For what may be considered as one of the healthiest fast-food joints around, Taco Bell is continually leveling up the food game and varieties with its recent addition of new vegan-friendly foods for all health-conscious and vegan customers. It is one of the most preferred fast food joints with quite a few appeals like – fast orders, a drive-thru, consistent and healthy food, variety, and more than 7000 joints worldwide.
Since most food joints only consist of non-veg, veg, or partially veg food items, introducing vegan items which have just come into conversation and notice is a big step towards change and healthy eating. And no one knows it better than vegetarians and vegan how difficult it is to find a place serving food that is tasty, healthy, full-filling, and ticks all the marks of being vegetarian/vegan, especially fast food items.
Vegan at Taco Bell
Mexican food itself consists of many naturally vegan ingredients such as beans, tortillas, guacamole, and rice. Therefore, flipping the meal to meet a vegan’s needs requires minimal switches and alternatives.
Taco Bell lets its customers customize their orders, so you could simply choose a ‘make it meatless’ feature on the app or website and suit your plant-based diet. There is also a ‘fresco style feature,’ replacing dairy toppings with pico de gallo automatically, which makes the meal even more healthy as it would reduce the saturated fats and calories amount in the final meal.
To ensure a satisfying and filling vegan meal, one must include a variety of ingredients Taco Bell offers, especially those containing fiber, fat, and proteins. The AVA (American Vegetarian Association) certified ingredient list includes –
fire-roasted salsa, mild breakfast salsa, romaine lettuce, cilantro, jalapeños, iceberg lettuce, guacamole, onions, pico de gallo, tomatoes
border sauce, fire border sauce, diablo border sauce, hot border sauce, green tomatillo sauce, green chile sauce, red sauce
black beans, refried beans
express nacho chips, seasoned rice
Other ingredients –
flour tortilla, taco shell, Gordita flatbread, tostada shell
Taco Bell 2021 attractions
Apart from ‘tacos with a purpose,’ with which it debuted the vegan-friendly options on the menu, taco bells also plan on reintroducing the ‘beloved potatoes,’ which was removed back in 2020. Since the removal saw a big uproar and witnessing continuous appeals, the fast-food joint announced that it would be bringing back the potatoes in march 2021.
Another big step many have been looking forward to, especially vegans, is taco bell’s partnership with Beyond Meat. The announcement was made last in an effort to expand vegan food perspectives and give vegetarians and vegans broader food options to explore.
Top 7 must-try vegan items at Taco Bell
Per Serving – 350 calories, 56 g carbs, 9 g fat (2.5 g saturated), 4 g sugar, 9 g fiber, 1010 mg sodium,13 g protein
The refried beans at taco bell are not only vegan-friendly but are also healthy and satisfying. Moreover, a bean burrito would cost you less than 2$ making it budget-friendly vegan food.
You can either skip the cheese or ask for fresco style, which switches the cheese with pico de gallo for free.
Crunchy or Soft Tacos
Per Serving – 160 calories, 4.5 g fat (0.5 g saturated), 24 g carbs, 1 g sugar, 240 mg sodium, 7 g fiber, 5 g protein
For all the taco lovers out there, the crunchy or soft tacos without meat and dairy are the perfect introduction to the menu. You can order a black bean taco with desired toppings such as lettuce, pico de gallo, onions, etc., to meet your taste.
Black Bean Crunchwrap Supreme
Per Serving – 460 calories, 12 g fat (3 g saturated), 74 g carbs, 5 g sugar, 900 mg sodium, 9 g fiber, 13 g protein
How about trying every vegan ingredient at the bell? This unusually shaped treat is a perfect way to cut back on saturated fats and calories with vegan additions that also help you keep full for long.
You can easily replace beef with black beans or pinto, both of which are high in protein and vegan.
Chis And Guacamole
Per Serving – 230 calories, 14 g fat (1.5 g saturated), 23 g carbs, 0 g sugar, 310 mg sodium, 4 g fiber, 3 g protein
One could never go with chips and guac. Guacamole served at taco bell is 100% vegan and makes for a healthy dip.
Black Beans and Rice
Per Serving – 190 calories, 4 g fat (0 g saturated), 35 g carbs, 0 g sugar, 390 mg sodium, 6 g fiber, 5 g protein
To have something as simple as rice and black beans is what you crave. The dish is 100% naturally vegan and could be complemented with guacamole sauce to make the treat even better.
Black Bean Chalupa
While getting bored of routine and craving fried and flavorful foods is entirely normal. The Black bean chalupa is the perfect dish to fill this craving. Since it is typically served with sour cheeses and cream, you will need to ask them to replace it with pico de gallo and diablo border sauce.
The fried shell filled with lettuce, beans, and tomatoes is tasty and low in sodium.
Veggie Power Bowl
Per Serving – 370 calories, 10 g fat (1 g saturated), 62 g carbs, 1 g sugar, 820 mg sodium, 13 g fiber, 10 g protein
Just skip sour cheese, avocado ranch sauce, and sour cream, and there you have a vegan and protein and carb-packed meal, assuring you no after cravings. Furthermore, you could add an extra scoop of guac just for 40 cents for more fat content.
A Taco Bell Precaution
Though the sauces and foods are made of absolute vegan ingredients, the fast-food joint has made it clear that they cannot guarantee cross-contamination on their website. If you are a strict vegan, this might be a drawback for you, but since the cross-contamination is mainly in the fried section, avoiding it might work just fine.
Moreover, you can always consult the staff for the cross-contamination risk with dairy and meat and decide likewise.
Veganism is increasingly becoming popular among folks today with the growing concern and awareness over daily eating habits. Despite this hike, there is yet a long way to cover before plant-based alternatives reach every food joint and restaurant, just like dairy and meat.
Taco Bell has taken the initiative with its dedicated vegetarian menu and vegan dishes. With more than 5.7 million vegetarians combinations, the only thing now between you and a perfectly curated meal is your creativity. Choose your ideal vegan ingredients and form your special vegan meal at a minimal cost.
So the next time you visit taco bell, make sure you explore vegan options. Happy Scrolling!