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.




Pacific Shrimp Tacos

In every Pacific Shrimp Taco, six premium shrimp are tumbled in a "waterfall" of chipotle marinade including pepper, onion, garlic and paprika. In addition to the savory shrimp, the Pacific Shrimp Taco was topped off with crisp shredded lettuce, fiesta salsa and avocado ranch sauce, then wrapped together in a warm flour tortilla. The Pacific Shrimp Burrito featured the same ingredients plus Taco Bell's three cheese blend and red strips. these were a limited time offer at participating restaurants.

Taco Bell copycat Recipe

Serves 4

1 teaspoon dried chipotle powder
1 1/4 teaspoons mild chili powder
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt (to taste)
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 1/2 lbs large raw shrimp, peeled and deveined  (about 32 each)
1 tablespoon olive oil
8 (6 inch) flour tortillas
2 cups shredded iceberg lettuce
3/4 cup salsa
lime wedge (optional)

Combine first 5 ingredients in a large bowl; add shrimp, tossing to coat.

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add shrimp mixture to pan; cook 1 1/2 minutes on each side or until done. Remove from heat.

Heat tortillas in microwave according to package directions. Place 2 tortillas on each of 4 plates; arrange 4 shrimp on each tortilla. Top each tortilla with 1/4 cup lettuce, 1 1/2 tablespoons salsa . Serve with wedges of lime, if desired.

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