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Bell Beefer (Taco Sloppy Joe)

By Sue Lau @zzazzazza

Sloppy Joe sandwiches the way Taco Bell used to make them.
Bell Beefer (Taco Sloppy Joe)

Bell Beefer (Taco Sloppy Joe)

By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

Today my recipe hearkens back to the days when Taco Bell still made their bell beefer.  As I recall, this was a favorite of my niece Tiffany when she was little (she was also a bit of a steak  connoisseur, although she preferred a good old-fashioned Hershey bar to a Belgian chocolate).

And occasionally I really miss these sandwiches myself,  since they were about as close as one could get to being a sloppy joe from a fast-food joint,  and I have never stopped being a fan of those.

Bell Beefer (Taco Sloppy Joe)

So you may see me go from haute sweetbread recipes to down-home comfort food. There is something in common here- and that is that these kinds of foods are hard to get unless you make them yourself. And you know, I get so very  tired of the  same old, same old. Everybody and  his brother always make the same things, mostly, I think, because they are probably afraid of being different, because different isn’t always proven out in guaranteed sales.

These are really quite easy to make, especially now that the  company is marketing some of their product to grocery stores. You can always make your own sauce and seasoning, or use another brand. It should taste pretty close. I know I would do that, and I also toast my buns- not something I recall them doing at the restaurant (although the memories of it are many years old now), but I do love a good toasted bun.

The  flavors on eating this refresh my memory a bit and it does taste the way I remember (except the toasted bun) but that part makes it even better. So for everyone who has been pining for one of these (now retro) sandwiches, here ya’ go. This is homestyle gourmet  and I love it.

Until next  time-


Bell Beefer (Taco Sloppy Joe)

Bell Beefer (Taco Sloppy Joe)

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Time: 30mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Bell Beefer (Taco Sloppy Joe)
  • 1 pound ground chuck
  • 1 ounce packet Taco Bell original taco seasoning
  • 1/4 cup Taco Bell mild taco sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced onion
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon sugar

Other Items:

  • 4-6 sandwich buns
  • shredded iceberg lettuce
  • finely shredded cheddar cheese
  • finely diced tomato
  • Taco Bell mild (or other spice level) taco sauce


  1. Brown ground beef and crumble; drain excess fat.
  2. Add taco seasoning, taco sauce, minced onion, tomato paste, sugar and 2 cups hot water.
  3. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 15 minutes on low. Raise heat and continue to cook, stirring, until liquid dissipates.
  4. Serve sandwich mixture on toasted buns with shredded lettuce, diced tomato, shredded cheese and extra taco sauce as desired.

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