Even in the era of $7 lattes, cheap, quick, and greasy eats can still be found for less than $1. To help you hunt down some wallet-friendly cuisine, we’ve rounded up the tastiest fast food items you can get for $1 or less.
McDonald’s launched its Dollar Menu in 2002, but the fast-food giant was tragically forced to ditch it in 2013 when they discovered it’s mighty tough to turn a profit shelling out $1 double cheeseburgers and sundaes. But diners protested, so McDonald’s introduced a new value menu in 2018.
The value menu includes items for $1, $2, and $3, and the tastiest $1 option may very well be the McChicken. What makes this sandwich shine is the McChicken Patty, which is satisfyingly crispy and delivers a uniquely peppery kick. It comes on your basic McDonald’s bun, with shredded iceberg lettuce and a daunting amount of mayo. So much mayo, in fact, that you may want to scrape some of it off.
Taco Bell unveiled its new value menu in 2014, which includes, among other delectable dishes, the caramel apple empanada. Choosing a favorite from the Taco Bell Dollar Cravings menu is like choosing a favorite star in the sky. So why settle on the caramel apple empanada? Well, in addition to its ultra-low price point, it’s comfortingly reminiscent of apple pie, the kind that your grandma used to make when she worked at Taco Bell.
This crispy dessert features a gooey apple-and-hot-caramel interior. For best results, let the empanada cool before consuming to avoid scalding your tongue. This will only take a few minutes, but they will be the longest few minutes of your life.