Potatoes are returning to Taco Bell

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This is the first of the fast food restaurant’s vegetarian plans for 2021

Taco Bell said “later, taters” last year as it simplified its menu, but potatoes are coming back.

Cheesy Fiesta Potatoes ($1.49) and the Spicy Potato Soft Taco ($1) will be back starting March 11, the fast food restaurant said in a press release.

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“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,” said Liz Matthews, Taco Bell’s global chief food innovation officer. “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.”

Those “more meatless options” will be courtesy of Beyond Meat, one of the industry leaders for plant-based offerings. This will be the Taco Bell’s first foray into plant-based meat in the U.S.

Taco Bell has had meatless menu options, like the bean burrito, for years and was the first quick service restaurant to partner with the American Vegetarian Association in 2015. It urrently has more than 30 vegetarian ingredients on the U.S. menu.

The potato bites are AVA-certified vegan and can be swapped for meat or beans on any menu items.

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