10 Shocking Facts about Taco Bell

Taco Bell – everyone’s favourite fast-food Mexican restaurant – except in Mexico – what? It’s true! Join us today as we learn more about Taco Bell’s unpopularity in Mexico and other shocking facts we bet you didn’t know.

Taco Bell failed in Mexico

Well, we’ve already mentioned it, so we might as well start here. Despite the popularity of this Mexican franchise around the world, it never did become a hit in Mexico. In 1992, several different locations were opened in Mexico City, all of which closed down within two years.

Taco Bell is owned by Pepsi

Yep! Taco Bell is owned by PepsiCo, along with KFC and Pizza Hut. After seeing the huge success of Taco Bell in the late 1960s, PepsiCo decided to try to compete, opening their own company called Taco Kid. The concept was not a hit, so rather than trying to compete, they simply bought Taco Bell out for $130 million.

Taco Bell originally sold more than Tacos

If you ever wanted a burger, you wouldn’t head to your local Taco Bell. But that wasn’t the case when the franchise first opened. When Taco Bell first started it was called “Taco Tia” and offered tacos, burgers, hot dogs, and milkshakes. But tacos reigned supreme in popularity and eventually, the franchise dropped the burgers, hot dogs, and milkshakes, and changed their name to Taco Bell.

The Taco Bell Chihuahua wasn’t as big of a hit as he seemed

We all know who we’re talking about when we mention the famous Taco Bell Chihuahua. Known for his hit roles in Taco Bell commercials and his famous “Yo Quiero Taco Bell” one-liners, this little dog became a huge hit in the 1990s. But despite his fame and familiarity, the dog didn’t pay off for Taco Bell. People loved the dog, but he didn’t actually inspire people to buy tacos. That’s why we haven’t seen this little star since 2000 when Taco Bell pulled the plug on his stardom.

The Taco Bell Chihuahua
Caption: LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 1998: *EXCLUSIVE ACCESS* Gidget the Taco Bell dog during a photo session in October 1998 in Los Angeles, California. Gidget passed away on July 21, 2009 at age 15. (Photo by Vern Evans/Getty Images)

Taco Bell was the first restaurant to hire women managers

While some restaurants were very behind the times in hiring women, Taco Bell was an equal rights leader. The founder of Taco Bell, Glen Bell, was said to spend much of his childhood working with his aunt and placed a huge value on women. So when there were not enough managers to go around, Taco Bell became the first food chain to hire women into the position – Good job Taco Bell!

Taco Bell serves 88% beef

If you’ve ever wondered what you’re really eating when you go to Taco Bell – so do we. The truth is, no one knows because their beef ingredients are considered to be “secret”. With that being said, despite accusations, Taco Bell does stand by the fact that their beef is 88% beef. The rest? Well, that’s a secret recipe.

Taco Bell is an American-based chain of fast food restaurants originating in Irvine, California in 1962

Taco Bell was sued by 50 cent

We’re sure that the multi-billion dollar franchise has been sued more than once, but the most prominent person to ever sue Taco Bell was the famous rapper 50 cent. According to the rapper, Taco Bell used his name and image without permission in a campaign to promote low-cost menu items. He initially sought $4 million in court, but the case was later settled privately for an undisclosed amount.

Someone got stuck in the drive-thru window

If you ever get angry at the Taco Bell staff, take a tip from college student Dion Rayford, and don’t crawl through the drive-through window. Standing 6 foot, 3 inches tall and weighing in at over 260 pounds, this college basketball star had to be removed from the Taco Bell drive-through window after trying angrily trying to crawl through. The result? Disorderly conduct charges and damage to private property charges. Oops!

Taco Bell serves a lot of burritos and tacos

No surprise here! The franchise giant sells over 2 billion tacos and 1 billion burritos every single year!

You can test new Taco Bell ideas

Want to see where all the magic happens? Located in Irvine, California, you can visit Taco Bell’s test kitchen and sample some of their newest creations. According to insiders, it can take anywhere from 1 to 7 years for foods and samples to go from the test kitchen to the actual menu.

Oh, and did we mention that Taco Bell now serves wine and beer? So far it’s only at two locations, but we’re hoping this good news will spread quickly!