I have tried the Ranchero Chicken Soft Taco on several occasions at several different Taco Bells, and I was very pleased with the consistency and quality. Not to say you won’t, but I haven’t gotten a bad one yet.
The Ranchero Chicken Soft Taco is tasty, and just one should be enough for moderate appetites. On all occasions, I found the chicken to be both tender and recognizable as chicken, the lettuce crisp, fresh and free of the Feared Brown Bits, and the cheese, while scanty, appeared to conform to the traditional Taco Bell perception of cheesehood.
On the downside, I have yet to detect any evidence of the alleged avocado element of the Ranch dressing, and as it is served, it is best suited to those who prefer bland, flavorless food. It does not have much going for it in the way of zing, but this is easily remedied by a generous application chopped raw jalapeño peppers, or for snacks on the go, El Yucateco Habañero Sauce.
All right-thinking and respectable people carry a small bottle of El Yucateco on their person at all times, or in their glove compartments, in order to be prepared for such exigencies as the Taco Bell Ranchero Chicken Soft Taco.
Taco Bell continues to mock the public by offering little packets of what it calls “Fire Sauce,” whose sole purpose on earth is to make you wonder just why they were unable to cut a deal with Tabasco, whose green sauce is what Taco Bell’s Fire Sauce will never be: a workable compromise for the less hardline among the anti-flavor faction, and is the recommended condiment for the Soft Steak Taco (whole raw jalapeño on the side must be provided by consumer).