11 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Taco Bell

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Taco Bell is a popular place to enjoy tacos, burritos, and chalupas nationwide, but there are many little known facts about this fast food chain. From how it got its name to fun facts about the actual food, we’ve rounded up some interesting tid bits about the American version of Mexican food for you to share with your friends next time you “make a run for the border.”

  1. It got its name from Glen Bell, the man who started the very first restaurant.
  2. The first restaurant was in the same city as McDonald’s first restaurant, San Bernardino, California.
  3. The first restaurant didn’t have any indoor seating, but there were fire pits outside and a mariachi band entertained patrons.
  4. Everything on the menu was originally just $0.19.
  5. It was the first fast food chain to hire female managers.
  6. The Taco Bell chihuahua from the ’90s commercials is the same chihuahua that stared in the Legally Blond movies.
  7. Taco Bell’s “seasoned beef” is 88% beef and 12% “secret recipe.”
  8. There isn’t a kids menu.
  9. In 2012, Taco Bell was able to hire 12,000 new employees due to the success of its Doritos Locos tacos.
  10. Taco Bell changed the company logo and replaced their original red and brown coloring with purple and yellow coloring to look more like the futuristic Taco Bell in the movie “Demolition Man.”
  11. Taco Bell has not been successful at establishing restaurants in Mexico.