Healthy Eating at Disneyland Rancho del Zocalo
Hello health food and Disney nuts! I’m back with another healthy eating guide at Disneyland, this time for Rancho del Zocalo. Most every restaurant at Disneyland has healthy eating options, gluten-free options, vegan options, you name it! Sometimes though, they aren’t easy to find! Which is why I do the research for you, so you can learn the ins-and-outs. However, don’t ever be afraid to ask a cast member questions about a menu, they are happy to help!
As far as finding a variety of customizable options to suit every dietary need, Rancho del Zocalo in Frontierland takes the cake! You might think with it being a Mexican restaurant, it would mainly be bread, cheese, and meat, and not necessarily friendly to someone wanting to eat vegan or gluten-free. However, Rancho del Zocalo is the most accommodating, in my opinion.
In addition to the customizable options, it is one of my favorite restaurants to go to during this time of year since they decorate it for Dia de los Muertos. You don’t see many restaurants decorated for Halloween time, so this is a real treat!
Eating Vegan at Rancho del Zocalo
Okay vegans, get ready for some fantastic news: You can make pretty much anything on the menu vegan! I was told by the cast member who was the greeter at the restaurant (Ashley K, who was incredible informative) that you can ask for a vegan burrito, vegan street tacos, pretty much anything, and they will accommodate. It’s quite easy to eat vegan at this restaurant since their tortillas, beans, rice, chips, and their tostada bowls are vegan! How amazing is that? Here are some vegan menu highlights:
- Vegan burrito with Tomatillo (aka green sauce) on top.
- You don’t have to purchase the burrito with tomatillo sauce on top, but since the vegan burrito doesn’t have cheese inside and are mostly steamed veggies, the tomatillo sauce packs this meal with flavor! Making this vegan dish a delicious meal for anyone (vegan or not).
- Vegan Street Tacos
- Their corn tortillas are vegan, so they just pack these tacos with veggies instead of meat. You can also ask for them to add black bean corn salsa or rice to the tacos if you want something more than veggies. You can also add tomatillo sauce for more flavor.
- Tostada Salad
- Their in-house freshly made tostada bowls are vegan! Just ask for no sour cream on this.
- Vegan Nachos
- Buy a bag of their limon chips (they are vegan and gluten-free, but not soy-free), a side of beans, and a side of guacamole and make your own nachos!
Eating Gluten-Free at Rancho del Zocalo
Eating gluten-free is super easy at Rancho del Zocalo! If eating gluten or soy-free is a preference, you can order one of the menu options below. If it is due to an allergy, let the cast member know who is prepping your food and they will wear a new set of gloves to prepare your meal.
- Gluten-free Nachos
- Buy a bag of the limon chips, a side of beans, a side of guacamole (and a side of salsa if you like) to make your own nachos for $6.99! Note that the chips are not soy-free.
- Any of the burritos and tacos without cheese, since the tortillas, beans, and rice are gluten and soy-free.
- Tostada bowl
- Gluten-free, not soy-free.
- Chile Verde
- Citrus Fire-Grilled Chicken
Healthiest Customizations Possible
If you aren’t necessarily vegan, gluten-free, or soy-free, but are watching what you eat and want to make a lighter, more nutrient-rich meal, here are my customization suggestions:
- Tostada Salad, but instead of refried beans and rice, substitute extra black bean corn salsa and extra veggies (this is no additional charge to substitute), and with no sour cream.
- Citrus Fire-Grilled Chicken, instead of rice and refried beans substitute black bean corn salsa and veggies. OR you can substitute brown rice for one of the sides.
- Vegan Street Tacos with only veggies and tomatillo sauce
- Any of the kids meals
- Baked Fish tacos with different sides (black bean corn salsa, brown rice, or veggies)
At Rancho del Zocalo, you can substitute any side for veggies, black bean corn salsa, or brown rice! These are my go-to in making any meal at this restaurant feel less heavy in your stomach.
And when eating at ANY Disneyland restaurant, don’t be shy to ask a cast member what menu options they have available to fit your dietary requests. I highly recommend asking a cast member who is at the front of the restaurant greeting guests, as opposed to those dishing up your meal, since they are often in a hurry and can occasionally forget some options to offer you due to the kitchen rush.
Happy healthy eating at Rancho del Zocalo! What healthy eating at Disneyland feature would you like to see next?