There has been much speculation today about the ingredients in the meat/beef blend at Taco Bell, following news of a class action lawsuit against the fast-food chain claiming their beef isn’t really beef – or at least not entirely. Greg Creed, President of Taco Bell, had this to say in today’s updated statement regarding the lawsuit:
“The lawsuit is bogus and filled with completely inaccurate facts. Our beef is 100% USDA inspected, just like the quality beef you would buy in a supermarket and prepare in your home. It then is slow-cooked and simmered with proprietary seasonings and spices to provide Taco Bell’s signature taste and texture. Our seasoned beef recipe contains 88% quality USDA-inspected beef and 12% seasonings, spices, water and other ingredients that provide taste, texture and moisture. The lawyers got their facts wrong. We take this attack on our quality very seriously and plan to take legal action against them for making false statements about our products. There is no basis in fact or reality for this suit and we will vigorously defend the quality of our products from frivolous and misleading claims such as this.”
What is in Taco Bell’s recipe for seasoned beef?
(From Taco Bell) “We’re cooking with a proprietary recipe to give our seasoned beef flavor and texture, just like you would with any recipe you cook at home. For example, when you make chili, meatloaf or meatballs, you add your own recipe of seasoning and spices to give the beef flavor and texture, otherwise, it would taste just like unseasoned ground beef. We do the same thing with our recipe for seasoned beef. Our seasoned beef contains no “extenders” to add volume, as some might use. For more information about our ingredients go to http://www.tacobell.com.””
According to CNN’s eatocracy website, the beefy blend includes (in addition to beef): water, isolated oat product, salt, chili pepper, onion powder, tomato powder, oats (wheat), soy lecithin, sugar, spices, maltodextrin, soybean oil (anti-dusting agent), garlic powder, autolyzed yeast extract, citric acid, caramel color, cocoa powder (processed with alkali), 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.
So what do you think – should their beef blend be labeled beef?
Meanwhile, try your hand at homemade tacos – they’re easier to make than you might think, and kids love the assembly line of your own seasoned ground meat (besides beef, try bison, turkey, chicken, sausage or even fish), chopped fresh vegetables and shredded cheese or crumbled feta, with salsa and sour cream for topping. For a lighter taco, try Baja Fish Tacos with Mango Salsa.
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