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 that they have many locations throughout the U.S. Their staff was kind enough to email an allergen guide. Below are the helpful things that I discovered for dairy-free patrons, vegan diners, and for other food allergic guests.
Chronic Tacos Dishes Dairy-Free Options for Every Meal of the Day
As an upfront disclaimer, the Chronic Tacos Allergen Guide definitely has a few errors – I’m pretty sure their quesadillas contain milk! And it needs to be updated with a few of their menu changes. So as always, verify with the staff when you order.
Nonetheless, we found tons of dairy-free options, including breakfast and dessert! I’ve included the dairy-free choices and other dietary notes in an FAQ format below.
What is Dairy-Free at Chronic Tacos?
- All of their Breakfast Fillings, including the Chorizo, Gringo (if still available), Machaca (if still available), and Veggie are made without dairy and wheat. But they do contain egg.
- All of their Tortilla bases, including Corn, Flour, Crispy, and Chips are dairy-free. The corn tortillas are also made without top allergens, but the chips contain soy.
- The Tostada Bowls and Telera Bread (for Tortas) are also made without dairy and egg, but they do contain wheat and soy.
- This means that you can order their Breakfast Tacos, Burritos, and Bowl-ritos dairy-free, and you can order the tacos wheat-free.
- Both types of Rice, the Spanish and the White Lime, are dairy-free and made without top allergens.
- All of their Beans, including the black beans, pinto beans and refried beans, are dairy-free and made without top allergens.
- If you opt for a Salad, the Chipotle Lime Vinaigrette is made without milk. But skip the ranch dressings – both varieties contain milk.
- All of their non-battered Meat and Fish proteins are dairy-free. This includes the Al Pastor, Carne Asada, Carnitas, Pollo Asada, Sauteed Mahi Mahi, Sauteed Shrimp, Shredded Beef, and White Chicken. These are all made without eggs, soy, and wheat, too. However, their battered mahi mahi and battered shrimp are made with nearly every top allergen (including milk, eggs, soy, and wheat). And the potato tacos do contain dairy.
- The Salsas are all dairy-free and top allergen-free.
- For Sauces, you can enjoy the Baja. It is dairy-free and wheat-free, but it does contain egg and soy.
- Except for the cheese and sour cream, all of the remaining Toppings are dairy-free and wheat-free. This includes the Guacamole, Fajita Veggies, Tortilla Strips, and the fresh vegetables.
- On the Side, the Chronic Fries are made without dairy, eggs, and wheat (they do contain soy). But if cross-contact is a concern, check to see if they are cooked in a shared fryer with the battered fish. We aren’t sure about the Tots, because they weren’t listed in the Allergen Guide.
- And for Dessert, the Churro Bites are actually dairy-free! But if cross-contact is a concern, check to see if they are cooked in a shared fryer with the battered fish. As a heads up, the churro bites do contain egg, soy, and wheat.
What is Dairy-Free & Gluten-Free at Chronic Tacos?
According to their gluten-free guidance, it looks like the wheat-free items are also gluten-free. But I would double check on the meats and seafood, and check with the staff if potential cross-contamination is concern for you.
Is Chronic Tacos a Nut-Free Restaurant?
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.
Does Chronic Tacos Have Vegan Options?
At every location, vegans can order tacos, burritos, fries, and salads made with their veggies, black beans, and white lime rice. The salsas should be vegan-friendly, and the guacamole and chipotle lime vinaigrette might be animal-free options. Confirm with the staff before ordering.
And in select locations, Chronic Tacos now offers Beyond Meat. It’s a 100% plant-based meat alternative that you can enjoy on their tacos, burritos, bowls, and fries. They’re initially launching it in 15 U.S. locations. See their website, below, for the vegan “meat” availability. It seems to be hitting in California, Georgia, North Carolina, and Washington state first.
Where to Find Chronic Tacos
They have 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.
This information is subject to change at any time, and potential cross-contamination with allergens can always be a concern. Check in store on the ingredients and processes before ordering. And kindly leave a comment if you see any changes or additions.