8 Awesome Things You Should Know About Taco Bell
From its founding father to where you can buy Sauce Packet T-shirts, here's everything you want to know about Taco Bell.
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It All Started with a Funky Name
Taco Bell wasn’t always “Taco Bell.” When the restaurant opened in 1954, creator Glenn Bell called it Bell’s Drive-In and Taco Tia. It wasn’t until 1962 that Bell came up with the name we know and love: Taco Bell. (Here’s more about Taco Bell’s beginnings.)
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Taco Bell Got Fresh in 1984
When it comes to eating healthy there’s one thing Taco Bell lovers can depend on: the Fiesta Taco Salad. It’s changed since ’84 but stays popular because it can be completely customized. Taco Bell has a surprisingly healthy menu.
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The Most Popular New Product Was…
Taco Bell customers all have a favorite menu item, but two foods reign supreme. The super craveworthy Nacho Fries, which were added as a limited-time item in 2018 (and later brought back!). Before that, it was the Crunchwrap Supreme, which joined the menu in 2005. It’s been true taco love ever since!
Taco Bell Is All Over the World
It might be a staple in the US-of-A, but Taco Bell can be found in the United Kingdom, Spain, Puerto Rico and more. The international locations have some things not found in the United States, including “Naked Burritos” and sweet dessert tostadas.
Goodness Goes Beyond the Drive-Thru
The reach of Taco Bell goes way beyond the drive-thru window. The chain has recently brought its famous chips to grocery stores! The chips join other offerings including taco dinner kits. For a Mexican dinner pronto, here are some ideas ready in 30 minutes or less.
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You Can Visit Taco Bell’s Test Kitchen
In 2017, Taco Bell started welcoming the public into its test kitchen. It’s where the restaurant’s most popular items get started! Reservations are closed for now, but keep your eyes on the test kitchen website for a seat at the Taco Bell table.
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Not All Taco Bells Are Alike
Take a visit to sunny California and you’ll find four specially designed Taco Bell restaurants. Each place has a different look, complete with Taco Bell artwork, lavish seating and interiors inspired by the farm-to-table movement. One location in Newport Beach even launched frosé.
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You Can Wear a Taco on Your Sleeve
Fans of Taco Bell can purchase special taco-inspired merchandise. From hats and T-shirts to temporary tattoos, this Taco Bell gear is one way to let everyone know which fast food chain has captured your heart.