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Taco Bell Pre-90s Was Good - Do You Notice the Difference Now?

That's exactly how I remember it in 1985ish.

Sep 12, 2012
koakai in Chains

Taco Bell Pre-90s Was Good - Do You Notice the Difference Now?

Believe you have some of your facts wrong as I worked at TB in the 80's and in the corporate office in the late 90's and early 2000's. Lard wasn't added to the meat, it was added to the beans. The unseasoned ground beef used to come in a plastic bag in the shape of a large cube....just plain ol' ground beef like you buy at the grocery store. The seasoning was powder that you mixed with water then added to the meat while it cooked in large rectangle pans. This is where TB got its distinctive smell. I can still remember smelling like TB after a shift. Pinto beans came in bulk and cooked in a pressure cooker with lard then refried in a similar rectangle pan. Lard was never put in the meat. Ground beef has enough fat that it doesn't need more. Meat is no longer cooked in the store nor are the refried beans. Even the chips are no longer fried in store. The meat changed to boil-in-the-bag.... shipped to the store preseasoned in a bag and reheated by boiling the bag. I can't attest to the change in seasoning as I never knew what the seasonings were in the first place.

Sep 12, 2012
koakai in Chains