This Hack Squeezes The Most Calories You Can Get Out Of Taco Bell For Your Money

No one has ever said, “I’d like to get the least amount of stuff for my money.” So when you’ve only got a few bucks and need to fill up the old stomach hole with food, you want to stretch those spare dollars as far as they can go, toward the most calories you can shove in there. And of course, there’s a hack for that, if you don’t mind eating Taco Bell.

Kotaku shines a light on The Taco Bell Disrupt, a hack created during a recent hackathon by a developer who came up with the idea — when else? — when he was hungry and running to Taco Bell late at night.

He scraped data from Taco Bell’s website, threw that together and came up with the resulting hack, which shows how you can get the most calories for your budget. So yes, be prepared to confront your caloric choices.

Users simply email with the amount of money you can spend in the subject, without any dollar signs or punctuation. A few minutes later you’ll get a result spit back at you, like the below I got for my theoretical $4:

One weird thing — I tried it with $101 and $1,000,000 just for the sake of trying, and got the same result — a limit of $82.82 for the total cost and a total calorie count of 13,450.


Maybe because if you’ve got $1,000,000 to spend at Taco Bell you might as well cut yourself off at $82.82 and then just buy the dang place.

Because we here at Consumerist would never subsist entirely on a diet of Taco Bell — I don’t know if any of my colleagues even like the stuff — it’d be interesting to see this tool roll out to a variety of establishments, or perhaps suggest a variety of menus taking into account how much I love cheese.

A Hack That Gets You The Most Taco Bell Food For Your Money [Kotaku]

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  1. oneSqueakyWheel says:

    Perfect for all those hungry college students out there- need to send this to my son :)

  2. SingleMaltGeek says:

    Based on the second result, I’m guessing the “hack” only uses each menu item once, which probably leads to the limitation that Mary Beth found. Which kind of makes sense, since the alternative is that once you know whatever the highest calorie to cost ratio item is, you would just order that every time as many times as you can, which is much less interesting…although if I were younger and poorer, that’s probably exactly what I would do, as it is probably more efficient most of the time.

    tl;dr version: the total price of one of every food item on the menu is probably $82.82.

  3. evlpete says:

    I do not understand how this is a ‘Hack’

    • evlpete says:

      Nevermind I get it, it’s a clever hack to collect email addresses to sell to fastfood marketers

    • C0Y0TY says:

      “Hack” is used in the context of “life hacks”, or tricks and shortcuts to improve your life. For example, this message is a hack to improve your vocabulary.