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Former Taco Bell Employees, Please Help!!!


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Former Taco Bell Employees, Please Help!!!

HoundDogz | Aug 1, 2011 02:00 PM

Some time ago I started a discussion on how Taco Bell tasted a lot better in the '70s and '80s. The meat was much better, just tastier. I hardly can stand the way Taco Bell taste now. I will only go a few times a year because of that. I did a new discussion because the other was too long and interest by viewers was lost, so here is a new one.

Someone replied that used to work at Taco Bell and noted the shells were fried on premises and fried with coconut oil. So I have part of the equation on how to make tacos like old school Taco Bell, but the big question is what about the meat? The cheese is obvious and lettuce but how about the meat. Some one replied stating that they got 5 or 10 LB bags of ground beef and got the season packages and mixed it with water and cooked it. Great, I can do that with any packaged taco seasoning but none on the market taste like old Taco Bell. I need to know the exact process in which you mixed the meat with the seasoning and water and if you know if anything else was added to the meat like any oils or anything? Also what was in the seasoning.

Today the Taco Bell tacos they serve is a far cry from the old days. I'm 43 so I started going to Taco Bell in the early '70s. I am going to try to fry up some tacos in coconut oil and see how it turns out. If I can get the shells to taste right and of course the cheese and lettuce are obvious, all I need is the meat, which is the hardest part to figure out. I've tried experimenting yet no luck getting the meat to taste like old school Taco Bell. But then again they were greasy as all heck. I don't mind that, I go to the gym 5 to 7 times a week and am in shape. I'm not gonna eat greasy tacos all the time, so it's no matter to me if they are greasy. I just want something that taste great like Taco Bell used to. Now it taste kinda bad almost. Not quite but almost. I do recall that when you received your tacos in the wrapper, the wrapper was drenched in grease. That looked bad to the health driven decade of the '80s therefore Taco Bell changed their recipe for the tacos which made them healthier I suppose but taste bad or close to bad.

Any former Taco Bell employees from the mid '80s or prior who can help out on making the Taco Bell meat like it was during the glory days of the '80s and '70s much appreciated it would be.


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