Ordering vegan at Taco Bell has always been one of the easiest options when it comes to fast food chains.
Their menu has excellent alternatives, much in keeping with Mexican food in general. Black beans, salads, salsa, jalapenos, rice… you didn’t have to look far for something to substitute in your tacos and burritos. Then Taco Bell launched their Vegan Menu and we finally had certified vegan options and now know what is officially vegan on the menu. It was also a good sign of fast food chains paying attention to their vegan customers!
There were, however, a couple of mistakes made along the way with the menu. The taco bell rice ingredients, for example, were originally cooked with traces of butter, which was fine for the original Vegetarian Menu but not for vegans. But that was solved in June 2017 however and we now have seasoned rice – thankfully – back on the menu.
Ever since the Vegan Taco Bell Menu was launched we’ve been waiting to see dedicated Vegan menus spread across other fast food chains. It’s slow, but I’m sure it’s coming!
For now though, vegans looking for their fast food fix at Taco Bell can be more than satisfied with ordering any of the items below. It’s just a matter of knowing what individual ingredients are vegan and substituting that ingredient in the menu item.
As always, because it is vegan doesn’t mean it’s necessarily healthy – it’s good to be up to date on what processed sugars and starches are used in your food. But at least it means that you have vegan options at when you need something convenient, quick and filling, which is what fast food is supposed to be when it’s necessary!
Vegan Taco Bell Options: 5 of the Best
#1 Crunchwrap Supreme
Yes, you can enjoy that loud ‘crunch-ability’ vegan style! Remove the sour cream, nacho cheese and beef and replace with black beans. Asking for ‘al fresco’ will substitute the cream cheese with pico de gallo and you’re set!
#2 Bean Burritos
The staple of any Taco Bell, the bean burrito had always been the perfect vegan go-to before Taco Bell ever thought to create a vegan menu. They key here is to remove the sour cream and add the toppings below depending on how big and spicy you want it. Just beware that the fire sauce packet is not vegan and nor is the avocado ranch dressing.
#3 Seven Layer Burrito
Now that seasoned rice is back and certified vegan – hallelujah! – there is no holding back on the seven layer burrito! All layers can be vegan while of course holding off on the sour cream.
#4 Spicy Tosada
Perfect with salsa and guacamole used as a replacement for the cheese and chipotle. Gordita flatbreads, the soft and hard taco shells, and the tosada shells are all certified vegan, however just remember that the salad taco shells are not.
#5 Soft and Hard Tacos
With vegan shells, you can throw whatever you like from the options below for your custom made taco. Just remove the beef and replace with black beans and guacamole with all the trimmings.
And finally, one item which is not on the Taco Bell Vegan menu but is vegan: the Cinnamon Twists! Why they didn’t include this on the menu, who knows, but it certainly is vegan, and perfect if you have a sweet tooth. It is also perfect for a vegan breakfast at Taco Bell.
For all vegan options above and through the menu (minus the Cinnamon Twists!), you can go ‘al fresco’ using pico de gallo and swap out any ingredient to customize for those AVA Certified Ingredients below:
Sides and Ingredients
Pico De Gallo
Fire Roasted Salsa
Shells and Bread
Soft and Hard Taco Shell
Salsa Del Sol
Green Tomatillo Sauce
Mexican Pizza Sauce
Green Chili Sauce
Diablo Sauce Packet
Hot Sauce Packet
Mild Sauce Packet
There you have some pretty appetizing options from Taco Bell that any vegan can enjoy. And it’s weird because I don’t think I have ever met a vegan that didn’t like Mexican food. Maybe that’s just a vegan thing? If only it was as easy finding vegan options at McDonalds or vegan options at KFC, but at least Taco Bell is leading the way!
If you have any vegan tricks or tips for Taco Bell we would love to hear about them. Please comment and let us know or just send us message. We may update this article to include them so you’d be helping vegans everywhere with your advice!