Vegan fast food is on its way to Taco Bell UK. The restaurant chain, which serves up Mexican-inspired food like tacos, burritos, and nachos, is set to introduce two vegetarian options complete with plant-based meat.
Called the Edgy Veggie Taco, the dish is coming to Taco Bell menus in the UK during National Vegetarian Week, which falls on 13th – 19th May. According to a press release, the meat-free taco is available in two “craveable” flavours: Classic and BBQ. The dishes are served with salad as well as dairy-based cheese and sour cream, which could be removed to make the tacos vegan.
The tacos feature a new plant-based protein made from grains. The vegan meat was crafted by Gold&Green Foods and is served with Taco Bell’s classic seasoning.
In a statement, CEO of Gold&Green Foods Maija Itkonen, said, “We are very excited that three of the Taco Bell London restaurants are, for a limited time, offering our clean label plant-based ingredient Gold&Green Pulled Oats into their vegetarian menu. We are very happy to combine Taco Bell’s experience in taste with our high-quality plant-based protein.”
The Pulled Oats are made with five “simple and wholesome ingredients,” according to Gold&Green’s website. Oats, legumes, yellow beans, cold-pressed canola oil, and salt are combined to deliver a realistic plant-based meat designed to help tackle climate change all while being filling and delicious.
Vegan Food at Taco Bell
Speaking about the menu additions, Jorge Torres, General Manager of Taco Bell Europe, said, “At Taco Bell, we pride ourselves on being a place where every lifestyle can find exactly what they’re craving. So, whether you’re a vegetarian or a flexitarian, then you’ll love our new flavoursome meat-free offering.”
It is not yet clear whether high demand could inspire the chain to introduce the meat-free meals as permanent menu items.
Taco Bell restaurants in the U.S. are also welcoming plant-based options. Last month, the chain launched a vegan-friendly Crunchwrap Supreme, which swaps beef for black beans.
The Edgy Veggie Taco can be purchased at Taco Bell restaurants in Hammersmith, Holborn, and Fulham from the 13th – 19th May, or until stocks last, for £1.99.