Top Ways to Veganize Taco Bell Faves

taco bell meal

OK, I’ll admit it: I was once a TBell addict. When I went vegan, I thought for sure that I could never indulge in my favorite not-so-healthy but oh-so-tasty fast-food fave, but I was wrong! Since Taco Bell’s beans, potatoes, tortillas, guacamole and rice are all vegan on their own, my go-to dishes at Taco Bell, with just a few tweaks, could be made totally animal-free.

In fact, Taco Bell just launched a new certified vegetarian menu on its website and mobile app, and most of the items can be made vegan just by leaving out the cheese and sour cream! Here’s how ya do it:

Menu item: Taco Salad

How to order it: Substitute beans for beef (they don’t charge for this, woo!), leave out the sour cream and cheese, and add rice, potatoes, guacamole, and red sauce.


Menu Item: Bean Burrito or Black Bean Burrito

How to order it: No cheese and add potatoes and rice. Try guacamole on the side. Or, you can say, “Fresco Style,” which means they remove the cheese and sauce and replace it with pico de gallo—yum!

Menu Item: Seven-Layer Burrito

How to order it: Order it without sour cream and cheese, and add potatoes and pico de gallo. Add red sauce for a spicy kick.

Menu Item: Crunchwrap or Double Decker Taco

How to order it: Ask for beans instead of beef, and say no to cheese and sour cream.


Menu Item: Tostada

How to order it: Just say “no cheese!” and hold the creamy chipotle sauce. For a small fee you can add chunky salsa or guac. 

Menu Item: Tacos

How to order it: Ask for beans instead of beef and no cheese. You can add pico de gallo and guac to make them extra delicious. 

taco bell bean taco

Menu Item: Mexican Pizza

How to order it: OK, this one can be a bit trickier. Substitute beef for beans and remove the cheese. You can add guac to the top if you want or take this baby home and nuke it with some Daiya on top (I’ve done this, and it’s amazing!).

Menu Item: Veggie Power Burrito

How to order it: Ask for this bad boy without cheese, sour cream, or avocado ranch sauce and you’re good to go. 

Menu Item: Cinnamon Twists

And don’t forget: Taco Bell’s cinnamon twists are accidentally vegan, so you can have dessert on the cheap, too!

taco bell cinnamon twists

Now, just a friendly tip here: Don’t go overboard on the fast food. Although these things are tasty, they’re not the healthiest, so make sure you kick it old school and cook some dinners yourself once in a while. Got it? If you’re running low on cash, taking a road trip, or in a pinch, keep these tips in mind and indulge! Did you know Taco Bell was a secret vegan paradise? 🙂

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  • Profile photo of souleatersebby

    201 days ago

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    I’m a vegan working at Taco Bell, and on my lunch break I usually get a taco salad, no beef, cheese, sour, or strips (they’re vegan but I don’t like them) and add potatoes and guac. It’s DELICIOUS

  • Profile photo of nicolepickett

    205 days ago

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    is the tortilla only vegan in the states? the ingredients list on the canadian taco bell website says there’s skim milk powder in the tortilla 🙁

    • Profile photo of therisashow

      197 days ago

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      @nicolepickett The Canadian taco bell is not vegan, but if you send them an email, asking for those options, that will definitely help. I already sent an email, so the more the better!!!

  • Profile photo of Rikki

    261 days ago

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    If you ask for the Spicy Potato Soft Taco as fresco and with no sauce, it’s also vegan. Even more awesome after you’ve added jalapeños too. Total cost in the midwest comes out to $1.40 for one. (As of today, March 16, 2016)

  • 404 days ago

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    9 years ago!!! I’m very proud in myself ^ ^. Animals! They are not food but they are one life in the word and they are my friend. Vegan is the little group in every country but I believe you are proud in yourself about your do. Fight Fight for Vegan. ^ ^

  • Profile photo of Tonel

    410 days ago

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    Why can’t we just order a vegan meal without substituting so many ingredients? Wouldn’t that be easier for everyone?!

    • Profile photo of KricketMarie

      209 days ago

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      I agree

    • 138 days ago

      VA:F [1.9.22_1171]


      In a perfect world people not vegan would know what is all vegan, but for now that is not possible, it is a franchise that does not cater to the vegan diet but happens to have vegan friendly options, I have worked in the food industry and knowing everything for every diet is impossible, Taco Bell isn’t a vegan franchise and like so many other franchises that aren’t vegan they could simply say “then don’t eat here”. If it’s an issue making a tortilla only requires water, salt, flour and depending some kind of oil.

  • 458 days ago

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    I’m sorry, but I used to work at Taco Bell, and the lettuce pan is next to the cheese pan. When it gets busy, hands are flying in and out of every pan… there’s contamination. Sorry to spoil it for you but that’s what it is. Cheese and sour cream get into the lettuce and lettuce into the cheese. Juicy from the meat gets into the beans and rice. You’re gonna have contamination. So it may visually look Vegan, but it’s really not. Sorry.

  • Profile photo of causticallykind

    477 days ago

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    Problem with being vegan is I have social anxiety and hate being the one saying “I’ll have a burrito, but leave out the cheese and sour cream, add potatoes and rice, jump on one foot, do a handstand, and make the burrito with a blind fold. Now!”

    • Profile photo of Emilyr

      476 days ago

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      Most places have an option where you can order online now. But if you need to tell someone in person you can always just ask nicely, most everyone will gladly meet your requests. 🙂

  • 1164 days ago

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    Beware, Taco Bell Home Originals rice (store bought) has Chicken Fat, Cooked Chicken and Chicken Broth.

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      1163 days ago

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      The one at their restaurants is vegan. 🙂

  • 1174 days ago

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    There is a small issue. The beans are made with lard, thus being non-vegan. 🙁

    • Profile photo of SaraAnn-C

      1172 days ago

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      Nope! No lard there. 🙂 Don’t worry, we’ve done our research.

    • Profile photo of funkyrooster707

      925 days ago

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      Nope, no lard here! The only Mexican food restaurant chain that puts lard in their beans and rice is El torato

  • 1252 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]


    I the veggie cantina bowl and burrito are also vegan if ordered sans cilantro sauce.

  • 1279 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]


    Hmm it appears like your site ate my first comment (it was super long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I had written and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog. I too am an aspiring blog writer but I’m still new to the whole thing. Do you have any tips for inexperienced blog writers? I’d genuinely appreciate it.

  • Profile photo of docscowgirl

    1291 days ago

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    This article is a life saver! Unfortunately I can’t convert all of my friends to my lifestyle, but now, I don’t have to go somewhere different when they all indulge themselves in delicious, terrible, tacobell 🙂