According to Forbes, TacoBell’s goal to cater more to animal-friendly eaters stems from its commitment to high-quality, healthy, and tasty ingredients. The chain also announced that it would test a Beyond Meat offering this year, and it’s even bringing back its beloved potatoes on March 11, following an outcry from customers.
We admit that fast food isn’t exactly the healthiest option, but if you’re going to indulge once in a while, it might as well not hurt animals. Ask for beans instead of beef, and say the magic words “fresco style.” Add guacamole to make the tacos extra delicious.
220 Cal TacoBell's menu is a shining example of tasty ways to combine beef, cheese, beans, and tortillas to make a satisfying, affordable meal.
Surely, we could all learn a thing or two about speed in the kitchen from this fast food giant. Unfortunately, that's not the case, as evidenced by a TikTok user demonstrating how TacoBell's refried beans are actually made.
But, the striking resemblance the precooked refried beans bear to rabbit food might just have us opting for bean-free items nonetheless. Not to mention a cringe worthy report on Reddit where a Taco Bell employee noted the refried beans dry out and develop a crust throughout the day, at which point they just add more water, and stir.
And, the ingredients list is relatively short and sweet, including pinto beans, soybean oil, and seasonings. But, one of the “seasonings” is an FDA-approved food additive called trehalose, and it could make you rethink that bean and cheese burrito for good.
Self Hacked states certain studies have linked the approval of treatise as a food additive to the uncontrolled growth of some aggressive, antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria that are known to cause gut infections. Cautions more research is needed on this potential link, and it is considered generally safe in small amounts.
On Dec. 4, 2020, TikTok user @maniic666 shared a video of what appeared to be dehydrated refried beans being prepared in a Taco Bell kitchen. Dani_manic The video was overlaid with text that read Taco bells beans …look like rabbit food.” It was on pace to surpass 400,000 views in its first four days.
One commenter threatened to send the vaping video “to corporate,” and @maniic666 responded: “LMAO go ahead I haven’t worked there in 6 months.” Homerolara0’s clip (which features explicit music) begins with him opening a white, sealed package that contains pieces of beans, which almost resemble macaroni noodles.
Amazon sold instant refried bean products from Mexicali Rose, Fantastic Foods, and Casey Corona. We buy many of our ingredients for our restaurants from the same brands that you see in the grocery store and your kitchen: for example, lettuce from Taylor Farms, tortillas from Mission, Has avocados and poultry from Tyson.
We’ve had long-standing relationships with all of our suppliers to ensure they meet and exceed industry standards for food quality. According to the Taco Bell website, its refried beans are “certified vegan.” Ingredients include “pinto beans, soybean oil, and seasoning (salt, sugar, spice, beet powder (VC), natural flavors, sunflower oil, maltodextrin, corn flour, treatise, and modified cornstarch).” The company also makes cooked cans of beans that are sold in grocery stores.
In order to provide the same flavor and consistency at all of our locations, our refried beans are delivered dehydrated and prepared in-restaurant to ensure the best quality. We use a proprietary spice blend in our refried beans to deliver the craveable flavor our guests know and love and are certified vegan by the American Vegetarian Association.
Just be sure to nix the chicken, cheese, sour cream, and avocado ranch sauce to make it vegan. “Pic ode Gallo, which is made with tomatoes, onion, lime juice, and cilantro, is fresh and flavorful,” Stevens says.
Per serving: 320 calories, 10 g fat (2.5 g saturated), 49 g carbs, 3 g sugar, 790 mg sodium, 9 g fiber, 10 g protein To make TacoBell's veggie power bowl vegan, skip the cheese, sour cream, and avocado ranch sauce.
“ Vegan isn’t necessarily synonymous with “healthy,” but if you're craving something fried, go with the black bean Chaldea. You’ll have to remove the sour cream and cheese to make it vegan, but rest assured that the fried shell filled with beans, lettuce, and tomatoes will still be tasty.
Per serving: 330 calories, 15 g fat (3 g saturated), 39 g carbs, 3 g sugar, 430 mg sodium, 5 g fiber, 10 g protein Give your healthy fat-filled dip a little extra oomph by stirring in some black beans, Stevens suggests.
While a meal of only hash browns is lacking in nutritional diversity (and, uh, flavor), they’re great alongside a veggie power bowl. This content is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this page to help users provide their email addresses.
Beans provide protein and fiber, and are high in several essential nutrients, says vegan nutritionist Nicole Stevens, RD, owner of Lettuce Veg Out. Swapping out dairy toppings for pic ode Gallo or salsa is also a great idea from a nutrition standpoint.
“If pic ode Gallo replaces dairy products in a taco, the final meal (assuming no other differences) would be lower in saturated fats and calories,” Stevens explains. To ensure that your veganTacoBell meal keeps you full, Stevens recommends including a combination of protein, fiber, and fat.
One important thing to keep in mind, though: Taco Bell notes on their website that they can't guarantee cross-contamination of their vegan ingredients with meat or dairy products will not occur. If that’s NAD to you, though, go forth and eat these veganTacoBell menu items next time a Mexican food craving hits.
At Taco Bell, vegetarian options are not an afterthought. Yeah, we’ve got Beefy 5-Layer Burritos and the classic Crunchy Taco, but we also have a ton of craveable vegetarian options.
Featuring one of two plant-based proteins (black beans or refried beans) and more than 15 toppings and sauces, the vegetarian options are endless. And yes, ---all these ingredients and vegetarian menu items are American Vegetarian Association (AVA) certified.
AVA certified Taco Bell vegetarian items are lacto-ovo, allowing the consumption of dairy and eggs but not any animal by-products. While ‘Veggie Mode’ is only available on kiosks in restaurants, many of our menu items can still be modified to be vegetarian online at Ta.co or through the Taco Bell mobile app with our ‘Make it Vegetarian’ button.