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Maggie Mae

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So I just found out that Taco Bell (probably my favorite of any national chain drive through "restaurants") is axing most of their vegetarian items - including the 7 layer burrito. I don't go to Taco Bell often, but when I did I always ordered a 7 layer burrito. (Or a crunchwrap with a million modifications.) 

 It's been my go-to since 1996. I have recommend Taco Bell to vegetarians for years - they have always been excellent toward the non-meat eating crowd (of which I am no longer a member of, but have spent at least 10 years with a "nothing with a face" type diet). 

This is not making my day of bad news better. (Cat is old and needs three types of meds mixed with his food to manage his various conditions, the SO is being grumpy, end of UE + extra money, exponentially growing covid-19 cases, 

I know. I know. I have a shit ton of privilege when my biggest concerns (other than my ridiculously expensive Manx - not the cat, he was free, ongoing maintenance) are "which camp site do we want" and "WTF Taco Bell, I hate you." and "Unemployment is boring when you can't even go to the gym." 

Still, I think it's just a garbage decision, especially since Taco Bell will still have all the ingredients to make a 7-layer burrito. I guess I'll have to order something like a "beef burrito, sub beans for meat, add rice, guacamole and sour cream" 

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Pecansforeveryone

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I have no idea why Taco Bell would this. I haven't eaten there in years. When I did a 7 layer burrito was almost always what I ordered. I am not a vegetarian. It was just better than their other stuff. 

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Maggie Mae

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4 hours ago, Pecansforeveryone said:

I have no idea why Taco Bell would this. I haven't eaten there in years. When I did a 7 layer burrito was almost always what I ordered. I am not a vegetarian. It was just better than their other stuff. 

I so rarely go there that I feel like I can't be that mad about it but I am. I also am not currently a vegetarian but I pretty much always eat veggie at TB. My guess is that they weren't making enough profit on it, with sour cream and guac being expensive. They are also getting rid of the potatoes which I don't think I've ever had, and a few other things. They lost a lot of money during the pandemic, as they make their biggest profits in the after-bar crowd, but since bars are closed, I guess they need to cut costs? 

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JanasTattooParlor

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Yeah I’m a huge Taco Bell fan and I’m so upset over them axing their menu. I’m not vegetarian but I fell in love with their quesaritos the last couple years because it was similar to the cheesy double beef burritos that they axed  back in like 2012 that I also loved. My best friend is vegetarian and loves subbing in potatoes for the meat and is upset that they are getting rid of the spicy potato tacos along with all the vegetarian items they had. Since the menu switch was supposed to be today, we went last night and had our favorite menu items one last time and got a couple extra to be able to freeze and reheat if we wanted them later. 

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Audrey2

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I feel your pain. I loved the potato breakfast burritos for $1. Breakfasts there just got much less interesting.

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Maggie Mae

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3 hours ago, Audrey2 said:

I feel your pain. I loved the potato breakfast burritos for $1. Breakfasts there just got much less interesting.

Yeah, I doubt I could have made a difference but I wish the Taco Bell and McDonalds had switched places, because Taco Bell breakfast was way better, but McDonalds McMuffins minus the weird ham was my go-to on those mornings I'd wake up starving and in need of coffee as they were on the right side of the street. The potatoes were pretty good as far as fast food goes. 

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PumaLover

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Is this really true? It's literally the only fast food place I eat at and it's come in handy many, many times. I don't eat meat and I spend a lot of time in rural towns. I'm over Subway at this point and Taco Bell always comes through with a hot, cheap and filling meal.

I'm in California and last I saw they had an extensive vegetarian menu, so maybe it's different where you are. But man I will be sad if that happens here. I'm in a big food rut at the moment and on the days I don't cook I just want a quick, easy meal.

I'm re-reading it and I mean, seriously, not that I'm doubting what you're saying. I'm just frustrated right now and not able to type logically, LOL. Also I'm hungry.

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Maggie Mae

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14 hours ago, PumaLover said:

Is this really true? It's literally the only fast food place I eat at and it's come in handy many, many times. I don't eat meat and I spend a lot of time in rural towns. I'm over Subway at this point and Taco Bell always comes through with a hot, cheap and filling meal.

I'm in California and last I saw they had an extensive vegetarian menu, so maybe it's different where you are. But man I will be sad if that happens here. I'm in a big food rut at the moment and on the days I don't cook I just want a quick, easy meal.

I'm re-reading it and I mean, seriously, not that I'm doubting what you're saying. I'm just frustrated right now and not able to type logically, LOL. Also I'm hungry.

It was a nationwide change. They still have all the same stuff to make a 7 layer burrito and you can still do the "sub beans" or "make it fresco" or "make it vegetarian" but the potatoes are gone. Pretty much all the fast food places used Covid as an excuse to pare down menus. California has Del Taco, though, so that could be an option? I think they have a vegan menu. 

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PumaLover

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I haven't been there in years but I did actually hear about that. I will have to try them.

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