Taco Bell Insists: It's Beef And not just 36% beef: 100%, says prez By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff Posted Jan 26, 2011 6:34 AM CST 15 comments Comments A Taco Bell Cheesy Beefy Melt. Yum. (©Like_the_Grand_Canyon) (Newser) – Mystery meat? No way, says Taco Bell. The fast food chain's president insists its beef products are made from "100% USDA-inspected beef." Of course, the beef also includes other ingredients like oats, soy lectithin, sugar, soybean oil, garlic powder, yeast extract, citric acid, and cocoa powder. But in a statement that swings back at yesterday’s claim that Taco Bell's meat filling is only 36% meat, Greg Creed writes those and other ingredients are simply part of the “proprietary blend of seasonings and spices to give our seasoned beef its signature Taco Bell taste and texture.” Creed also threatened legal action against those making the claims, the AP reports, but a lawyer for the firm that made the allegation in a lawsuit says they “stand on the absolute facts” and are not concerned. Click for more on the lawsuit.