Last year, among all of the other terrible things that happened in 2020, Taco Bell decided to drop a whole bunch of vegetarian items from their menu.
Among the menu items cut in August 2020 were the 7-Layer Burrito, Cheesy Fiesta Potatoes, Spicy Potato Soft Taco, and the beloved Mexican Pizza.
People were outraged. There were tweets:
There were petitions. Like this one to "save Taco Bell potatoes" with over 22,000 signatures:
And this "Save the Mexican Pizza" petition with a whopping 156,000 signatures and counting:
There were really well-done think pieces that explored the cultural relevance of Taco Bell's vegetarian offerings and how their decisions to cut certain items ended up alienating a huge number of people:
And there was even a "protest" that someone drove by and posted on TikTok:
It was just more bad news in a year filled with bad news.
And then this morning, Taco Bell uploaded this absolute acid trip of a video — in which their CEO is a talking potato — to announce that potatoes would be coming back to Taco Bell:
In it, the CEO/potato explained that the increased demand in their drive-thrus due to COVID-19 required them to simplify their menu, hence cutting the potatoes.
And then he/the potato announced that potatoes would return to the menu on March 11, 2021.
And then he announced that Taco Bell would be "going Beyond" this year — a nod to their new partnership with Beyond Meat.
Exactly which cut menu items will be returning is still unclear, but it's safe to say they aren't taking requests just yet:
Either way, we'll be watching and waiting to hear what's next!
What are your favorite Taco Bell menu items? Were you sad to see the potatoes go? Let us know in the comments!