Taco Bell Bell Burger & Mild Border Sauce

Raven Higheagle

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@ravenhigheagle

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.
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.


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Serves:

Makes 6 Burgers

Prep:

5 Min

Cook:

10 Min

Method:

Stove Top

Ingredients

BEEF FILLING:

1 lb
ground beef, uncooked
1/4 c
all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp
mild chili powder
1 tsp
salt
1/2 tsp
dried minced onion flakes
1/2 tsp
paprika
1/4 tsp
onion powder
1 dash(es)
garlic powder
1/2 c
cold water

TACO BELL MILD BORDER SAUCE

1 1/2 c
cold water
1 tsp
cornstarch
1/2
(6-oz) can tomato paste
1 1/2 Tbsp
distilled white vinegar
2 tsp
chili powder
1 tsp
salt
1/2 tsp
cayenne pepper

EXTRA ITEMS YOU WILL NEED

6
hamburger buns (steamed slightly to soften and warm them)
3/4 c
shredded cheddar cheese
diced onions
shredded lettuce
diced tomatoes

Directions Step-By-Step

1
BEEF FILLING:
Combine in a mixing bowl raw ground beef, flour, chili powder, salt, minced onion flakes, paprika, onion powder and garlic powder.
2
Mix thoroughly like you would mix a meatloaf.
3
In a skillet on the stove top, add 1/2 cup of cold water and the seasoned ground meat mixture. Mix well.
4
Cook over medium heat, mash and stir ground meat as it cooks, breaking it up.
5
Cook until meat is no longer pink and slightly browned.
6
The meat mixture should be loose, without any large pieces. Drain off any grease or liquid.

Steam the burger buns slightly to warm and soften them.
7
FOR THE BORDER SAUCE:
Add cold water to a saucepan. Stir in the cornstarch until it is dissolved.
8
Stir in the tomato paste, vinegar, chili powder, salt and cayenne pepper.
Stir until well mixed and smooth.
9
Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for
5-minutes to thicken.
10
Allow sauce to cool then store in a covered container in the refrigerator.
Makes about 1 1/2 cups of Mild Border Sauce.
11
TO BUILD THE BELL BURGER:
Spread a tablespoon of Mild Border Sauce on the bottom bun.
12
Place several tablespoons of the meat mixture on the bottom bun like making a sloppy joe.
13
Add 2 tablespoons of Taco Bell Mild Border Sauce evenly over the meat on bun.
14
Sprinkle 1 or 2 Tbsp of shredded mild cheddar cheese over meat mixture on bun. Add the top bun.
15
Repeat 5 more times. Serve warm.
16
To make a "Bell Beefer" add loose meat, diced onions, shredded lettuce and mild border sauce.
17
To make a "Bell Beefer Supreme" add loose meat, diced onions, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, grated cheese and mild border sauce.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Beef, Burgers
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids, Healthy