Taco Bell prospects not too long ago took to the streets to air their grievances in opposition to the chain’s resolution to take away potatoes, a longtime vegan favourite, from its menu. A viral video posted on TikTok by vegan San Diego resident Devin Blackburn exhibits two protestors holding indicators in entrance of Taco Bell that learn “Taco Bell Hates Vegans” and “Honk for Del.” Within the video, one of many protestors reveals that his sister is vegan and that she’s “pissed in regards to the potatoes.”
In July, Taco Bell announced it might be eradicating 12 menu objects to streamline its operations, together with the now gone potatoes, and hinted that new plant-based choices had been on the way in which. “Whereas change is difficult, a simplified menu and innovation course of will depart room for brand spanking new fan favorites, continued progress in classes akin to plant-based diets, and even alternatives for the return of some classics on a limited-time foundation,” the corporate acknowledged in regards to the menu change.
Since then, Taco Bell has added a number of new choices akin to a cheese-covered Toasted Black Beat Toasted Cheddar Chalupa, cheese-slathered Veggie Nachos Celebration Pack, and the Black Bean Chalupa (which could be ordered vegan by requesting it “al fresco”) to its Veggie Cravings menu however has not made any substantial transfer into the plant-based meat house.
In the meantime, competing chain Del Taco—referenced in one of many protestor’s indicators—added vegan tacos crammed with specifically seasoned Past Meat crumbles to its greater than 580 areas in March 2019 and additional expanded its menu this yr to incorporate one-pound vegan burritos crammed with vegan meat crumbles, avocado, rice, black beans, and two completely different salsas.