When traveling, vegetarians can find it challenging to find a fast food restaurant that offers healthy vegetarian meal options.
Now, Taco Bell has changed all that. They’ve become the first fast-food chain to offer meat-free meals certified by the American Vegetarian Association.
Taco Bell had already been rated the healthiest Mexican chain in America by Eat This, Not That! and now they’ve sworn to remove all artificial preservatives and additives by the end of 2017 making their meals even healthier.
Granted, there are still plenty of unhealthy options on the menu, but for those who diligently try to make healthier or meatless choices, it won’t be necessary any longer to mentally look at the existing menu as a bill of fare from which to select ingredients to build your own meal.
Taco Bell plans to add its vegetarian category consisting of 13 AVA-certified items to its website and mobile ordering app in October 2015. This includes dishes like the 7-Layer Burrito , Cheese Quesadilla, Pintos ‘n Cheese and more.
Here’s a look at the full vegetarian menu:
- 7-Layer Burrito
- AM Grilled Taco – Egg & Cheese
- Bean Burrito
- Black Bean Burrito
- Black Beans & Rice
- Cantina Power Veggie Bowl
- Cantina Power Veggie Burrito
- Cheese Quesadilla
- Cheese Roll-Up
- Cheesy Bean & Rice
- Double Tostada
- Pintos ‘n Cheese
- Biscuit Taco – Egg & Cheese
Of course, if patrons don’t see what they are looking for on the menu, they are welcome to build their own vegetarian- or vegan- dish by using available ingredients such as swapping out meat in favor beans.
Taco Bell’s CEO Brian Niccol makes it clear that “vegetarians are not an afterthought” to the menu. He points to the fact that the company sells more than 350 million vegetarian menu items each year. This new menu is their attempt to be more transparent about what vegetarians and flexitarians can order.
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