LAKE FOREST, Calif. – Del Taco announced it will begin offering Beyond Tacos from Beyond Meat starting on Dec. 13. The plant-based product will be tested at 16 locations in San Diego and five select locations in the Los Angeles area.

Del Taco will offer both the Beyond Avocado Taco, which is a vegan option, and a Beyond Taco which is considered vegetarian.

“With a growing demand for vegan and vegetarian options among our guests, we saw an opportunity within the space to partner with Beyond Meat to develop a proprietary blend of seasoned, 100 percent plant-based meat,” said John Cappasola, president and CEO of Del Taco. “After receiving overwhelmingly positive feedback from fans during our pilot test in Los Angeles, it only made sense to introduce our Beyond Tacos to a larger SoCal community.”

Beyond Meat is also being offered as a substitute for any protein in existing Del Taco menu items, such as burritos, nachos and fries at these locations.

The plant-based company recently started considering setting up an initial public offering (IPO) in the near future.