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Vegan option at a Mission taqueria?

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AmyinNoCal Nov 27, 2011 07:26 PM

I'm bringing a group to a Mission taqueria and one person is vegan. It's theoretically easy to eat vegan Mexican--rice, beans, tortillas--but in practice I suspect lard is usually involved. Anyone know of a taqueria where these items are truly vegetarian (vegan)?

TIA,
Amy

  1. chefj Nov 29, 2011 04:05 PM

    You will definitely need stay away from the the typical Taquerias. Not only is there often( almost always) lard in both the refrieds and the Frijoles De Oja but "chicken powder" (chicken base) is common place in the rice.

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      Robert Lauriston Nov 29, 2011 04:13 PM

      There are lots of vegetarian-friendly taquerias in the Mission. I avoid them by watching for the "no lard" signs.

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        chefj Nov 29, 2011 04:20 PM

        While true that many have stooped using lard many still use the chicken base( though not all) in the rice.
        I do not think that it is intentional deceit just oversight.

    2. moto Nov 27, 2011 09:08 PM

      it's not a tacqueria, but la Torta Gorda makes absurdly good huitlacoche quezadillas (other options include mushroom or squash blossom) that they would very likely adapt for a vegan by omitting the cotija cheese. they also make vegetarian tacos.

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        soupçon Nov 27, 2011 08:27 PM

        Taqueria Cancun is frequently cited as having the best vegetarian burrito in town. and I assume they can make it vegan. It also has great stuff for carnivores....

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        Taqueria Cancun
        3211 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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          vulber Nov 29, 2011 04:52 PM

          if the beans and rice aren't already vegan, given that they're already cooked, i doubt they could veganize them

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            soupçon Dec 1, 2011 09:44 AM

            As far as beans and rice go, if they're vegetarian they are probably also vegan. I was talking in terms of leaving the cheese out of a burrito, for example.

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          artemis Nov 27, 2011 08:15 PM

          Papalote has good vegan options.

          1. Windy Nov 27, 2011 07:55 PM

            Or just go to Gracias Madre, where everything is vegan.

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            Gracias Madre
            2211 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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              JasmineG Nov 29, 2011 12:13 PM

              If you like Gracias Madre, go while you still can http://sfist.com/2011/11/29/cafe_grat...

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