20 Kick-Ass Facts That You Probably Didn’t Know About Taco Bell

Think outside the bun.

1. Taco Bell was originally called Taco Tia.


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2. There are no Taco Bells in Mexico.

But really, though, why would Mexico need Taco Bell — Americanized Mexican food? Source.

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3. Taco Bell offers French fries at some of its overseas locations.


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4. Taco Bell once petitioned the government to start printing $2 bills again.

It was mainly just a marketing gimmick, but it’s still a nifty fact! Source.

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5. The original cost for a Taco Bell taco was 19 cents.


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6. Taco Bell cinnamon twists start out life as these little pasta things.


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7. The Taco Bell Chihuahua’s name was Gidget.

Source. She died in 2009. :(

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8. Even though the Taco Bell Chihuahua character was male, Gidget was actually female.

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9. There were also two backup Chihuahuas named Dinky and Taco.


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10. Taco Bell’s menu is just as viable for weight loss as Subway’s.


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11. Taco Bell used to have salsa bars.


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12. Taco Bell is one of Macaulay Culkin’s preferred brands — so much so that he had Christmas lunch there.


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13. Its beef is real, despite what you may believe.


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14. However, there’s other stuff added to it — like magic enema juice.

The scientific term is sodium phosphate. Source.

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15. Taco Bell has siblings! A&W, KFC, Long John Silver’s, and Pizza Hut are all of Taco Bell’s brothers/sisters since Yum Brands is their collective father/mother.

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16. Taco Bell headquarters is one of the most beautiful structures on earth.


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17. Taco Bell sold about 1 million Doritos tacos a day.


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18. The Doritos Taco was so successful that it helped Taco Bell add 15,000 jobs to the company.


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19. The Doritos Taco took about three years to make, from inception to when it was released for consumption.

This is a picture of the very first prototype Doritos taco. Taco Bell engineers used a spray-paint gun to spray a taco shell with Doritos flavoring. Read the whole amazing Doritos taco story here.

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20. When the Mir space station was crashing down to Earth, Taco Bell put a giant target in the ocean and proclaimed that if any piece of the station hit the target, everyone in the U.S. would get a free taco.

Nothing hit the target, and nobody got free tacos. Bummer. Source.

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