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10 fast foods that have disappeared

Fast-food restaurant chains are constantly rejiggering their menus in the hopes of luring new customers and coming up with the next buzzworthy food item. But often, when restaurant chains swing for the fences, they miss. Here are some of the most memorable fast-food failures of the past few decades.

3. Bell Beefer

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This June 2012 file photo shows a Taco Bell restaurant in Richmond, Va.

Chain: Taco Bell

Launched: Late 1970s

To repeat an oft-repeated joke, Taco Bell wasn’t always thinking outside the bun. In the late 1970s, the newbie fast-food chain had a different slogan, “The Fresh Food Place,” and a hamburger on its menu. According to customer accounts, the Taco Bell Beefer was a lot like a sloppy Joe, with taco-seasoned ground beef topped with cheese, lettuce, and tomato. It was phased out in the early 1980s in favor of the strictly Tex Mex-inspired fare we see on Taco Bell menus today. 

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