Taco Bueno Nutrition Facts: Menu Choices and Calories

Best and Worst Health Choices

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Like many other fast food tex-mex restaurants, the Taco Bueno menu is full of tacos, nachos, burritos and platter combos. So if you're craving quick Mexican fare, you'll probably be able to satisfy your cravings when you visit this venue. But you're not likely to find many healthy, low calorie, low fat or low carb options.

Analyzing Taco Bueno Nutrition

Navigating the Taco Bueno menu is tricky.

It is not an extensive menu and the items offered are traditionally high in fat, calories, and sodium. In addition, only very limited nutrition information is offered online. So you can't visit their website to find the most nutritious foods.

Also, it's easy to overeat at Mexican restaurants because many of the menu items are small. The calorie count for any single item doesn't seem very high. So it's not uncommon to order two, three or even four foods to make a meal. The result is that your total Taco Bueno meal calories are way over budget.

So how do you stay healthy at Taco Bueno? It's always smart to keep portions in control. Choose a single item—or maybe two—and order those items with water to drink.

Nutrition Facts for Popular Taco Bueno Food

Party Taco Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 taco (51 g)
Per Serving% Daily Value*
Calories 143 
Calories from Fat 90 
Total Fat 10g15%
Sodium 244mg10%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Protein 7g 

Diners often enjoy traditional tacos at Taco Bueno. So which tacos are most nutritious? According to the information provided by the company, there is not much variation between calorie, fat and sodium levels for each of their basic tacos. Taco Bueno nutrition for their popular menu items are as follows:

  • A Beef Crispy Taco provides 210 calories, 12 grams of fat, 12 grams of carbohydrate, 13 grams of protein and 440 milligrams of sodium.
  • A Beef Soft Taco provides 245 calories, 14 grams of fat, 18 grams of carbohydrate, 11 grams of protein and 620 milligrams of sodium.
  • A Chicken Crispy Taco provides 170 calories, 9 grams of fat, 12 grams of carbohydrate, 12 grams of protein and 410 milligrams of sodium.
  • A Chicken Soft Taco provides 184 calories, 8 grams of fat, 19 grams of carbohydrate, 10 grams of protein and 610 milligrams of sodium.

The Party Taco is a mini-version of the Crispy Beef Taco, including taco meat, lettuce, grated cheddar cheese, and tomatoes. It is the lowest calorie taco at Taco Bueno at just 143 calories, but it is also the smallest.

Healthiest Options

When you eat at a tex-mex restaurant, the salads are often tempting choices. Sometimes they are also the healthiest. But if your salad comes in a taco shell and is topped with cheese and other high fat additions like guacamole and sour cream, then it is very possible that your meal will have just as many calories as everything else on the menu.

At Taco Bueno, you can order a Tex-Mex Bowl without a taco shell. The bowl is served with your choice of ground beef, grilled fajita steak, or all white meat fajita chicken, Mexican rice, refried beans, tomatoes, lettuce, sour cream, guacamole and shredded cheddar cheese.

If you ask your server to omit one or two of the higher fat ingredients (like the sour cream or the cheese) then this can be a relatively healthy choice.

Unhealthiest Options

So what should you avoid when you go to Taco Bueno? If you eat an entire order of Nachos and Chips, you'll consume 1567 calories, 97 grams of fat, 127 grams of carbs, 57 grams of protein, and 4105 milligrams of sodium. That is more calories (and far more salt) than many of us need in a day.

The Beef Muchaco is a pita stuffed with refried beans, taco meat, shredded cheddar cheese, lettuce, and tomatoes. Just one Muchacho provides 496 calories, 25 grams of fat, 49 grams of carbs, 17 grams of protein, and 877 milligrams of sodium.

That is nearly a meal's worth of calories and one item may not even satisfy your hunger.

And lastly, platters can also be problematic at Taco Bueno. Nutrition-savvy diners know that most of them provide more food than you need and are very high in fat, sodium, and calories as a result. The platters at Taco Bueno come with refried beans, chips and Mexican rice. These are foods that are traditionally prepared with a lot of salt and fat.

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