🍗 Taco Bell® Paleo Menu 🍅

A Handy Guide for your PALEOing pleasure. For the regular full menu click here.

How to eat Paleo at Taco Bell®

If you’re a purist, it’s not easy to eat Paleo at Taco Bell. That’s because there are few ingredients that don’t have additives. Even the meats (chicken, beef and steak) have additives. So the best you can do is Paleo-ish”, unless you’re willing to eat a bowl of lettuce, onions and tomatoes – not that there’s anything wrong with that.

Corn and flour tortillas are out too, so Power Bowls are your friends.

What’s a caveman (or woman) to do?

Steak, chicken, lettuce, pico, guac – you can still order several combos of ingredients that hit the spot. The Power Menu Bowl is an example. Chuck the rice and beans, add extra lettuce, hold the cheese and sour cream (also the avocado ranch sauce). You can add Paleo-friendly toppings like onions and tomatoes (or extra pico-de-gallo), sliced jalapenos and guac. Add fire sauce to spice it up.

Bottom Line: Just get a Power Menu Bowl and add whatever Paleo-friendly ingredients you like.

Taco Bell® Paleo-friendly Ingredients:

  • Protein: Beef, Chicken, Steak
  • Toppings: Guacamole, Lettuce, Tomatoes, Jalapeno Peppers, Onions
  • Breakfast Potatoes: Hash Browns, Potato Bites
  • Salsa: Red Chili Sauce, Breakfast Salsa
  • Hot Sauce Packets: All

Taco Bell® Paleo-UNfriendly Ingredients:

  • Wraps: Tortillas, Flatbreads, Taco Shells
  • Cheese: All dairy 
  • Beans: All
  • Rice: All
  • Chips: All
  • Drinks: All, except water
  • Sweets: All
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What is the Paleo diet?

Although Paleo was not created to be a weight-loss diet, it’s a very popular program that emphasizes the consumption of lean meats, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds. Sounds pretty reasonable, unless you’re a strict carnivore or vegan.

The idea behind the paleo lifestyle is to re-introduce the foods that were eaten by our ancestors and to remove all processed food from your diet. Despite its original intent, the paleo lifestyle may be a good fit for those who are looking to improve their health and lose weight at the same time, though not as easy or extreme as keto at Taco Bell.

In a nutshell: Avoid processed foods, sugar, soft drinks, grains, most dairy products, legumes, artificial sweeteners, vegetable oils, margarine and trans fats. Meat is okay, but dairy, grains and legumes are not.

It seems simple and straightforward, but in practice it’s more difficult than vegetarian Taco Bell, or even vegan.

The safest path for Paleo followers at Taco Bell is to have a Power Bowl® with the paleo-friendly(ish) ingredients, which includes meat, veggies, guacamole, salsa, potatoes and hot sauce.

 

What people get wrong:

  1. Eating too much meat. People often misinterpret Paleo to mean “carnivore”. It’s not a meat-only or even a meat-mostly diet.
  2. Falling for the packaged “Paleo friendly” products in the supermarket. If it’s packaged it’s processed, and processed is a no-no.