Very close but a great natural spiced beef substitute. It was a little too salty. The beef tastes better than the grocery store seasoning packets, so I have made this recipe at least 5-10 times. The real TB meat has artificial flavoring, MSG and flavor enhancers. (They list them on their website).
Missing the MSG that taco bell uses to enhance the flavor
Sep 25, 2012, 22:00
Nope. Sorry. Too bad for me because the nearest Taco Bell is an hour away. I made this recipe tonight, not only did it not taste like Taco Bell, it was virtually flavorless.
Jul 14, 2012, 22:00
My son and I love this recipe. Not quite Taco Bell, but very close. We usually just make up the meat and serve in a bowl with lettuce and cheese and tortilla chips. A little salty that way, but it beats fooling around with hard shells.
Apr 8, 2011, 22:00
This recipe isn't bad, but its not Taco Bell's. The consistency of the meat seems right but seems like it should use less flour and probably a fattier ground beef (i'm sure Taco Bell doesn't use quality meat). The spices need a little work too. I think the stuff in the packets is closer to original.
Jan 24, 2009, 22:00
A friend at work showed me this site and I am glad I found it. I have been trying to find the recipe for Taco Bell meat forever. I just made it for friends and all loved it. Thanks a bunch!
Nov 15, 2008, 22:00
I had a taco from Taco Bell yesterday. Unfortunately, this doesn't even come close. I'm disappointed because I love Taco Bell tacos and was really hoping to make them at home where I can control the quality of the ingredients. Even after adding more spices, the meat was bland and gummy.
Jun 24, 2008, 22:00
This is great! I went vegan a while back, and while I am not lacking delicious food at all, I do miss Taco Bell. Now I can just make this with some soy ground "beef" and it tastes just like Taco Bell! Awesome!
Oct 21, 2007, 22:00
It was a little pastey, but so is Taco Bell's. I would use a little less flour, and double ALL of the spices and add a little cumin and ground red pepper. I would try it again until I got it how I like it. It's a good start. Thanks for sharing the recipes.
Sep 30, 2007, 22:00
Yum, Yum, and Yum! I've made this for my family again, and again since buying your book and we all LOVE it! The Taco meat is smooth and yummy and is SOOOO go in burritos or taco shells. This is now a family favorite!