As meatless patties and nuggets skyrocket in popularity, it’s clear that faux meat is in. But plant-based herbivores, vegetarians, and vegans’ appreciation for Taco Bell’s vegetarian menu and its greasy, meat-free delights predate the recent spate of Beyond Meat and Impossible Burgers. In 2015, the Mexican food chain became the first and only fast food restaurant to receive anAmerican Vegetarian Association (AVA) certification.
And unlike In-N-Out, where grilled cheese and fries are pretty much your only options, Taco Bell has 18 AVA-certified menu items in addition to other plant-based options (see ourFAQ for an explanation). The chain, which oncesuccessfully campaigned for a taco emoji, has even put out vegetarianand vegan guides. But the question remains: Which vegetarian items at Taco Bell are worth ordering?
You’ll find the answer to that and more below, where we rank the best Taco Bell vegetarian options.
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