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Eating Gluten/Grain-free At: Taco Bell

Now I am not against grains by any means, and don’t believe grains themselves to be a bad part of any diet. However, I am writing this because I do not like overly processed grains like enriched white flour, and also because I am allergic to most grains. This guide will mainly be for those who are Gluten-Free or Paleo and want to find foods at fast food places that they can incorporate into their diets so they don’t feel like they can’t eat anything.

Being grain-free at Taco Bell is pretty hard, as it means that you have to eliminate almost everything from the menu: No tacos, no nachos, no burritos, no rice, and no potatoes, as their potatoes are coated in flour. I will state that their nachos and mexican pizza’s are gluten-free, but not grain-free, as they do contain corn. You can, however, add or combine itels in any way to your desire to make delicious grain-free foods.

For instance: The Cantina Power Bowl. All you have to do to make this salad grain-free is to take out the rice. It is probably the healthiest choice as well, as it has romaine, black beans, guacamole, and pico de gallo. It does contain dairy, so if you are avoiding dairy, just ask for it fresco style!

Some great side options are the Pintos N Cheese, and the side of black beans. These are a wonderful veggie protein, even though they are filled with way too much salt.  If it is morning time, hashbrowns are a great option as well, although they are deep fried. Also note that you can order anything without a shell or a tortilla, not only will this get rid of all or most of the grains, but will also lower the caloric content as well.

So to sum it up, the grain-free options are:

  • Hashbrowns
  • Pintos N Cheese
  • Black Beans
  • Cantina Power Bowl (No rice)
  • Most tacos/Burritos (No shell)

Additional Gluten-Free options include:

  • Chips and Guac
  • Chips and Cheese
  • Hard shell Tacos
  • Black Beans and Rice
  • All cantina bowls

Being allergic to grains or avoiding grains is hard, but that does not mean you cannot have a quick bite out to eat. Just plan appropriately and it should be OK!