Chronic Tacos Bowled Us Over with Dairy-Free Options


Updated in 2021! When in Honolulu, I stumbled across a popular Mexican-style, fast casual spot called Chronic Tacos. I looked them up to find out dairy-free options, and discovered they have many locations throughout the U.S. They have an allergen guide available, but it’s a little confusing and a little dated. So we dug a bit deeper to identify the current dairy-free options. We’ve also included notes for vegan diners and for other food allergic guests.

Chronic Tacos Dairy-Free Menu Guide with Vegan & Allergen Options

Chronic Tacos Dairy-Free Menu Guide with Vegan & Allergen Options

You can build your own burrito, tacos, salad, or bowl (with rice, chip, or fries!) at Chronic Tacos. They have just a couple preset burritos on the menu (at last check, both were dairy-free when ordered without cheese), and the rest is choose your own adventure. The dairy-free list below is followed by quick information on the vegan options (of which there are many).

Allergen Notes: All of the following dairy-free items are also egg-free, except for the Baja Sauce and Churro Bites. All of the following are gluten-free by ingredients, except for the Crispy Taco Shells, Flour Tortillas, Telera Bread, Tostada Bowl, and possibly the Tots (check in store). We can’t say for sure if Chronic Tacos is a fully nut-free establishment. But according to their Allergen Guide, they do not serve any items that contain peanuts or tree nuts. And they do not use peanut oil for frying.

Burrito, Taco, and Bowl Bases

  • Cabbage
  • Corn Tortillas
  • Crispy Taco Shells
  • Flour Tortillas
  • Fries
  • Lettuce
  • Spanish Rice
  • Tater Tots
  • Telera Bread (Tortas – where available)
  • Tortilla Chips
  • Tostada Bowl
  • White Lime Rice

Heads Up! Fried items might be cooked in a shared fryer with the beer-battered fish and shrimp. Inquire in store if you are concerned about potential cross-contamination in the fryer. Also, the potato taco base does contain dairy.

Protein Options

  • Al Pastor
  • Bacon
  • Beyond Beef
  • Carne Asada
  • Carnitas
  • Chorizo
  • Pollo Asado
  • Sautéed Mahi Mahi
  • Sautéed Shrimp
  • Scrambled Eggs (no cheese)
  • Veggie (see Beans below for options)
  • White Chicken

Heads Up! The Beer Battered Mahi Mahi and Battered Shrimp at Chronic Tacos do contain dairy. Not all options listed above will be available at every location, at all times.


  • Black Beans
  • Pinto Beans
  • Refried Beans


  • Cilantro
  • Diced Onions
  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Fajita Veggies
  • Guacamole
  • Lime Wedge
  • Shredded Cabbage
  • Tortilla Strips

Topping Styles: Chronic Tacos has three topping styles that you can choose from if you want to quick order. Here’s how to get them dairy-free:

  • Street Style – Lime, onions, cilantro & salsa
  • Gringo Style – Lime, lettuce, & salsa (no cheese)
  • Baja Style – Lime, cabbage, pico de gallo & baja sauce (no cheese)

Sauces & Dressings

  • Baja Sauce
  • Chipotle Lime Vinaigrette
  • Pico de Gallo
  • Roja Salsa
  • Verde Salsa


  • Chips & Guacamole
  • Chips & Salsa
  • Churro Bites
  • Fajita Veggies
  • Guacamole

Specialty Drinks

  • Jamaica Juicy Whip

Heads Up! Unfortunately, the Orange and Rica Horchata Juicy Whip at Chronic Tacos contain milk.

Vegan Options at Chronic Tacos

All of the items listed above are also vegan-friendly, except for the Baja Sauce, Churro Bites, meats, and seafood. The Beyond Meat and Veggies options are vegan-friendly.

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.

The Dairy-Free Guide to Chronic Tacos with Vegan, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Egg-Free and Soy-Free Options - breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert!

Where to Find Chronic Tacos

Chronic Tacos has over 50 restaurant locations in the U.S., and a few outposts in Canada and Japan. See the 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.

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