Freebirds is a Texas Favorite for Dairy-Free Burritos and Bowls


Updated in 2021! As we headed to the California Coast, on our drive home from a trade show in Anaheim, we stumbled upon a Freebirds for lunch. The staff was very friendly and helpful and the food tasted delicious with some pleasantly bold flavors. The menu selection is quite similar to Chipotle or Qdoba, but with their own twists. Both Tony and I got bowls, and I opted to try the Calabacitas Tempeh as my “meat” as I was curious on their vegan option – it was quite good, and better than I remember Chipotle’s vegan option.

Since that day, many Freebird locations have come and gone – including the ones in California. They’re now primarily a Texan chain, but still offer a big menu of dairy-free and vegan options.

Freebirds - a chain Mexican food restaurant (much like Chipotle in style) with ample dairy-free, gluten-free & vegan options.

Freebirds is a Texas Favorite for Dairy-Free Burritos and Bowls

My one complaint with Freebirds was the portion sizes. They describe their bowls as “hefty” on their website, but what we were served was quite light indeed. I’m not a big person by any means, and could have easily eaten dessert (if they’d had a dairy-free option!) after that meal. Without the cheese and sour cream it was a bit meager, pricier than the competitors, and adding guacamole wasn’t free (in fact it was quite the upcharge).

That all said, I wouldn’t hesitate to eat at a Freebird’s again if we were traveling. Not only was the food and service good, they also have an Allergen Guide, which notes many dairy-free and vegan-friendly options. Please note that their allergen guide does not note which items are gluten-free specifically, but does note wheat-free. And it’s no longer available online.

So What is Dairy-Free at Freebirds?

Based on their prior information, all of the following items at Freebirds are made without dairy (but check prior to ordering!):

  • Tortillas
  • Tortilla Strips
  • Tortilla Chips
  • All Meats
  • Beyond “Meat” (which they now have as their vegan option)
  • Cauliflower Rice Cilantro Lime Rice
  • Spanish Rice
  • Black Beans
  • Pinto Beans
  • Refried Beans
  • All Vegetables
  • All Salsas
  • Guacamole
  • Death Sauce
  • Habanero Sauce
  • Ancho Dressing
  • Tomatillo Dressing

Heads Up! At last check, the BBQ Sauce at Freebirds contained milk.

This Post is for Informational Purposes Only

Menus, ingredients, kitchen procedures, management, and restaurants are subject to change at any time. Always read the menu and discuss your dietary needs with the staff before ordering. Make sure that they can accommodate your situation. This post is for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as advice.

There is always a risk for potential cross-contamination of allergens in any commercial kitchen. If cross-contamination is an issue for you, always speak with the manager to ensure that your meal can be safely prepared. Listings here do not guarantee that a restaurant is safe enough for your individual needs. Only you can make that decision.

Freebirds - a chain Mexican food restaurant (much like Chipotle in style) with ample dairy-free, gluten-free & vegan options.

Where to Find Freebirds

As mentioned, Freebirds is mostly in Texas these days, but they still have dozens of locations. See their website below for addresses, hours, and online ordering.


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Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


  1. We lived in TX near a Freebirds and it was our go-to for busy nights! They got to know my son and would get fresh gloves when they saw him walk in the door 🙂 There was one employee who was so sweet to him she took care of his needs every time. We now live in NJ and the boys want us to open a Freebirds here because they miss it so much!

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