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How much ground beef does the Taco Bell empire consume annually?


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295 million pounds

What: It takes a whole lot of meat to make those tacos, nachos and burritos that Taco Bell serves to more than 2 billion consumers each year. ¬°Ay caramba! Taco Bell consumers also eat 3.8 billion corn and flour tortillas, 62 million pounds of pinto beans, and 106 million pounds of cheese in an average year.

Why: Taco Bell is the leading Mexican-style fast-food chain in the U.S., and more than 2 billion tacos and 1 billion burritos are served in its restaurants yearly.

Get this: If “think outside the bun” comes to mind every now and again, it’s because nearly 150 million people see a Taco Bell commercial each week — nearly half the U.S. population. As for the fast food chain’s newest “diet” ad campaign, we’re left scratching our heads: satire, or for real?

Was Taco Bell the gateway for Americans to accept Mexicans? Commentator Gustavo Arellano says yes in his Marketplace commentary.

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