy tortilla base, which added crunch to every bite, and thought the beef was nicely seasoned and tasted delicious.

I also enjoyed the fresh tomatoes on top and was a huge fan of the pizza sauce. My only wish was that the beef and beans had been more evenly distributed. While the slices I ate had plenty of beef, my parents — who were also trying Mexican Pizza for the first time — said they could only taste the beans.

You can read my full review of Taco Bell's Mexican Pizza here.

Next was the Soft Taco Supreme.

Taco Bell's Soft Taco Supreme
The soft-shell Taco Supreme from Taco Bell.Anneta Konstantinides/Insider

The Soft Taco Supreme includes seasoned beef, tomatoes, lettuce, cheese, and sour cream.

I usually don't go for tacos at Taco Bell — ironic, I know. In the past, I've been disappointed by the tacos' stale veggies or lack of flavor (the delicious Cantina Crispy Melt being a major exception). So I didn't have high hopes for Parton's beloved Soft Taco Supreme.

But, as always, Parton didn't lead me astray.

The Soft Taco Supreme was one of the better tacos I’ve had at Taco Bell.

Inside Taco Bell's Soft Taco Supreme
Inside Taco Bell's soft-shell Taco Supreme.Anneta Konstantinides/Insider

I was actually pleasantly surprised by the Soft Taco Supreme. The lettuce and tomatoes were crisp and fresh, the beef had great flavor, and there was a good distribution of ingredients.

The Soft Taco Supreme is solid and reliable, so I'm not surprised that Parton is a fan. And adding some of her favorite mild hot sauce made each bite extra delicious.

Last but not least was the side of rice and beans.

Taco Bell's rice and beans
Taco Bell's side of rice and beans.Anneta Konstantinides/Insider

I've had plenty of rice and beans in Taco Bell's burritos, but never as a separate side. Both still had great flavor without the extra ingredients.

The black beans were nicely cooked — not too hard, not too mushy — and the seasoned rice was delicious as always. My dad was especially surprised by how much he loved this side, and he kept going back for more forkfuls.

Overall, I loved Dolly Parton's Taco Bell order, but the Mexican Pizza was definitely my favorite.

Anneta with Taco Bell's Mexican Pizza
The Mexican Pizza was my favorite part of Dolly's order.Anneta Konstantinides/Insider

The Mexican Pizza is such a fun and playful dish, with plenty of delicious flavor. It's perfect for an easy lunch or late-night snack, and I now understand why it has so many loyal fans.

All of Parton's Taco Bell favorites are solid choices, but I can't say I'm too surprised. Parton clearly knows a thing or two about great food.

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