Vegans are not robots. We don’t make the conscious decision to become vegan & suddenly we stop craving things like cheese or cheeseburgers. Yes, it’s true! And I am not immune to the occasional craving (read: loud whining for) greasy pepperoni pizza & hot wings.
Recently, I was in the car with Friand and his two sons when they all declared they wanted to stop for Taco Bell. Memories of the gooey Mexi-melts from my teen years came flooding back. The last time I had a Taco Bell bean & cheese burrito was in 2006 when I was still a lacto-vegetarian. As they all sat in the car reading the drive-thru menu with joie de vivre, I sat in obvious enviousness. But apparently it’s been long enough since I’ve been there that I didn’t know about the Fresco Menu!! Dost mine eyes deceive me? Are those dairy-less options?? Some do have meat in them, but there is bean burrito on that menu!! If I had been quick thinking enough, I would have ordered one, gone to my local Whole Foods & picked up a pack of shredded Daiya Cheddar…
This trip inspired me to do a little research. I deny my son fast food partly because I can’t eat there but mostly because I don’t want him to join the ranks of overweight kids who can’t ride their bike the 1/4 mile to school without panting like a St Bernard on the equator. Wouldn’t it be nice to stop at the drive-thru on the way to Vegas and stuff a burrito in my face as I swerve through traffic? Yes! Bring on the half-assed research!!
If you have any information or reviews you’d like to post here, or another fast food restaurant other than what I consider “The Big 4”, please let me know! I’m happy to post as much information as I can here!!
|Bean & Cheese Burrito|
|Fresca Bean Burrito (no dairy)|
The most important thing to note is that the Fresca Menu contains no dairy, but 6 items contain meat. I’ll be trying the Fresca Bean Burrito soon, though! Taco Bell Beans do not contain dairy or lard. The best part of all is the Cinnamon Twists are vegan!
Vegans, read through the ingredient page & you’ll find the following items appear to be appropriate for our diet:
*denotes items that may be appropriate for lacto-ovo vegetarians
- Taco shells & red taco shell
- Taco salad shell
- Tostada shells
- Pizza shell
- Nacho chips
- Express nacho chips
- Chalupa shells
- Red Strips
- Avocado Ranch Dressing*
- Border Sauce: Fire, Hot, Mild
- Cheddar Cheese*
- Chipotle Sauce*
- Creamy Jalapeño Sauce*
- Fiesta Salsa
- Fire Roasted Salsa
- Green Tomatillo Sauce
- Lava Sauce*
- Pepper Jack Sauce*
- Pizza Sauce
- Red Sauce
- Reduced Fat Sour Cream*
- Salsa Roja*
- Salsa Verde
There are a couple items which I noticed contain Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, an additive that may or may not be animal based. I always steer clear of any ingredient called “stearoyl”. It is not specified in this ingredient list as “plant based”.
Items which appear vegetarian but containing this ingredient are:
- Nacho Cheese Sauce
Allergens: Those with a gluten intolerance will find this all very difficult to navigate. Even items like the nacho chips, which do not contain wheat proteins, are fried in the same oil as other items which contain wheat. On the allergen page, you see you’re limited to drinks, condiments, Nachos (if you choose to brave the shared equipment factor), Mexican Rice, Pinto N’cheese, and Tostadas.
Follow my progress as I dig deep into the burger & chicken world… More installments to follow!