Ay Dios Mio: Taco Bell’s ‘Meat Filling’ Is Only 36% Beef

January 24th, 2011 // Leave a Comment

An Alabama law firm has filed a class action lawsuit against Taco Bell that claims the chain is falsely calling its taco filling “seasoned beef” and “seasoned ground beef” when allegedly the mixture, which would be more properly called “Taco Meat Filling,” only contains 36% beef. Um, WTF!?

Hmmm…so what the hell is in this filling? Hopefully not soylent green. Interestingly enough (or disgustingly enough) it includes…

  • Water
  • Wheat oats
  • Soy lecithin
  • Maltrodrextrin
  • Anti-dusting agent (?)
  • Autolyzed yeast extract
  • Modified corn starch
  • Sodium phosphate
  • Isolated oat product

The USDA defines “Taco Meat Filling” as 40% meat, so if the lawsuit is correct, it seems like Taco Bell would have to up their beef levels to even qualify for that. Anyway, please feel free to continue eating our gordita while I munch on my nacho bell grande. Because you know what, that shit still hits the spot.

By Justin Thompson
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