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

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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. 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, including the ones listed below.

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

Freebirds Dairy-Free Menu Guide with Gluten-Free & Vegan Options

Freebirds offers an Allergen Guide, but they don’t regularly update it online. Below is the latest information on dairy-free items from the company. They have a build your own menu, with four different sizes of burritos, bowls, salads, and tacos, and the following component selections. All of these Freebirds items are are also egg-free, tree nut-free, and peanut-free. They’re also gluten-free, fish-free, and soy-free, unless otherwise noted. And this dairy-free menu guide is vegan, except for the animal meats and the BBQ sauce (contains fish!).

Tortilla / Base

  • Cayenne Tortillas (contains gluten and soy)
  • Flour Tortillas (contains gluten and soy)
  • Spinach Whole Wheat Blend Tortillas (contains gluten and soy)
  • Wheat Tortillas (contains gluten and soy)
  • Corn Tortillas, Taco-Size
  • Spring Mix Greens
  • Iceburg Lettuce

Heads Up! They always have flour tortillas available for their burritos, but the additional wheat and flavored tortilla options might vary by location.

Proteins

  • Beyond Meat, Vegan
  • Brisket (see note below)
  • Carnitas (contains soy)
  • Dark Meat Chicken
  • Ground Beef
  • Seasoned Chicken
  • Slow Roasted Pork
  • Steak (contains gluten and soy)
  • White Meat Chicken

Heads Up! The brisket and slow roasted pork are not included within any of Freebirds allergen information, but we did confirm that they are dairy-fee and gluten-free. Please verify for other allergens at the store, if needed. They do rotate their meat selection, so not all of the above options will be available at any given time.

Rice

  • Cauliflower Rice
  • Cilantro Lime Rice
  • Spanish Rice

Beans

  • Black Beans
  • Pinto Beans
  • Refried Beans

Other Toppings

  • Avocado
  • Cilantro
  • Diced Jalapenos
  • Diced Onions
  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Grilled Corn Salsa
  • Guacamole
  • Pico De Gallo
  • Potatoes
  • Roasted Garlic
  • Sautéed Peppers and Onions
  • Shredded Lettuce
  • Tortilla Strips

Sauces

  • BBQ Sauce (contains gluten, fish, and soy)
  • Creamy Jalapeno Salsa
  • Death Sauce
  • Fresh House Salsa
  • Habenaro Sauce
  • Hot Tomatillo Sauce
  • Lime Juice
  • Mild Tomatillo Sauce
  • Spring Mix (salad base)

Heads Up! They often have a seasonal salsa. When we’ve checked, these have always been dairy-free, but sometimes contain soy. Check in store on allergens.

Salad Dressing

  • Ancho Dressing
  • Tomatillo Dressing

Sides

  • Fried Potatoes
  • Tortilla Chips (gluten cross-contamination warning)

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.

Website: freebirds.com

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Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, 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.

2 Comments

  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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