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Taco Bell Reveals Its Mystery Beef Ingredients

Source: Susanna Kim / ABC News

After Taco Bell started telling the public its beef is 88 percent beef, customers were left to wonder, what’s the other 12 percent?

They need wonder no more.

Taco Bell, owned by Yum! Brands, features an explainer on its website to explain what the other 12 percent is.

The company states on the website that they “do have weird names,” but they’re all “safe and approved by the FDA.”

“They’re common ingredients also found in food items at your grocery store,” the company states. “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.”

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  • No horse meat?

    • Vinny Gordon

      Soya is cheaper

  • hadenough

    so I have to go to their site to find out what’s in their meat? well your a lot of help. hey hyperNV horse meat is better than beef

  • dwreid

    So, their filling is 88% “beef” but what percentage of the “beef” is meat and what percentage is cartilage, ligaments, tendons, ears, and rectums? I’ll wager that, at the end of the day, your typical Taco Bell taco is about 3% meat and the rest is stuff that wouldn’t pass inspection for dog food.

    • stingray68

      As a teenager I worked at a Taco Bell store back in 1979. I remember the ground beef that was shipped to the store; it was real meat, and none of us who worked there had any problem eating it. But somewhere along the way, corporatists decided that meat was expensive and byproducts were not, which was necessary to keep the chain competitive in the cutthroat fast food market. It’s simple economics- these fast food chains are in a race to the bottom and anyone who eats there is simply paying for a facsimile of real nutrition.

    • stingray68

      As a teenager I worked at a Taco Bell store back in 1979. I remember the ground beef that was shipped to the store; it was real meat, and none of us who worked there had any problem eating it. But somewhere along the way, corporatists decided that meat was expensive and byproducts were not, which was necessary to keep the chain competitive in the cutthroat fast food market. It’s simple economics- these fast food chains are in a race to the bottom and anyone who eats there is simply paying for a facsimile of real nutrition.

    • stingray68

      As a teenager I worked at a Taco Bell store back in 1979. I remember the ground beef that was shipped to the store; it was real meat, and none of us who worked there had any problem eating it. But somewhere along the way, corporatists decided that meat was expensive and byproducts were not, which was necessary to keep the chain competitive in the cutthroat fast food market. It’s simple economics- these fast food chains are in a race to the bottom and anyone who eats there is simply paying for a facsimile of real nutrition.

  • Michael Pertzborn

    dog and cat food costs more per pound than most hot dogs. why would one be surprised that we feed our pets better than ourselves? although this sounds appetizing, I haven’t eaten this “food” in 30yrs, no need to begin again.

  • Michael Pertzborn

    dog and cat food costs more per pound than most hot dogs. why would one be surprised that we feed our pets better than ourselves? although this sounds appetizing, I haven’t eaten this “food” in 30yrs, no need to begin again.

  • Michael Pertzborn

    dog and cat food costs more per pound than most hot dogs. why would one be surprised that we feed our pets better than ourselves? although this sounds appetizing, I haven’t eaten this “food” in 30yrs, no need to begin again.

  • Michael Pertzborn

    dog and cat food costs more per pound than most hot dogs. why would one be surprised that we feed our pets better than ourselves? although this sounds appetizing, I haven’t eaten this “food” in 30yrs, no need to begin again.

  • Fentwin

    Is that “88% beef” actual beef or the less than aptly names “finely textured lean beef trimmings” a.k..a. pink slime?

    Pink slime – its not just for pet food any more.

  • Fentwin

    Is that “88% beef” actual beef or the less than aptly names “finely textured lean beef trimmings” a.k..a. pink slime?

    Pink slime – its not just for pet food any more.