How to Order Vegan at Taco Bell: The Ultimate Guide

Taco Bell has many appeals—it’s fast, there’s a drive-thru, the food is consistent, and with over 7,000 Taco Bell locations in the US alone, there’s always one nearby.

In July 2020, the chain caused an uproar by removing its beloved potatoes—in addition to other items—to make way for new plant-based options in the then-undetermined future. Thankfully, after more than a six-month hiatus, the brand reintroduced this starchy staple (the chain’s vegan menu just wouldn’t be the same without it).

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Is vegan meat coming to Taco Bell?

Taco Bell has launched a number of innovative vegan eats, complete with plant-based meat—albeit, for a limited time only in select markets. 

One such test took place in Irvine, CA for just four days. Starting on June 23, 2021, Taco Bell tested the Naked Chalupa with a Crispy Plant-Based Shell at a lone Irvine location. Developed as a meat-free version of the Naked Chicken Chalupa, the test item featured a shell made entirely from a pea protein-based vegan chicken.

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The following year, in August 2022, the fast-food chain tested its own proprietary vegan beef across select locations in Birmingham, AL. And just two months later, Taco Bell began testing a vegan carne asada option in the Dayton, OH area for a limited time. 

Taco Bell’s vegan Crunchwrap and nacho fries

In June 2023, the fast-food chain rolled out its first, fully vegan entrée: the Vegan Crunchwrap with plant-based beef, dairy-free sour cream, and warm vegan nacho cheese sauce. Taco Bell’s Test Kitchen worked for years tasting and testing to make sure the vegan version, certified by the American Vegetarian Association, could stand up to the original. 

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For this limited-time launch, Taco Bell chose to test the Vegan Crunchwrap in cities with sizable vegan populations: Los Angeles, New York City, and Orlando. The Vegan Crunchwrap was available for a week, and the chain has since said that the test was “overwhelmingly positive.” The results of these tests will determine the national viability of future vegan rollouts, Taco Bell has said. 

The cult-favorite chain followed up the Vegan Crunchwrap with yet another limited-time launch: vegan nacho fries. Launched in October 2023, the dairy-free cheesy fries officially became the very first national vegan launch in Taco Bell’s 61-year history. While this is a step in the right direction, we’re still waiting for the day Taco Bell permanently adds a vegan-as-is item to its menu. 

Is Taco Bell’s Veggie Build-Your-Own Cravings Box vegan?

In January 2024, Taco Bell launched the Build-Your-Own-Cravings Box, a $5.99 meal that includes a choice of a speciality item, classic item, side, and drink. When ordering the veggie box, customers can pick from a number of the chain’s meatless menu items. But you’ll need to make a few customizations if you want an all-vegan box. More on this below

How to order vegan at Taco Bell

Die-hard plant-based Taco Bell fans will remember how ordering “fresco-style” used to make getting vegan food at Taco Bell decidedly easier. This would let employees know to replace all the dairy-based ingredients and mayo-based sauces with tomatoes. The term was essentially code for “make it vegan.” However, the fast-food chain no longer utilizes this terminology. 

Despite Taco Bell retiring “fresco-style,” ordering vegan requires just a few swaps. Ask for beans in place of beef, and remember to forgo cheese and sour cream. Make your order even heftier by asking for extra tomatoes or adding potatoes or guacamole. 

We love ordering for pickup via the website or the app. Why? Because it makes custom orders—which you need to do a lot of when you’re ordering vegan—as easy as the tap of a button. You can remove, or add, any ingredient from any item on the menu. That beats asking for a Crunchy Taco Supreme with beans instead of beef along with any add-ons you’re craving.

Here are 14 vegan menu items and extras to order the next time you’re at Taco Bell.

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1Black Bean Crunchwrap Supreme

Taco Bell managed to invent a food item even more portable than the burrito: the Crunchwrap. Opt for the Black Bean Crunchwrap Supreme without the sour cream and nacho cheese sauce. You’re left with a hot, freshly pressed soft tortilla filled with black beans, tomatoes, lettuce, and a crunchy tortilla shell. Ask for a side of guacamole for dipping. Pro tip: add potatoes, too.

Until Taco Bell makes the limited-time Vegan Crunchwrap a permanent menu item, we’re satiating our cravings with this filling black bean creation. 

2 Black Bean Chalupa Supreme

This fluffy, fried, flour-based shell is thankfully vegan. Ask for this without sour cream and cheese and you’ll get a crunchy chalupa filled with black beans, tomatoes, and lettuce. We love it with jalapeños.

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3 Bean Burrito

Surprisingly, the bean burrito isn’t vegan as-is (it contains cheese). However, order it sans cheese, and you’re set with a warm flour tortilla wrapped around refried beans, red sauce, and diced onions. Add chopped tomatoes for a little extra sustenance. Not a fan of refried beans? Ask for black beans or potatoes instead.

4 Spicy Potato Soft Taco

This one-dollar wonder becomes vegan when you order it without cheese and chipotle sauce. Adding onions and jalapeño peppers is highly recommended.

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Soft and Crunchy Tacos

Aside from the Spicy Potato Soft Tacos, all tacos, soft and crunchy, can be vegan so long as you swap the meat for black or refried beans and leave off the cheese, sour cream, and chipotle sauce. Try the Crunchy Taco Supreme with beans instead of beef and load up on add-ons. Unfortunately, the Doritos Locos shells are not vegan.

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6 Black Beans and Rice

Rejoice! The good ol’ black beans and rice is vegan and even better when you load it up with toppings. But if you really want a veggie bowl, then check out the next option.

7 Power Menu Bowl – Veggie

All you need to do to make this rice bowl vegan is order it without cheese, sour cream, and avocado ranch sauce. Do that and you’ll have a wonderful meal of seasoned rice, black beans, lettuce, tomatoes, and guac. If you want to go the extra mile, then pile on all of the veggie add-ons at your disposal.

8 Nachos and Nachos BellGrande

The nachos come with cheese by default, but these salty, crunchy chips are vegan if you get them with guac and tomatoes. You can also make the Nachos BellGrande vegan by getting it without cheese and sour cream and swapping the beef with black beans.

9Veggie Mexican Pizza

Taco Bell’s Mexican Pizza made a much anticipated return to the menu in September 2022. The Veggie Mexican Pizza already omits beef, but order it without cheese to make it vegan. This will leave you with a crunchy “pizza” shell, refried beans, tomatoes, and Mexican pizza sauce. Add jalapeños or a side of guacamole for a heftier meal. 

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10 Hash Browns

Need breakfast? You won’t find much at Taco Bell, but you will find hash browns and coffee. It may be humble, but potatoes and caffeine will get the job done when you’re in a pinch with no other options around you.

11 Cinnamon Twists

No shame if you order more than one bag. These crispy, light-as-air snacks are slightly reminiscent of churros and Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal. 

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12 Mountain Dew Baja Blast Freeze

This is the famed Baja Blast but in slushie form. Taco Bell is known to launch limited-time slushie Freezes throughout the year, but remember to check the ingredients as the chain has been known to use confectioner’s sugar in its Freeze drinks.

13 Veggie Build-Your-Own Cravings Box

Launched in January 2024, the Veggie Build-Your-Own Cravings Box allows customers to purchase a four-item meal (speciality item, classic item, side, and drink) for $5.99. To order an all-vegan Cravings Box, you’ll need to make a few modifications. For your speciality item, choose between the Black Bean Chalupa Supreme and the Black Bean Crunchwrap Supreme—remember to omit the sour cream, cheese, and cheese sauce. For your classic item, the Bean Burrito and Spicy Potato Soft Taco can be made vegan by removing the cheese and chipotle sauce. For your side, stick to the cinnamon twists or omit the cheese from the Cheesy Fiesta Potatoes. 

14 Extras

Apart from everything else that we mentioned above, the hot sauces from Mild to Diablo are all vegan, so you can feel free to pour them over everything. What a lovely thing. Be sure to save some for your home-cooked meals, too.

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