Taco Bell Meat: Why Brag About 88 Percent?

Kim Conte

taco meatThe president of Taco Bell, Greg Creed, is mad about all the controversy surrounding the fast food chain's meat, and he's not going to take it anymore.

In response to a class action lawsuit accusing Taco Bell of using seasoned beef that only contains 36 percent meat, Creed issued a statement defending the quality of his meat and claiming that the seasoned beef recipe actually contains 88 percent meat. (The entire statement and percentage breakdown of the contents of its beef follow after the jump.)

If Taco Bell gets bragging rights for 88 percent, then I think there's room to boast that I know where you can find taco meat that contains 100 percent meat. It's this little place I like to call ...


Yup. Call me elitist, but I like to make my meat tacos with actual meat. My recipe is simple: ground beef that is 100 percent beef with homemade taco seasoning mixed in. There's no water, no extenders -- seriously, I should get the award for culinary excellence and authenticity.

An added bonus: Never has anyone who's eaten my tacos accused me of using isolated oat product -- and that's exactly because I don't use it.

The great news for Taco Bell? While the chain has certainly gotten some bad press this week, I think its customers are loyal regardless of the percentage breakdown of the contents of its beef.

Nevertheless, here's Creed's latest statement:

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 ...

Our recipe for seasoned beef includes ingredients you'd find in your home or in the supermarket aisle today:

• 88% USDA-inspected quality beef
• 3-5% water for moisture
• 3-5% spices (including salt, chili pepper, onion powder, tomato powder, sugar, garlic powder, cocoa powder, and a proprietary blend of Mexican spices and natural flavors)
• 3-5% oats, starch, sugar, yeast, citric acid, and other ingredients that contribute to the quality of our product

Our seasoned beef contains no "extenders" to add volume, as some might use.

Do you put extenders in your taco meat?


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