What would you do if you found what largely resembles teeth in tacos on your plate, and the business claimed otherwise? Facebook user Courtney Aguilar was acting out her Sunday tradition of barbacoa tacos at El Rincon Mexican Restaurant in Pflugerville, Texas on March 19 when she was startled by what appeared to be teeth in her barbacoa taco.
Aguilar took to Facebook to post a photo of the ‘teeth’, which she captioned, “When you order Barbacoa tacos but get teeth instead.”
The internet has not been shy about their opinions of the matter, leaving thousands of comments sharing their outrage and utter disgust. Since the incident and social media frenzy, Laxson—the company responsible for the meat used at the restaurant—has responded in various ways, but not the way you may think.
Instead of apologizing for the incident upfront, Laxson told the San Antonio Express-News that the teeth Aguilar claimed were in her tacos were actually in fact beef lips. After you get over the initial disgust of what that sounds like, it’s important to know exactly what beef lips are, and how they ended up in Aguilar’s taco.
According to Laxson’s statement made to mySA, beef lips are a”USDA-inspected product for human consumption . . . We admit cow lips are not the most attractive food item and can resemble teeth.”
That answers how these teeth-like beef lips made it into the restaurant, but how did the restaurant not notice this particular piece of ‘meat’ prior to sending out the plate?
There hasn’t been a statement made by the restaurant as to why this was plated and then sent out to a customer, but Aguilar did confirm to mySA that they had been in communication and had taken full responsibility for the matter.
In a statement made on their Facebook page, El Rincon stated that they, “will stop selling barbacoa until we get a new vendor. We would like to apologize to the customer and we would like to thank our customers for the business for over 26 years.”
This really makes you wonder about the USDA’s guidelines, and how well producers actually abide by those standards. Keep your eyes open, y’all. You never know what will be in your tacos.