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vegetable enchiladas at Chuy's
Jacob Posted at 2006/03/14 8:39pm reply to

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At Chuys they used to tell me that the vegetable enchiladas were the only things vegan on the menu.  From what Chris told me the other day, they cook the vegetables with margerine or something like that that isn't vegan.
chrisB Posted at 2006/03/14 8:57pm reply to

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Yeah the only thing vegan is the guacamole tacos. Sometimes you can have them make something that's not on the menu. I'll try to find out exactly whats in the oil.
Jacob Posted at 2006/03/14 9:58pm reply to

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>Yeah the only thing vegan is the guacamole tacos. Sometimes you can have them make something that's not on the menu. I'll try to find out exactly whats in the oil.
Cool.
Do you think you could also check out the tortillas?  I'm always paranoid about those since there's a million things that people could put in tortillas to make them non-vegan or otherwise nasty.  Which is kinda odd in my opinion since a tortilla can be made very easily with only a few ingredients.
John Posted at 2006/03/14 10:25pm reply to

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the few times that i've eaten there i order the guac tacos and i always get them with the corn tortillas which are vegan.
Jamie Posted at 2006/03/14 10:38pm reply to

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I thought their rice and beans are vegan. Why aren't the veggie enchiladas vegan?  What are guac tacos?  Sometimes I just have them fry me up some veggies and I make tacos with that.  I thought their tortillas were also vegan, but I don't know for sure.
chrisB Posted at 2006/03/15 6:59am reply to

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It's the oil they saute things in that's not vegan. The oil has an ingredient like whey or something. Guac = Guacamole... excited
Jacob Posted at 2006/03/15 7:39am reply to

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>It's the oil they saute things in that's not vegan. The oil has an ingredient like whey or something. Guac = Guacamole... excited

So what's in the guac tacos other than guacamole? or is that it? happy  Are they worth going to?  I need a place other than freebirds to goto when I'm at work. (way up north, by parmer)
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> I need a place other than freebirds to goto when I'm at work. (way up north, by parmer)

Cool, I didn't know about Freebirds.  What's vegan there, their burritos?  
Gabriel Posted at 2006/03/15 10:31am reply to

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>>It's the oil they saute things in that's not vegan. The oil has an ingredient like whey or something. Guac = Guacamole... excited
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>So what's in the guac tacos other than guacamole? or is that it? happy  Are they worth going to?  I need a place other than freebirds to goto when I'm at work. (way up north, by parmer)

I thought that we weren't sure on the Freebird's tortillas.....or did Ross check that one out?  It seems like he might have, but I can't find it on the site.  
John Posted at 2006/03/15 10:49am reply to

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the freebirds tortillas are vegan. i emailed them a while back and they sent me the ingredients list.
Gabriel Posted at 2006/03/15 11:14am reply to

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Okay, I remember now.  The reason I couldn't find is that it wasn't posted on the board.  We should definitely post things like that so people know.  Thanks, John.
Jacob Posted at 2006/03/16 7:41pm reply to

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>Okay, I remember now.  The reason I couldn't find is that it wasn't posted on the board.  We should definitely post things like that so people know.  Thanks, John.

maybe we need a board for "I can't believe it IS vegan!"
Jamie Posted at 2006/05/12 8:31pm reply to

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Ok, so I'm still confused about the rice and beans.  If they use vegetable oil to fry the beans and make the rice, why would it have whey in it?  I've never heard of that.
Jacob Posted at 2006/05/13 2:34pm reply to

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>Ok, so I'm still confused about the rice and beans.  If they use vegetable oil to fry the beans and make the rice, why would it have whey in it?  I've never heard of that.

I think it was a margerine like thing.... some margerines have whey in their oils
Jamie Posted at 2006/05/22 5:03pm reply to

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Here's the reply I got from Chuy's.

Jamie-
Thanks for writing.  After talking to a few of our operations people, we've come up with a couple options for you.  After seeing the limited amount of choices, we are considering other alternatives and vegan friendly ways of preparing our vegetarian dishes.  For now, we have the following things available:

Chips, Salsa, Tortillas
Dinner Salad with Cilantro Vinaigrette dressing
Guacamole Taco w/o cheese

Love,
Chuy
Ross Posted at 2006/05/22 8:19pm reply to

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i'm guessing it's the corn tortillas that are ok? anyway, good to hear they realize the scarcity of options now happy
Jacob Posted at 2006/05/23 1:00pm reply to

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Yeah I wonder about their wheat tortillas.  I wonder if they could show us the ingredient lists
Jacob Posted at 2010/06/01 12:18pm reply to

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Update:  I just got this email a few days ago:

Fellow vegans,

After years of eating at Chuy's Tex-Mex restaurants, and being told repeatedly that the vegetarian sauces and refried beans contain no dairy, my sister and I have learned that they actually do contain butter.  The butter is used to saute onions that are added to just about all the sauces and the refried beans.  Apparently the wait staffs at multiple Chuy's locations had no idea, because, like I said, we've asks over and over again throughout the years.  But annoying as that is, we have decided to channel our frustration and disappointment into a Facebook campaign aimed at convincing Chuy's to make the small and easy switch to vegetable oil for cooking the onions.  Even vegans love Tex-Mex food!  And this small change would make the veggie enchiladas and bean burrito vegan, if you ask for no cheese.  Using a healthier cooking medium would benefit all of the patrons of Chuy's, not just the vegans.  Vegans are still a small portion of the population, but I know we are a growing group.  Making ourselves visible in this way can help educate our communities about what being vegan means, and just maybe we can end up with tasty food options as a result.

You can help out by forwarding this email, and visiting http://www.facebook.com/pages/Make-Chuys-Refried-Beans-Vegan/107924345920143 .  You can "like" the page, and if you have a Chuy's near you, please take a photo of yourself in front of one holding a sign reading something like, "Veganize your beans!" and post it to the page, or email it back to me (VeganizeYourBeans@gmail.com) and I'll do it for you.  Chuy's has locations in Austin, Houston, San Antonio, Dallas/Fort Worth, Waco, Nashville and Birmingham.

Thanks!
Johanna
Daniela Posted at 2010/06/03 11:51pm reply to

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that FB link didn't work for me.

i generally get corn tortillas at restaurants now thanks to this board.
Ross Posted at 2010/06/04 8:28am reply to

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Has anyone tried emailing Chuy's about this? It's just sort of baffling that they'd use butter with only the onions to put it in the beans...
Jacob Posted at 2010/06/04 2:43pm reply to

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