How to Eat Vegetarian and Meatless at Taco Bell
Being a vegetarian is hard. You typically have to double check the ingredients before you eat anything, people assume because you’re vegetarian you’re judging everyone else and their lifestyle and when you go out to eat, options are limited. There are so many restaurants you just can’t eat at, and generally fast food isn’t even an option. Until Taco Bell.
Taco Bell is the first quick service restaurant to offer American Vegetarian Association (AVA) certified food options. The AVA defines vegetarian as lacto-ovo, allowing the consumption of dairy and eggs but not any animal by-products.
Taco Bell has 5.7 million vegetarian combinations, sells 350 million vegetarian items a year and about seven percent of all items ordered at Taco Bell are either vegetarian-friendly or made vegetarian-friendly by substitution or removal. Our menu items can be modified however you like at the restaurant, online at Ta.co or through the Taco Bell mobile app.
It’s important to note that we cannot guarantee that cross contact with meat products will not occur. Neither Taco Bell, our employees, nor our franchisees assume any responsibility for such cross contact. For more information on allergens, click here.
To make it easier for our vegetarian friends, here are 13 AVA certified menu items at Taco Bell:
AVA Certified Menu Options
1. Breakfast Soft Taco Without Bacon
2. Black Bean Burrito
3. Black Beans & Rice
4. Veggie Power Menu Bowl
5. Veggie Power Menu Burrito
6. Cheese Quesadilla
7. Cheesy Roll-Up
8. Spicy Tostada
9. 7-Layer Burrito
10. Bean Burrito
11. Pintos ‘n Cheese
12. Double Tostada (At Participating Locations)
13. Cheesy Bean & Rice Burrito
Now some of you may be thinking, “Where’s the Spicy Potato Soft Taco?” or “the Cinnamon Twists?” in this list? Don’t worry, we can explain. In some of our restaurants, we use the same frying oil to prepare menu items that may or may not contain meat. Therefore, menu items fried in oil like Hash Browns, Chips, Cinnamon Twists, Potatoes and the Fiesta Taco Salad Shell are not acceptable to the AVA certified vegetarian diet because of the potential cross contact.
With that in mind, if you don’t strictly eat foods that abide by the AVA certification requirements, you can customize any product to make it meatless by substituting the meat for beans, rice or potatoes or you can order some of the additional meatless options below:
Meatless Menu Options
1. Hash Brown
2. Cinnabon Delights
3. Mini Skillet Bowl
4. Breakfast Crunchwrap California Without Bacon
5. Cheesy Fiesta Potatoes
6. Spicy Potato Soft Taco
7. Chips & Nacho Cheese Sauce, Pico de Gallo, Guacamole
8. Triple Layer Nachos
9. Fiesta Taco Salad Without Meat
10. Cinnamon Twists