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Ross Posted at 2005/08/15 10:45pm reply to

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nooooooooooope, not vegan. I'd been hearing for a long time that you could get vegan black bean tacos at Taco Cabana and that the tortillas were vegan. So finally after living here for 3 years I dropped into Taco C. and asked the enthused until i questioned their products woman if i could see the ingredients. she informed me that they came frozen and that maybe she could check the box. so she did and said they had all the usual tortilla ingredients and "a bunch of other great stuff we put in em" you know...like whey...preservatives...all that tasty stuff.

i responded "so there's a lot of preservatives and stuff?" and she was like "yeah, but how bout the corn tortillas?" and i said they'd probably be fine.

anyway, i got a quick response from taco c. customer service in san antonio with this to say, but in closing, just get the corn tortillas if you go there as they "should" be fine. we should probably check that too haha:

Ross:
Thank you for your interest in Taco Cabana!

Due to the proprietary nature of our recipes, a specific ingredient listing cannot be distributed.  However, the following can be distributed, and hopefully it will help you.

In response to your request regarding the ingredients used in the products on our menu:  
Meat free: black beans, all salsas and pico de gallo, all tortilla products, Monterey Jack and Cheddar cheese blend, sour cream (these products contain no meat or meat by-products in their processing or recipe make-up). Menu items that can be ordered or modified to fit the meat free criteria are cheese quesadillas, black bean tacos and burritos (please request that order be filled without the rice, it contains chicken stock), scrambled egg breakfast tacos, egg and potato tacos, pancakes, and taco salads (can be ordered without the meat).
Dairy free: black beans, all salsas and pico de gallo, corn tortilla products.  Our flour tortilla products contain whey, which is a dairy by-product.  
Egg free:  black beans, all salsas and pico de gallo, all tortilla products.

The flour tortilla products in our restaurants are produced with 100% vegetable shortening, and all products are fried in 100% vegetable oil. All salsas are made fresh daily in each restaurant using fresh, not canned or frozen, produce and no preservatives are added at any time.  I hope this information helps to you in your dining choices at Taco Cabana.  Please feel free to contact us should you ever need any more assistance.

Marvin Jones
Operations Services Analyst
simon Posted at 2005/08/16 4:55am reply to

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>The flour tortilla products in our restaurants are produced with 100% vegetable shortening,

mmmmh, hydrogenated undisclosed vegetable oil by-product.... thanks for checking this all out ross. you rule. someday any one of us may find ourselves trapped in a taco cabana (or god forbid, a baby acapulco) for cocktail hour, work function or family torture. We can now endure. i'll stick to Mr. N (it's practically next door to me eh), tempeh burritos from the wheatsville deli and Freebirds Monster burritos. yeh.

PS: here's an idea for a vegan chaallenge - next time anyone goes to HEB or whatever grocery store, tho HEB is better for this, check out the packaged tortillas and see who can find one with less than 50 ingredients listed......
Ross Posted at 2005/08/16 9:25am reply to

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my next goal is to check out liquid soaps, and no problem.
simon Posted at 2005/08/16 12:21pm reply to

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>my next goal is to check out liquid soaps, and no problem.

i'm afraid that even though many are vegan, you simply cannot eat them... angry

what exactly are you checking out?
Ross Posted at 2005/08/16 5:21pm reply to

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hahaha...

basically glycerin sources. gabe said he heard that most liquid soaps were vegan, but i'm very skeptical of this and so i don't use most liquid soaps i see, just water instead. but also the alcohols, etc.
geoff Posted at 2005/08/17 5:50pm reply to

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it depends on the soap. bronners is vegan. a lot of "castile" soap is vegan, but don't make any assumptions until you've read the labels.

honestly, the best way to do it is just to make your own. if anyone is interested in learning how to make soap let me know and I can show you how. it takes about 2 hours and once you have your thermometers, scales, etc. you can make about 30 bars of soap for 20 bucks.

I have about 100 bars of soap in my apt right now. i'm giving them to friends and family for christmas. they are patchouli/orange, mint, clove/cinnamon/orange, rosemary lemongrass. they have barley grass and echinacea powder mixed in. some other ones have green tea mixed in.

They are all 100% vegan and made with a mixture of easily purchased vegetable oils and some sodium hydroxide.


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Ross Posted at 2005/08/17 6:03pm reply to

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i might take you up on that lesson happy

the main reason i want to check this stuff out is because i often find myself in the situation out and about where i need soap in a restroom and they have liquid soap but it's like softsoap or something popular like that. these are what i want to check out.

i usually buy these cool bars of soap for like 1.39 at wheatsville so i'm find on soap at home.
mattabo71 Posted at 2005/08/17 6:13pm reply to

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>it depends on the soap. bronners is vegan. a lot of "castile" soap is vegan, but don't make any assumptions until you've read the labels.
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>They are all 100% vegan and made with a mixture of easily purchased vegetable oils and some sodium hydroxide.
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do you have an inexpesive recipe for liquid body soap? That is what I prefer over bar soap.
It would kind of rule to come up with my own flavas -- do you use essential oils for the aroma?
geoff Posted at 2005/08/17 6:32pm reply to

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i use essential oils. i tend to stay away from fragrance oils as people are sometimes allergic to them.

I have a few recipes for liquid soap that I haven't tried yet, so I can't really vouch for them. That is a project I will be doing pretty soon, tho.
Jacob Posted at 2005/08/17 7:39pm reply to

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man, I was about to go down to taco cabana to get some refried beans + rice tacos on wheat tortillas and then throw up all over their bathroom and then wash my hands, but now I can't because I'm worried about their soap!!!
callie Posted at 2005/08/19 1:52am reply to

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>man, I was about to go down to taco cabana to get some refried beans + rice tacos on wheat tortillas and then throw up all over their bathroom and then wash my hands, but now I can't because I'm worried about their soap!!!

hahaha!!
valasing Posted at 2005/08/23 2:43pm reply to

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Jacob--funny.  Funny--jacob.
simon Posted at 2005/08/23 4:36pm reply to

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I'm scared to leave my house now that liquid soap has been demonized...  
jill Posted at 2005/09/30 5:37pm reply to

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I haven't laughed so hard since I read the latest Onion excited
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esestud Posted at 2011/01/05 4:43pm reply to

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What about honey plus other animal by-products in the tortillas?

I would also avoid anything fried, since they use the same oil to fry meat as they do with anything else.
Ross Posted at 2011/01/05 4:48pm reply to

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>What about honey plus other animal by-products in the tortillas?
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>I would also avoid anything fried, since they use the same oil to fry meat as they do with anything else.

I don't think i've ever seen honey in tortillas, but sure, there could be other animal-derived things in the tortillas. She said there was whey though, so I didn't inquire any further since I knew they weren't vegan.

Also I'd like to note I use liquid soaps when out and about now happy
Jessica. Posted at 2011/01/06 11:33pm reply to

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wow, holy ancient thread, batman.

I wish we had something like Barnivore.com where people could constantly check with companies and post the updates to see if places are still not vegan, etc. That constant babysitting might even encourage them to change their recipes, maybe?

what if taco c changed their recipe like 5 years ago, and this whole time we could have been eating their tortillas??

someone please start a food version of barnivore, thanks.
mollyjade Posted at 2011/01/07 8:43am reply to

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There's http://veganeatingout.com, which is updated by people's emails pretty much the same as barnivore.
Ross Posted at 2011/01/07 8:49am reply to

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That's a pretty cool site, thanks for posting Molly  happy
Gabriel Posted at 2011/01/07 12:02pm reply to

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Rudi's Sprouted Wheat Tortillas contain honey.  But I don't think most restaurants use honey in tortillas.  Unfortunately lard, whey, milk, and animal-derived preservatives are often used in restaurant tortillas.
jen Posted at 2011/01/07 1:03pm reply to

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>>Also I'd like to note I use liquid soaps when out and about now

lol, ross, i found this extra funny because ever since i've been pregnant i've stopped.  don't shake my hand.  it's not even a vegan thing so much as i'm trying to stay away from unnatural fragrance at the moment.  it's kinda gross of me...if i carried a purse i'd stick soap in it:-)

anyway, sorry to derail the topic for a bit.  think of it as a public service announcement to not shake my hand, unless i'm at home or some place like bouldin where i trust the soap:-)
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