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Here are 20 Ways To Order Vegan At Taco Bell

So, you’re vegan? Tambien. ???? My whole life I grew up looking forward to all the rice and beans: my mom’s arroz con gandules alongside Taco Bell’s $1.50 rice and beans. Yes, I did smuggle friends out of school in the trunk of my car so that we could get Taco Bell (true story).

Vegan friends, the same escapades don’t have to escape you. Taco Bell is probably the most vegan-friendly fast food chain, so live all your más for cheap.

1. Note the lack of salad in this picture.

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I mean, yes, you can order vegan salad at Taco Bell, but you can also feast like you’ve become accustomed to. Already, tengo hambre.

2. Crunchwrap Supreme

“vegan-1B” Digital Image. Taco Bell. 21 June 2018.

Or, like your mama calls it, “The E’spaceship.” Just ask them to remove the beef, sour cream and nacho cheese and add black beans, guac, and potatoes if you’ve got the hambre like I do.

3. Power Menu Veggie Burrito

“Vegan-5B” Digital Image. Taco Bell. 21 June 2018.

This bad boy already comes with black beans, pico de gallo, guacamole and romaine lettuce. All you have to do is ask for no cheese, sour cream, or avocado ranch sauce. Try to ask for pinto beans, too, and let us know if they let you. 😉

4. The 7-Layer Burrito

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Order it without sour cream, rice, and cheese, and be bold and add potatoes and pico de gallo. Dale, you can order red sauce, too. ????

Caption: “First time trying vegan Taco Bell ???? Got the 7 layer burrito with no cheese or sour cream and it was delicious”

5. Double Decker Taco Supreme

“Vegan-6C” Digital Image. Taco Bell. 21 June 2018.

Someone please order this already and send us a pic to show the world. Get yourself a soft taco protecting a hard shell and stuff it with all the veggies.

Remove: Beef, cheese, sour cream.

Add: Beans & guacamole.

6. Spicy Tostada

“Vegan-8” Digital Image. Taco Bell. 21 June 2018.

I mean, guys. All you have to do is ask for no cheese or chipotle sauce.

Pro tip: Bring this home and top it with Follow Your Heart shredded cheese and pop it back in the oven.

7. Hard Shell Taco

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You’re getting the hang of this, huh? Sub beans for beef and no cheese. Ask for pico de gallo and guac, and prepare yourself for this next hack: potatoes.

8. And no, we don’t mean some janky thing like this.

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Apparently, this secret hack got out and some Tweeter brought their novia enojada this when she asked for a Taco Bell burrito with potatoes. Boys. ????

9. Spicy Potato Tacos

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We mean THESE beauties. Just order it without cheese and sour cream.

Life Hack: be a boss and BYO-Vegan-Sour-Cream. Like, why aren’t you already carrying that around?

10.  Tacos Frescos

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You can order almost anything vegan at Taco Bell by ordering it “Fresco Style.” That just means they’ll remove any dairy, mayonnaise and guacamole and replace it with pico de gallo.

Then, tell them you want guac, because who doesn’t want guac, and who tf wants cow milk these days?

11. The Veggie Power Menu Bowl

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A.K.A. “poor man’s Chipotle,” you can order her without cheese, sour cream or avocado ranch and it already comes with guac!

You ???? don’t ???? have ???? to ???? pay ???? extra. ????

12. Taco Salad

“Taco Bell -taco salad” Digital Image. PETA. 21 June 2018.

Memorize this: “Can I please have the Taco Salad, sub beans for beef, fresco style, plus potatoes, guacamole and red sauce?”

You’ll be saying it often, because this is the only kind of salad I’ll ever have.

13. Baja Blast Freeze

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Did you know that many chemicals in our favorite soft drinks are vegan? #Humane #UnhealthyVegan

14. Black Beans & Rice

“Black Beans and Rice” Digital Image. Taco Bell. 21 June 2018.

She’s already vegan, obvi! You don’t have to call yourself out for this one. Just drop the $1.50 and enjoy.

15. Chips, Guac & Salsa

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They’re all vegan, because life wouldn’t be worth living if they weren’t, am I right? OK, jk, life is great. Have you been to Chipotle yet?

16. Though not all hot sauces are kind to animals.

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Naturally, Fire, the best sauce, is (for unknown reasons) not vegan. You may continue hoarding all the hot, mild and verde packets though. 😛

17. The Bean Burrito

“Vegan-2” Digital Image. Taco Bell. 21 June 2018.

Remember this image. This is how Taco Bell portrays it’s bean burrito, fresco style.

Also, remember to ask for no cheese and feel free to ask to sub for rice or potatoes (no charge)!

18. What an actual Bean + Potato Burrito looks like:

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Yeah, it doesn’t look great, but you know you’re deeply satisfied eating all that flour tortilla. Plus, it’s only $1 so you get what you pay for and all that.

19. The Red Sauce is key though, guys.

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Ask for red sauce in everrrrything. It’s essentially the flavor of Taco Bell, and whatever you miss from your old meat-based menu, will taste the same without the meat. Because you’re just tasting and lusting for the sauce. Trust.

20. Cinnamon Twists

“Taco Bell – cinnamon twists” Digital Image. PETA. 21 June 2018.

Round out your vegan feast with Taco Bell’s accidentally vegan cinnamon twists! Find them on the dollar menu, and then just get two to save yourself the embarrassment of going back in the drive thru line. I see you. ????

They say going vegan is a lifestyle change, but I say, it’s just memorizing “Fresco style plus guac and potatoes, please.” ✌️

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Nopales, The OG Ancestral Food We’ve Been Eating Since Waaaay Before Plant Based Foods Became Trendy

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Nopales, The OG Ancestral Food We’ve Been Eating Since Waaaay Before Plant Based Foods Became Trendy

I can literally talk food until my babas drip. Don’t judge. The comelón life chose me and I’m not mad at it. Because growing up Latino meant breakfast wasn’t always cereal, and dinner wasn’t always mac and cheese. I grew up con más sabor en mis platillos than most Americans. And, at the time, I didn’t even realize that many of the foods my family was trying to get me to eat were ancestral foods. From chocolate to cocoa and chia to nopalitos, I blame los ancestros for my obsession with food and all the glorious ingredients that have been passed down for generations.

My knees already feel weak, fam, because today I’m gonna be talking nopalitos. Ya me estoy chupando los dedos, thinking back to how I grew up with these babies always in the refri in that Nopalitos jar, ready to be thrown into a sauce or encima de una carne asada. It turns out this soul-feeding food is one of the OG ancestral foods that have been used by our people for thousands of years. Ahí les va un poco de historia:

The Mexica introduced the world to the “fruit of the Earth.”

In Náhuatl, the word for nopal translates to “fruit of the Earth.” I don’t know what the Náhuatl word for “bomb-delicioso” is, but in my opinion, that should also be the name for nopales. And the Aztecs must have felt this way too because one of the most famous cities in the Aztec Empire – Tenochtitlán, the empire’s religious center – was named “prickly pear on a rock.” Iconic.

According to legend, the city was built after an Azteca priest spotted an eagle perched on a nopal plant, carrying a snake in its mouth. The priest, obviously extremadamente blown away by this, ran back to his village just so he could gather everyone to check out this crazy eagle with a snake in its mouth. As they watched, the cactus beneath the eagle grew into an island – eventually becoming Tenochtitlán. I’ll give you 3 seconds to just process that. 1…2…3. Please take more time if you need it. The image of the eagle carrying a snake, its golden talons perched on a nopal growing from a rock, can now be found on the Mexican flag.

Today, we know that the Mexica were right to call nopales the plant of life.

In Mexico, it’s still common to place a handful of nopal flowers in a bath to help relax achy muscles. And nopales are becoming more popular than ever in beauty treatments to help fight aging. But, y’all are too beautiful to be needing them for that, so let’s talk about what’s important — eating them.

There are so many ways you can mix this iconic ingredient into your meals.

We should all be eating our green foods. Your tía, your abuela, your primo, everyone…except your ex. Your ex can eat basura. I said what I said. But, nopalitos are especially important. These tenacious desert plants can be eaten raw, sautéed, pickled, grilled – they’re even used as pizza toppings. Though for some people, nopales – with their spines and texture – can be intimidating. After cutting off the spines and edges, and cutting them into slices, they will bleed a clear slime. But boiling for 20 minutes will take care of that. Or make it even easier on yourself and avoid espinas by buying them all ready-to-go from the brand we all know and love, DOÑA MARIA® Nopalitos.

Check it out, I’m even gonna hook it up with that good-good, because if you’re looking for ways to enjoy your nopales, I got’chu with some starter links to recipes: Hibiscus and Nopal Tacos, Nopal Tostadas, Roasted Nopales con Mole, and Lentil Soup con Nopales.  One of my personal favorite ways to eat them is in a beautiful Cactus Salad, full of color and flavor. Trust. I rate these dishes 10 out of 10, guaranteed to make your babas drip, and when you eat this ensalada de nopalitos, you will remember even your ancestors were dripping babas over this waaay before it was cool to eat plant-based foods.

So let’s give the poderoso nopal the spotlight it deserves by adding it to our shopping lists more often.

Rich in history, mythology, and practical uses, the nopal’s enduring popularity is a testament to its versatility. It’s time to give this classic ingredient the respect it deserves and recognize just how chingon our ancestors are for making nopales fire before plantbase foods were even trending.

Next time you’re at the supermercado, do your ancestors proud and add nopales to your shopping cart by picking up a jar of DOÑA MARIA® Nopalitos. This easy-to-use food will definitely give you a major boost of pride in your roots. Viva los nopalitos bay-beh!

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Taco Bell Is Celebrating The ‘Taco Moon’ With A Free Taco Giveaway Around The World

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Taco Bell Is Celebrating The ‘Taco Moon’ With A Free Taco Giveaway Around The World

We’re only a few months into 2021 and we’ve already seen several special moons. We’ve had the “wolf moon,” the “snow moon” and even the “pink moon,” but the next moon may be the tastiest one yet.

In what maybe one of the best marketing campaigns in a generation, Taco Bell recently announced its plans to take over the night sky on May 4 during the crescent moon phase with its very own “taco moon.” And people around the world will be able to celebrate.

Taco Bell announces free giveaway to celebrate the upcoming ‘Taco Moon.’

“On May 4, the world’s largest and brightest object in the night sky will resemble a favorite indulgence, the taco — a new lunar phase* we are affectionately calling the ‘Taco Moon,'” the company shared in a statement.

It added that important asterisk to note while Taco Bell “does not claim to own copyrights to a lunar phase of the moon,” it “stands behind the fact this really does look like a Taco Bell taco.”

And, when the Taco Moon arrives on May 4, hungry fans in the U.S. craving a treat can score a free Crunchy Taco between 8-11:59 p.m. in-store or all day through the app or online.

Fans will need to head to their local Taco Bell restaurant and simply mention the ‘Taco Moon’ or say ‘I saw the Taco Moon’ to claim a free Crunchy Taco Supreme. This fan-fave Taco features a crunchy shell filled with seasoned beef, sour cream, fresh lettuce, tomato, and cheese. No stress for vegetarian taco-lovers, the Taco Supreme can also be made with black beans.

To help keep track of the special lunar phase, Taco Bell even released a helpful chart.

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And Americans aren’t the only ones who can score a freebie. Some international locations are getting in on the action, too.

“Taco Bell has been an established brand in the U.S. for nearly 60 years and we are thrilled by the accelerating fandom we’re seeing globally,” Julie Felss Masino, president of Taco Bell, International, shared. “As we’re opening more and more restaurants internationally, we know the May 4 moon will take us to new ‘heights’ as we introduce ourselves to new future fans in a delicious way.”

Participating Taco Bell restaurants include some locations in the United Kingdom, Australia, India, Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Puerto Rico, however, in those markets, guests will get a local favorite like a free Crunchy Taco with the purchase of a beverage in Guatemala and the option of a free black bean or seasoned chicken Crunchy Taco in India.

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