Taco Bell Corp. is a California-based fast service restaurant chain that specializes in Mexican style fast food. Taco Bell--with 1995 sales in the United States of $3.5 billion dollars--held the largest share of the Mexican-style restaurant market in the United States. In mid-1997 the fast food chain was owned by the giant PepsiCo empire and was expected to soon become part of the restaurant holding company TRICON Global Restaurants, Inc., a far cry from its modest beginnings as a hot dog stand.



Fries Supreme

Taco Bell Copycat Recipe

homemade fries (you can use frozen, baked as directed)
seasoned ground beef for tacos
nacho cheese sauce
sour cream
cut up tomatoes
chopped green onions

Prepare fries and keep warm. Brown ground beef and season them as you would for tacos.Warm up some nacho cheese sauce. Cut up tomatoes and chop green onions.

Assemble this way:
  • Place prepared fries on a small individual serving plate.
  • Top with some of the seasoned ground beef.
  • Pour some warm nacho cheese sauce on top.
  • Add sour cream on top of that.
  • Top with cut up tomatoes and chopped green onions.

Santa Fe Gorditas

Taco Bell Copycat Recipe

Santa Fe Sauce:
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons chili sauce
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons vinegar

Bean Salsa:
1 (10 oz) can black beans, drained
1 (10 oz) can whole kernel corn, drained
1 large bell pepper, finely diced
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, finely chopped

4 boneless chicken breasts, cooked
4 pita bread rounds
1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

Mix together the mayonnaise, the chili sauce, lemon juice, and vinegar. Let this chill for a minimum of 1/2 hour.

Mix together the drained black beans, drained whole kernel corn, finely diced red bell pepper, finely diced onion, and the finely chopped cilantro. Let this chill for a minimum of 1/2 hour.

Slice the chicken breasts into thin strips.Grill your pita bread in a pan on both sides until the bread is hot and flexible.

Divide the Santa Fe sauce between each pita round and top with the thin strips of chicken breast. Top with the bean salsa and cheese. Serve.

Pork and Bean Chalupas

Taco Bell Copycat Recipe

Pork and Beans:
2 1/2 cups pinto beans
3 pound pork roast
7 cups water
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 tablespoon salt
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon cumin
1 tablespoon oregano
2 (4 oz) cans of chopped green chilies
2 ounce jar of pimentos

Fry Bread:
5 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons salt
2 cups milk

First, start the pork and beans. Rinse the beans to make sure they are clean. Put everything into a heavy stock pot. Cover and simmer for 5 hours, stirring about every hour. If the liquid cooks out too much, add a little more water. After the 5 hours, take out the roast and shred with a fork. Remove fat. Return the meat to the pot, stir and cooked uncovered for about 30 minutes.

Start the fry bread. Combine dry ingredients the bowl of a mixer. Slowly incorporate milk. Once dough starts forming a ball, dump onto floured surface and knead for 5 minutes. Then form the dough into a ball and rest on the counter for 5 to 10 minutes.

Heat up several cups of oil in a frying pan. Once the oil is hot enough, tear off small pieces of the dough (a little more than golf ball size). Stretch out without tearing. Roll out with a rolling pin till about 1/4 inch thick in the shape of a circle. Cut a couple of small slits in the center. Fry 1 or 2 two at a time 30 seconds on each side. Drain on paper towels.

When the pork and the fry bread are both done, serve up. Top with shredded lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, and sour cream.


Taco Bell Copycat Recipe

1 pound ground beef
1 envelope taco seasoning or homemade equivalent
8 ounces pepper jack shredded
8 ounces cheddar or colby shredded
8-10 tortillas
pico de gallo

Brown and drain the ground beef. Season with taco seasoning. Place some cheddar cheese on each tortilla (these are supposed to be extra cheesy). Spoon on some of the beef filling. Top with shredded pepper jack cheese. Spoon on a little pico de gallo. Roll each tortilla up and wrap in paper towel. Microwave 2 at a time for 1 minute.

New Menu Items at Taco Bell

Taco Bell New Items:

  • Fully Loaded Steak Boss Wrap: A double portion of steak that has been marinated in a blend of garlic, chile and black pepper with choice of Taco Bell toppings, as well as the additional option of potato
  • Fully Loaded Chicken Boss Wrap: A double portion of chicken marinated with chile and lime with choice of Taco Bell toppings, as well as the additional option of potato

Availability: An unspecified limited time


Taco Bell New Items:

  • Volcano Quesarito (pictured): A quesadilla filled with melted cheese, seasoned meat, Latin rice, Lava Sauce, reduced fat sour cream, with choices of ground beef,shredded chicken or steak
  • Starburst Cherry Freeze: A Starburst Cherry flavored slushie

Availability: An unspecified limited time

Taco Bell New Item: 

  • Daredevil Loaded Griller: Seasoned beef, red tortilla strips, nacho cheese and choice of Mild Chipotle, Hot Habanero or Fiery Ghost Pepper sauce wrapped in a warm tortilla, $1

Availability: An unspecified limited time


Taco Bell New Item: 

  • Cap’n Crunch Delights, warm, light pastries coated with Cap’n Crunch Crunch Berries cereal and filled with sweet milk icing

Availability: Starting July 2,  2015 for an unspecified limited time


It’s been one year since Taco Bell shook up morning routines and launched its innovative Breakfast menu of Burritos, all in one AM Crunchwraps and Cinnabon Delights. Now, the brand is launching the Biscuit Taco on Thursday, March 26, 2015, and encouraging people to escape the same round breakfast sandwich by defecting to the next generation of breakfast at Taco Bell.

Taco Bell New Items:

  • Biscuit Tacos (pictured): Choice of :
  • Sausage, Egg and Cheese (369 calories)
  • Bacon, Egg and Cheese (380 calories)
  • Crispy Chicken with Country Gravy (388 calories)
  • Crispy Chicken with new signature Jalapeno Honey (471 calories)
  •  served in a folded biscuit, replacing the Waffle Taco
Availability: Permanent starting March 26, 2015

  • Chickstar: Warm flour tortilla filled with new premium marinated white meat crispy chicken breaded in tortilla chips, Cheddar cheese, lettuce and tomatoes, wrapped, grilled and served with choice of sauce
  • Crispy Chicken Grillers: The new chicken wrapped in a warm flour tortilla, grilled and served with choice of sauce.
  • Double Crispy Chicken Quesadilla: The new chicken combined with three cheese blend and creamy jalapeno sauce, served in a grilled tortilla
Sauce options include Mango BBQ, Creamy Chipotle or Bacon Ranch.

Availability: A limited time, until the end of April 2015


Taco Bell New Items:

  • Rolled Chicken Tacos (pictured): Seasoned shredded white-meat chicken rolled like a spring roll and available with choice of five sauces: spicy ranch, salsa, guacamole, nacho cheese sauce and reduced-fat sour cream, $1.99 for two and $3.99 for four

Availability: Through Dec. 14, 2014

  • Crunchwrap Sliders: A miniature version of the Crunchwrap Supreme, with seasoned meat, nacho cheese sauce, reduced-fat sour cream, lettuce, tomatoes and a crunchy tostada shell, wrapped in a flour tortilla and grilled, available in Beefy Cheddar, Spicy Chicken and BLT flavors, $1
Availability: Dec. 15 through early 2015


Taco Bell New Item

  • Starburst Strawberry Freeze, a slushy drink with Starburst strawberry flavor, $1.99-$2.29, depending on size.
Availability: An unspecified limited time