Taco Bell began the year defending themselves against allegations of false beefertizing, and although the lawsuit filed by an Alabama firm was eventually dropped, you never fully win a war that compels your website to add a tab titled "What Are These 'Other' 12% Ingredients?"
At the risk of sounding like an apologist for the beef extension industry, I'm on Taco Bell's side here. Their taco filling, which they call "seasoned beef," is 88 percent cheap beef and 12 percent the other kinda crap anyone with his head in the game might expect to find in a fast-food taco.
My favorite "seasoned beef" guest stars are oatmeal (to retain moisture) and cocoa powder (to make the oatmeal beef-colored). Maybe you're partial to soy lecithin or trehalose. Either way, it's not as if these crazy-named adjuncts are the ground-up bits of your favorite childhood pet; they're just standard elements of the fast food hustle. Anyone who rings the Taco Bell ought to have surmised beforehand that something a little untenderloin could be involved with a beef taco that nets you change from a Washington.