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As a youngster, I remember having Taco Burgers at
Pup-n-Taco and BellBeefers at Taco Bell. They were essentially hamburger buns with taco meat, shredded cheddar cheese and shredded lettuce. The bun was spread with a chili sauce or 1000 island dressing.

Unfortunately, Pup-n-Taco went belly-up and Taco Bell stopped serving its BellBeefers some time ago.

I have called Taco Bell corporate and they have declined to bring them back. I guess they have too much invested in their slogan "think outside the bun".

Anyway, does anyone else share my passion for these things or are my taste buds whacked?

I would welcome any recs for anyplace that still serves them. The closest thing I found is at Taco Lita in Arcadia.

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  1. Go get one tonight. Ya. I like the Bell Beefer also. I have one every now-and-then. Taco Bell in El Monte still has the Bell Beefer and I think they still make the enchrito (spell?).

    Taco Bell
    4134 N. Peck Rd.
    El Monte, CA 91734
    (626) 442-0840
    North of Romona Blvd.

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    1. re: Like-Go-Eat?

      OMG. I have been missing the bellbeefer for years. We were just talking about them the other night. I thought maybe since you can now buy the taco bell meat seasoning I could make my own. I didn't know they still had them in ElMonte. You can bet I will be going there

      1. re: debalou99

        I just had one a few nights ago. My wife brought it home because she knows I like them. She ordered two but since it was late at night they only had enough bun to make one. When I opened it I saw it was made with two bun tops. It looked more round and like a UFO (not that I have ever seen a UFO) and somehow it was really good that way.

    2. I posted a while back, they are the B O M B, i would kill for a Bell Beefer with cheese.

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      1. re: Burger Boy

        I just called and they are closed for the night but they do still make Bell Beefers and the enchrito. You can have it for lunch monyona. So don't kill anyone -- OK?

        Taco Bell
        4134 N. Peck Rd.
        El Monte, CA 91734
        (626) 442-0840
        North of Romona Blvd.

        1. re: Like-Go-Eat?

          A special thanks to Like-Go-Eat? for informing the group about the Taco Bell in El Monte that serves Bell Beefers! After not trying one for decades, I went there for lunch today and ordered the Bell Beefer and it was as good as I remembered. The taco meat was slightly spicy, mixed in with tiny bits of onions and red sauce and topped with shredded lettuce, grated cheese, and diced tomatoes. YUM!

          1. re: John

            Thanks, I really needed that. Especially Today. I think what makes Taco Bells “Bell Beefer” so special to many Chowhounds (including those Chowhounds that have not yet recognized that they are and always have been Chowhounds) is that it was one of the First Different or Special foods (What? Taco + Burger?) years ago that they “had to try” and began to look forward to eating more of them. In-other-words when these hounds were still little pups this was some of their PuppyChow. It has been said , “you can never go home.” Maybe so. But pull up to the drive-throw and order a Bell Beefer and then park in the rear of the parking lot. Close your eyes and eat that Bell Beefer in your car. Think back to your “First time.”

            Taco Bell (Bell Beefer, Encharito)
            4134 N. Peck Rd.
            El Monte, CA 91734
            (626) 442-0840
            North of Romona Blvd.

          2. re: Like-Go-Eat?

            oh my i really dont remember the bell beefers but i sure would like to try one. are they still around?

            1. re: taco

              Ya, but the only Taco Bell that still offers it the way it was made in the 1960's is that El Monte location. I had one there two weeks ago. There is also a taco burger offered at Taco Treat and at Henry’s Tacos. I ate at Taco Treat today. I had one of those long deep fried bean & cheese burritos. I really do not like that burrito all that much but it is a good vehicle for getting some of their hot sauce. The hot sauce is not really all that hot but it is different and it is one of those things I need from time-to-time, just like that Bell Burger over on Peck Rd.

              Taco Bell (Bell Burger, also known as Bell Beefer)
              4134 N. Peck Rd.
              El Monte, CA 91734
              (626) 442-0840
              North of Romona Blvd.

              Taco Treat (Taco Burger and a interesting hot sauce which is liked by WildSwede)
              74 E Live Oak Ave.

              Henry’s Tacos (Taco Burger)
              11401 Moorpark St
              North Hollywood, CA 91602
              (818) 769-0343

              1. re: JeetJet

                OMG! I LOVE Taco Treat! I think their tacos are delicious and so are their burritos! You are right, Jeet - that salsa is good. The owner once told me to try using it for Bloody Marys. Unfortunately, I am not a fan of BMs, so I would not know.

        2. i used to luv these too!!! i guess if i'm ever in elmonte i'll have to hit up the taco bell for a fix!!! i wish they offered at more places :(

          1. I miss Pup N' Taco's tacos. However, have found something similar in Rick's Tacos (corner Wanlut & El Molino, Pasadena) tacos (which I LOVE). Also, I believe they do a taco burger here as well (but have not had it).

            1. We ate at the oft-reviewed Counter in Santa Monica last night.

              No comment about my meal.

              But, FYI, they have a Taco Burger on their menu. It's not on the "Build your Burger" menu. It's on the regular menu.

              I didn't eat one, so I can't recommend it. But it is there if you want to take one for the team and report back to us.