The Original Taco Bell Menu Has Surfaced and It’s Mind-Blowing

Tina Rivera
(Photo: obsev / food and wine)

Over the years, Taco Bell has never failed to put a mouthwatering spin on a classic taco. From their Cheesy Gordita Crunch to their Double Decker Taco Supreme, the decadent tacos that come from the Mexican fast food chain are nothing short of amazing.  

But what if you removed all the frills from Taco Bell’s ever-changing menu? Take out all the Doritos Locos Tacos and replace them with plain tacos—that are probably just as damn delicious?

Lo and behold, a photo of the original Taco Bell menu has surfaced, and it includes only five food items, with everything on the menu costing less than a quarter!    
 

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The photo, which was taken in 1965, shows the first Taco Bell franchisee Kermit Becky rocking some cool shades while posing beneath the original menu. The simple menu consisted of just tacos, burritos, frijoles, tostados, and a chili burger, all offered at 19 cents.    

 

 

 

Tacos from T-Bell are still the number-one selling menu item, while burritos come in at number two. Taco Bell no longer offers a chili burger, but they do have other random non-Mexican items, including hash browns and a side of bacon.

Another photo from the late 1960s shows the progression of Taco Bell’s menu with the addition of the “Bellburger,” a new food item that included a hamburger bun with taco meat, cheese, and a spicy sauce, offered at 25 cents.
 

Taco Bell archives

The original Taco Bell (pictured below) was opened in 1962 by restaurateur Glen Bell in Downey, California. In 2015, the shop was moved closer to the Taco Bell corporate headquarters in Irvine, CA. With more than 6,500 restaurants, Taco Bell serves more than 2 billion hungry customers each year. 
 

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