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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.

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The Meatless Impossible Burger Is Now Available In Taco Form

The plant-based Impossible Burger made huge strides in 2017, establishing itself as a legitimate beef patty substitute that wound up being served in many major restaurants such as Umami Burger and Fatburger.

Impossible Foods, the company behind the Impossible Burger, is not limiting itself to burger patties, though, as it teamed up with Tallboy Taco in Chicago for a new Impossible Taco.

If you’re not too familiar with Impossible Foods, the hype is that they created a meatless burger that actually tastes like meat. It doesn’t “almost” taste like meat, or seem “meat-ish,” it tastes like a damn burger — and even “bleeds” like one.

As mentioned, Umami Burger in California made it more accessible to the public, and in late 2017, Fatburger added the Impossible Burger to a few of its Los Angeles locations.

That real meat taste is transitioning to tacos, now, although the price tag of two for $12 is going to be a little tough to swallow.

Still, as was the case with the burger, the Impossible Taco sounds like something you should try at least once, and more importantly, it means we’re making strides in beef sustainability.

Don’t be surprised if we start seeing Impossible Beef in meatballs, nachos, rice bowls, and anything else that’s usually ground beef-based.

With plant-based progressed like this, it seems the future of food looks like it will involve a lot less cows.