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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.” ✌️

Glass Gem Corn Is Getting A Lot Of Love After A Man Tweeted His First Harvest Of The Season

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Glass Gem Corn Is Getting A Lot Of Love After A Man Tweeted His First Harvest Of The Season

While the Internet might call it “Ghey Corn,” this rainbow-colored corn variety is officially dubbed Glass Gem corn. Not only are there a rainbow of colorful kernels, but they’re also shiny, prompting the ‘Glass’ description. The person responsible for our new favorite, gay-friendly corn is a man by the name of Carl Barnes, who passed in 2016. Barnes enjoyed his life in Oklahoma and cultivated his own personal seed bank passed down from his Cherokee ancestors. Barnes chose to save and replant the seeds from the cobs with the most color, and eventually developed strains of vibrant corn.

One day, Barnes decided to move and asked his friend, Greg Schoen, to protect the seeds. Schoen grew a small handful of the seeds and was shocked when he peeled back the corn stalk to reveal rows and rows of shiny, rainbow-colored corn. Schoen was so excited, he posted the image to his Facebook, and it promptly went viral. Soon, the two cultivated enough seeds to sell online, and people around the country have grown gorgeous varieties.

Green thumbs around the world bought satchels of the precious seed and the following season, were “blown away.”

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While Schoen may have initiated the first viral sensation over Glass Gem corn in 2012, Ameet Pinto’s viral post has become Mother Nature’s best queer bait yet. With over 7k likes, “I STAN GAY CORN” is the most liked comment. Then, “Taste the rainbow.” 

Some people literally cannot believe this is corn, accusing Pinto of creating a jelly bean cob.

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“Those are just jellybeans ur not foolin me!!!!!” commented one unbeliever. Someone else seems to think that a profitable venture would be to sell the kernels as jelly beans as a scam. Still, others are bringing the negativity to this rainbow party, assuming that because the cob looks different from the mono-crop, that it must be a GMO frankencorn. “Glad to see people trying to live in Chernobyl,” tweets one disbelieving Shane. 

Glass Gem corn is not a GMO crop.

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In fact, this variety likely healthier than the corn you might buy at a store, which may have been genetically modified rather than artificially selected. Barnes artificially selected the prettiest corn from his crop and decided to grow from those seeds the following year.

When folks hear the story of Carl Barnes, it just adds a whole new depth to the color.

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“Fun fact about these is that they were discovered by a dude who was half-Cherokee and he started growing a sh**load of different corn types to reconnect with his heritage,” tweeted one person. As Barnes was artificially selecting which corn kernels he’d store as seeds for the next year, he grew closer with his Cherokee heritage.

For those of you expecting rainbow colored popcorn, don’t.

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All that’s left of the kernel when you pop the corn is usually that brown kernel skin that gets stuck in your teeth. In the case of Glass Gem corn, you can sort of make out the varying colors of popped kernels, but the popcorn itself is the same color as regular Joe Schmoe popcorn.

The Glass Gem corn isn’t that sweet.

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According to Pinto, the corn isn’t sweet like yellow corn, so it doesn’t make for good fresh esquites or elotes. All popcorn comes from different varieties of corn that you have to dehydrate to turn into cornmeal or popcorn. “We’ll be eating some colorful popcorn this winter,” Ameet tweeted.

There’s even a Facebook group for Glass Gem growers to share their growing tips and cooking tips.

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In case you were wondering, the Facebook group “Glass Gem Corn” says you can prepare creamy Glass Gem polenta by following these instructions: “Pour into a shallow pan to cool. Cut into squares and lightly brown in a sauté pan.” We don’t know how you do it but keep on making gay polenta, please.

All in all, the Internet is pretty a-maize-d by the gay corn.

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“Corn says lgbtq rights,” tweeted one stan. We’re with them. This is one of those moments that we’re allowed to be in wonder over how indigenous folks cultivate the land.

READ: Oaxaca Is Mexico’s Cultural Capital And Home To Its Largest Indigenous Communities, Here’s What You Need To Know

PSA: Here Is How You Can Pit An Avocado And Not Give Yourself Avocado Hand

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PSA: Here Is How You Can Pit An Avocado And Not Give Yourself Avocado Hand

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So yes, there have been multiple reports of people injuring their hands while trying to cut and remove the pits of avocados. But this should not keep us away from one of the Latin American fruits par excellence. The avocado tree probably has its origin in South Central Mexico. In strict terms, the avocado is a berry with a very large pit in the middle. 

Avocado is one of the great gifts of the Americas to the world, as commercial production has expanded all throughout the world. The tree benefits from war, Mediterranean climates and thrives in semiarid landscapes. In Australia, for example, avocado, locally known as simply “avo” is perhaps the most popular fruit. Avo on toast is a staple in cafes and homes all through the country. 

However, the expansion of avocado has also brought some minor tragedies with it due to the lack of experience that some home cooks have in the arts of fruit chopping.

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Yes, we are actually not kidding: avocado slicing has spilled more blood than a serial killer in a slasher film!

A nicely sliced avocado has got to be one of the most beautiful sights on planet Earth! We understand why people want to get it just right. 

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Seriously. This fleshy fruit gives us beautiful hues of green when opened and its firm meat allows us to shape in in all kinds of interesting ways. Close your eyed and imagine a bowl of perfect avocado cubes… you will smell a fresh tortilla heating on the comal. Taquito de aguacate, anyone?

So first things first: the infamous “Avocado Hand.”

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This seems to be a sort of accidental outbreak of lack of common sense among gringos worldwide (and by gringos we also mean British, Canadian, Australian and European folk). According to Food & Wine, “approximately 8,900 emergency room visits in 2018 could be directly tied to avocados”. That is like a small town of people running around the kitchen like headless chickens holding a paper towel to their hands and screaming “Oh-My-God” while shedding a tear. 

And no, it is not an urban legend, Avocado Hand actually exists.

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So contrary to, say, apples, avocados have a soft skin and soft flesh. And contrary to, say, watermelon, they do not have a hard bit to get through. Some people underestimate how easily the knife will cut through the flesh and end up putting too much pressure on the knife while keeping their palms or fingers directly opposite. The result: blades penetrate through human flesh, savaging skin and painting a symphony of crimson pain. But avocado is soft and cuts easily, and everyone should know that. In Mexico, the government once financed a campaign to promote avocado consumption, and called the fruit “the butter of vegetables”. 

Some people are just displaying their injuries like war wounds to be proud of

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In this day and age of selfies and a sometimes unhealthy obsession with self-branding, some are actually publishing photos of their avocado hands as if they were a badge of honor. Seriously, ladies and dudes, no one wants to see those stitches and gooey stuff coming out of your fingers, especially not on a closeup. Please just don’t! 

And even get tattoos to celebrate the accident.

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Well, we actually have to admit this one is pretty funny and kinda cool. We love the minimalist outline and the dramatic nature of this skin art piece. It is Shakespearean and hipster in equal measures. 

So avocado hand pins are a thing, apparently.

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Do you know how Boy and Girl Scouts wear all sorts of badges on their uniforms to celebrate their achievements? Well, if you had an avocado hand incident and for some reason, you are proud of it, you can wear this pin. Alternatively, you could also wear it as a reminder of your encounter with the cuchillo, so you remember to be very careful when cutting and pitting a delicious avocado. 

Use a spoon, people.

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So here’s the deal. Using a knife to take the seed out might look cool, but it is not for everyone. Do it safely and please use a spoon and just scoop the seed out. You might lose some of the flesh, but that’s OK (better than losing a finger). 

This technique is for expert knife-handlers only, so don’t attempt at home. Frankly, this is a show off technique for mamones.

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Seriously, this technique is a bit silly even for experienced cooks. 

If you are feeling creative, pixelate your avocado.

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One of the newest hipster trends in the cafe industry is to serve pixelated avocados, which basically look like this. Just use an extremely thin and sharp knife, place the avocado on board, get your fingers away from the bottom of the fruit and cut it in cubes, little by little, stopping just before you hit the skin. The results are fun and give us una onda de los ochentas

And some people take their carving obsession to the extreme: introducing avocado art.

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Just wow. This is already an Instagram trend and features some pretty dedicated avocado lovers. The fruit gets all-black quickly after being cut open when exposed to room temperature, so the most experiences avocado carvers perfect their skills in walk-in fridges. Yes, it is pretty, but with all due respect, it is also a little pointless. 

But if you think you just can’t slice an avocado without injuring yourself, you can get one of these contraptions.

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If you have to trust or faith in your abilities, you can buy one of these plastic utensils that cut, slice and pit avocados in a safe, child-friendly way. No blades or pointy ends to be scared of! No one if judging if you get one! This is actually a good tool to get the chamaquitos to help in the kitchen. Guacamole para todos!

But always remember avocados are not to blame.

As they say, don’t shoot the messenger. The humble avocado is just the conduit through which an entire generation of foodies has come to the realization that they suck at handling knives. We also have to be aware of the fact that thousands of farmers and workers depend on avocado crops. In the state of Michoacan, in central Mexico, many families survive working in big avocado plantations. This state has been ravaged by cartel-related violence and the avocado industry is one of the few stable sectors in the industry. So think twice before affecting the industry. 

By the way, the word avocado comes from aguacate, which comes from an indigenous word that means testicles… you are welcome.

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Yes, the English word avocado comes from the Spanish aguacate, which in turn comes from the Nahuatl word āhuacatl. This word, you guessed it, means “testicle”. This is probably due to the likeness of the fruit and the male body part. We dare you to eat your next avocado and not think about this. Smashed avocado, compadres? Ouch!

READ: Avocado Hand Is Sending People To The ER In Record Numbers And Abuelas Everywhere Are Left Asking Why