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Apr 29, 2014 01:11 PM

Taco Bell adds web page devoted to the 12%.

Taco Bell, famed for their 88% ground beef has added a page to their website detailing the proprietary additives that augment their formula.

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  1. I assume you are referring to this?:

    Seasoned Beef

    Beef, Water, Seasoning [Cellulose, Chili Pepper, Onion Powder, Salt, Oats (Contains Wheat), Maltodextrin (Corn, Potato, Tapioca), Soy Lecithin, Tomato Powder, Sugar, Soybean Oil, Sea Salt, Yeast Extract (Contains Gluten), Spices, Garlic Powder, Citric Acid, Caramel Color, Disodium Inosinate, Disodium Guanylate, Potassium Chloride, Cocoa Powder Processed with Alkali, Natural And Artificial Flavors, Trehalose, Modified Corn Starch, Inactivated Yeast, Lactic Acid, Torula Yeast, Natural Smoke Flavor], Salt, Sodium Phosphate, Less Than 2% Beef Broth, Potassium Phosphate, Potassium Lactate. CONTAINS: SOYBEANS, WHEAT.

    Link to full "ingredients" page:

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    1. YUM,now if only i had majored in science,I might have some idea of what is in their food

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      1. re: 51rich

        Not too tough to figure out every ingredient listed. Most of that stuff is just normal spices, flavorings, and things to keep it moist. Nothing really weird.

      2. Here's the page for those interested:

        I thought this was interesting:


        No, not as filler. Our seasoned beef doesn't contain any "fillers" or "extenders" to add volume. The very small percentage of oats is used to help our Seasoned Beef stay moist.

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        1. re: seamunky

          I also zeroed in on that statement about the oats. Chowhounds could go for days, weeks, maybe even months on any thread calling oats (containing wheat?) in any percentage not a filler. " help our Seasoned Beef stay moist." Hmmm...sounds like a panade to me, and we've still got a very active thread discussing fillers in Italian meatballs.

          Chowhounds live to debate this stuff!

          If it looks like a duck and quacks like duck...Taco Bell would call it a pull-toy.

          PS: and just *how* do Oats contain Wheat, anyway? Is this some kind of FrankenGrain?

          1. re: mcsheridan

            <PS: and just *how* do Oats contain Wheat, anyway? Is this some kind of FrankenGrain?>

            Just cross-contamination in shared facilities, apparently.

          1. re: Tripeler

            Explains nothing. As Boston_Otter pointed out above, most of the 12% are pretty ordinary ingredients, nothing to get excited about.

            1. re: DuffyH

              Yep. 88% beef, 12% water & seasonings.

              This is pure conjecture but I'd bet that at least half of the other 12% is water just like the injected pork and chicken in the market. The other half are typical with fiber (cellulose) being the main one.

              1. re: seamunky

                Definitely. Ingredient #2 is water, and a lot of the added ingredients are meant to keep that water in there and keep the beef 'beefy'. Even the stuff with strange names are easily explainable: Trehalose is a sugar, etc.