Vegan Guide to Del Taco: The Best Menu Options and Swaps

Del Taco goes the extra mile for its vegan customers.

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There are many things that make Del Taco a bonafide destination for vegans. For starters, its website has a whole page dedicated to all things vegan and vegetarian. The chain also has Beyond Meat on its roster of proteins; this release began with a series of test marketing runs in Southern California, followed by a national rollout in April 2019.

On top of all that, you're able to mix things up at Del Taco by tweaking a menu item in any number of ways. Add fresh-made guacamole, salsas that remind you of those proffered on mom-and-pop food trucks, or a few choices of beans that are all certified vegan. The possibilities are endless.

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Need a quick recommendation? There are a few delicious creations where Del Taco has done the mixing and matching for you.

Avocado Veggie Bowl

The Avocado Veggie Bowl overflows with satisfying and flavorful things, including avocado, seasoned black beans, diced tomatoes, fresh romaine, iceberg lettuce, and diced onions served on a bed of Del Taco’s classic—and vegan—cilantro lime rice. Add a little hot sauce to spice up the bowl or Beyond Meat for a little extra substance and protein.

Street Tacos

While vegan variations of Del Taco's Street Tacos aren’t listed, one can get the authentic street taco vibe by replacing the traditional carne asada with either black beans or Beyond Meat crumbles. Roasted chile salsa, diced onions, fresh chopped cilantro, and hand-sliced avocado, along with the two corn tortillas surrounding the interiors complete the street taco experience.

Signature Taco Salad

The vegan adaptation of Signature Taco Salad lightens up Del Taco’s distinct Mexican style by omitting the cheese and dairy. However, one can build in more substance through additional black beans, Beyond Meat Crumbles, or a bit of both. The taco salad includes sliced avocado, pico de gallo, cilantro, and house-made tortilla chips; it comes with a side of salsa casera to amplify (but not overshadow) the flavor of the veggies.

8-Layer Veggie Burrito

Technically, there are only six layers if you order the 8-Layer Veggie Burrito without cheese and sour cream. However, nothing gets lost in translation when the classic is converted into a full-on plant-based burrito that’s packed with slow-cooked beans, guacamole, fresh tomatoes, crisp lettuce, red sauce and cilantro lime rice. It’s similar to the aptly named Epic Beyond Original Mex Burrito, Del Taco’s high protein, certified vegan signature item.

Vegan Burritos

Del Taco is definitely a winner in this category.

  • Epic Beyond Original Mex Burrito
  • Beyond Fresh Avocado Burrito (Beyond Meat, pico de gallo, salsa casera, cilantro-lime rice, seasoned black beans, and sliced avocado)
  • Macho Combo Burrito (Swap the beef, sour cream, and cheese with guacamole, Beyond Meat, or black beans.)
  • Beyond 8 Layer Burrito (no cheese or sour cream)
  • 8 Layer Veggie Burrito (no cheese or sour cream)
  • Jacked Up Value Bean, Rice, & Cheese Burrito (Substitute the cheese for guacamole or avocado slice.)
  • ½ lb Bean & Cheese Burrito (Order with guacamole instead of cheese.) 

Vegan Tacos

All the great flavors, fillings, and home-style salsas, without the truck.

  • Beyond Avocado Taco (Order with extra salsa or a side of the Del Taco sauce to intensify the flavors.)
  • Street Tacos (Swap out carne asada and other animal proteins with the Beyond Meat crumbles or extra beans.)
  • Value Taco (Swap the beef for the Beyond Meat and remove the chedda.)
  • The (Crunchy or Soft) Del Taco with Beyond Meat

Other Vegan Specialties

Mix things up by ordering any of these classics vegan.

  • Crunchtada Tostada with slow-cooked beans (Swap the cheese for either guacamole or avocado to the tostada.) 
  • Signature Taco Salad
  • Chips & Guacamole or Pico de Gallo
  • Avocado Veggie Bowl

Vegan Shells and Tortillas

  • Regular (Crisp) Taco Shell
  • Soft Taco Shell
  • Corn Tortilla
  • Flour Tortilla
  • Tortilla Chips

Vegan Fillings and Toppings

It's what's on the inside that counts. Here's what Del Taco has to offer.

  • Beyond Meat Crumbles
  • Crinkle-Cut Fries
  • Hash Brown Sticks
  • Black Beans
  • Slow Cooked Pinto Beans
  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Diced Onion
  • Cilantro
  • Avocado
  • Guacamole

Vegan Sauces and Condiments

The heat is on. It just depends how much of it you want.

  • Cilantro Sauce
  • Pico de Gallo Salsa
  • Green Sauce
  • Red Sauce
  • Salsa Casera
  • Taco Sauce
  • California Chili Sauce

Vegan Drinks

As expected, there is no shortage of vegan beverages at Del Taco.

  • Prima Java Coffee (hot only; iced contains dairy)
  • Gold Peak Iced Tea
  • Coca-Cola
  • Diet Coke 
  • Coca-Cola Cherry
  • Coca-Cola Zero Sugar
  • Sprite
  • Pibb Xtra 
  • Barq's Root Beer
  • Minute Maid ZeroSugar Lemonade
  • Hi-C Flashin' Fruit Punch
  • Fanta Orange
  • POWERADE Mountain Berry Blast
  • Fuze Raspberry Tea

Vegan Breakfast

There's nothing plant-based on the breakfast menu except for Hashbrown Sticks. However, if you apply the same ordering rules to the morning fare as the afternoon selections, you’ve got a hearty way to start your day.

For the following breakfasts, your instructions are the same: Skip the cheese and eggs, and order with beans, Hashbrown Sticks, Beyond Meat crumbles, and avocado or guacamole.

  • Breakfast Taco
  • Breakfast Toasted Wrap
  • Breakfast Burrito
Frequently Asked Questions
  • Does Del Taco have vegan cheese?

    At the time of publishing, there are no plant-based “dairy” toppings available or being test-marketed.

  • Does Del Taco have vegan meat?

    Yes, Del Taco allows you to add or swap in Beyond Meat crumbles. They also have several signature items that feature their Beyond Meat, including the Epic Beyond Original Mex Burrito.

  • Is Del Taco rice vegan?

    Yes, the cilantro lime rice is rice.