Taco Bell Meat: 65% Non-Meat

An Alabama law firm filed a class-action lawsuit against Taco Bell for false advertising -- turns out the "ground beef" they put in their food is only 35 percent beef. Read on to learn more about this disgusting revelation.

Taco Bell Meat is only 35 percent meat

It's probably time to think inside the bun again.

Why? Because we're not really getting meat when we order tacos at fast food giant Taco Bell. Instead, we're only getting 35 percent beef.


Taco Bell lies about meat

A Montgomery, Ala. Law firm filed a class-action lawsuit against the taco chain for false advertising thanks to their claims of tacos containing "ground beef."

We'd hardly call it meat. If anything, we'd call it absolutely disgusting. The remaining 65 percent of the Taco Bell "taco meat filling" contains: 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,  potassium lactate, caramel color and smoke flavoring.

Got all that? It's a mouthful for something that should just say "ground beef."

We have no idea what most of these ingredients mean -- but we're pretty darn sure silicon dioxide sounds pretty dangerous. But it must be edible if they put it in the meat, right?

Taco Bell lawsuit

"Our government, through the USDA and FDA, provides definitions, standards and labeling guidelines for 'ground beef.' What Taco Bell is representing on their restaurant menu as 'ground beef' does not meet any of those definitions, standards and labeling guidelines," Beasley Allen attorney Dee Miles said in a statement.

"This product does not qualify to be considered 'ground beef' and many of the 'seasoning' ingredients are in fact binders, fillers and coloring. These ingredients increase the overall volume of this product, reducing the actual 'beef' content per serving. It is against the law in this country to take someone's money for a product that is misrepresented. This lawsuit seeks to put a stop to that type of conduct and practice."

Do you think this will make Taco Bell change their "meat?" Will you ever eat there again?

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Comments on "Taco Bell meat shocker: 'Ground beef' is only 35 percent meat"

Tommy January 27, 2011 | 6:26 AM

It would be nice if this was the beginning of setting a standard for other. Walmarts 80% lean ground beef leaves a 1/4 inch of water in the skillet when cooked. No, I did not say grease or fat, I said WATER. Whay are we paying for water @ 2.99 a pound and up??? The packaged Chicken thighs have equal weight of water, skin and fat combined in relation to the actual thigh its self. Of course its frozen into the package and you dont really see all of it until you go home and thaw it out and remove the skin. Don't we work hard enough for our money without getting ripped off from these companies that are already making enough, why do they need to do this to us? Americans & American companies are infested with the greed and its cause this country to no longer be the the "Land of Milk & Honey" it once was. That is really sad!

Eva January 25, 2011 | 8:51 PM

Jajaja and then u wonder why Americans are a size 49! If it makes you fart, and upsets ur insides isn't that enough to keep you away...but heck if you enjoy it...then by all means Enjoy.

Dawn January 25, 2011 | 5:29 PM

Go Robin! I hate KFC even when I wasn't vegetarian they were nasty. What they do to the poor chickens just makes me sick. I think that sight was one of the final tipping points of me not eating meat anymore lol. I wish I could be vegan, but I'm still figuring out how to be vegetarian at this point lol.

Dawn January 25, 2011 | 5:09 PM

@Addam There is honestly no "healthier choice" in fast food, it is all disgusting. You probably only know what you've heard about soy, that it's good for you no matter what, but that is not so true. Soy contains/releases a type of estrogen, which prevents you from losing weight or making you gain weight. Also, E-coli doesn't GROW in meat it is put INTO meat when it's being processed. That's why you can eat a "raw" steak as long as it's been browned on the outside, because the outside is the only thing that has been touched, thus, you can get E-coli from processed soy. As for the antibiotics and hormones; they don't do much to people, they use them to increase the size of the animals' to were the animal can barely stand, it's disgusting and happens no matter where you eat; McDonald's, KFC, even your beloved Taco Bell. That's why I'm proud to be vegetarian. It's ALL disgusting, no matter where you go, and none of it is healthy.

Addam January 25, 2011 | 3:59 PM

"We’d hardly call it meat. If anything, we’d call it absolutely disgusting." lol @ Meagan Morris, you're an idiot. Disgusting? All of the ingredients that you listed are far less harmful to the body than the hormones and pesticides that beef is saturated with. Not to mention you wont find E-coli in soybeans. You obviously have no clue about heath and nutrition, so what credit do you have to even be writing about this? It's media like this that sends the wrong message about food and health in America, that's why over 70% of Americans are obese. And Tom H is right, fast food is bad for you, but Taco Bell's 65% soybean meat is actually BETTER for you. Healthier fast food, and people complain, wow, how sad.

Becky January 25, 2011 | 3:28 PM

Taco bell meat can't be SO bad. It's got oats! But I have to say whatever chemicals they put in Taco Bell meat makes it super tasty in a taco!

Tom H. January 25, 2011 | 1:50 PM

Have you ever looked at American Cheese Slices? Some is real American Cheese (like Kraft Deluxe) but most of it is called "Pasteurized Processed Cheese Food". It's not really cheese so they call it "Cheese Food". Taco Bell could call theirs "Meat Food" instead of "ground beef". That would solve the problem right there.

Tom H. January 25, 2011 | 1:39 PM

When I order from the .99 cent menu I'm not expecting the "finest ingredients". I just want flavor and fill my belly! I really don't care if it's oatmeal mixed with beef. It gets the job done.

LawyersSuck January 25, 2011 | 1:08 PM

Most of the ingredients are part of the "taco" seasoning. REad a package of taco seasoning from any store shelf and 95% of whats listed above is included in that package. The only real surprise is that oatmeal is added to dilute the meat to save cost.

Tom H. January 25, 2011 | 12:27 PM

They will either change the meat or stop calling it "ground beef". Either way, yes, I will continue to eat there. Fast food in general is bad for you. If you really pick apart most of the cheap fast food is going to be junk. I don't eat it often but it does taste good and I do enjoy it. I think everyone accepts that fast food is bad for you but we eat it anyway because it's cheap, tastes good and fills an empty belly.

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