Taco Bell Vegan Menu Options + Ordering Hacks

There’s nowhere cheaper, easier, or more delicious than Taco Bell for vegans looking for a fast-food feast. You just have to know what (and how) to order. This article will explain exactly what is and is not vegan on the menu, as well as some of my favorite ordering hacks and go-to vegan Taco Bell meals I enjoy on a regular basis.

How to Eat Vegan at Taco Bell

One of the nice things about Taco Bell’s menu is that if it looks vegan, it probably is. And other than the obvious (meat, cheese, cream sauces), there are TONS of options and combinations to choose from, making eating at Taco Bell one of the tastiest vegan fast food options that won’t break the bank – or your diet.

Start with the base:

  • Tortilla
  • Taco Shell (both soft shell and hard shell)
  • Gordita
  • Chalupa
  • Chips
  • Rice (for bowl options)

Luckily, you have countless options when ordering vegan at Taco Bell because nearly all the meal bases/wraps are vegan including the Chalupa shell and Gordita! (I highly recommend watching my video on YouTube to see more about the incredible vegan Chalupa!)

Vegan Fillings and Ingredients:

  • Black Beans
  • Refried Beans 
  • Seasoned Rice
  • Jalapenos
  • Onions
  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Tortilla Strips

Vegan Sauces:

  • Red Sauce
  • Guacamole
  • Hot Sauce Packets

Other Vegan Options:

  • Cinnamon Twists
  • Soft Drinks (the Baja Blast Zero is one of my favorites!)

Taco Bell Order Hacks for Vegans

1. Order Online

Pro Tip: Get your burrito grilled! When you order online, you will see this option under the last tab, “popular upgrades” (the tab where you can also select “Fresco Style” etc.)

2. Refried vs. Black Beans?

Vegans need not worry about hidden surprises in the beans at Taco Bell because BOTH the black beans and refried beans are 100% vegan. Both are also surprisingly good, and I like to get some items with black beans and some with refried to keep things interesting. 

However, there are a few things to keep in mind when ordering beans at taco bell.

  • Refried seem to be better in tacos – they tend to fill it up more, and you don’t have to worry about beans dropping out every time you take a bite. 
  • I’ve tried to modify my order online to add refried beans to the Black Bean Crunchwrap, and they often tend to swap it out instead. If you want both beans in one item, then it may be safer to order in person. But in my opinion, it’s not even worth it because they don’t taste any better combined. I prefer to order one item with each – much more fool-proof and (in my opinion) tastier.

3. Order Safety Item!

I am a big believer in the safety bean burrito. It’s always nice to have something dependable and simple to fall back on in the event of a messed up order. That’s why I like to keep this one as un-modified as possible. A Taco Bell insurance policy, if you will.

4. Mind the Modifications

I like to pick and choose my battles when it comes to modifications at Taco Bell. I don’t want to be too much of a pain in the ass, but more importantly, I don’t want to risk having the most critical details (aka the necessary vegan substitutions and modifications) get lost in my unnecessary sea customizations. 

This is why I always recommend ordering a straightforward safety item (like a bean burrito fresco style) to ensure that you will at least have something to eat if things go awry. (Luckily, at Taco Bell, this is rarely an issue.)

My 4 Go-To Vegan Taco Bell Orders 

Menu Item: Black Bean Crunchwrap Supreme 

Vegan Modifications:

  • Fresco Style

Suggested Add-Ons:

  • Add Guacamole
  • Add Red Sauce

NOTES: This one can be a bit blah and dry if you don’t add stuff. The guacamole and red sauce add enough extra flavor and “heaviness” to make this a really fun and filling meal.

Menu Item: Crunchy Taco

Vegan Modifications:

  • Sub Refried Beans instead of Beef
  • Fresco Style
  • NOTE: It’s hard to really add a ton of toppings in here, so I usually like to keep it simple with this one. The lettuce, tomatoes, and hot sauce are just enough for a little mini-meal when hunger strikes during the day, making this my go-to guilt-free meal eating vegan at Taco Bell.

Menu Item: Bean Burrito

Vegan Modifications:

  • Fresco Style
  • NOTE: It may be simple, but the Taco Bell bean burrito is a filling and protein-packed meal I include in nearly every order. It also keeps super well until the next day, which is another nice bonus!

Menu Item: Chalupa Supreme

Vegan Modifications:

  • Fresco Style
  • Sub Refried Beans instead of Beef

Suggested Add-Ons:

  • Add Guacamole
  • Add Onions

NOTE: You are in for quite the treat with this one! It is SO GOOD! You’ll notice that they also have a Black Bean Chalupa you can modify, but for some reason (at least where I live), that one works out to be more expensive than the regular Chalupa Supreme with modifications. Additionally – I prefer refried bean over black beans in pretty much all my taco shaped food items, so ordering this way makes more sense for me for a number of reasons.

What’s Different in 2021 for Vegans at Taco Bell?

Unfortunately, in 2020 Taco Bell did away with a few vegetarian and vegan favorites. The Potato Soft Taco is no longer on the menu, and neither is the dollar menu Bean Tostada which was one of my all-time favorites.

In addition to dropping the potato taco, potatoes also disappeared from the regular menu. However, they are still available at locations that serve breakfast, but only if you arrive during breakfast hours (usually before 11am.)  I like to add potatoes to my bean burritos (and refried bean soft tacos) because they really take the entire dish to the next level. 

Also, Fresco Style no longer means pico de Gallo! They now put diced tomatoes in place of the pico, but I don’t really notice a difference. 

Is Taco Bell Good for Vegans?

By now, it should be pretty clear why Taco Bell is a top choice for vegan fast food. Not only is it inexpensive and easy, but it tastes great too. Whether you are looking for a vegan cheat meal or your new healthy go-to, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from when you decide to eat vegan at Taco Bell.

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