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.




Back in the Day

From about the mid-1960's through the mid-1970's Taco Bell made a Sloppy Joe like sandwich called the "Bell-Burger". It used the same flavored ground beef mixture as a crunchy taco, along with a sauce similar to Mild Border Sauce and shredded mild cheddar cheese. This was served on a hamburger bun that had been steamed slightly to soften and warm it.

Build a Bell Burger like this:

  • Spread a tablespoon of Mild Border Sauce on the bottom bun.
  • Place several tablespoons of the meat mixture on the bottom bun like making a sloppy joe.
  • Add 1 or 2 packets (or 2 tablespoons) of Taco Bell Mild Border Sauce evenly over the meat on bun.
  • Sprinkle 1 or 2 tablespoons of shredded mild cheddar cheese over meat mixture on bun. 
  • Add the top bun.

This is came a few years later from the mid-1970's through the mid -1990's.
To make a Bell Beefer add loose meat, diced onions, shredded lettuce and mild border sauce.
To make a Bell Beefer Supreme add loose meat, diced onions, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, grated cheese and mild border sauce.

Beef Filling:
1 pound lean ground beef, uncooked
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 tablespoon mild chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dried minced onion flakes
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
dash garlic powder
1/2 cup cold water

Combine in a mixing bowl raw ground beef, flour, chili powder, salt, minced onion flakes, paprika, onion powder and garlic powder. Mix thoroughly like you would mix a meatloaf. In a skillet on the stove top, add 1/2 cup of cold water and the seasoned ground meat mixture. Mix well. Cook over medium heat, mash and stir ground meat as it cooks, breaking it up. Cook until meat is no longer pink and slightly browned. The meat mixture should be loose, without any large pieces. Drain off any grease or liquid. Makes enough for 6 sandwiches.

Taco Bell Mild Border Sauce: 
1 1/2 cups cold water
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1/2 (6 oz) can tomato paste
1 1/2 tablespoons white vinegar
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Add cold water to a saucepan. Stir in the cornstarch until it is dissolved.Stir in the tomato paste, vinegar, chili powder, salt and cayenne pepper. Stir until well mixed and smooth. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 5 minutes to thicken. Allow sauce to cool then store in a covered container in the refrigerator. Makes about 1 1/2 cups of Mild Border Sauce

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