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Volcano taco

The Volcano Taco is a taco that was initially available in a limited-time release at select Taco Bell locations during the fall of 2008, but have since been added to the permanent menu. Volcano Tacos consist of a distinctive red crunchy taco shell stuffed with ground beef, lettuce, Lava Sauce, and a spicy nacho cheese sauce that was unavailable prior to the introduction of the Volcano Taco.

Volcano Taco is unrelated to the Volcano Burrito, a limited-run promotional item available in 1995 as a tie-in with the film Congo, which was billed as "the spiciest burrito ever."

In July 2009, the Volcano Taco had returned through 2013 until Taco Bell decided to discontinue this menu item.

In March of 2023, Taco Bell announced the return of the Volcano Taco. June 27th 2023 the Volcano Taco was available early for Taco Bell rewards members and made available to the general public on June 29th 2023.

Red Taco Shell[]

One of the most prominent design features of the Volcano Taco is its red crunchy taco shell. To date, it is the only Taco Bell product to utilize an alternative-colored taco shell, other than the Black Jack Taco (featuring a black shell) and the Doritos Locos Taco (featuring an orange Dorito-colored shell). Speculation has raged over whether the Crunchy Red Strips found in items such as the Big Taste Taco originate from the same red-tortilla source material as the Volcano Taco shell.


The Volcano Taco has been billed in Taco Bell commercials as possibly "The spiciest taco ever." The Volcano Taco has also been included in an incarnation of the Big Bell Box Meal, as well as the Why Pay More!? Value Menu.


  • The Volcano Double Decker Taco features a flour tortilla with Mighty Beanz with a Volcano inside
  • The volcano menu was discontinued in 2012.