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Mexican restaurants that don't use lard:
- Blue Burrito
Dos Gringo's

Abuelos Mexican Embassy
(on Chandler Blvd.)
They definitely use lard and also meat based sauces compose their sauces. The manager said the only thing vegetarian were the side potatoes (Not vegan though). 

Aunt Chilada's Mexican Restaurant -
602-431-6470 at 7777 S. Pointe Parkway W.
602-944-1286 at 7330 N Dreamy Draw Drive
Warning:  they put ham in their beans and we have also been told that they put lard in ALL of their tortillas, chips, beans, and chicken broth in their rice.

Baja Fresh
The beans and rice and do not contain any chicken broth.  I have heard conflicting information on whether the guacamole contains dairy products.  I have been informed that the tortillas do have dairy.

Blue Burrito Grille
480- 951-3151  7318 E Shea Blvd,  Scottsdale,  AZ 85260-6426
602- 787-2775  4622 E Cactus Rd,   Phoenix, AZ 85032 - 7704
custom veggie rice beans and guacamole burrito

Carlos O'Brien's Mexican Food Restaurants
Warning:  I have been alerted that their tortillas contain lard and the rice contains chicken broth. 
Also from another recent customer- "I ordered the Veggie Burrito off of their "healthy" menu and it came with a large piece of burnt steak in it. To top it off, their "vegetarian" black beans contained pork. Please be very cautious if you decide to eat here." 
 Thanks, Eric!

Chevy's Fresh Mex
602-955-6677 at 2650 E. Camelback Rd. in Phoenix
623-979-0055 at 7700 W. Arrowhead Towne Center in Glendale
480-8333-1300 at 1335 S. Alma School Rd. in Mesa
The black beans and rice are vegan. They do not cook their rice or black beans with any meat product.  Thanks, Leslie!

Chico's Tacos
530 E McDowell Rd
Phoenix,  AZ 85004-1500
no lard

Vegan options: 
Black bean patty, by Morningstar, Black Beans, Rice (no chicken broth), Southwestern Vegetable Soup, Vegetables, Salads, and French Fries.  Our hamburger buns contain whey but our pita bread does not.

"Their tortillas, black beans, rice, guacamole and salsas (hot, medium corn and mild) are vegan. They actually run some in-store ads stating that these items are 100% animal ingredient free, which I find very refreshing and should be commended. I also, know the manager of the GIlbert location and he assured me of this as well."    Thanks for this info, Jeremiah !

Del Taco
has a veggie works burrito (be sure to ask them to hold the sour cream and cheese) 
Special Note:  I have been assured by the Director of Marketing for Del Taco that their beans do NOT have dairy products in them.

El Torito Mexican Restaurant & Cantina
602-997-9511  10047 N Metro Parkway East,  Phoenix,  AZ 85051-1524
480-948-8376  6200 N Scottsdale Rd,  Scottsdale,  AZ 85253-5415
de la olla beans and vegetarian burritos w/o cheese

Warning: I have been alerted that the beans contain lard and the rice contains chicken stock.

Julio G's Mexican Restaurants
12631 N Tatum Blvd in Phoenix
7633 E Indian School Rd in Scottsdale
Warning:  A manager confirmed that they use lard in their beans, tortillas and chips.

Julio's Too Mexican Restaurants
580 S College Ave in Tempe
12629 N Tatum Blvd in Phoenix
7305 E Camelback Rd in Scottsdale
1935 S Val Vista Dr in Mesa
Warning:  A manager confirmed that they use lard in their beans, tortillas and chips.

Kokopelli Mexican Grill
1949 E. Camelback Rd.
vegan black beans, rice, guacamole, and whole wheat tortillas

Los Favoritos Taco Shop
1340 E Broadway Rd # 105
Tempe, AZ 85282
(480) 966-0535
We have been that they informed that they use lard in their beans.

Macyo's Restaurant 
The chips and tortillas are vegan. 
Warning:  the rice contains chicken broth.

Moe's Southwest Grill
325 W. Elliot Rd., Suite 103
Tempe, AZ  85284-1373
They do not use lard/animal fat and feature tofu as a meat alternative for tacos/burritos/fajitas when combined with black/pinto beans, guacamole, rice, salsa, etc.

On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina
they have really good veggie tacos and a spinach and mushroom enchilada (not vegan friendly, has cheese) also order black beans instead of refried beans which are cooked in pig fat.  The rice is not vegetarian (chicken broth).  Anything on a fajita plate is cooked on a butter.  Safest is grilled veggies (oil) in anything.  I like the BYOB, Build Your Own Burrito.  You get to pick and choose what you want in the burrito.  Tell the waiter that you want grilled veggies cut up in the burrito not sautéed veggies.  (Cross out the cheese and write no cheese. ) Ranchero sauce is vegan.

Bus: 602-277-5800
Fax: 602-277-5835
3110 N. Central Suite 183
open till 9:30pm
* Bean burrito made to order
* Veggie burrito with good veggies

Restaraunt Mexico
120 E. University Dr.
Tempe AZ  85281 (on University & Forest)
open till 9pm
* Claire Burro w/ No Cheese - there is chicken broth in the green sauce that's served on the Claire burro, but the red sauce is vegan,  so order a Claire burro with no cheese and red sauce.

Rivas Mexican Food
240 W. Southern Ave (Far NW Corner of Southern & Mill Avenue in Red Devil Plaza)
Tempe, AZ 85282

546 N Gilbert Rd (Between Guadalupe & Elliot Roads)
Gilbert, AZ 85234

Very similar to Amado's.  They are open 24 hours, use vegetable oil, and the prices are very reasonable for bean burritos and/or tostados that can be ordered without cheese and with guacamole.  Check out the pickled carrots along with various concoctions at the salsa bar!

Rubio's Baja Grill
"The guacamole and beans have milk in them"  Link to allergen chart. Thanks, Calvin!

SE corner of Bell & 7th St. (in Target parking lot)
Rice & Beans are vegan. The staff is great - will change gloves before making your burrito or taco if you ask. Huge burritos, great salsa options.
Thanks, Jennifer!

Salsa Rico
Location:  Memorial Union (MU) food court at Arizona State University (ASU)
Hours: Mon. - Thurs. 10a - 9p | Fri. 10a - 5p | Sat. - Sun. 11a - 7p
Has the "Dos Vegan Tacos" meal!  A fresh Mexican grill serving Baja style tacos, rice & beans, and chips & salsa using freshly prepared products.

The Salty Senorita
3636 N Scottsdale Rd
Scottsdale,  AZ 85251 - 5612
I spoke with our Chef at Salty and he recommends you have the Grilled veggie Taco plate -no animal by products.  Also the Black beans have no lard, the rice has no chicken broth and the chips are fried in vegetable shortening .  I would also suggest that you advise your server of your eating restrictions and they will be sure to facilitate."

From Manager Tim:  "Our flour tortillas do contain lard but our whole beans do not. I would recommend a veggie burro (no tortilla, no cheese) with an order of 3 corn tortillas on the side. You can make mini tacos and it is so good. I order this myself all the time.  Other than that, most of our other products contain lard or dairy. "

Taco Bell
Multiple locations
the beans and tostada/taco shells are vegan, the flour tortillas contain mono- and diglycerides from an unspecified source, but are otherwise vegan.

Taco del Mar
Click here for all locations.
Vegan Selections at Taco Del Mar contain no animal products of any kind: 
Tortillas—all flavors, Tortilla chips, Taco shells, Salad shell, Salsa, Habanero sauce, Green sauce, Red sauce, Guacamole, Beans—black, whole pinto and refried, Rice, Cabbage/lettuce, Vegan & Almost Vegan Burrito—tortilla, guacamole, rice, beans, lettuce & salsa, Chips & Salsa, Rice & Beans.  
Visit http://www.tacodelmar.com/food/vegetarian.html for more info on veg options.



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