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.
servesMakes 6 Burgers
prep time5 Min
cook time10 Min
Ingredients For taco bell bell burger & mild border sauce
ground beef, uncooked
mild chili powder
dried minced onion flakes
TACO BELL MILD BORDER SAUCE
1 1/2 c
(6-oz) can tomato paste
1 1/2 Tbsp
distilled white vinegar
EXTRA ITEMS YOU WILL NEED
hamburger buns (steamed slightly to soften and warm them)
shredded cheddar cheese
How To Make taco bell bell burger & mild border sauce
Combine in a mixing bowl raw ground beef, flour, chili powder, salt, minced onion flakes, paprika, onion powder and garlic powder.
Mix thoroughly like you would mix a meatloaf.
In a skillet on the stove top, add 1/2 cup of cold water and the seasoned ground meat mixture. Mix well.
Cook over medium heat, mash and stir ground meat as it cooks, breaking it up.
Cook until meat is no longer pink and slightly browned.
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.
FOR THE BORDER SAUCE:
Add cold water to a saucepan. Stir in the cornstarch until it is dissolved.
Stir in the tomato paste, vinegar, chili powder, salt and cayenne pepper.
Stir until well mixed and smooth.
Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for
5-minutes to thicken.
Allow sauce to cool then store in a covered container in the refrigerator.
Makes about 1 1/2 cups of Mild Border Sauce.
TO BUILD THE BELL BURGER:
Spread a tablespoon of Mild Border Sauce on the bottom bun.
Place several tablespoons of the meat mixture on the bottom bun like making a sloppy joe.
Add 2 tablespoons of Taco Bell Mild Border Sauce evenly over the meat on bun.
Sprinkle 1 or 2 Tbsp of shredded mild cheddar cheese over meat mixture on bun. Add the top bun.
Repeat 5 more times. Serve warm.
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.
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