Del Taco just launched two new vegan Beyond Meat burritos.
The chain updated its Epic Burrito line-up to include the Epic Beyond Original Mex Burrito and the Epic Beyond Fresh Avocado Burrito.
The former features Beyond Meat, slow-cooked beans, cilantro-lime rice, and fresh guacamole and pico de gallo—all wrapped in a flour tortilla. The latter includes the plant-based meat, sliced avocado, seasoned black beans, cilantro-lime rice, fresh pico de gallo, and salsa casera in a tortilla.
The fresh guacamole is also a new addition to Del Taco’s menu.
“This Fourth of July weekend, plant-based fans will be able to celebrate with one of the largest menus of plant-based items in the fast-food category thanks to the new Beyond Meat Epic Burritos we have added to the Del Taco menu,” Tim Hackbardt, Del Taco’s Chief Marketing Officer, said in a statement.
“As an added bonus, working with Beyond Meat and Doordash, we’re able to make it easy by offering free delivery with any Beyond Meat Epic Burrito order through Doordash [this Fourth of July weekend],” he added.
Fast Food Goes Beyond
Del Taco first added Beyond Meat’s vegan beef to the menu last year.
The meatless meat crumbles are made from pea protein and resemble the taste and texture of animal-derived beef. The chain added the vegan meat in several of its taco options. The beeflike crumbles can also be substituted into any other menu item.
Following the launch, Peter Saleh, an analyst at global financial services firm BTIG, said in a statement: “So far, the Beyond Meat Tacos are performing above the levels of the Del Taco, one of the most successful product launches in the company’s history.”
Del Taco isn’t the first fast-food restaurant to get Beyond Meat’s products. Taco Bell, KFC, and Pizza Hut recently had partnered with the company to launch its plant-based meats in China.
Starbucks launched plant-based breakfast sandwiches made with vegan Beyond Meat patties in Canada earlier this year, too. Dunkin’ Donuts also rolled out a Beyond sausage breakfast sandwich nationwide last fall. Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s also feature Beyond Burgers on their menus.