By Jeanne Yacoubou, MS

In December 2018, Del Taco announced a limited field test of a plant-based meat alternative in a menu option called Beyond Taco made with Beyond Meat.

Here’s the press release announcement.

From the press release:
“With a growing demand for vegan and vegetarian options among our guests, we saw an opportunity within the space to partner with Beyond Meat to develop a proprietary blend of seasoned, 100 percent plant-based meat,” said John Cappasola, President and Chief Executive Officer of Del Taco.

At the start, the Beyond Meat Taco was offered only in select Los Angeles and San Diego area restaurants.

There is also a Beyond Avocado Taco offered as well.

On the Del Taco website, we learn that some ingredients of the Beyond Taco include: “yellow peas, coconut oil, ancho chili, onion, garlic, lime juice, oregano, and cumin…it is soy-free.” “…yellow peas are the primary ingredient used to create the protein in the Beyond Taco and Beyond Avocado Taco.” Diners can substitute Beyond Meat in any Del Taco menu item containing meat (such as a Del Combo Burrito) for an additional charge.

In response to a question on its website about whether it was vegan, Del Taco replied:
“Beyond Meat is 100% plant-based and the Beyond Avocado Taco is dairy-free. Beyond Meat is not cooked in our restaurants in the same place as animal protein. However, we do prepare all of our tacos in the same prep area that does contain animal protein and dairy.”

For those who may be confused by the use of “100% plant-based” and “dairy-free,” the press release linked above clarifies:

Beyond Avocado Taco (vegan): Seasoned Beyond Meat plant-based crumbles, hand-sliced avocado, crisp lettuce and fresh diced tomatoes in a crunchy shell.

Beyond Taco (vegetarian): Seasoned Beyond Meat plant-based crumbles, hand-grated cheddar cheese, crisp lettuce and fresh diced tomatoes in a crunchy shell.

The VRG contacted the chain in March 2019 to find out if Del Taco had any plans to offer Beyond Meat taco options anywhere else.

Here is our exchange with Lauren Jacobson of a PR firm representing Del Taco who told us by email:
The VRG: Do you have any plans to go national with Beyond Tacos at Del Taco restaurants?
Del Taco: Yes! Please follow along here for updates.

Later we asked for more clarification:
The VRG: Can you provide a time frame for when Beyond Tacos will be more widely available?
Del Taco: Unfortunately, we will not be announcing that just yet. But I will add your name to our distribution list, so you’ll be one of the first to know!

Note to VRG readers: Check back here on our blog for updates from Del Taco! We’ll pass along any news.

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