We’ve been covering Taco Bell rumors for more than 20 years. Stories we’ve rated included misleading claims about cockroach eggs, “Grade D but edible” meat, and the fast-food chain’s Cinnamon Twists dessert.
Taco Bell’s refried beans prep process has also been covered by RuinMyWeek.com, The Daily Dot, InTheKnow.com, and Mashed. The Daily Dot’s headline read: “Employee ‘exposes’ how Taco Bell beans are made in viral TikTok video.”
In November 2020, InTheKnow.com reported:
A Taco Bell employee is going viral on TikTok after sharing the process behind one of the chain’s most iconic ingredients.
The fast-food worker, who goes by the name homerolara0 on social media, posted the behind-the-scenes clip on June 7, where it’s since been viewed more than 3.2 million times. In it, the TikToker shows how Taco Bell prepares its refried beans.
Homerolara0’s clip (which features explicit music) begins with him opening a white, sealed package that contains pieces of beans, which almost resemble macaroni noodles. He then proceeds to boil water and cook the beans inside a metal vat.
Despite the negative comments on the viral videos, dehydrated refried beans are not all that rare. Walmart sold instant refried beans from the Herdez brand. The HEB grocery store chain also sold a Santa Fe Bean Company’s dehydrated refried beans. Amazon sold instant refried bean products from Mexicali Rose, Fantastic Foods, and Casa Corona.
On the Taco Bell website, the company published questions and answers about its ingredients:
We buy many of our ingredients for our restaurants from the same brands that you see in the grocery store and your kitchen: for example, lettuce from Taylor Farms, tortillas from Mission, Hass avocados and poultry from Tyson. We’ve had long-standing relationships with all of our suppliers to ensure they meet and exceed industry standards for food quality. All of our ingredients are certified by the Food and Drug Administration, under the GRAS provision. To learn more about GRAS ingredients please visit, //www.fda.gov/Food/IngredientsPackagingLabeling/GRAS/.
According to the Taco Bell website, its refried beans are “certified vegan.” Ingredients include “pinto beans, soybean oil, and seasoning (salt, sugar, spice, beet powder (VC), natural flavors, sunflower oil, maltodextrin, corn flour, trehalose, and modified cornstarch).” The company also makes cooked cans of beans that are sold in grocery stores.
We reached out to Taco Bell about the viral TikTok videos and will update this story in the future should more information come to light.