Taco Bell’s newest plant-based meat offering celebrates bold flavors

Taco Bell Plant Based Carne Asada, photo provided by Taco Bell
Taco Bell Plant Based Carne Asada, photo provided by Taco Bell /

While the Mexican Pizza might have made its triumphant return to the menu, Taco Bell’s newest plant-based meat offering might be the crave worthy taste that everyone cannot resist. Even though the quick service restaurant has always been a popular choice for vegetarians, this new menu ingredient is a reason for many people to embrace a plant-based offering. Ready to try some plant-based carne asada steak?

Plant-based food has taken over the quick service restaurant space. While it might have once been thought to be impossible, the whopper of an idea has taken hold. From chicken to beef to pork and even fish, almost any animal protein can be transformed into a plant-based alternative.

When Taco Bell announced its partnership with Beyond Meat many people speculated that the menu items would vary. Although a ground beef option was a good start, it would not be the last. With the latest menu item, it seems that satisfying both the flavor and texture that guests crave will have them running to place another order.

As Liz Matthews, Taco Bell’s Global Chief Food Innovation Officer said, “At Taco Bell, we’ve long believed that anyone should be able to choose plant-based menu items without compromising the flavors they crave. That’s why we at Taco Bell are thrilled to reveal the result of our long-standing partnership with Beyond Meat, which is previously unseen in the QSR industry. This plant-based carne asada steak is just the latest move in our history of crafting some of the most unique, craveworthy offerings for all fans.”

According to the partnership, the Beyond Carne Asada Steak is a certified vegan option that has joined the menu. It will be available as a swap to any steak menu item, the plant-based meat features the signature Taco Bell spices.

While this new menu item will only be available at select Dayton, Ohio locations starting October 13, it will get many people excited about the potential of more plant-based food swaps coming to the menu. Even though the test-run is limited, it appears that Taco Bell is looking to leverage its Beyond Meat partnership.

Whether it is this carne asada, a spicy chicken or the next newest plant-base meat offering, a flexible menu seems essential for any quick service restaurant. Given that Taco Bell has already proven that it has long been a place where guests can many any menu item their own, the plant-based swaps fit seamlessly.