Taco Bell is the latest food chain to confirm that it will be dropping several items off its menu next month to simplify the operations of its restaurants. Is your favorite dish included in the cutout?
As a consequence of the coronavirus pandemic, many restaurant chains have announced simplified menus to help streamline service with fewer workers. Now, the popular Mexican food chain joins this trend and has announced changes to its menu.
Earlier last week, Taco Bell was rumored to start removing various products from its menu starting next month. This action, which has now been officially released, is an effort to simplify and streamline restaurant operations, and make ordering faster, safer and easier than ever, for customers and team members, especially while the pandemic has shifted priorities to the drive-thru and digital.
Here is the full list of dishes that have been said will disappear, although this will only be confirmed when the largest menu renovation takes effect nationwide on August 13th.
–Grilled Steak Soft Taco
–Beefy Fritos Burrito
–Triple Layer Nachos
–Spicy Potato Soft Taco
–Cheesy Fiesta Potatoes
–Cheesy Potato Loaded Griller
–Beefy Nacho Loaded Griller
–Chips and Guacamole
–Chips and Pico De Gallo
–Mini Skillet Bowl
Vegetarians seemed especially distraught by the thought of Taco Bell leaving out menu items without meat, like guacamole and chips or potato dishes. But the chain tried to assure them that there are still many options. "We know some vegetarian go-to items might be gone, but Taco Bell’s menu remains highly customizable," reads a post on the chain's website.
“While change is difficult, our menu will continue to feature our two original plant-based proteins, black beans and pinto beans. A simplified menu will leave room for continuous innovation across all categories,” said a company spokesperson.
It should also be noted that the popular dish, Quesarito, which was rumored was also going to disappear, will continue to be available, but only online or through the Taco Bell app.
Taco Bell isn’t the first big chain to cut back or make modifications during the pandemic. McDonald’s, for example, has axed several items, like salads, and stopped serving all-day breakfast at most locations.
It remains to be seen if, when the sanitary crisis is over, these chains go back to their original menus.