By now you’ve already heard the news, so let’s jump right into the analysis: Taco Bell assumes a serious risk by phasing out its artificial ingredients.
Those artificial ingredients presumably make up part of the backbone of delicious Taco Bell flavor that so many of us have come to love.
The effort should make for a nice little marketing boon for the Mexican-inspired American fast food chain, and ultimately more talk of Taco Bell means more Taco Bells and me eating more Taco Bell, all of which seems decidedly positive.
But though I would certainly prefer to know my MexiMelts are stuffed with only all-natural ingredients, I have never entered a Taco Bell under the illusion that the stuff I was about to eat wasn’t loaded with fake flavors that make it delicious and fake colors that make it visually appealing.
I go to Taco Bell for inexpensive, delicious, and efficient food, and never find myself wishing I were eating a free-range, fair-trade, grass-fed, artisanal Cheesy Gordita Crunch. And I can’t imagine the change will make me more likely to eat Taco Bell if it comes along with any sort of harm to the product.
Also, isn’t everything “all-natural” if you trace it back far enough? No one’s creating Taco Bell stuff out of thin air, at least not until someone offers to grant me a superpower.
Most alarmingly, the expected changes to all three of the restaurant chain’s seasoned beef, nacho cheese and crunchy red strips mean alterations to every ingredient included inside the Beefy Nacho Griller, the best new Taco Bell menu item since the Crunchwrap Supreme and a big part of my go-to order.
Again, if the taste stays the same or improves, the change will be welcome, and it seems hard to imagine how real black pepper would taste worse than the ominous “black pepper flavor” currently in use.
But the “seasoned” aspect of Taco Bell’s “seasoned beef” is a sacred thing to all those of us who appreciate the One True Taco Bell Meat.
And since most things I have eaten in my life besides Taco Bell seasoned beef have proved less tasty than Taco Bell seasoned beef, empirical data suggests the chances seem low that a new recipe could be better.
Beefy Crunch Burrito appears in Louisville
1 ½ pounds lean ground beef
Salt and pepper to taste
3 tsp Olive Oil
1 cup chopped green pepper
1 cup chopped red pepper
1 cup onion, chopped
1 can Rotel green chiles with diced tomatoes, your choice Hot or Mild
4 Pita breads, softened and warmed slightly
½ cup sour cream
¼ bleu cheese crumbles
Slightly warm the Pitas in the microwave
In a skillet crumble the ground beef
Add in the olive oil, green and red peppers and the onion
Cook until meat is no longer pink
Continue until the peppers and the onions have softened
Add in the can of Rotel and stir to mix in well
Season with salt and pepper to taste
Lay out four sheets of aluminum foil
Place a pita on each
Add roughly ¼ of the meat mix onto each pita
Using the aluminum foil, roll up the foil and the gyro together
Top with the sour cream and bleu cheese if desired.
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