If you’re on the road and considering a fling with some fast food, do you switch into autopilot and picture the Taco Bell Vegan Menu? It’s been a haven for vegans for years when you’re on the go with no where else to turn to. You can never go wrong with a fine flour tortilla, a bunch of beans, and a whole lot of guac.
When Taco Bell announced that they were the first-ever quick-service restaurant to offer a certified vegetarian menu, vegans rejoiced! They still maintain that they have “millions of vegetarian options” that have been certified by the American Vegetarian Association. It’s really just a handful of ingredients (like rice, beans, guacamole, tomatoes, lettuce, and potatoes) done millions of ways, but that’s still more progress on the fast food front than many other restaurants have made.
According to the CEO of Taco Bell, “vegetarians are not an afterthought. We sell more than 350 million vegetarian menu items each year.” And from the 7-Layer Burrito to the Crunch Wrap Supreme, almost anything on the Taco Bell menu can be hacked to be made vegan.
With more than 6,500 restaurant locations, Taco Bell serves more than 2 billion people every year. They deserve big props for taking this initiative, and hopefully other fast food chains will quickly follow suit. We encourage our readers to write to other fast food chains encouraging them to introduce more vegan meals and to have them certified by the American Vegetarian Association.
The vegan community went wild with the limited-time release of Taco Bell’s new vegan nacho sauce served with spicy fries in October 2023. During the launch, the front page of the Taco Bell website was marked with a celebration of this new vegan option, and the vegan menu item was highlighted across all restaurant locations throughout the United States.
Ordering vegan at Taco Bell is super simple if you remember to leave out the meat and dairy. Though, sometimes, the dairy is lurking in unknown and unfamiliar places, so we still have to be careful. Let’s cross our fingers that they start offering vegan cheese at least one of their locations soon. Until then, here are some quick suggestions on how to make ordering your tempting tacos and bursting burritos a little easier:
There are dozens of different ways to order a vegan burrito at Taco Bell—but how should you order to get the best bang for your buck?
Many people order the “Bean burrito made fresca style” — but that only comes with refried beans, sauce, and tomatoes wrapped in a tortilla. You can add-on extras to that base, but that will get expensive quickly.
To order a burrito loaded with all the vegan extras in the least expensive way possible, ask for the following:
“May I have a Fresca Veggie Burrito, make it fresco, and add lettuce, onions, potatoes, and jalapeno peppers, and red sauce?”
This should result in a burrito with all of the following available fixings:
- Black Beans (you can also add or swap refried beans)
- Seasoned Rice
- Fiesta Strips
- Jalapeno Peppers
- Red Sauce
Now that’s a burrito. This fully loaded burrito should total around $5.05. You can also skip the add-ons and it will drop down to around $2.45, but will still be filling, with rice, black beans, tomatoes, guacamole, and fiesta strips. This is the least expensive way to order the best vegan burrito at Taco Bell.
To order vegan tacos at Taco Bell, ask for tacos with beans instead of meat, no cheese, no sour cream, and add guacamole and potatoes (if desired). Confirm that it will also come with lettuce and tomatoes, and ask for extra sauce packets to spice up your veggie meal!
To order a vegan crunch wrap, simply say:
“May I please have a crunch wrap supreme, with beans instead of meat, fresca style, and add guacamole and potatoes?”
Voila! You’ll get the crunch wrap pictured below, and it’s delicious. Load up on the hot Fire sauce, or any sauces of your choice.
Ask for “fresca style” (meaning vegan) and reiterate no cheese, sour cream, nacho cheese sauce, or creamy jalapeño sauce or for all items below. Also feel free to sub beans instead of meat, add potatoes, and add guacamole to any item.
NOTE: The “whip” versions of the Freeze drinks are NOT vegan and contain milk products, specifically the Mango Whip and Island Strawberry. The Wild Strawberry and Wild Cherry flavors contain confectioner’s glaze, which is made from insects, so it’s also not vegan.
The following items contain animal products and cannot be ordered vegan.
It’s only a matter of time before more vegan options land on the menu. That’s the direction all the big fast food chains are heading, and Taco Bell knows that the heat is on and they can add a few more items that are vegan-friendly, such as vegan cheese. But meanwhile, we can always write to, call, or contact the managers of any location to make our requests.
Be sure to check out our full Vegan Fast Food Guide where you can see the best vegan options at all the major chains in the U.S.
Mexican-inspired fast food restaurants tend to be exceptionally vegan friendly. Here are vegan menu guides for the following fast food locations:
Have you found any other options to be veganizable? Did you find something amazing that we missed? Share your finds in the comments belo.
World of Vegan is not affiliated with Taco Bell. At the time of this article, the foods mentioned above are vegan, to the best of our knowledge. Restaurants frequently update their menus, so please keep this in mind when ordering your food. There may be new items that are vegan at Taco Bell and not listed or items listed here as vegan, which are no longer vegan. Take care to double-check.