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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 Exterior of Taco Bell fast-food restaurant with sign and logo.
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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 Restaurant sign and logo.
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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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Taco Bell drive thru order menu Saint Augustine , Florida USA.
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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!

Skip the drive-thru with our 22 Taco Bell copycat recipes.

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People queue outside new Taco Bell restaurant, Tokyo, Japa

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.

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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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Burrito, Taco, Gordita Crunch and Nachos with Cheese Sauce on Dish.
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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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Taco Bell restaurant in Orange County, California.
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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.

Lauren Rearick
Lauren Rearick is a freelance writer/editor based out Pittsburgh, specalizing in arts, entertainment, music, health and wellness as well as lifestyle writing. Her work has appeared in CNN Opinions, The Huffington Post, Reader's Digest, Teen Vogue, Travel + Leisure, the Pittsburgh City Paper, Vinyl Me Please, Hello Giggles and more.

She founded the music blog, The Grey Estates, which was selected as one of the top 100 indie music blogs by Style of Sound. In 2016, she was recognized with a Keystone State Press Award for a personality profile.