We’re all faced with the task of making tough decisions on a daily basis, but few are harder than having to decide what to eat for dinner. Tacos are always a good idea, as is pizza, though there are some occasions when your tastebuds simply can’t choose between the two delectable comfort meals. Sure, you could just skip the agonizing decision-making process and give in to both of your cravings. However, with the dwindling number of Taco Bell-Pizza Hut combo restaurants in existence these days, that likely means having to make separate trips (or Uber Eats orders) to your local pizzeria and Mexican eatery, and who really has the time – or money – for that? Nobody, that’s who.
Fortunately, everybody’s favorite Michigan-based pizza joint, Domino’s, evidently heard about the dilemma of having to choose between ordering pizza or tacos and came up with the perfect solution so customers can get the best of both worlds: a Chicken Taco pizza. And while the specialty pie seems pretty self-explanatory, there are a few details that are important to take note of before you go adding it to your next order from the largest pizza chain in the world (via Eat This, Not That!). Here’s everything you need to know about Domino’s Chicken Taco pizza.
What is Domino’s Taco Pizza?
It’s not terribly hard to grasp what the concept of a taco pizza is – the two main elements of the dish are right in the name, after all. However, Domino’s take on the hybrid pie may be a bit different compared to the version you’ve seen at other pizza chains, especially if you’re a Midwesterner who has experienced a taco pizza from Happy Joe’s, which is largely credited as being the creator of the unique ‘za (via Heavy Table). For starters, Domino’s specifically serves up a chicken taco pizza, so don’t open up your pizza box with the anticipation of seeing slices topped with seasoned beef similar to what you find in your Taco Bell tacos. Throw any expectations of the usual pizza sauce out the window as well, as you won’t find any on this pie.
Instead, the Chicken Taco pizza listed on the Domino’s menu starts out with the crust of your choice, which is then topped with taco seasoning, grilled chicken, and a trio of American, Provolone, and Cheddar cheeses. Diced tomatoes, onions, and green peppers complete this standard makeup of this delectable pie, though you do have the option of customizing your order with the addition of other toppings such as jalapeños or banana peppers. Regardless of how you choose to dress your Chicken Taco pizza, the Domino’s website promises will be so good, you won’t even miss the taco shell.
When did it come out?
The start of the coronavirus pandemic in the early months of 2020 caused restaurants worldwide to halt their dine-in operations, leaving hungry patrons looking for a night off from their kitchens with the options of picking up to-go meals or having them delivered directly to their doors. This, of course, wasn’t too much of an issue for the pizza industry, though it was quickly realized that other foods didn’t travel quite as well as a pie. Tacos, for instance, are one meal that is either a hit or miss depending on the type of shell you choose for them, as a crunchy exterior can easily turn into a soggy mess during the delivery trip due to liquid from the taco filling (via Insider).
Realizing how many people were unsatisfied with their delivery tacos, Domino’s decided to take matters into its own hands. On August 24, 2020, the chain introduced a Chicken Taco pizza, as well as a Cheeseburger pizza, to its line of specialty pies so customers could better enjoy the meals that traditionally don’t hold up too well during delivery. "Domino’s customers can now have the best of both worlds: the mouthwatering flavors of a chicken taco or cheeseburger, on a pizza designed to be delivered," the chain’s executive vice president Art D’Elia said, according to PR Newswire. Now, more than a year later, the Chicken Taco pizza is still available to order from Domino’s for the nights you’re craving both tacos and pizza for dinner.
How much does a Domino’s Taco Pizza cost?
There’s no shame in placing separate orders for tacos and pizza on the night you can’t decide between the two meals. However, honoring both of those cravings at the same time can have you shelling out some serious dough. Luckily, Domino’s Chicken Taco pizza is a delectable mashup of the two tasty dishes that not only takes away the chore of having to choose one over the other but will also save you a bit of money as well.
According to Fast Food Menu Prices, the cost for any of the chain’s small, 10-inch specialty pies will typically run you $11.99 while the medium 12-inch, large 14-inch, and extra-large 16-inch versions go for $13,99, $15.99, and $17.99, respectively. While this menu doesn’t list the Chicken Taco pizza specifically, it falls into the category of a specialty pizza on Domino’s website, so the price estimates presumably apply. You can also order pizza on a 10-inch gluten-free crust, which will cost you about $14.99. Considering the fact that Domino’s offers a large portion of its menu items at the low price of $5.99, ordering a Chicken Taco pizza of any size isn’t exactly the cheapest thing you can order from the eatery.
Is it nutritious?
Scarfing down a few slices of Domino’s Chicken Taco pizza is probably healthier than indulging in both pizza and tacos in the same meal, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you should be ordering in the specialty pie on a regular basis. According to Domino’s nutrition guide, a large Chicken Taco pizza on hand-tossed crust breaks down to about 350 calories per slice, which adds up to 2,800 calories for an eight-slice pie. A single slice also contains 16 grams of fat, 34 grams of carbs, and 780 milligrams of sodium.
Now, the nutrition information for a slice of the chain’s Chicken Taco pizza isn’t quite as striking as that of its ExtravaganZZa Feast with Brooklyn Crust which, at 400 calories and 1,220 milligrams of sodium per slice, led Eat This, Not That! to label it the unhealthiest pizza at the chain in 2015. However, piling your plate with two or three slices along with a side of Domino’s chicken wings or pasta will quickly have you maxing out the suggested dietary guidelines set by the FDA.
If you’re looking to make your Chicken Taco pizza a bit more nutritious, ordering the specialty pie on the chain’s thin crust is a great place to start. Per the Domino’s Nutritional Cal-O-Meter, this swap will cut out 80 calories from each piece of pizza, making it a little easier to go back for seconds.
How does Domino’s Chicken Taco Pizza taste?
In theory, a chicken taco pizza is a winning combination – it does combine two of the tastiest meals known to man, after all. As for Domino’s take on the hybrid pizza, the reviews are a bit all over the map, though the general consensus seems to be that it’s pretty good. When just looking at the Cheeseburger and Chicken Taco pizzas that were introduced last year, Thrillist dubbed the latter as the winner, noting that the grilled chicken was "good and flavorful" and the taco seasoning that Domino’s used in place of sauce "weirdly works well." Brand Eating found that the chain "surprisingly delivered on a chicken taco-like flavor," saying that sauce would have drowned out the taco element. Though the Impulsive Buy rated the dish a mere six out of 10.
One of the biggest complaints surrounding the Chicken Taco pizza from Domino’s seems to be the lack of spice that is traditionally associated with tacos and Mexican cuisine in general. However, as Thrillist notes, this is easy to fix by substituting the green peppers for jalapeños, or drizzling a bit of hot sauce on the pie once you’re ready to dig in. Overall, on the nights that you can’t get yourself to choose between having tacos or pizza for dinner, Domino’s Chicken Taco pizza seems to be an excellent way to indulge in both of your cravings and has the added bonus of traveling well during delivery.