Runza has two new offerings: Vegetarian versions of everyone’s favorite meat-stuffed sandwiches.

Instead of ground beef, cabbage and onions inside the original Runza, these are all veggie.

There’s the Original Vegetarian Runza, which contains lentils, cabbage, onions, oats and spices, and the Southwest Black Bean Runza, which has black beans, corn, onions, red peppers, oats, shredded cheddar cheese and spices.

And we tried them both.

Let’s start here: They’re both really good. Surprisingly good.

If you’re worried the veggie Runza wouldn’t have the texture or taste of a beef Runza, don’t be.

The regular vegetarian tastes, well, quite a bit like a regular beef Runza. It’s a little spicier — lots of black pepper — but otherwise has that meaty, cabbagey flavor. Because of their chewiness, the lentils gave it a different texture, but it was good.

Then there’s the southwest black bean, which was phenomenal. Tasting something like a southwestern burrito but with Runza’s doughy bread instead of a tortilla, this thing is a winner.

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Though it has cheese in the filling, it wasn’t particularly cheesy, and you’d have a hard time guessing it was meatless if you didn’t already know.

The flavor was so good, I’d consider ordering the southwest veggie Runza over a regular one.

One thing: The veggie Runzas may be meatless, but they’re not necessarily healthier. The original vegetarian has 530 calories, the exact amount of a ground beef Runza. The southwest clocks in a little lower at 470 calories.

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Kevin Coffey is the entertainment editor and critic, covering music, movies, video games, comic books and lots more. Follow him on Twitter @owhmusicguy. Phone: 402-444-1557.

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