Not to be confused with Capture the Taco.

Taco Bandits is a game mode on Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare which was released in the Legends of the Lawn DLC update. The plants must defend their three tacos from zombies until the time runs out.


Sound Description
Taco Bandits music (Version 1)
Taco Bandits music (Version 2)
Taco Dropped music (Version 1)
Taco Dropped music (Version 2)
Plants Win music
Zombies Win music
When a taco is captured
Picking up a taco
Resetting a taco
Taco grilling


For Team Plants

You must defend the Taco Stand from the zombies, and also do not let zombies get the tacos to Zomboss's UFO three times, or else you will lose. The tacos takes 5 seconds to reset to its base.

For Team Zombies

You must get the taco from the Taco Stand, you cannot use any abilities while having the taco. You have to get a taco to Zomboss's UFO three times to win. Also, do not forget only one zombie can take a taco each time, so to get another taco you will have to wait for the zombie with the taco to be vanquished or the zombie to take it to the UFO. As Scientist, Warp just before picking up the taco. As All-Star, Sprint Tackle simply into the taco stand.

Related achievements

No Nacho Taco for You!
Vanquish a Zombie carrying a taco in Taco Bandits



  • The tacos that appear in this mode looks different than the taco from Plants vs. Zombies 2, but it looks the same as the ones from Plants vs. Zombies.
  • The Chomper and Imp Punt both seem to play maracas while the Cactus plays a guitar, a Browncoat Zombie playing a trumpet and the All-Star playing an accordion. The Sombrero Bean Bomb does not play an instrument, instead, it jumps.
  • This is the only game mode where spawnable zombies can be spawned in a normal map that isn't a Gardens & Graveyards map.
    • This is not true in Garden Warfare 2 since in Gnome Bomb potted plants and bots can be built/planted.
  • In the September 2018 patch notes, the team discussed about game modes, claiming that they will keep the players "well-fed with fun", hinting at the return of Taco Bandits.
    • This was officially confirmed when the December 2018 update was released featuring a limited time game mode called "Capture the Taco" which was similar to Taco Bandits, but allowed both plants and zombies to take part in capturing the other side's tacos.
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