Food of the Seventies, Bell Beefer

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This was a Taco Bell version of a sloppy joe. Basically taco meat in a bun. It was really good!
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Greg - July 01, 2009 - Report this comment
Ah, the Bell Beefer, basically a sloppy Joe with taco sauce. When the first Taco Bell opened in our Florissant, MO. neighborhood in 1977, my friend Steve Boxdorfer and I would ride our bikes there and get a Bell Beefer and a Mountain Dew (about two bucks at the most). The food would come in these aluminum containers for some reason, but it was good.
David - August 02, 2009 - Report this comment
I used to get a Bell Beefer and a paper bowl of Frijoles (refried beans) and a Pepsi at the open-air Taco Bell on the corner of 5th Avenue North and 34th Street in St. Petersburg, Florida. Those were the days. People think I am crazy when I tell them about the Bell Beefer.
Rick - December 08, 2009 - Report this comment
Assemble your own Bellbeefer at home: You will need to go to Taco Bell and buy a taco and an Enchirito. Liberally smear any old cheapo hamburger bun with the sauce that comes on the Enchirito. Next, empty the contents of the taco onto the bun. Sit back, and enjoy the best flavor they ever discontinued!
STC - December 30, 2009 - Report this comment
See Now I want one... My BF grew up in Cali and me out east and had never heard of until tonight I will try it the way Rick said
Matt - September 25, 2012 - Report this comment
There was a Taco Bell around the corner from my high school and the bell beefer was the order of the day. Oh happy days.
Antilope - January 17, 2013 - Report this comment
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. The "Bell Burger" was just seasoned loose meat, sauce and shredded cheese on a steamed bun. This is not the "Bell Beefer", which came a few years later from the mid-1970's through the mid -1990's. The regular "Bell Beefer" had seasoned loose meat, sauce, onions and lettuce on a bun; the "Bell Beefer Supreme" also had tomatoes and cheese. Through a Google search, I find the term "Bell Beefer" from 1974 in the Wall Street Journal, through 1994 in various Diet Calorie Guides. So its run may be a year or two on either side of those dates. I did a search on the Google newspaper archive. The Bell Beefer was described as follows: The Sun newspaper- Apr 18, 1982 "The regular Bell Beefer (89 cents) is meat, sauce, onions and lettuce on a roll that falls apart when lifted; the Bell Beefer Supreme ($1.09) also has tomatoes and cheese." -To make a "Bell Burger" add loose meat, grated cheese and mild border sauce. -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.
ron - May 02, 2013 - Report this comment

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