Taco Bell Kiosks Can Now Make Food Vegetarian Automatically

Taco Bell Kiosks Can Now Make Food Vegetarian Automatically

Mexican-inspired fast-food chain Taco Bell just announced the launch of “Veggie Mode,” an easier way to order vegetarian meals at self-service kiosks.

Starting March 12, customers will be able to access “Veggie Mode” at Taco Bell kiosks nationwide. The single-swipe feature will transform the menu to only display plant-based meal options.

Almost 50 of the chain’s vegetarian items are certified by the American Vegetarian Association (AVA).

We’ve been doing vegetarian for a long time, but that is not enough for us. People should be given more options than one plant-based choice,” Missy Schaaphok, Taco Bell’s global nutrition and sustainability manager, said in a press release. 

With Veggie Mode, we are proud to make it even easier to order delicious plant-based options,” she added.

Taco Bell also revealed it expanded its AVA-certified ingredients list. The chain’s potato bites, chalupa shells, and hash browns are now certified vegetarian.

Taco Bell Kiosks Can Now Make Food Vegetarian Automatically
Veggie Mode will make it easier for customers to order vegetarian meals. | Taco Bell

Taco Bell Set to Launch Vegan Meat

The fast-food chain recently announced plans to add plant-based meat to its menu next year.

Taco Bell’s CEO Mark King sampled Beyond Meat products last month and told Bloomberg Green he’s a fan. He said, “I tried all the food which was really exciting, and way beyond my expectation.

Last fall, Taco Bell debuted a dedicated vegetarian menu. It featured two new menu items: a Vegetarian Crunchwrap Supreme and a Vegetarian Quesarito.

In 2019, the chain announced the launch of its new meat-free meat, made from beans and oats, at locations in Spain.

Customers can order the AVA-certified oat meat to replace animal-based meat in any of Taco Bell’s options, including burritos, tacos, and quesadillas.

“Taco Bell has always been a safe alternative for vegetarians because we can offer all of our products as a veggie version, but many people don’t know about it,” Maria José, general director of Taco Bell Spain, said in a statement.

“This new initiative to customize the menu represents Taco Bell’s commitment to its consumers,” she added.

Taco Bell has not yet announced the launch date for its plant-based meat in the US.