When Glen Bell opened his first hot dog stand on the streets of San Bernardino, California, he likely had no idea that he would later be known as the founder of one of the most successful restaurants of all time, let alone a taco joint.

 

Since it first opened in 1962, Taco Bell has not been content to follow in the footsteps of its fast food predecessors. Forging a new path, Taco Bell made delicious and inexpensive Tex-Mex cuisine available to the masses, a feat we'll be forever thankful for.

 

Some may believe that there is only so much you can do with beef, cheese, and beans, but they underestimate the chain's capacity for creativity and innovation. Even before Doritos Locos Tacos hit the scene, we understood that Taco Bell's imagination knew no bounds. "Think outside the bun" was more than just a slogan; it was a way of life. Taco Bell has been a pioneer in the fast food industry, going places no fast food establishment has gone before. Can you think of any other restaurant that would dare have 10,000 tacos helicoptered to a remote town in Alaska? No, we think not. Only Taco Bell is capable of such greatness.

 

With 7,000 locations and serving over 2 billion people a year worldwide, Taco Bell has dominated the market and proven itself a force to be reckoned with. When hunger strikes at 2 a.m., the only logical choice is Taco Bell. Here are 20 reasons why: The 20 Greatest Taco Bell Menu Items of All Time.