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How to Eat Vegan at Taco Bell

Whether you’re on the road or in a rush, plant-based fast food comes in clutch. American-based fast food chain Taco Bell offers a variety of convenient and easily veganized options for on-the-go eats.

While a partnership with Beyond Meat remains in the works, Taco Bell offers a variety of vegan ingredients, including black beans, tortilla chips, guacamole, and potato bites. That’s right, the potatoes are back! Whether you’re ordering on the app or in-person, T-Bell offers a “make it vegetarian” option which removes meat products. Once you’ve done that, don’t forget to order your meal “fresco style” to replace cheese, sour cream, and mayo-based sauces with a tasty pico de gallo.

TACOS

When it comes to vegan options at Taco Bell, we’ve got a lot to taco ‘bout. Each taco requires a few ingredient modifications—but we’ve got options, people!

Spicy Potato Soft Taco

Hey frugal foodies, this one’s for you. Find the potato taco on the $1 value menu! When ordering, remove the cheese and chipotle sauce, but feel free to add a variety of vegan toppings like guacamole and red sauce.

Crunchy or Soft Taco

Choose from a crunchy or soft tortilla, substitute beans for beef, and make it fresco style. You’ve got yourself a bean taco topped with lettuce and salsa. If you’re in a car full of hangry vegans, be sure to snag a modified party pack.

Tacos

BURRITOS

T-Bell has the hookup on some of the best veganized handhelds fast food has to offer. Looking for road trip eats? Here you go!

Bean Burrito

Order this tasty wrap fresco style for a quick and easy order. Want to level up your meal? Load this burrito with tomatoes, potatoes, and guac.

Bean Burrito

Burrito Supreme

Start with the Burrito Supreme, sub beans, and remove the cheese and sour cream by ordering it fresco style. This tasty handheld includes onions, tomatoes, lettuce, and red sauce.

Bean and Rice Burrito

Another value menu snag! Nix the cheese and jalapeno sauce when ordering and you’ve got a $1 burrito packed with beans and rice. Pile on a few upgrades for a heartier choice.

NACHOS

Without a vegan cheese option, this is nacho average appetizer, but if you order right, Taco Bell can whip up an enjoyable, loaded snack.

Nachos BellGrande

Start by ordering without cheese or sour cream and sub beans for beef—the refried beans hold the toppings on the chips in lieu of cheese. Speaking of toppings, add jalapenos, tomatoes, onions, and guac for a loaded nosh.

SPECIALTIES

Chalupas, Crunchwraps, and Power Bowls, oh my! Uplevel your fast food run with these veganized Tex-Mex specialties.

Black Bean Chalupa

Make it fresco to remove the sour cream and cheese. And, as usual, guacamole and red sauce are always a tasty upgrade.

Power Menu Bowl – Veggie

This bowl is packed with seasoned rice, black beans, guacamole, and veggie toppings. Order without cheese, sour cream, and avocado ranch to make it vegan. You’ll want a fork for this one.

Power Bowl

Black Bean Crunchwrap Supreme

Make this good-to-go meal pocket vegan by asking for it fresco style. Without the nacho cheese and sour cream, this choice packs beans, tomato, lettuce, and a crunchy tostada layer. Might we suggest adding guac and jalapenos?

Vegan Crunchwrap

QUESADILLAS

We see your suspicion, but we raise you a viable vegan option that tastes great.

Quesadilla

Start with the cheese quesadilla, but remove the cheese and jalapeno sauce. Add in refried beans, guacamole, and red sauce. It might not be as composed as the burritos and tacos above, but if the dilla mood strikes, who are we to hold you back?

BREAKFAST

Wakey wakey, on-the-go breakfast is served. And they’ve even got hot coffee.

Hash Browns

Yup! These tasty breakfast staples are totally vegan. Dip them in T-Bell’s breakfast salsa or guacamole.

Breakfast Burritos

This one requires a little planning ahead, but it’s worth it. While beans and other plant-based additions are not always available during breakfast hours, some locations offer an overlap hour(s) where the breakfast menu ends and the lunch menu begins. Fill a tortilla with hashbrowns, beans, guacamole, and pico for an on-the-go breakfast meal.

SIDES

Taco Bell didn’t skimp on the vegan-friendly sides. Round out your meal with a tasty selection.

Black Beans (and Rice)

Keep it simple with a side of our favorite legume. Order with or without seasoned rice.

Chips

Add tortilla chips to your order for scooping and snacking! We like to pair them with a side of guacamole.

Cinnamon Twists

ICYMI: Cin twists are totally vegan. Enjoy a sweet treat at the end of your meal.

Cinnamon Twists

SAUCES

For the finishing touch to any order, snag a side of breakfast salsa, diablo, fire, hot, mild, or red sauce.

Want to go fully rogue DIY and make a masterpiece of your own? The following ingredients are all vegan: black beans, chalupa shells, gordita flatbreads, hash browns, jalapeno peppers, lettuce, nacho chips, onion, potato bites, guacamole, red strips, refried beans, rice, taco shells, tomatoes, tortillas, and tostada shells.

Photos courtesy of Taco Bell

Anja Grommons

@vegcentricdietitian

Anja is a plant-based dietitian by day and vegan foodie by night. She offers virtual nutrition coaching for vegan and veg-curious clients. Check out her site for coaching services, recipes, and nutrition tips at vegcentricdietitian.com.

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