ANSWER: Some flavors of Takis, Takis Fuego and Takis Nitro, are vegan. This information is based on third-party ingredient lists and is not an official statement from the manufacturer. Therefore, this information may not be 100% up to date.
There may be some things you want to look for on your Takis label which will help you identify if its Vegan as well as some other things you might want to know about Takis.
Takis are a corn based crispy snack that is gaining in popularity across the world. There are around six different Tex-Mex style flavors of Takis - such as Salsa Brava. They're known for being hot, spicy, and having complex flavor profiles.
Although we couldn't locate the full ingredient statement on the manufacturer's website, but we were able to find some on Fooducate.com. The Fuego version has the following ingredient statement:
Ingredients: corn flour, hydrogenated soybean and/or canola and/or palm and/or sunflower oil, seasoning [salt, sugar, natural flavor, citric acid, soybean protein, yeast extract, monosodium glutamate, maltodextrin, sodium diacetate, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, artificial colors (fd&c red no. 40 lake, fd&c yellow no.6 lake), onion powder, chile extract, sodium inosinate and silicon dioxide (no more than 2% as anticaking agent)] and antioxidants (bht and/or tbhq and/or propylene glycol and/or bha).
As you probably gathered, Takis probably aren't the healthiest of foods, being mostly empty calories with little to no nutrition. However, that's not what this article is about.
The fact that they used yeast dictates that they were trying to give this version a slight cheesy flavor, but didn't want to use real cheese for whatever reason. This is a common practice for vegans, who use Nutritional Yeast to make homemade hard cheese and cheese sauces.
Vegan buyer beware, though, not all Takis are dairy free and some even contain eggs - the Salsa Fajita for example:
Ingredients: Corn Masa Flour (Processed With Lime), Soybean and/Or Palm and/Or Canola Oil, Seasoning [Maltodextrin, Iodized Salt, Monosodium Glutamate, Corn Starch, Chili Pepper (Chile), Citric Acid, Artificial and Natural Flavor (Soy, Milk, Egg), Onion Powder, Canola Oil, Garlic Powder, Spices, Artificial Colors (Yellow 6 Lake, Red 40 Lake and Blue 1 Lake), Dextrose, Tricalcium Phosphate, Yeast, Sugar, Gum Arabic, Xylose].
Aside from the ones that we've found - all other versions of Takis contained animal products this includes:
Be sure to check the ingredients on the bag for milk or eggs - which should be labeled in the allergen statement or in clearly marked within the ingredient statement.
We're not going to lie, with all of the trace ingredients in Takis, there lies the possibility that animals were involved at some point in the entire food supply chain. However, many top vegan organizations don't recommend worrying about trace ingredients (as their harm to animals is dubious at best) and neither do we unless there is clearly another option available.
Our article on sugar delves further into this position.
At Thrive Cuisine, we recommend a mainly Whole Foods Plant Based lifestyles for ideal health. Takis are very clearly removed from a whole food source (even the Vegan ones), so we recommend consuming them in great moderation if at all.
Cooking healthy, delicious, plant-based meals has been Joey’s true passion since he went vegan in 2015. He has a masters in Nutrition and Food Science and is committed to making the internet a place of education and knowledge rather than misinformation and clickbait. He currently lives in Delaware with his wife.