Ever since the “E-coli” outbreak in 2006, I have not purchased any food from Taco Bell. However, many people have remained faithful customers of the fast food chain and love the signature tacos. If you’re a consumer of Taco Bell, have you ever wondered about the ingredients in the food, especially the beef? Well, Taco Bell has the answer.
Only 88% of its beef, is actually real beef. So what does the remainder consist of? The national chain of Mexican-inspired restaurants, launched a new page on its official website explaining the contents of the 12% of Taco Bell’s beef that is not actually beef, but are safe and FDA approved. The company stated “They’re common ingredients also found in food items at your grocery store. Each ingredient helps make our Seasoned Beef taste great. Many of them are items you might use at home such as salt, peppers, and spices. Ingredients like oats and sodium phosphates help make sure the texture is right.” According to Taco Bell, they start each of the 2billion tacos served up every year with USDA-inspected quality beef, then add water to keep it moist, toss in Mexican spices and flavors, plus oats, yeast, citric acid and other ingredients to ensure the consistency of their seasoned beef. The company also stated that the Taco Bell beef does not contain any fillers. One of the components in Taco Bell’s signature recipe is torula yeast. It is a type of yeast that infuses plain beef with a more savory flavor, according to the restaurant chain. Also on the menu is maltodextrin, which is a mildly sweet sugar added to balance the flavor and sodium phosphates. The company stated that the ingredient is also found in cheeses, coffee drinks and desserts.
Taco Bell spokesman, Rob Poetsch, told ABCNews.com “We believe it’s important that consumers make informed decisions about what they eat, and so for many years have provided details of our ingredients on our website.”
What made Taco Bell reveal its “mystery ingredients” ? In 2011, the fast food chain was forced to change its marketing practices and come clean about the ingredients in its lineup of Mexican favorites in response to a class-action lawsuit claiming that the chain’s seasoned beef did not contain enough beef to justify the usage of that term.