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    In A Major Win For Vegetarians, Taco Bell Is Bringing Back Potatoes And Working On A Beyond Meat Taco

    "Know that we're working hard to make things right."

    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.

    Shaking Food GIFs / Via giphy.com

    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.

    Taco Bell's Mexican pizza
    Taco Bell / tacobell.com

    People were outraged. There were tweets:

    PLEASE RETWEET THIS if you think @tacobell is making A mistake by CANCELING the Mexican pizza!!! With enough RT’s maybe we can stop this!!!

    Twitter: @bertkreischer

    There were petitions. Like this one to "save Taco Bell potatoes" with over 22,000 signatures:

    A petition to "save Taco Bell potatoes" on change.org

    And this "Save the Mexican Pizza" petition with a whopping 156,000 signatures and counting:

    Change.org / Via change.org

    (And, dear reader, if you look through the signatures, you'll notice the author of this post signed both petitions last year.)

    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:

    An article on Grub Street explores "How Taco Bell Turned Its Back on Indian Americans"
    Grub Street / Via grubstreet.com

    And there was even a "protest" that someone drove by and posted on TikTok:

    A man holds a sign that says "Taco Bell hates Vegans" on the side of a road
    @legendevy / tiktok.com

    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:

    And now, an announcement from our CEO.

    Twitter: @tacobell

    (I mean, really: What in the early-2000s Quiznos commercials is this?)

    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.

    A disconcerting potato with human eyes and a mouth and teeth
    Taco Belll / Via Twitter: @tacobell

    And then he/the potato announced that potatoes would return to the menu on March 11, 2021.

    The potato next to a calendar that has March 11, 2021 circled as Tater Time!
    Taco Bell / Via Twitter: @tacobell

    He continued, "Give us a minute to get them back to most restaurants, but know that we're working hard to make things right."

    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:

    @philliptle Can we just let potatoes have their moment?

    Twitter: @tacobell

    Either way, we'll be watching and waiting to hear what's next!

    Taco Bell / Via giphy.com

    What are your favorite Taco Bell menu items? Were you sad to see the potatoes go? Let us know in the comments!