• Don Carlos Taco Shop

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Serves meat, vegan options available. Burrito and tacos eatery. Vegans need to specify because cheese is used. Has a soyrizo filling and sometimes a vegan tamale choices with soyrizo, harvest veggie, pumpkin spice, or pina colada (call ahead to check). Open Mon-Thu 9:00am-8:00pm, Fri-Sat 9:00am-9:00pm, Sun 10:00am-6:00pm.

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14 Reviews

First Review by johnsonfamilyzoo


Points +78

31 Aug 2023

Good Burrito good price

Tasty reasonably priced Burrito. Friendly staff.

Pros: Good Burrito, Reasonably priced , Friendly staff



Points +215

20 Sep 2022

Local La Jolla Gem

They can veganize many items here including burritos and even chimichangas.

Pros: Clean oil, Generous with the guac


Points +577

01 Feb 2022

Best vegan burritos in La Jolla

Filling, cheap, lots of options, grab a burrito at Don Carlos and head to the beach.

Pros: Options, Price, Portion size


Points +169

01 Jun 2021

Great little place

Wonderful little place with options of turning most dishes vegetarian or vegan with either soyrizo or grilled veggies. No lard or animal stock in their rice or beans.


Points +20

22 Jan 2020

Should be 5 stars but cant rate it that

Damn... this place has a lot of vegan options (or vegetarian, but substitute dairy items to make vegan). Got the soyrizo burrito and substituted cheese for guac for NO ADDITIONAL COST!!... crazy good, juicy, and strong flavors. Perfect amount of spice, but there is salsa Verde for those who are more adventurous folks ;)

Pros: Fast service, great flavor, lot of options

Cons: Need to substitute dairy to make vegan


Points +62

25 Apr 2019

Good Family Option

Only vegan in my family and it turned out to be a great option. They featured one vegetarian and three vegan tamale options and I opted to get the soyrizo tamale (for $2.50). Not particularly flavorful, so I ended up applying liberal amounts of hot sauce to give it that extra flavor. Don Carlos also is very organized when it comes to their recycling, which is very nice to see. All around, a safe and handy choice if you’re in the area.

Pros: Many vegan options , Indoor and outdoor seating , Knowledgeable staff

Cons: Not very flavorful


Points +2706

24 Nov 2017

How I Learned to Love the Soyrizo Torta

The Soyrizo Torta ($7.50) at Don Carlos is forever a favorite. Oily soyrizo soaking into the soft bread, eventually ending up on your fingers and dripping down your arms. Fatty bits of avocado chunks in the tomato spiked guacamole, with a swath of warm refried beans and crisp iceberg growing soggy with every minute. Slide in a few spicy carrots for bite and split it with a loved one because not sharing this sandwich is a crime.

Pros: Staff understands how to modify menu for vegans, No lard in beans, No stock in rice

Cons: Menu is not marked with vegan items


Points +147

06 Aug 2016

Best Vegan Burritos!

Finally a quick, easy place to get a vegan burrito without worrying what's really in it. I love customizing my burrito to have it have beans, rice, soyrizo, fries, guac, and pico!

Order it to go and walk down to the cove to enjoy the sunset (:

Pros: Good Value


Points +106

21 Feb 2016

Delicious :)

Sometimes they have vegan tamales, and when they do they are amazing. Usually I just customize my own burrito. I just ask for a burrito with rice, black beans, and whatever veggies I feel like that day. It's great!

Pros: great food, quick service


Points +496

24 Mar 2015

Aftert school regular

I am very happy this place is here. My son goes there after school a few times and week and loves it. He bought me home a house-made mushroom and tofu tamale twice last week and they were a wonderful treat (but definitely not thinning though!).


Points +55

29 Jun 2014

Fabulous Vegan Burrito!

The veggie burrito with no cheese was delicious. Tasted fresh and was more than reasonable! Love it!


Points +57

28 Feb 2012

Awesome taco/burrito place!

We stopped here for lunch and were so excited to find it! It's the kind of place a non-local (aka me) would miss without happycow. Its a small shop that has a very extensive menu of tacos, burritos, chimichanga, nacho etc. A lot of vegetarian options. Under the menu there is a sign to let them know if you are vegan, which I did, and she rambled off all the many options she would make vegan for me. It was great! The food we had was delicious too! We had the vegan bean burrito and the vegetarian relleno burrito with copious amounts of the yummy sauces in squeeze jars on the table. They also offer some beer and soda. Friendly service in a really laid back atmosphere. My only con is that I wish I could have extended my stomach to try more!

Pros: Great selection, many vegan options, so delicious!


Points +73

24 Apr 2011

Awesome taco shop

This place was fantastic! I love Mexican food but am always worried about lard and stock and I felt totally comfortable eating here. I had the Soyrizo burrito and it was SO good. The owner was super friendly and chatted with us the whole time. I will definitely be coming back here next time I'm in Southern California!

Pros: Veggie-friendly!, Soyrizo, Friendly staff


Points +65

18 Aug 2010

Wonderful, Wonderful!

I can't believe I'm the first to review this place! Don Carlos is really this little taco stand. There are a few inside seats, but it was really stuffy inside from the kitchen- it's really tiny inside! There is lots of outdoor seating though. I didn't mind sitting outside since it was a nice day, and fun to watch everything and everyone go by.

Although they offer many meat items, there is a very good selection of vegan and vegetarian items. The menu even says to let them know if you are vegan, so they skip the cheese. The beans and rice are free of lard & broth. This is also mentioned on their menu.

I really had a hard time choosing, with all the vegan options. I think all the vegan choices made me think I was hungrier than I actually was... I got 2 different vegan tamales- one with veggies, the other with soyrizo. Both were good, but I preferred the soyrizo because it was a bit spicy. I got the tamale "meal", so it had rice and beans- both good. We also had the guac and chips. Good and the guac is vegan (some places add sour cream). Both sauces we had were good as well- a red sauce and a green sauce. They came squirt bottles, which was fun to squirt on your food.

Pros: great vegan choices, good prices, big portions

Cons: stuffy inside with little seating

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