Taco Bell: Our Beef Mixture Is Seasoned Meat

IRVINE (AP) — Taco Bell officials deny claims made in a lawsuit that the meat in their tacos and other products is not all beef.

Taco Bell President Greg Creed said Tuesday in a statement that the lawyers who filed the lawsuit got their facts wrong. He said Taco Bell plans to take legal action against those making the allegations. He did not explain specifically what Irvine-based Taco Bell would do.

A class-action lawsuit filed Friday by a Montgomery law firm says the Taco Bell meat mixture contains binders and fillers. The lawsuit claims Taco Bell falls short of the USDA’s requirement that its filling be at least 40 percent fresh meat.

Creed said that Taco Bell buys the same brands of beef sold in supermarkets. He said the beef is simmered in a blend of seasonings.

RELATED: Lawsuit Filed In Calif. Over Taco Bell Beef

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  • CA562DUDE

    Where’s the Beef ???

    • Al

      I used to work at Taco Bell. The “seasonings” are soy fillers.

      • Sorely Frickey

        “Soy” is Spanish for “I am vegan.”

    • Dxer

      A few years back I had an email from TACO BELL stating that they add oatmeal to their beef mixture, I asked the question because I can’t tolerate gluten in my diet and the Bell stated oats were added. It may have been removed but at the time I asked it was an ingredient for sure.

      • ginny25

        In response to Abe, as someone else that is a celiac (gluten intolerant), you need to know that oats do have glutens. Anything derived from wheat, rye and barley contain glutens. Rice oats are non-gluten.

      • Abe

        There is no gluten in oats…

    • Mark Dandrea

      I’m not sure which is worse, soy or beef. Either way we suffer. Soy has phyto-estrogens and a number of other carcinogens while beef is loaded with saturated fat thanks to cattle being grain fed. The amount of one taco salad probably has from 500 to a thousand cows in it. Corn is subsidized so they cheaply feed cattle up to 90% grain when they are actually herbivores and should be eating grass.

      • Bill

        Which is the real point of all this– to give the power to people like you to dictate what everyone else eats based on your mystical beliefs about what is healthy.

        It’s fascist is what it is.

      • BillIsAMoron

        Bill is a moron. Break out a dictionary and learn what “fascism” is.

      • MarkstheMoron

        So when did grains become animals? Herbivores eat plants. Grains are a part of plants. Seems to me Mark is the moron.

      • JDubya

        Then don’t eat there, idiot.

      • OtherMark

        By the way Mark, corn is a type of grass.

      • Senior Wences

        Here’s a thought… Don’t eat at Taco Bell


        The corn STALK is a type of grass, the CORN is a GRAIN. Cattle cannot effectively process GRAIN, it creates more OMEGA-6 than OMEGA-3 fats in their muscle. As someone that raises grass-fed cattle, we’ve realized the importance of raising our cattle on GRASS.

        It’s the equivalent of humans eating real, whole food, and junk food filled with things our body can’t handle.

      • William

        Corn is subsidized so they cheaply feed cattle up to 90% grain when they are actually herbivores and should be eating grass.

        Think about what you just said… cows are herbivores…. grain…. grass…. lol

  • Nick Sunset

    That would explain the prolonged following the consumption of one of their beef burritos.

    • Kevin Stowell

      Prolonged what, Nick?

  • Robert S.

    Some people use extenders, like oatmeal, along with other fillers and spices to make the meat go farther in a recipie………so what of it! Can you say…..counter sue!

    • Ali

      to make meat go farther, there is usually less than 1/4 filler to at least 3/4 meat.
      This whole thing seems sickening to me. Don’t think I can ever eat another taco bell.

  • Ramar bounds

    That so called meat is soy bean I used to work there they put spices in it to make it taste like its meat so people are being fooled like they are eating some good meat or ground beef.

  • Tristan

    “Seasoned meat?” I haven’t seen the Taco Bell dog around in a while….

  • jepende20

    Who cares about fillers?!?!? Al I know is that Taco Bell crunchy tacos are DELICIOUS!

    • p a stoll

      squirted from a caulk gun ewwwww

      • Mommy I have to go NOW!

        …to being squirted out of you!!!

  • Ramar bounds is full of it

    It’s mean with spices and starchy fillers. NOT some soy bean concoction.

  • Albert Barlow

    lol, they use what is known as pre-cooked beef;
    That is beef that has tested positive for e-coli and rejected for sale in grocery stores. The e-coli is killed as the beef is simmered in the spices and filler.

    Mind you, yes it tastes good but it is the nutritional equal of salted sterilized cow dung.

    That’s the story. The FDA allows mega corporations to process meat flagged as contaminated and sell it as safe.

    Of course, I wasn’t expecting an intelligent story here.

    • Hp Loveshaft

      Cool story, bro. Now spin us another piece of fiction.

    • doug s

      You weren’t expecting an intelligent article so you figured you might actually understand it?

    • George

      Albert, you’re full of it.

    • Dave

      For everyone calling Albert Barlow a quack…. A quick check on Google reveals that the Chicago Sun-Times said exactly the same thing!

      “A U.S. Agriculture Department regulation allows processing plants to sell meat that tests positive for E.coli. … The USDA supports this regulation, citing that commercial cooking kills the E.coli bacteria, making it safe to eat. Most of the pre-cooked beef approved for sale is used in meatloaf, hamburgers and TAXO FILLING.”

      They don’t even call it taco MEAT!!

      • Jahnke

        Albert is exactly right. Most of the smells that your nose picks up in a fast food restaurant are chemicals, not odors from real food. They “flavor” (if you will) the food with these chemicals to make them smell good to human beings.

        Fast food is pure evil, stay far away from it. The FDA is closer to the mob than a government agency that looks out for consumers. They take payoffs from every large corporation out there. Beware!

  • Zymon

    Less meat you eat, the healthier you are

    • lionfour

      I am going to quote Ron White:
      “I didn’t rise to the top of the food chain to eat carrots!”
      Nature has provided humans with something called
      CANINE TEETH….they are not there to handle TOFU.

      • js

        I agree with Ron White also 100%!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Rob

    Doesn’t anyone else find it disturbing that it only has to be 40% meat?

  • Kevin Hartman

    I used to work for the company that supplies the “beef” for Taco Bell – it is beef fat and caramel coloring and soy bean meal pushed thru an extruder to create the shape.

  • alpo

    sounds more like the ingredients in a can of Alpo dog food .

    • Ali

      Truth is, Alpo may be better than this with cut in utters and everything else. Remember when they said Grandma could only afford dog food?

  • Ted

    where can i get some coupons for free tacos??

  • LipsSnoutsHoofsSphincters

    You know, a lot of things can be used and still qualify as 100% beef.

  • Cat

    I’d like a few tacos while i digest this story ….nomNOMnom

  • coffeeman

    Another true statement- “100% all beef patties (beef lips and tongue)

  • Steve

    Soy is a hell of a lot healthier than beef!

    • Margaret Booth

      Most soybeans are genectically modified. They are not fit for human consumption. Meat is not good either because the animals eat the GMO grains and then it’s transferred to humans.

      • bill

        Exactly, GMO isn’t even allowed in many parts of the world……….Monsanto = EVIL

      • Kurtiss

        Oh no, we’re all gonna die!

    • bill

      not if it is GMO soy

    • Dave

      Soy also wreaks havoc on your thyroid if you already have issues, and it interferes with the production of testosterone. Enjoy your man-boobs.

  • Edward Sonner

    I thought eating soy substitutes for meat was healthier?

    • Ali

      Once in a while is ok, but too much soy isn’t good for many people. I’ve quit using soy oil and check all the bread I buy to make sure there isn’t soy in it. Surprisingly, most bread has soy in it.

  • Mike

    Allergy to soy is common. I know several people who are allergic to it.

    • Ali

      Yes, my mom is extremely allergic to soy in even small amounts. Taco Bell better watch out for selling meat filled with soy and fillers.

  • duh!!!!

    wait a minute! for my 99 cent taco, I’m not getting grade A Kobe beef? what a scam!!!!

  • Bobster

    There is only one food that is safe. That is 100% pure rain water. This has been known since 1962, and was published by Gen Jack D. Ripper in “Dr. Strangelove.”

    Since its publication in 1962, I have consumed nothing but rainwater. I was 68 then, and now I am 97. I have actually gotten stronger and younger on my rainwater diet. Last week, I rsn the 100 meter dash in 11.0 sec, then shot a 67 on my 7200 yd, 142-slope home course from the black tees. A rainwater diet is better than vegan, and far more socially responsible. Thank you God, for making me better than other people! And thank you Jack, for alerting me to this!

    • steve

      Yeah right

    • Illinois

      Unfortunatley rainwater has impaired your ability to use simple math: (2011-1962=49. 68+49=117) Not 97. It has also affected your spelling:”.I rsn the 100 meter dash…”. I think you may have ment I ran the 100 meter dash…darn rainwater.

      • Mark

        “Unfortunatley” “Ment” Nice try Mr. Spelling Champ. :) Ha ha ha ha ha.

  • Fuzzy

    This dialog is certainly more palatable, excuse the pun, than the State of The Union speech! Thank you!

  • John

    I used to work as Taco Bell as a Mgr and meat is order with about 30% lip, utter, veins, and fat then there are the fillers and stabilizers which bring it up to the percent listed in the article.Back in the late 70’s before it changed to pepsico we cooked the meat fresh at the store prior to putting in the steam table to serve. There was the meat with the 30% lip,utter, veins, fat and other meat, which you could see clearly before it was cooked. I have noticed the quality of Taco Time meat has also degraded over what it once was back in the late 70’s early 80’s also.

    • Ali

      YUK! That did it, I really, really will never eat Taco Bell or any other places that use hamburger meat, or Arby’s who use fillers in their roasts and compress them. In fact the thought of lunch meat makes me want to gag. What you don’t know won’t hurt you, or will it? Few places I can eat anymore.

    • McSorley

      Yea I worked for them in 1984 and the meat seamed pretty descent when I took it out of the package to cook it. The spice bags seamed a bit strange because it looked like spices and saw dust but not sure what it was exactly.

    • js

      I will NOT eat taco bell’s meat ever again, thank you for the information:)

  • Scott K

    Hmm… adding oats, soy, and starches might actually improve the meat’s nutritional qualities.

    • dester

      Hmm…you can eat oats, soy and starches, I prefer to eat things that eat oats, soy and starches!

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