Taco Bell’s Beef Tacos may not be “Beef” Tacos.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Jan 25, 2011
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All together now, let’s recite Michael Pollan’s Three Rules for Eating.

Update via Gizmodo: Taco Bell states that they’re 88% beef.

Anyone surprised? Excerpt via Gizmodo:

Taco Bell “beef” pseudo-Mexican delicacies are not made with USDA ground beef. They use a gross thing called “Taco Meat Filling” as shown on their big container’s labels—which customers can’t see. The list of ingredients is gruesome:

Water, isolated oat product, salt, chili pepper, onion powder, tomato powder, oats (wheat), soy lecithin, sugar, spices, maltodextrin (a polysaccharide that is absorbed as glucose), soybean oil (anti-dusting agent), garlic powder, autolyzed yeast extract, citric acid, caramel color, cocoa powder, silicon dioxide (anti-caking agent), natural flavors, yeast, modified corn starch, natural smoke flavor, salt, sodium phosphate, less than 2% of beef broth, potassium phosphate, and potassium lactate.

All that plus 36% beef. Thirty-six percent—plus all the above making up for the other 64% of the party in your mouth.

Via Gizmodo, who nailed this story, click over to them for the full hilarious/scary write-up, it’s worth it.


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


16 Responses to “Taco Bell’s Beef Tacos may not be “Beef” Tacos.”

  1. yogi tobye says:

    What ever happened to TVP (textured vegetable protein)! That stuff rocked!!

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  3. Milo says:

    Good news that means less meat is eaten which is better for everyone.

    UN says eat less meat to curb global warming! http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2008/sep/07

  4. […] Taco Bell’s Tacos aren’t Real Meat – ok – that’s doing what I do best – stretching it. Truth be told they have kindly left 36% of the product as ‘real meat’. Who knew? (all sarcasm intended) Are we running out of news here?! I seem to remember that this place has a crazy rep for just making people sick? I added this just in case you’re still on that silly bandwagon of lame fast food. […]

  5. Yummybaer says:

    Wait….So vegetarians can eat Taco Bell without any guilt now?

  6. Waylon Lewis says:

    Great point! But the non-meat stuff isn't good for the planet, or health, and it may still be animal byproducts!

  7. Leana Sinatra says:

    The Onion is not so far off with this news story. http://www.theonion.com/video/taco-bells-new-gree

  8. Sara Baranowski says:

    I was told a long time ago, that their "beef" was mealworms.

  9. John Dustin says:

    Perhaps you should quote the article and image correctly and stop deleting comments that point out your article's weak points.

  10. neil galland says:

    Taco Bell is delicious, don't change that recipe whatever you do Taco Bell !!!!! Unless you really want to see picketers in the streets.

    When I read the ingredients I was getting excited thinking maybe their "beef" was even vegetarian.

    As "Demolition Man" with Wesley Snipes and Sly Stallone professed, after the fast food wars, all restaurants will be Taco Bell.

    I made a rule my senior year in college that I have kept to to this day, only 2 items per visit to Taco Bell, it keeps me from being sick 45 minutes later….and wanting more.

  11. Wendy says:

    "Why is silicon dioxide in food? Studies have revealed that silicon (element) is found naturally in foods in the form of silicon dioxide (SiO2). Silicon is never present in its original or free form, and hence, it commonly occurs as silicon dioxide (silica). Silicon dioxide is found in higher amounts in plant based foods. The SiO2 content is remarkably high in cereals. On the other hand, the concentration of SiO2 is comparatively less in foods that are derived from animal sources."

    I don't really feel like researching every ingredient but my guess is they are pretty standard in a lot of other products and not as scary as they seem. Unless you're going to actually cook all of your meals and drink only water and freshly squeezed juices, you're going to be eating this stuff anyway.

    But, it does remind me of a Buffy episode where the secret recipe at a popular burger joint was that it was not a burger, it was meat flavored vegetables or something.

  12. Audrey M says:

    I have a feeling all fast food "beef" would have a similar list of ingredients.

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