Taco Bell Bell Beefer

Taco Bell Bell Beefer

Taco Bell Bell Beefer has everything you love in a taco stacked inside a fluffy bun. Delicious taco seasoned ground beef, taco sauce, cheese, onions, and lettuce between toasted hamburger buns make an incredibly tasty sandwich.

homemade Taco Bell Bell Beefer sandwich

Taco Bell Chili Burger

Do you think Taco Bell only ever served burritos and tacos? Think again. The chain used to serve a unique version of a chili burger called the Taco Bell Bell Bender, and it was darn tasty. Unfortunately, it’s no longer on the menu, well, officially at least.

People say you may still be able to get one off-the-menu at some Taco Bell/KFC restaurants, but why go through all the trouble? Now you can make a Bell Bender or a Supreme Bell at home with this Taco Bell Bell Beefer recipe!

The Complicated History of the Bell Beefer Taco Bell Customers Forgot

The Bell Beefer was the chain’s answer to the Maid-Rite loose meat sandwich. First, put on the menu in the 1970s, Taco Bell Bell Beef combined the same seasoned beef that it uses for all its tacos and burritos, mild chili sauce, shredded lettuce, and diced onions.

Later on, Taco Bell introduced the Bell Beefer Supreme that added shredded cheese and tomatoes as well. Restaurant-goers quickly fell in love with the Taco Bell burger, as many called it, and the sandwich sold well until the chain pulled it from the menu in the 90s.

Fans were not happy, but Taco Bell refused to serve it again until 2012 when it came back to some markets for a limited time as the Bellburger. According to a Taco Bell fansite, there is a rumor the sandwich will return sometime in 2023.

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Recipe Ingredients

Here’s a list of what you need:

  • Canned tomato sauce
  • Chili powder
  • Ground cumin
  • Dry minced onions
  • White vinegar
  • Garlic powder
  • Garlic salt
  • Paprika
  • Sugar
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Masa harina
  • Onion powder
  • Seasoning salt
  • Beef bouillon powder
  • Ground beef chuck
  • White hamburger buns
  • Shredded Cheddar cheese
  • White onion
  • Shredded iceberg lettuce
Taco Bell Bell Beefer sandwich ingredients on a tray

How to Make Taco Bell Bell Beefer

  1. Make the taco sauce by simmering all the sauce ingredients for 15 to 20 minutes. Cool it completely before using it on the sandwich.
homemade Taco Bell taco sauce in a skillet
  1. Combine all the spices for seasoning the ground beef.
  1. Brown the ground beef in a skillet then drain it in a colander. Run water over the beef while draining to rinse off the excess grease.
  1. Place the beef back in the skillet along with the spices and water. Cook until most of the moisture has cooked away but not completely dry.
taco seasoned ground beef in a skillet
  1. Toast the buns in the oven under the broiler.
  1. Build the sandwich by placing the seasoned beef on the bottom bun then topping it with taco sauce, cheese, onions, lettuce, and the top bun.
homemade Taco Bell Bell Beefer sandwiches

Making the Taco Bell Burger Your Own

Topping choices at Taco Bell are limited, but when you’re making them at home, anything goes. Here are a few fantastic combinations to help get you thinking creatively:

  • The Seven Layer Bell Beefer Place on the bun the following in thin layers: seasoned meat, guacamole, diced tomatoes, diced onions, slices of black olives, sour cream, and shredded cheese.
  • The Corny Bell Beefer Crush a handful of your favorite corn chips and sprinkle them on top of a Taco Bell Bell Beefer Supreme.
  • The Hot Stuff Bell Beefer Put sliced pickled jalapenos on top of the beef with a splash of your favorite hot sauce. You can cool things down with a sprinkling of shredded cheese and a dollop of sour cream.

Tips For Making and Serving the Taco Bell Bell Beefer

  • Scoop out the bottom bun. Carving out a shallow indentation in the bottom bun will help contain some of the mess of eating a Taco Bell burger. Just don’t get too carried away; you need some support for the meat.
  • Don’t forget about toasting the bun. Butter the bun. Crisp it on a hot griddle or in a pan with the cut-side down. You can also toast it on the bagel setting in the toaster oven for a minute.
  • Serve with a side order of Taco Bell Nacho Fries. If you want, you can even put the Nacho Fries inside the sandwich.
  • Use the seasoned meat to make burritos, tacos, or quesadillas. Store the cooked beef in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days.
three homemade Taco Bell Bell Beefer sandwiches and taco sauce on a wood board

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Taco Bell Bell Beefer

You can make a Taco Bell Bell Beefer sandwich at home with this copycat recipe.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword Bell Beefer, Bellburger, Taco Bell Bell Beefer, Taco Bell Recipes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 633kcal


Taco Sauce Ingredients

  • 8 ounces canned tomato sauce
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon dried minced onions
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Taco Bell Seasoned Beef Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 tablespoon masa harina
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoning salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced onions
  • 1/2 teaspoon beef bouillon powder
  • 1 1/3 pounds ground beef chuck

Bell Beefer Sandwich Ingredients

  • 4 white hamburger buns
  • ¾ cup finely shredded Cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup diced white onions
  • 1 cup shredded iceberg lettuce


Taco Sauce Preparation

  • Place all of the sauce ingredients in a saucepan and stir well.
  • Simmer at a very low temperature for 15 – 20 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and cool to room temperature.
  • The taco sauce may be kept in the refrigerator for several days.

Taco Bell Seasoned Beef Preparation

  • Mix together all the ingredients except the meat. Stir the spice mixture well to make sure that all spices are thoroughly and evenly blended.
  • Crumble the ground beef into a large skillet (preferably nonstick) and brown, stirring well while the meat is browning.
  • Remove the browned beef from the heat.
  • Dump the meat into a strainer in the sink, rinse with hot water, and drain off the water and grease from the beef. Return the beef to the pan.
  • Stir in the spice mix and 3/4 to 1 cup water.
  • Simmer on medium-low heat for 20 minutes, until most of the moisture has cooked away.
  • Remove the pan from heat before the meat is completely dry.

Bell Beefer Sandwich Preparation

  • Toast the buns under a broiler until they just begin to brown. This will help the bread hold together better.
  • Scoop up ¼ of the meat portion on each bottom bun.
  • Drizzle a tablespoon of sauce over the seasoned beef.
  • Sprinkle cheese and chopped onions over the beef.
  • Top with shredded lettuce.
  • Cover the sandwich with the top portion of the bun.


Calories: 633kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 124mg | Sodium: 1728mg | Potassium: 867mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 1439IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 256mg | Iron: 7mg

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