Ya’ll know how much I love Taco Time. In fact, I’m going there for dinner tonight. It’s too hot to THINK let alone cook and there’s no way I’m turning on the oven or stove. So, TT (as we call it around here) it is.
When I’ve visited Taco Time in the past, I’ve ordered things that I assumed/hoped would be meat and dairy free, but I didn’t bother to ask. However, today, things got real official. On a lark (and because I don’t want to move or do anything because I’ve been still for 3 hours and MY FACE IS SWEATING) I emailed Taco Time HQ and they immediately sent me a list of all their ingredients. Gotta love those guys! If you want me to send it to you, let me know. In short, though, I’ve compiled for you, dear reader, a list of all the stuff on their menu that doesn’t contain meat or dairy ingredients. I’m not calling it “vegan” because there are always random secret ingredients in processed food that may or may not have come from duck feathers. And, stuff touches other stuff. And, honestly, I don’t care beyond the point of making an effort to not ingest stuff that is primarily non-plant. I don’t eat at Taco Time everyday. IT’S FINE.
While I am in no way, shape, or form encouraging or recommending that you eat out with any regularity, nor am I saying that it is EVER healthy to eat fast food, I would go so far as to say that it seems like you can eat a decent, veg-friendly meal at everyone’s favorite PNW fast-food establishment. Their refried pinto beans are fat-free, for Pete’s sake! You can also download the full menu, nutritional guide, and allergen info in PDF form here.
Meat- & Dairy-Free Taco Time Menu
Meat- & Dairy-Free Ingredients:
- Cooked Rice
- Burrito Sauce
- Mild Salsa
- Medium Salsa
- Black Bean Salsa
- Hot Sauce (in the pump)
- Refried Pinto Beans
- Black Beans
- Jalapeño Peppers
- Pico de Gallo
- Fresh Tomatoes
- Fresh Lettuce
- Chopped Veggie Mix
- Tortillas (white, whole wheat, and corn)
- Taco Chips
- Taco Shell
- Tostado Salad Bowl
- Mexi Fries™
Meat- & Dairy-Free Menu Items:
- Crisp Taco, with beans instead of meat, no cheese (what’s in it: crisp corn tortilla, beans, lettuce, tomato) *GF
- Natural Soft Taco, with beans instead of meat, no cheese, no ranch (what’s in it: whole wheat tortilla, pinto beans, lettuce, tomato)
- Veggie Soft Taco, no cheese, no ranch (what’s in it: whole wheat tortilla, pinto beans, lettuce, assorted diced veggies [nappa cabbage, green cabbage, celery, green bell peppers, red cabbage, carrots], black olives, black bean and corn salsa)
- Baja Taco, with beans instead of meat (what’s in it: white corn tortillas, beans, pico de gallo, lettuce) *GF
- Classic Burrito, no meat, no cheese, salsa instead of ranch (what’s in it: flour tortilla, rice, pinto beans, guacamole, lettuce)
- Veggie Classic Burrito, no cheese, salsa instead of ranch (what’s in it: flour tortilla, assorted diced veggies, rice, pinto beans, guacamole, lettuce)
- Big Time Mexi-Burrito™, no dressing, no meat (what’s in it: flour tortilla, over a pound of black beans, rice, Mexi-Fries™, medium salsa)
- Regular or Large Taco Salad, with beans instead of meat, no cheese, no dressing (what’s in it: bed of lettuce, beans, tomatoes, salsa, tortilla chips) *GF
- Tostado Salad, no meat, no cheese, no dressing (what’s in it: crisp flour tortilla, pinto beans, lettuce, olives, tomato, salsa)
- Southwest Chop Salad, no meat, no dressing (what’s in it: cabbage [Napa, green and red], carrots, green bell peppers, celery, pico de gallo, black bean and corn salsa, mild or medium salsa) *GF
- Veggie Fit-Hit Bowl™ (what’s in it: rice, black beans, assorted diced veggies, pico de gallo, black bean and corn salsa, mild or medium salsa) *GF
- Mexi-Bowl™, no meat, no cheese, no dressing (what’s in it: rice, black beans, pico de gallo, black bean and corn salsa, mild or medium salsa)
- Mexi Fries™
- Crustos™, for dessert
I’m amazed at how many meals you could order that seem relatively healthy and actually appetizing. Go you, Taco Time. You’re the best.
Note: Taco Time did not pay me to do or say anything… yet.
*GF = Gluten Free