Mexican-inspired fast food chain Del Taco is testing vegan Beyond Meat crumbles at two of its Los Angeles, California locations.
The collaboration between the two SoCal-based brands marks the first time that Beyond Meat’s meatless crumbles are offered at a U.S. drive-through restaurant. Del Taco is also the first Mexican fast-food restaurant to serve Beyond Meat.
Del Taco currently offers two options for Beyond Meat dishes. The vegan Beyond Avocado Taco features Beyond Meat crumbles layered with crisp lettuce, diced tomatoes, and hand-sliced avocado in a crispy corn shell or soft tortilla. The vegetarian Beyond Taco serves the meatless crumbles with hand-grated cheddar cheese, lettuce, and tomatoes with options for either taco shell. Del Taco also notes that customers have the option of substituting Beyond Meat crumbles for animal-based meat in any of the restaurant’s existing dishes, including burritos, fries, and nachos.
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“At Beyond Meat we believe we are in the business of helping you Eat What You Love while enjoying the health, environmental, and animal welfare benefits of plant-based foods,” said Ethan Brown, CEO and founder of Beyond Meat. “Our partnership with Del Taco reflects this belief in action. For my kids and their friends, Del Taco is a routine stop after games or practice. I’m thrilled that they can now, along with Del Taco customers, enjoy delicious Beyond Tacos and other entrees built with our delicious, sustainable, plant-based meat. I’m grateful to Del Taco leadership and team for their willingness to innovate with speed and vision.”
According to the company, Del Taco plans to expand nationwide following the soft launch in LA. The Lake Forest, California-based fast-food chain has 564 locations nationwide. While this marks the first instance that Beyond Meat is available at a Mexican-American fast-food establishment, it is also available on the menu of New York City-based Mexican fast-casual chain, Oaxaca Taqueria, which added the brand’s plant-based protein to the menu in a bid to be more sustainable.
Guests looking to try Del Taco’s Beyond Meat options can find it at the Wilshire Boulevard location in Santa Monica and at the Robertson Boulevard in Culver City.
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