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Taco Bell is launching vegan meat made from oats.

The food chain first trialed the plant-based meat in three London stores back in 2019 – to celebrate National Vegetarian Week. 

Now, it is adding the meat alternative to all 53 UK outlets while stocks last. It is available in any build on the Taco Bell menu such as burritos, quesadillas, and the iconic Crunchwrap Supreme.

Customers can customize their order, by omitting dairy products such as cheese and sour cream, to suit a vegan diet*.

‘Flavorsome meat-free offerings’

Lucy Dee is Taco Bell UK’s Marketing Lead. In a statement sent to PBN, she said: “At Taco Bell, we pride ourselves on being a place where every lifestyle can find exactly what they’re craving. 

“So, whether you’re a vegetarian, flexitarian, or just fancy trying something new, we can provide you with flavorsome meat-free offering you’ll love. 

“We can’t wait to launch the new plant-based protein across all of our UK restaurants and offer our customers the choice to go meat-free for January and beyond.”

Vegan meat made from oats

Gold & Green of Helsinki created the vegan meat made from oats.

The brand said its Pulled Oats product was made to better the soy-based meat alternative products on the shelves.

“Pulled Oats doesn’t only contain much protein (over 30 percent), but also contains all nine essential amino acids, which makes it a so-called “complete protein’,” the brand said.

“Amino acids are the building blocks in your body. There are many kinds of amino acids. 

“Most of them can be created by the body itself, but not the nine so-called ‘essential’ ones.”

Taco Bell’s vegan offerings

In the US, Taco Bell recently returned its vegan potatoes to stores, following pressure from fans.

The Tex-Mex chain removed the spuds from its offerings last year, in a bid to streamline its menu. It wanted to create a ‘faster and more seamless restaurant experience’.

But the move was unpopular. So now a representative for the chain has confirmed they will be back for good from March 11.

*It is always best to check with Taco Bell staff on which items are vegan-friendly

Liam Giliver

Liam is the former Deputy Editor of Plant Based News. He has written for The Independent, Huffington Post, Attitude Magazine, and more. He is also the author of 'We're Worried About Him'.