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Fast Food Plant-Based

An In-Depth Look At Del Taco’s Entire ‘Beyond Meat’ Menu, Launching This Month

Del Taco is gearing up to launching their groundbreaking Beyond Meat partnership nationwide, and it’s a whole lot more than just a couple of tacos.

Starting April 25th, you’ll be able to get Del Taco’s exclusive plant-based meat on just about any item on the chain’s entire menu. This includes everything from the Beyond Taco and Beyond Avocado Taco to Loaded Queso Fries and secret menu items like the Bun Taco. Swapping out something like steak or regular ground beef for the Beyond Meat, however, will come at a slight upcharge.

For those wondering on exactly how vegan the menu will be, Del Taco is taking precautions to minimize any chances of cross-contamination. Each location will have tools specific to handling the plant-based taco crumble, ensuring that anything that touches regular meat will not touch the Beyond variant. That ensures that items specifically designed for vegans, like the Beyond Avocado Taco, stay that way.

Del Taco’s nationwide partnership with Beyond Meat makes it one of the largest in fast food to have a permanent plant-based option. It also gives consumers flexibility to adapt their diet, whether it be for health or sustainability purposes, so they are able to cut meat out of their diet more often at an affordable price.

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Fast Food Plant-Based

Beyond Meat Is Coming To All Del Taco Locations Nationwide

As plant-based options continue to proliferate in the fast food industry, Del Taco has decided to take their Beyond Meat partnership and go national with it.

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As of right now, a few locations in Southern California and Oklahoma carry the plant-based taco meat. In a recent investor call, however, Del Taco CEO John D. Cappasola said that his chain would begin rolling out Beyond Meat to all 594 locations. The Los Angeles Daily News reports that this should be completed by the end of April.

While there are two official tacos (a vegetarian Beyond Taco and vegan Beyond Avocado Taco) available, customers can also swap out ground beef for the vegan crumble on any menu item for a slight upcharge.

This news makes Del Taco the fourth major national chain to incorporate a plant-based meat option nationwide. Fatburger, Carl’s Jr., and White Castle have already done the same, but with their variations on burgers.

It also shows that the plant-based movement is rolling with a full head of steam, and it’s only a matter of time before all of the major chains have their own vegan options.

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Fast Food Health Plant-Based

Del Taco’s Spread Of Beyond Meat Is Proving A Success

Earlier this year, Del Taco became the first major fast food chain to serve Beyond Meat on their menus with a test launch in Los Angeles. It seems like those tests have been going well, as the Beyond Meat menu is expanding to the rest of SoCal.

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In total, 16 locations in San Diego, plus another three in Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties, will now have the option to put the plant-based protein into their meal. You can swap out any meat for the vegan option in burritos, tacos, or bowls, or get one of the two Beyond Tacos crafted specifically for the protein. There’s a vegetarian Beyond Meat Taco with cheddar cheese and a vegan Beyond Avocado Taco as well.

This brings the total number of Del Taco locations selling Beyond Meat to 21, which is still a small number compared to the chain’s 570-plus total. Nonetheless, the fact that the test market effectively tripled after just three months is promising, and there’s always a chance that one day, that plant-based option will be available at all locations.

As fast food giants look at their own menus for potential plant-based additions, Del Taco’s partnership with Beyond Meat is definitely one to keep an eye on, especially given on the favorable feedback and success.