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8 Secrets Taco Bell Doesn't Want You to Know

If you've ever wondered just how certain menu items are made, well here you go.

Fast-food restaurants like Taco Bell are often handing food out of a drive-thru window to people who have no idea what goes on behind closed doors. Ever wondered what really is going on behind the scenes?

Well, you're in luck. Taco Bell employees have taken to social media to talk about everything you've ever wanted to Know. From what it's really like to work at the fast food chain, to some menu hacks and secrets, as well as things you definitely didn't know about the restaurant that will simply have you wanting to Live Mas, the truth is here. Uncover these best-kept secrets, and for more food fun, check out these 15 Classic American Desserts That Deserve a Comeback.

1

You must have a good memory and eye for precision.

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One employee told Thrillist that because the menu is always changing and the chain is extremely particular about how the food is made, it can take two months or more to memorize the menu and all of the prep instructions for each item.

2

Every item is weighed before it goes out to a customer.

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In the same Thrillist interview, the employee mentioned that everything from the menu gets put on a digital scale before it's passed to a customer. If the item is even off slightly, the employee has to throw the entire thing away. Scale training is an actual thing and it takes real skill to get everything into a taco or Crunchwrap precisely.

3

Most every ingredient comes at least partially prepared.

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According to TikTok user @calen_lennon the beef at Taco Bell comes in a bag with all of the seasonings already mixed in. When a restaurant is ready to use it, all the employee needs to do is drop the bag into boiling water for about 30 minutes, pour the beef out, and deliver it to the line cooks.

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4

Anything with potatoes can add a long wait to getting your food.

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One TikTok user said the beloved potatoes at Taco Bell take almost 30 minutes to prepare. So if the restaurant is making a new batch or has recently run out, it will take you longer to get your food. The user also mentioned that her location makes every single chalupa fresh when they are ordered.

5

Cinnamon Twists actually start out as dehydrated twists.

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When you order the cinnamon twists, the kitchen gets the order started by dumping a small amount of dehydrated twists into a fryer basket and lowering it into hot oil. As the twists heat up they expand to make the shape you are served. Oh, and if you haven't ever put medium Taco Bell sauce on a cinnamon twist, you're missing out.

6

The secret to the Doritos-flavored taco shells is actually fry seasoning.

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Taco Bell actually hand-coats each Nacho Doritos taco shell. See, it starts off with a crunchy corn shell. It gets fry seasoning shaken onto both sides while on a plate. When both sides are covered, a lid goes on the plate and the shell is shaken gently until all of the surfaces are completely covered with fry seasoning.

7

The beef has a lot of fillers.

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According to one former employee of the fast food restaurant, the beef used at Taco Bell is only 88% beef. The other 12%? Apparently, it's fillers and other ingredients that aren't beef.

8

The entire menu is customizable.

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If you're a true fan of the chain, then you likely know all about this. Many former employees have shared that the entire Taco Bell menu is completely customizable. You can swap meats, taco shells, sides, and more, just by asking. And, the point of sale system sometimes still has menu items that have been discontinued knowing that customers can still order then with what's available at the restaurant. So go ahead and make any meal your own!

Megan duBois
Megan duBois is a food and travel journalist with bylines at Forbes, Insider, Delish, Popsugar, SmarterTravel, Travel and Leisure and more. Read more