Is Taco Bell Meat Made Out of Real Meat?

You may want to think twice before you “think outside the bun” and hit up Taco Bell the next time you’re hungry. A class action lawsuit has been filed that alleges that Taco Bell is guilty of false advertising. Specifically, the suit claims that the substance Taco Bell advertises as “beef” is not actually made of meat.

There have long been rumors that Taco Bell’s ground beef isn’t exactly filet mignon. A popular urban legend says that Taco Bell isn’t legally allowed to be served in many cities because its meat is too low quality (some people claim it’s “grade D,” a designation that doesn’t actually exist). This simply isn’t true. Taco Bell, as far as anyone knows, meets all government standards.

The recent suit that was filed makes a different claim. It says that Taco Bell’s meat is made mostly of “extenders.” In other words, it’s less meat and more products like wheat oats, soy lecithin, maltodrextrin, anti-dusting agent, autolyzed yeast extract, modified corn starch and sodium phosphate. Some of these ingredients add flavor to the meat, but they are mainly there to increase the volume (and cut down on costs for Taco Bell).

It’s normal for other ingredients to be added to meat. If you think your McDonald’s hamburger patty is 100% prime cuts of beef, you’re probably kidding yourself. The key issue here is just how much of Taco Bell’s meat is actually meat.

It will be interesting to see how this one gets resolved. No matter what happens, don’t expect Taco Bell to become a five-star restaurant.


“At Taco Bell, we buy our beef from the same trusted brands you find in the supermarket, like Tyson Foods.  We start with 100 percent USDA-inspected beef.  Then we simmer it in our proprietary blend of seasonings and spices to give our seasoned beef its signature Taco Bell taste and texture.  We are proud of the quality of our beef and identify all the seasoning and spice ingredients on our website.  Unfortunately, the lawyers in this case elected to sue first and ask questions later — and got their “facts” absolutely wrong.  We plan to take legal action for the false statements being made about our food.”

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11 Responses to Is Taco Bell Meat Made Out of Real Meat?

  1. She serves on the Taco Bell National Purchasing Co-Op Board of Directors and is a Member of the Unified Foodservice Purchasing Co-Op as well as the Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana, California. Are they all ripping you off?

    “Our government, through the USDA and FDA, provides definitions, standards and labeling guidelines for ‘ground beef.’ Just like the FTC is enforcing the 1979 FTC Consent order Against KB Home. Yeah Right!

  2. TACO BELL and KB Home get less than you pay for? Melissa Lora is the currently a Board of Director for KB Home Inc and the Chief Financial Officer of TACO BELL. On Wikipedia Taco Bell’s bio has no mention of Lora who sits on KB Home Board of Directors? Clearly Melissa Lora does not want to be associated with one of the nation’s largest builders? Melissa Lora. CFO at Taco Bell Corp. Orange County, California

  3. eems the entire management of both KB Home and TACO BELL has an image problem? Not mentioning their Chief Financial Officer’s proud accomplishments at KB Home. Where’s the BEEF in my poorly constructed KB Home? Both are misleading the public and getting less than they paid for. The only difference is TACO BELL exits after 24 hours; KB Home continues to give you irritable bowel syndrome. Should I be thinking outside of my bun?

  4. With my soy protein allergy, I am thankful that Taco Bell sticks to a basic seasoning mix with the “flour” being a wheat based means to keep the meat from being too crumbly. I am amazed at the “Mexican” food that includes soy sauce or soy protein.

  5. America… Fuck Yeah!!!

  6. Taco Bells meat is stupid but there shrimp i hope r real bc there shrimp tacos r my fave food 🙂

  7. I live in fl. I went into a taco bell to get a taco.. The woman who was making my taco.1st had no gloves on.. 2nd she wiped her hands in her hair and them wiped her face.Then she made my taco.. When they bought my taco up to the counter. I said do you think i’m gonna eat that. It was the store manger i said she wipe her hair then she wiped her face and then made my taco.. that was in 1999 in sawgrass mills mall in Sunrise Fl
    haven’t been back since.

  8. larry sanders says:

    i know a secret… about here food

  9. when i ahd taco bell once and i felt sooooooooo bad that i was out of work 4 more than a week. then later on some1 told me that the meat has moth balls…….thats alot of balls to make just one taco

  10. Its still damn good when your wasted drunk!

  11. Your MOM!