Food of the Eighties, Chilito
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A chili and cheese burrito from Taco Bell. Came out late 80's, died an unfortunate death in the early 90's. Was the staple of my college career, I might add.
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Sara S - September 26, 2007 - Report this comment
It's still available. It's now callled a Chili Cheese Burrito. It's still pretty good!!
Angie - April 25, 2008 - Report this comment
Yeah, they're still around, but, they had to rename them because "chilito" meant something naughty in Spanish! Haha!
Kepi - November 11, 2008 - Report this comment
I don't think we even have chili cheese burritos anymore :( I loved these in H.S.
Toby - October 13, 2009 - Report this comment
Taco Bell actually acquired this recipe from a fast food place called Zantigo, which was a start-up business for KFC in the mid-80s. Zantigo was sprouting up all over the lower midwest (Cincinnati, Louisville)due to one of the earliest value menus. Unfortunately,KFC was purchased by Pepsi Food Service (now YUM!)in 1987, and Zantigo was absorbed into Taco Bell.
Amanda - August 09, 2010 - Report this comment
Oh yeah, this got me through college....
HK - August 22, 2010 - Report this comment
The legend of the Zantigo Cheese Chilito must live on; How did we ever let Taco Bell phase out such a memorable mix of spicy sauce and cheese? I still have dreams of their taco burrito and chilito :(
exotica - October 27, 2010 - Report this comment
i dont no him, but i nee a menu from him.
james - February 12, 2011 - Report this comment
for all of you chilito die hard fans looking for the holy grail recipe of mexican fast food!the chilito!!! i was a cook at zantigos in reno nevada while i was in high school, and the chilito was by far the hottest item on the menu. there was the cheese chilito,and the diablo chilito( spicy green). the key ingredient was the seasoning mix that went into the sauce. i wish i had stollen a bag of this seasoning so i could replicate it. the sauce was a mixture of seasoning( secret) pure ground beef, tomato sauce, tomato puree, and water.after the ground beef was fully cooked the other ingredients were added and blended with a large mixer until it was a runny sauce consistency. it was spred on a tortilla with monterrey jack and cheddar cheese and microwaved for 30 seconds viola!! ECSTACY!!!! the diablo sauce was the same process only with a different sauce and chunks of beef. i enjoyed every minute of working at the best mexican fast food restaraunt and i still miss this food 35 YEARS LATER!!!
Kev - October 25, 2011 - Report this comment
There are Zantigo's restaurants in Minneapolis
Tom - June 13, 2012 - Report this comment
ZANTIGO'S!!! That was the best fast food restaurant in the world! Far better than dorito-taco making Taco Bell. The Taco Burrito was huge and full of fresh, crisp veggies. The chilito had a finer-textured, more subtly-flavored sauce than the impostor currently on offer from Taco Bell. Zantigo's was fresher, the dining room had much more mexican/aztec flair, and the food rocked out! I still remember having a Taco Burrito with my sister, still goggle-eyed after seeing "Raiders of the Lost Ark". Oh, man...
scher - March 27, 2013 - Report this comment
I loved ZANTIGOS so much that there were times i actually stood outside their doors in the morning just waiting for them to open so i could get a cheese chilito and bowl of their Awesome Green Chili!!!! And their Taco burrito was to die for, when Taco Bell close them down and took over i tried their food, but in "NO WAY" was it anywhere as good as Zantigos!!! I wish my kids could have enjoyed THE "BEST" MEXICAN resturant ever in the whole world>>>Maybe some Millionaire can start Zantigos up again....I WISH!!!!!
Jim - October 24, 2013 - Report this comment
go to zantigo dot com They still exist!!!
Connie - February 19, 2014 - Report this comment
They still exist, however, the hot chilito is no longer the same. Apparently the company Zantigo used to purchase the 'secret' seasoning packets from has gone out of business. Zantigo has been trying and trying to duplicate the taste, but still hasn't acheived the same great flavor. Use to go there several times a week, for the hot chilito, now maybe once a month... miss the hot chilito..
Jay - June 12, 2014 - Report this comment
I loved the Chilito green and red, Taco Burrito, Chips-n-Cheese, one of my other fav's was chili by the bowl, and of course the green, delicious. The TV commercials had Ricardo Montelban, saying Mexican-American dishes served in fresh and exciting new ways. I almost don't blame the former owner, how could you turn down 850 million, that's 1.5 billiom im todays money, wish I could find some recipes.
Lisa - June 22, 2014 - Report this comment
THE Cheese Chilito from Zantigo's in Tucker, Georgia was the BOMB! These are my best memories of the 1980's! It was so gooey, it was impossible to drive and eat at the same time. I once rear-ended an El Dorado, and had the cheesy mess stringing from my face. Should have got a DUICC, for I was surely under the influence of the Cheese Chilito! Taco Bell's Chili Cheese Burrito is only just getting me by, and only when they manage to keep it on the meny and if they are having a good day. I'd pay nearly anything to have one sent to me.
Tom - June 24, 2014 - Report this comment
Some Taco Bell restaurants still serve the Chili Cheese Burrito (Chilito). There used to be a webpage dedicated to the Chilito, it went off-line about 3-4 years ago, and the webpage had a list of Taco Bells that still served it. My recollection is that the list was concentrated in the areas around the old Zantigo markets; Ohio, Kentucky, etc, but there were a few in other areas. Zantigo got me through college (Ohio State) in the mid-80s, the Chilito was a staple of our diet.
Karen - July 09, 2014 - Report this comment
Zantigo's still exist in Minnesota and they have the chilito. Go to Might be time for a road trip!
Sarah - August 29, 2014 - Report this comment
The Zantigos in Minnesota is not the same as the restaurant as the one we grew up with.
john - October 29, 2014 - Report this comment
Go to zanz in Mankato Minnesota. Best one ever
Peggy - February 02, 2015 - Report this comment
Zantigo please come back to Cincinnati area your cheese chilito are the best been 30 yrs since I've had one my kids are grown & still miss them also

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