When hunger strikes, there’s no shame in scarfing down some fast-food tacos. But if you’re working on your fitness, a late-night T-Bell run probably isn’t top of mind as a healthy fast-food option.

Still can’t stay away from the top dog of Mexican-style fast food? Taco Bell does have several healthier options — you just need to get creative with your order.

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Are the taco bells ringing 🔔? Whether you’re looking for low calorie, fat, or sodium options, we got you. Here are 9 of the healthiest foods at Taco Bell that are registered dietitian-approved.

1. Beef Burrito Supreme Fresco Style

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A hearty burrito packed with beans and beef can quickly relieve any hunger pangs thanks to its high fiber and protein content. Ordering it “Fresco Style” removes the higher calorie and fat ingredients, such as sour cream and cheese, and replaces it with freshly prepared diced tomatoes.

FYI: You can practically order any menu item Fresco Style. 🍅

This is the perfect lunch or dinner option for individuals looking for a low calorie, high protein meal.

Calories340
Fat11 g
Protein14 g
Carbs48 g
Fiber9 g
Sodium1040 mg
Sugar4 g

2. Crunchy Steak Taco

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Yup, you can still feast on some tacos for Taco Tuesday (and really any other day of the week). These marinated grilled steak tacos amp up the protein but deliver minimal calories, fat, and carbohydrates, which is ideal for individuals following a low carb or keto eating pattern. The cherry on top is the fact that the sodium content is low (but so is the fiber).

You can also choose Fresco Style to reduce fat and calories even more.

Calories150
Fat7 g
Protein10 g
Carbs11 g
Fiber1 g
Sodium290 mg
Sugar0 g

3. Black Bean Crunchwrap Supreme

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This spin on the classic Crunchwrap Supreme swaps out beef for black beans. This menu option can be a complete meal for vegetarians with veggies like fresh lettuce and tomatoes and protein from the beans.

Just be warned: You’ll be eating almost your entire days worth of sodium in one Crunchwrap. But you can knock it down to 220 mg by eliminating the nacho cheese sauce. And taking out the cheese bumps it down to 460 calories.

Calories510
Fat17 g
Protein13 g
Carbs77 g
Fiber8 g
Sodium1080 mg
Sugar6 g

4. Chicken Quesadilla

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You won’t miss out on any protein with this quesadilla. When you smash together grilled chicken and three-cheese blend, you end up with a whopping 27 grams.

The sodium amount is still sky high if you need to watch your salt intake. But if you ask to go easy on the cheesy and the creamy jalapeno sauce you’ll find yourself under 1000 mg sodium (still high, but better) and at 380 calories.

Calories510
Fat26 g
Protein27 g
Carbs38 g
Fiber4 g
Sodium1250 g
Sugar2 g

5. Veggie Power Menu Bowl

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This combination of rice, black beans, guacamole, and fresh veggies is easy on the calories and total fat content. But it still provides ample protein and fiber.

This bowl of goodness is vegetarian, but you can take it one step further and make it vegan by cutting out the cheese, sour cream, and avocado ranch sauce.

Calories430
Fat17 g
Protein12 g
Carbs57 g
Fiber10 g
Sodium810 mg
Sugar2 g

6. Cheesy Roll Up

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Simply a flour tortilla rolled up with some melty cheese. Might not seem like much, but it still boasts plenty of protein while being low in fat, carbs, and calories. This value menu option is perfect if you’re needing something to hold you over until your next meal.

Calories180
Fat9 g
Protein9 g
Carbs15 g
Fiber2 g
Sodium430 mg
Sugar< 1 g

7. Chicken Chalupa Supreme Fresco Style

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Looking for the perfect combination of a soft and hard shell taco? Look no further than the Chalupa, which contains chicken, lettuce, and tomatoes all snug inside a chewy, flaky shell. This option is perfect if you’re aiming to eat fewer calories and fat.

Fresco style removes all the sauce, so if you’re needing a creamy component that adds healthy fats, ask to add in some guac.

Calories280
Fat12 g
Protein14 g
Carbs29 g
Fiber2 g
Sodium470 mg
Sugar2 g

8. Bean Burrito

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Refried beans rolled up in a tortilla with cheese, red sauce, and onions makes up the wallet-friendly bean burrito. It’s low in fat, but still keeps your belly happy and satisfied with its protein and fiber content.

To make it vegan, omit the cheese, which will also help to reduce some of that sodium.

Calories350
Fat9 g
Protein13 g
Carbs54 g
Fiber11 g
Sodium1000 mg
Sugar3 g

9. Black Beans and Rice

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This mini bowl of black beans and rice is more of a side option than an entire meal, but could pair well with a taco or cheesy roll up. Along with it’s decent amount of protein and fiber, it’s low in calories, fat, and sodium, which makes it a good fit for many different dietary preferences.

Calories170
Fat3.5 g
Protein4 g
Carbs31 g
Fiber4 g
Sodium320 mg
Sugar0 g

Try out these tips to make your Taco Bell experience even healthier:

  • Double up on the meat or beans. Although asking for more meat or beans will increase the calorie total, it will also provide you more protein to keep you full longer.
  • Go Fresco Style. I think you get the point of this one by now — no cheese and fresh tomatoes, baby.
  • Guac it up. Remove those creamy sauces and ask for guac instead. It won’t make a huge difference calorie- or fat-wise, but it does contain healthy fats compared to the mayo-based sauces.
  • Skip the soda. Choosing healthier Taco Bell foods won’t make a difference if you’re washing it down with sugary soda. Go for water, unsweetened tea, or a diet soda instead.
  • Don’t do desserts. Those cinnamon twists or frozen slushies can be tempting, but they are sugar-packed with no fiber to prevent your blood sugar from spiking.
  • Utilize the online calculator. Taco Bell has a nutrition calculator to help you plan your meal and see if it fits into your specific diet.

Bottom line: Taco Bell is still fast food and isn’t as healthy as preparing a meal in the comfort of your own home.

A research review showed that eating fast food more than once a week could increase your risk of obesity. And bumping it up to 2 times a week could lead to metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, and coronary heart disease.

The reasons behind fast food health risks is likely due to:

Although too much fast food can negatively impact your health, cruising through the drive-thru every so often is totally fine in moderation. Live your live and eat the tacos 🌮.