Costa Vida: Vegan and Vegetarian Options


Today, The Veg Take will take a look into Costa Vida’s vegetarian and vegan options. Costa Vida is a Mexican fast-food restaurant. In a similar matter to Chipotle, Costa Vida creates your burrito, salad, taco, ect. as you order. Costa Vida was founded on Mexico’s Pacific Coast, but their headquarters were in Utah’s Wasatch Front. They now have locations all over the United States, as well as in larger cities in Canada and the east.

Costa Vida allows you to choose and select the best ingredients for your taste. Burritos, salads, enchiladas, nachos, quesadillas, and Baja bowls can all be made vegetarian. Burritos and salads can be made vegan by using the Tomatillo Cintro Sauce, holding the cheese, and eating the rice. Continue reading for more information about Costa Vida’s vegetarian and vegan options and suggestions.

Costa Vida’s Vegetarian and Vegan Ingredients

Below is a complete list of all Costa Vida restaurants’ vegan and vegetarian ingredients. Non-vegan ingredients will appear boldly with the non-vegan ingredient enclosed in parentheses.

  • Tortillas
  • Flour
  • Wheat
  • Corn
  • Tortilla Chips
  • Tortilla Strips

When grilling tortillas on flat grills, dairy is required. Avoid being vegan

  • Hot Ingredients
  • Rice (Contains Dairy – Butter)
  • Black Beans
  • Pinto Beans
  • Refried Beans
  • Fajita Veggies*

Not listed on Costa Vida’s website? A Customer Experience Coordinator confirmed via email that Fajita Veggies can be made vegan-friendly.

  • Cold Ingredients
  • Pico
  • Salsa Fresca
  • Mango Salsa
  • Guacamole
  • Lettuce
  • Cabbage
  • Sour Cream (Contains Dairy)
  • Cotija Cheese (Contains Dairy)
  • Shredded Cheese (Contains Dairy).

Sauces and Dressings

  • Tomatillo Cilantro Sauce
  • Ranch Dressing (Contains Dairy)
  • Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette
  • Mango Dressing
  • Honey Habanero Sauce (Contains Honey)
  • Chipotle Cream Sauce (Contains Honey and Dairy)
  • Raspberry Chipotle Sauce (Vegetarian but not Vegan according to Costa Vida).

*Note: Red Enchilada Sauce is made with Chicken or Beef, so they are not suitable for vegetarians.


  • Cookie (Contains Milk and Eggs).
  • Tres Leches (Contains Eggs and Milk)
  • Key Lime Pie (Contains Milk and Eggs).
  • Flan (Contains Milk and Eggs).
  • Cinnamon Tortilla (Contains Milk)

Costa Vida Fresh Mexican Grill

Our famous Sweet Pork, delicious Shredded Beef, succulent Grilled Chicken, Grilled Steak, delicious Burritos, Tacos, and amazing Salads are sure to please your group. Each dish is freshly prepared in our kitchens and can be enjoyed at any event. Costa Vida will make your next event a success. Costa Vida’s burrito, taco, salad, and taco bars allow guests to personalize their meals just like in our restaurants. We can offer you the perfect side dishes, desserts, and beverages to please your guests. Costa Vida Fresh Mexican Restaurant Franchise

Franchise Facts

Costa Vida’s businesses are known for selling burritos and salads, as well as tropical drinks, desserts and other items.

What is the cost of a Costa Vida Fresh Mexican Grill franchise?

Costa Vida Fresh Mexican Grill charges a franchise fee up to $30,000 and requires an initial investment of $659,500 – $1,061,000.

  • Initial Franchise Fee: $30,000
  • Total Investment: $659500 to $1,061,000
  • Working Capital: $50,000 – $100,000
  • 6.0% Royalty Fee
  • Franchise fees include training fees and territory fees.

What is the average cost of a Costa Vida Fresh Mexican Grill franchise?

Franchise profits are affected by many variables including local demand, labor costs, and commercial lease rates. Franchise profits typically correspond to the amount of investment. We can help you determine how much money you could make by looking at your situation. For more information, please unlock this franchise.

What number of franchise locations does each company have?

According to the 2020 Franchise Disclosure Document there are currently 58 Costa Vida Fresh Mexican Grill franchises in the USA.

Is there a Costa Vida Fresh Mexican Grill franchise near me?

Based on 2020 FDD data Costa Vida Fresh Mexican Grill currently has 13 franchise locations. With 49 franchise locations, the West is the largest region.


This popular Baha Mexican restaurant, originally established in the west United States, is now making its eastern debut at Gainesville, FL. The interior design for  Fresh Mexican Grill was completed in the Archer Centro West retail center on Archer Road. It measures 3,250 square feet. The space includes a small office, commercial kitchen, walk-in cooler, food prep area, and a 30-table dining room. The space has a beachy vibe with its decor and colors. There are wooden slatted wave hanging from the ceiling, and a logo bubble wall which changes colors to give it the feeling of waves breaking. Under the strip-center canopy, outdoor seating is also available.