Get a free lunch courtesy of Taco Bell

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Know what fast food companies are in love with right now? Apps. (The kind on your phone, not appetizers.) Customers can order ahead and pay with their smartphones, enroll in loyalty programs, and access some pretty sweet deals, and companies get access to their customers’ phones so they can do all this stuff. With apps, everyone wins! And tomorrow, victory can be yours if you download the new Taco Bell app and order ahead, because when you pull up to the drive-thru you’ll be given a free $5 Chalupa Cravings Box. You don’t even need to buy anything—as long as you’ve got the app, you’re in. Long live Taco Tuesdays.


The $5 Cravings Box includes a Chalupa Supreme, Beefy 5-Layer Burrito, Crunchy Taco, Cinnamon Twists, and a medium drink. It also carries a sodium warning, so make sure you text all your friends with lower-than-normal blood pressure so they’re aware of this deal.

Allison Robicelli is a writer, recipe czar, former professional chef, author of four (quite good) books, and The People's Hot Pocket Princess. Tweet me for recipe help: @Robicellis.


I swear the apps are getting a bit desperate these days. Over the weekend, Doordash pushed a notification to my phone hawking a free six-piece chicken nuggets boneless wings. Popeyes is advertising free delivery if you use their app rather than one of the third-party (Uber/Doordash/etc) ones (not that this matters if you’ve got the premium version of a third-party app that waives delivery fees for a monthly fee, good for shut-ins)...

...and all this while these apps were already losing money hand over fist. World’s gone mad.