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Kids wanted Taco Bell yesterday and so I stopped there for lunch. Not sure I made the best choices for me though. The manager dragged (drug?) several boxes up front so I could read ingredients before ordering. I ended up with the chicken fiesta bowl without chicken or sauce, but I did eat the red tortilla strips, which from the website, is what did it to me. And I took a couple bites of little dudes taco (hard shell) without thinking......pretty sure the seasonings in the beef are not good for me either.

Anyway, just wondering if anyone eats at Taco Bell regularly and can give me some tips on ordering there. I get tired of making the kids go to McD's when we are out so i can get a milkshake. I wish more fast food places had baked potatoes.....

Anyway...any tips for Taco Bell, or am I just stuck drinking a soda while the boys eat???? Thanks!!

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The meat has wheat in it.

I don't eat there, too much risk. I think the tostadas are considered okay.

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taco bell is nesty. i never eat their unless i have to with my family. so never eat at taco bell at all in Pa.

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I miss Taco Bell... but they are so completely uncooperative with the gluten intolerant community that even if they did start posting an accurate gluten-free menu that actually had some real choices, I'd probably still boycott them on principle.

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i lived on their tostadas while pregnant :P i usually added sour cream and tomato too...oh, and the rice is fine too...that comes with cheese and chives on it :D and all the hot sauces are ok...those are about the only "main" dishes that are ok from what i read...definitely no meat!

angie

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So the beef is probably what did me in......ugh.....I have been so good for so long and 2 little bites.....yuck :( A few more days I guess and then I will be abck to normal hopefully. I hate this feeling....to think I lived with it for so long, not knowing.

I think from now on I will just get the rice with cheese, tomato and lettuce. It's good to know the rice is ok. We don't go there often, but I need to have one thing just in case..... Thanks!!!

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They have a list on thier website. The rice wasn't gluten free for a while 2002-2004 and is again now.

http://www.yum.com/nutrition/allergen/allergen_tb.asp

The only things listed as completely gluten-free are the tostada and the pintos and cheese and the rice. At the bottom is a paragraph about how to order the bowls gluten-free.

I had the pintos and cheese the other day after gum scaling at the dentist. They were pretty yummy.

Elonwy

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I had the pintos and cheese the other day after gum scaling at the dentist. They were pretty yummy.

Elonwy

Ouch!--After that, you certainly deserved a treat :D

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just to warn, at the bottom of the taco bell link it says that the list is current as of march 1, 2005 so the list is over a year old! might not be accurate

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I eat at Taco Bell all the time. The meat sauce has oats (!), how weird, huh? I always get the tostada, and the zesty chicken bowl without red strips or sauce. I have them add sour cream, although you may want to double check on gluten free status 1-800-tacobell. I have called before and they should be able to tell you all of the ingredients of everything, including allergens (I forgot to ask about sour cream, but I've never had a reaction). There are other options at the bottom of their menu.

Lisa

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Bottom line to me is that if you eat anywhere that serves gluten then you always have a chance of getting glutened but some places are better than others. At these fast food places they hire people who could care less and know nothing about the special diets.

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We just had TB this evening. My daughter had "plain" tostadas with just cheese. No sauce, no meat, no nothing but cheese.

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I get a 7 layer burrito plus steak in a bowl instead of a wrap. They laugh at me, but it's good! I have a friend (more like a sister) who is a manager there and she checked all of the ingredients. I wish TB would have listed the ingredients individually rather than just the completed menu items. I could build all sorts of cool stuff. SHe also told me I could have the hard shells, so I sometimes get a hard taco with refried beans instead of meat.

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My husband always gets the Southwest Steak Bowl without the Jalapeno sauce & an order of pintos & cheese. He loves it & has had no problems with it.

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According to :

http://www.yum.com/nutrition/allergen/allergen_tb.asp

only the Steak bowl is listed as not containing wheat. So...

1) Do you think the Zesty Chicken Bowl only contains wheat because of those red strips?

2) Do we assume the jalapeno sauce doesn't contain wheat since the website doesn't specify it as the steak bowl without dressing?

BTW, the site seems to have been updated 7/7/06. The Taco and Taco Supreme supposedly don't contain wheat...I guess they contain oats though? The Tostatda, Pintos and Cheese, and Mexican Rice are still Wheat Free. I think I'll send Taco Bell and email and see what's up...

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I seem to be a moron!! This is my second ridiculous post today. I should quit posting....

Anyway, for some reason I missed the whole Gluten column, where of course there is a check by Taco and Taco Supreme (DARN!).

Also, down at the bottom, it says:

Suggestions for Wheat and Gluten Sensitive Individuals

- Tostada

- Fiesta Taco Salad (order Chicken instead of Beef; order without the shell and without the Red Strips)

- Express Taco Salad (order Chicken instead of Beef)

- Zesty Chicken BORDER BOWL® (order without the Zesty Dressing and without the Red Strips)

- Southwest Steak Bowl (order without the Creamy Jalapeno Sauce)

So all my questions are answered. It was still updated 7/7/06 though!! Sorry for all the posts....

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Tostados are listed as gluten-free on the website but they were removed from the menu where I live. However, I called and talked to the manager and he said he could make me some because the tostado shells are used in the crunch wrap, so they are still around. I have always loved Taco Bell and am so excited to be able to eat something there.

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My son 17yo was applying for a job at Taco Bell, so I thought I'd order some drinks for us while waiting. My youngest son 7yo, and myself have Celiac Disease. All we ordered were Mt.Dew fountian drinks. I had a Horrible stomach cramps (haven't had in quite a while!) about 15 min after drinking them. Then my 7yo. Doubled over and was laying on the floor with pain. What in the world could have been gluten in the fontian drink, cup itself at TacoBell?

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