Among the many beloved dishes cut from Taco Bell's menu last year, those starring potatoes were a particular blow to vegetarian fans who already had limited options in the world of fast food. It looks like Taco Bell has taken their fervent complaints to heart because the company just announced that it will bring back two potato items and test a new protein created by Beyond Meat. (Related: McDonald's Is Making These 8 Major Upgrades.)
Starting March 11, Cheesy Fiesta Potatoes and Spicy Potato Soft Tacos will return to the menu, the fast-food chain revealed in a statement. Plus, Taco Bell will partner with Beyond Meat on an "innovative new plant-based protein that will be tested in the next year." Unfortunately, there aren't additional details on when customers can expect to try the new meatless options at this time.
This marks the brand's first foray into plant-based meat in the U.S., where it joins chains like McDonald's and Dunkin', which already have partnerships with Beyond Meat. McDonald's will debut its McPlant line this year, while Dunkin' started serving its Beyond Sausage Sandwich back in 2019.
"The return of our beloved potatoes is just the first step in showing our fans the strong continued commitment to vegetarian we are making this year," Liz Matthews, Taco Bell's global chief food innovation officer, says. "We have long been a leader in the vegetarian space, but this year, we have more meatless options in store that vegetarians, veggie-curious, and even meat-eaters will love."
Some of Taco Bell's most popular vegetarian items include the Black Bean Chalupa, the Black Bean Crunchwrap Supreme, and the Cheese Quesadilla. Taco Bell is said to have more than 30 vegetarian ingredients on its U.S. menu in total, and the expansion of its vegetarian menu will ensure that the chain continues to be a favorite fast-food destination for those who don't eat meat.
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