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.
What Do We Know About Taco Bell?
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.
How to Navigate the Taco Bell Vegan Menu
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:
- Ask for your dish to be made “vegetarian” (meaning made with beans instead of meat)
- Ask for your dish to be made “fresca style” (meaning made without cheese, sour cream, or any dairy)
- Add veggie items like guacamole and potatoes (they’re back!) to any entrée.
What’s Vegan at Taco Bell?
- Breakfast Salsa
- Hash Browns
Taco Shells & Tortillas:
- Corn Taco Shell
- Flour Tortilla
- Gordita Flatbread
- Red Strips
- Tostada Shell
Sides & Sweets:
- Black Beans
- Cinnamon Twists
- Green Sauce
- Hot Sauces (all 4)
- Jalapeño Peppers
- Nacho Chips
- Potato Bites
- Red Sauce
- Refried Beans
- Seasoned Fries
- Seasoned Rice
Veganize These Items for More Options:
(ask for no cheese or sour cream for all items below)
- Black Bean Chalupa
- Black Bean Crunchwrap Supreme
- Bean (or Bean & Rice) Burrito
- Black Bean & Rice Bowl
- Black Bean Quesarito (also ask for no sauces and add guacamole, tomatoes, beans, rice, jalapeño peppers, onions, lettuce, and/or potatoes)
- Spicy Potato Soft Taco
- Veggie Nachos Party Pack (add lettuce, rice, black beans, onions, and/or potatoes)
- Black Coffee
- Fountain Drinks
- Gatorade Fruit Punch
- IZZE Drinks
- Orange Juice
- Pink Lemonade
- Unsweetened Iced Tea
- Cinnabon Delights (contains egg and milk)
- Doritos Locos Tacos (contains milk and cheese)
- Sauces (contain milk and some also egg, except for the green, red, and hot sauces)
Helpful Hints When Ordering Vegan at Taco Bell
- Browse the Taco Bell menu before ordering.
- If ordering Taco Bell through a delivery service, make sure you clearly specify any substitutions you would like. Especially concerning cheese and meats. If you’re worried that your request may not be honored (or seen by the server at Taco Bell), it might be a better idea to go there directly to order.
- Check out the Full Nutrition Info page and Ingredients Statement section to make sure that you are purchasing a vegan-friendly item. The menu items offered at Taco Bell do change and the informational charts seem to be updated regularly.
- From past experience, it seems that most (if not all) seasonal drinks or foods are not vegan because of added dairy milk or milk derivatives. Be careful when new and exciting seasonal products are offered at Taco Bell. Double check the allergens and ingredients page to make sure the item is vegan before purchasing.
Creating a Kinder and More Accessible Taco Bell
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.
How to Order Vegan at Other Chains:
- Del Taco Vegan Guide
- Chipotle Vegan Guide
- Plant Power Fast Food (All Vegan, All the Time!)
- El Pollo Loco Vegan Guide
- How To Order Vegan at Applebees
- Denny’s Vegan Guide
- California Pizza Kitchen Vegan Guide
- The Ultimate Vegan Fast Food Guide
Have you found any other options to be veganizable? Did you find something amazing that we missed? Let us know by tagging #worldofvegan and sharing your favorite vegan-at-Taco-Bell creations with all of us!
This article is not sponsored and we are in no way affiliated with Taco Bell. At the time of this article, the foods mentioned above are vegan. Since restaurants constantly update their menus and add or take away items, 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.