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.



Spicy Potato Taco

Taco Bell Restaurant Copycat Recip

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 heaping tablespoon white flour
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
soft taco tortillas
lettuce, shredded
tomatoes, diced
Colby Monterrey Jack shredded cheese
Spicy Chipotle Sauce (See recipe below)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.Place the potatoes in a bowl and toss with olive oil.

In another bowl, mix together the white flour, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, and cayenne pepper. Toss with the potatoes until coated. Spread potatoes on a lightly oiled cooking sheet.
Cook for 10 minutes, flip, and then cook for another 10 minutes.

While the potatoes are cooking, heat a frying pan. Once fully heated, place tortillas on it and cook for about a minute on each side. No oil needed. Prepare chipotle sauce.

Once the potatoes are done, let cool a few minutes then assemble tacos - tortilla, a spoonful of chipotle sauce, potatoes, lettuce, tomatoes, and cheese.

Taco Bell Spicy Chipotle Sauce:
1/4 cup sour cream or plain Greek yogurt
1/2 tablespoon white vinegar
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix together until combined.
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Mt. Dew Baja Blast

Taco  Bell Restaurant Copycat Recipe
Mountain Dew (Regular)
Gatorade Cool Blue or Powerade Mountain Blast

Put some ice in a glass. Fill a bit more than half the glass with Mountain Dew. Pour the Gatorade in to the glass until it gets a Caribbean green color (blue-green).

$1 Morning Value Menu

Chain fires latest shot in ongoing quick service value war

Just when you thought the dollar menu was dead, Taco Bell on Thursday threw down a breakfast gauntlet with the launch of a new $1 Morning Value Menu with a choice of 10 options.

The menu platform, scheduled to be available at the chain’s roughly 6,000 domestic units nationwide, will include several existing items, including a grilled Breakfast Burrito, a two pack of Cinnabon Delights, hash browns or a Mountain Dew Kickstart Orange Citrus drink, each for $1.

Among the offerings are also three new dishes:

The Mini Skillet Bowl includes seasoned potatoes, scrambled eggs, melted cheese and pico de gallo.
A Breakfast Soft Taco is available with a choice of bacon or sausage, with scrambled eggs and Cheddar cheese.
The Sausage Flatbread Quesadilla has scrambled eggs and sausage with a three cheese blend wrapped in a flatbread.

The Irvine, Calif.-based chain shook up the quick service breakfast space when it launched the morning daypart for the first time in 2014. At the time, the breakfast menu included a value component with several items priced at or under $1.

The chain also has featured a Dollar Cravings menu for later daypart items since 2014.

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.