Del Taco is a popular fast food chain, most commonly found on the west coast (especially in California). The company offers fairly simple Mexican American fast food, but isn't exactly known for its healthy offerings. Some of its popular menu items include the Del Combo Burrito, which contains ground beef, beans and melted cheese, and its Macho Combo Burrito, which weighs over one pound.

While some fast food companies, like McDonald's and Subway, go out of their way to promote “healthier” menu items for nutritionally conscious consumers, Del Taco has thus far made no efforts to cater to a healthy populous. So if you find yourself in a Del Taco and want to order a menu item without compromising your health, things can get a little tricky.

For starters, you might try the red or green burrito. Though it contains cheese, the burrito is still much healthier than most items you'll find on the menu. Del Taco uses no lard in its beans, so the burrito is safe for vegetarians (but certainly not vegans). Del Taco also offers a grilled chicken soft taco, but the secret sauce is loaded with fat, so if you choose the chicken soft taco (or burrito), ask the server to hold the sauce and then add some hot sauce on your own. You can also order a side of salsa to enhance the flavor.

The Pollo Asado is another safer choice, but unfortunately, it's not always available. Much like McDonald's with its McRib, Del Taco tends to bring around its carne asada and pollo asado menu items for a limited time and then remove them from the menu a short time later, only to reintroduce them at a later date.

Overall, Del Taco is NOT your best bet for finding healthy options in the fast food world. But if you're ever stuck, stick with the red and green burrito and sauce-less grilled chicken. As a general rule, stay away from any menu item that has the word “macho” or “deluxe” as part of its name.