Reading Time: < 1 minute Taco Bell is bringing back its much-missed potatoes - in March
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Taco Bell is returning its beloved vegan potatoes to its permanent US menu 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.

Taco Bell vegan potatoes

Taco Bell vegan potatoes can be used instead of animal meat products in dishes. They will also be back in the vegetarian Potato Soft Taco ($1).*

The chain is also re-releasing its veggie Cheesy Fiesta Potatoes ($1.49). These can be made vegan-friendly by ordering ‘al-fresco’ – i.e. without the cheese.

Beyond Meat

On top of adding the potatoes back to its menu, Taco Bell will be partnering plant-based giant Beyond Meat. It will test a new vegan-friendly offering this year.

According to a press release: “Taco Bell chose to team up with Beyond Meat as a category leader with a proven track record of attracting younger customers with its irresistibly delicious plant-based offerings. 

“Although Taco Bell has long been a destination for vegetarians, this will be the brand’s first foray into plant-based meat in the US.”

‘Strong commitment’

In a press release, Liz Matthews, Taco Bell’s Global Chief Food Innovation Officer, said: “The return of our beloved potatoes is just the first step in showing our fans the strong continued commitment to vegetarian we are making this year.

“We have long been a leader in the vegetarian space, but this year, we have more meatless options in store that vegetarians, veggie-curious, and even meat-eaters will love.”

*Taco Bell recommends checking with local restaurants to confirm prices.

Maria Chiorando

Maria is a news and features writer for Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle. She was previously the editor of Plant Based News for over 3 years.