Your Taco Bell Nutrition Guide
Calories and Nutrition Facts

Taco Bell Nutrition Guide

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Repeat after me...

...fres-co. Fresco. You've got it!

Now don't forget it. Learn to order your favorite Taco Bell menu items "Fresco Style."

  250-350 calorie option 400-500 calorie option 600-700 calorie option
Beef "Fresco" Steak Burrito or "Fresco" Steak Enchirito Fiesta Steak Burrito 1 "Fresco" Steak Gordita Baja + 1 "Fresco" Fiesta Steak Burrito Supreme
Chicken "Fresco" Chicken Burrito or "Fresco" Chicken Enchirito Fiesta Chicken Burrito + side of "Fresco" Pintos and Cheese 1 "Fresco" Chicken Fiesta Burrito + 1 "Fresco" Chicken Gordita Baja
Vegetarian "Fresco" Bean Burrito Bean Burrito 2 "Fresco" Bean Burritos
Taco Bell Nutrition Facts: You can order anything on the menu fresco style and when you do, the cheese and sauce are replaced with salsa.

This swift shift of the tongue will save you ~25% fat.

I'm a registered dietitian (meet me) and I approve this advice.

Yes, the convenience of fast food CAN co-exist with your goal of keeping calories (why calories matter) and fat grams in check.

As your personal nutrition guide, I feel compelled to provide you a Taco Bell Nutrition Guide and information about Taco Bell calories in order to advise you of the best choices available. (See the criteria I used.) If you're gonna go there, you want to do the least damage, right?

See the blue guide above and the green one below for good menu choices.


Q: Which calorie level above is most appropriate for me? (Establish your personal calorie count.)

A: Use the following rough guidelines:

250-350 calorie menu suggestions could be considered a "mini meal" for a larger or more active person, or a full meal for a smaller person or someone in need of a lower calorie intake.

400-500 calorie menu suggestions would be appropriate for an average size person or an active smaller person.

600-700 calorie menu suggestions would be appropriate for a very active or larger person.

Good Fiber Lower Carb (20-30grams) Good Kid's Choice
Bean burrito "Fresco" Gordita or "Fresco" Soft Taco "Fresco" Soft Chicken Taco

While this Taco Bell Nutrition Guide will help you find a lower calorie or reduced fat meal, keep in mind you aren't exactly eating health food.

Nutrition Facts Taco Bell: You may be unknowingly consuming unhealthy trans fat, excessive sodium and you're likely not getting a full serving of vegetables or fruit with your meal.

(Contact Taco Bell and tell them to lose the trans fat.)

Taco Bell Nutrition Guide: General Tips

  • Chicken is generally lower in calories than beef
  • Cheese drives calories and sodium numbers up quickly. Ask for no cheese, less cheese, or cheese on the side and use sparingly
  • Crispy and/or crunchy (ex.: crunchy taco shells, taco salad shells, nachos, or tostadas) = fried = high calorie/artery clogging
  • Less Healthy Than You'd Think Sodium Nightmare Avoid Like the Plague
    Fiesta Taco Salad Grilled Stuffed Chicken Burrito (2160mg!) Fiesta Taco Salad

    (Fiesta Taco Salad = 860 calories, 46g fat, 5g trans fat, 1800mg away from the border!)

    What A Nutritionist Would Choose:
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    "Fresco" Bean Burrito

    Want to run the numbers on your favorite Taco Bell meal? Get a grasp on the Taco Bell calories you're eating with this Taco Bell Nutrition Guide Calculator.

    Bright Idea!

    Why not make your own quick, healthy Mexican food? No need to run to the border... about running to your own kitchen?

    In my opinion, Mexican cuisine is the easiest food to make quickly and in a healthy way.

    Keep the following on hand:

    • corn tortillas or whole wheat flour tortillas
    • canned fat free refried beans or whole pinto beans
    • salsa
    • lowfat shredded cheese (optional)

    Meal time is as easy as 1-2-3.

    1. Spread tortilla with fat free refried beans or drained and rinsed pinto beans.
    2. Top with salsa and small amount of cheese.
    3. Heat (optional) and eat!

    More Healthy Quick Meal Ideas

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    ** Note: Taco Bell calories and nutrition facts current as of July, 2007 **