4 Taco Bell Dishes and Their Actual Mexican Counterparts

Yeah, these foods aren’t really Mexican
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If you actually think that the food served at Taco Bell is authentically Mexican, then we’ve got good news and bad news. The bad news is, very few (if any) of those dishes are authentically Mexican, or come even close to it. The good news is, it still tastes pretty good. Here are some Mexican-sounding dishes that Taco Bell literally just invented.


At Taco Bell:

Taco Bell Taco

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The tacos at Taco Bell contain your choice of meat with lettuce and shredded cheese, in either a hard corn shell or soft flour tortilla.

In Mexico:

Mexican Taco

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The majority of tacos in Mexico are soft corn tortillas filled with meat and topped simply with diced onions, chopped cilantro, and a squirt of thin salsa.


At Taco Bell:

Taco Bell Burrito

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Taco Bell offers lots of different burritos, but its best-selling Beef Burrito Supreme contains ground beef, beans, onions, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, sour cream, and red sauce.

In Mexico:

Mexico Burrito

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Burritos in Mexico are varied, but they’re all fairly simple: Many will contain just meat and refried beans and cheese rolled up in a flour tortilla.


At Taco Bell:


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Taco Bell’s chalupa starts with a deep-fried corn-based flatbread (similar to a pita), filled with ground beef, lettuce, tomato, cheese, and sour cream.

In Mexico:

Mexico Chalupa


Chalupas in Mexico are made by pressing a thin layer of corn masa into a concave shape and deep-frying it, creating a small boat-shaped container (a “chalupa” is a type of boat). Alternately, a regular corn tortilla can be deep-fried. These are then filled with meat, onion, salsa, and occasionally lettuce, tomato, and cheese.


At Taco Bell:

Taco Bell Gordita

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Taco Bell’s gordita is basically its traditional taco (with ground beef, sour cream, lettuce, tomato, and cheese) but wrapped up in a pita-like flatbread instead of a tortilla. The Gordita Crunch has a hard-shell taco inside.

In Mexico:


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Taco Bell gorditas differ more from their Mexican counterparts than any other dish. In Mexico, they’re small rounds of corn masa stuffed with meat, cheese, and/ or other fillings and deep fried.