A self-identified former Taco Bell employee has made waves on social media after sharing some controversial insights into the chain's popular menu items.
Shared on TikTok this week, the clip, posted by Dallas Kirkpatrick (@momofstacy), has been viewed 2.5 million times, amassing more than 300,000 likes and 6,000 comments.
The clip follows a wider trend on the platform, where current and former employees of popular companies, restaurant chains and corporations reveal little-known "facts" about their jobs—much to the amazement of viewers.
In her post, Kirkpatrick is replying to another video that asks: "Tell me a company secret that you can share because you don't work there anymore."
Kirkpatrick starts with the good news: "So I worked at Taco Bell for almost three years, and I'm here to tell you all the truth."
"[The] ground beef is, in fact, real ground beef. It just has a lot of water and seasoning in it ... but it's safe, I promise," she says.
"The grilled chicken—it's real grilled chicken," she continues. "Go ahead and eat it."
The tone of her video then takes a sharp turn: "The shredded chicken? Run."
"Run the opposite direction away from the shredded chicken," she says. "You can swap out the shredded chicken for grilled chicken on any of the items, FYI. But the shredded chicken is all the bits of the chicken that you don't want to eat ... Eventually, you're going to get a bone."
As some commenters pointed out, shredded chicken was removed from the Taco Bell menu in 2020, in an effort to "streamline" their food options.
However, Kirkpatrick's next topic is still on the chain's menu.
"The steak? So disappointing, because I know it's ... the most appetizing thing," she said. "It's 90% gelatin. If it gets left out for any amount of time, it turns into a slab of gelatin."
"Just trust me and stay away from shredded chicken, steak," she concluded.