Taco Bell Proclaims: Our Meat Is ... 88% Meat! And we make it just like you make meatballs By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff Posted Jan 27, 2011 10:35 AM CST 18 comments Comments Taco Bell taco is 88% meat! (©dmuth) (Newser) – The drama over Taco Bell's meat-or-not just keeps getting better and better. After issuing a statement arguing that its meat was, in fact, meat, it has released another statement that attaches a number to that proclamation: "Our seasoned beef recipe contains 88% quality USDA-inspected beef." And that approach is just like mom's! Writes President Greg Creed, "When you make chili, meatloaf or meatballs, you add your own recipe of seasoning and spices to give the beef flavor and texture, otherwise, it would taste just like unseasoned ground beef." And he breaks down the remaining 12%, notes the Consumerist: 3%-5% each of water, spices, and "other ingredients" like oats, starch, and sugar. Click for more fast-food-ingredient drama—did you know McDonald's Fruit and Maple Oatmeal contains no maple?