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

Step-By-Step

1BEEF FILLING:
Combine in a mixing bowl raw ground beef, flour, chili powder, salt, minced onion flakes, paprika, onion powder and garlic powder.

2Mix thoroughly like you would mix a meatloaf.

3In a skillet on the stove top, add 1/2 cup of cold water and the seasoned ground meat mixture. Mix well.

4Cook over medium heat, mash and stir ground meat as it cooks, breaking it up.

5Cook until meat is no longer pink and slightly browned.

6The 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.

7FOR THE BORDER SAUCE:
Add cold water to a saucepan. Stir in the cornstarch until it is dissolved.

8Stir in the tomato paste, vinegar, chili powder, salt and cayenne pepper.
Stir until well mixed and smooth.

9Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for
5-minutes to thicken.

10Allow sauce to cool then store in a covered container in the refrigerator.
Makes about 1 1/2 cups of Mild Border Sauce.

11TO BUILD THE BELL BURGER:
Spread a tablespoon of Mild Border Sauce on the bottom bun.

12Place several tablespoons of the meat mixture on the bottom bun like making a sloppy joe.

13Add 2 tablespoons of Taco Bell Mild Border Sauce evenly over the meat on bun.

14Sprinkle 1 or 2 Tbsp of shredded mild cheddar cheese over meat mixture on bun. Add the top bun.

15Repeat 5 more times. Serve warm.

16To make a "Bell Beefer" add loose meat, diced onions, shredded lettuce and mild border sauce.

17To 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