About Del Taco

What Makes Del Taco a Better Mexican Franchise?


Fresh For Over 50 Years

Since 1964, Del Taco has been serving freshly prepared, craveable food at an unbeatable value. This rare combination is one of the many reasons we are the second largest brand in the fast-growing Mexican quick-service restaurant (QSR) category.


What Makes Del Taco Different?

With +590 locations in +15 states, we have an incredibly loyal fan base and strong presence across the United States with plenty of room for franchisees to grow in both existing and untapped markets.

We are aggressively expanding across the United States and seeking passionate multi-unit restaurant operators. Explore this site to learn more about Del Taco's franchising opportunity, then share your contact info so we can discuss your next bold business move!

The Del Taco Fasties Best Fast Food Taco Winner

Del Taco Fresh Ingredients Fresh House Grated Cheddar Cheese Slow Cooked Beans Pico De Gallo Guacamole


Del Taco Fun Facts

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Defining the QSR+ Category

Del Taco occupies the space between a traditional QSR and a Fast Casual atmosphere, by offering delicious quality food, prepared with fresh ingredients, and served with the value and convenience of a drive-thru. We're at the forefront of the QSR+ category.

Guests love Del Taco's Mexican-inspired favorites and American classics, prepared with fresh ingredients, hand-chopped, slow-cooked, and grilled in each restaurant's working kitchen. As much as our customers love our food, they also appreciate the convenience our restaurants and drive-thru lanes provide for their busy lives.

Del Taco Defining the QSR+ Industry


Our Menu

Del Taco's menu includes tacos and burritos as well as burgers and fries. It spans a full complement of dayparts, from breakfast to dinner to late night and everything in-between.

A Better Taco Franchise

The Del Taco is inspired by the original and loaded with more of everything you love, like more seasoned beef, more fresh house-grated cheddar cheese, crisp shredded lettuce and fresh diced tomatoes in a bigger, crunchy corn shell. Additional taco favorites:

  • The Del Taco (Crunchy & Soft)
  • Crunchtada Tostada®
  • Guac'd Up Tacos
  • Stuffed Quesadilla Tacos (Crispy Chicken, Grilled Chicken or Carne Asada)
  • Crispy Chicken Tacos (Ranch, Chipotle or Habanero)
  • Beer Battered Crispy Fish Taco
  • Taco Del Carbon (Grilled Chicken or Carne Asada)
The Del Taco Best Fast Food Taco

A Better Burrito Franchise

Our epic burritos are loaded with your choice of freshly grilled, marinated chicken, freshly grilled carne asada, or Beyond Meat®, slow-cooked beans made from scratch, cilantro lime rice, fresh house-made guacamole, and fresh house-made pico de gallo, all in a warm, oversized flour tortilla. Check out our other burrito menu items:

  • Epic Loaded Queso Burrito
  • Epic Fresh Guacamole Burrito
  • Epic Cali Bacon Burrito
  • Epic Crispy Chicken & Guac Burrito
  • Epic Beyond Fresh Guacamole Burrito
  • Epic Combo Burrito
  • Del Combo Burrito
  • Del Beef Burrito
  • 8 Layer Veggie Burrito
Del Taco Epic Fresh Guacamole Burrito

A Better Quesadilla & Nacho Franchise

Our quesadillas and nachos are loaded with your choice of seasoned beef, freshly grilled chicken, carne asada, or Beyond Meat® with plenty of freshly grated cheese. Take a look at all the ways you can get our mouth watering quesadillas:

  • Chicken Cheddar Quesadilla
  • Carne Asada Cheddar Quesadilla
  • Snack Queso Quesadilla
  • Queso Loaded Nachos
  • Chips & Queso Dip
  • 3 Layer Queso Nachos
Del Taco Queso Loaded Nachos

A Better Burger & Fries Franchise

At Del Taco, our 100% beef patties are grilled to order and served with fresh tomato slices, burger sauce, crisp shredded lettuce, and diced onions on a grilled sesame seed bun. Don't forget to add a side of our famous crinkle cut fries. Craving a burger? 

  • Double Del® Cheeseburger
  • Bacon Double Del® Cheeseburger
  • Del Cheeseburger
  • Crinkle Cut Fries
  • Carne Asada Fries
  • Deluxe Chili Cheddar Fries
  • Queso Loaded Fries
Bacon Double Del Cheeseburger

A Better Chicken Franchise

Our crispy chicken strips can be served as a taco, burrito, or basket layered on top of fries with a side of creamy ranch, creamy habanero, or chipotle dipping sauce. How do you like to eat your chicken at Del Taco?

  • Crispy Chicken Taco (Ranch, Chipotle or Habanero)
  • Epic Crispy Chicken & Guac Burrito
  • Crispy Chicken Guac'd Up Taco (Ranch, Chipotle or Habanero)
  • Crispy Chicken & Fries Box
Ranch Crispy Chicken Taco

A Better Breakfast Franchise

At Del Taco, our guests can get their morning started with a delicious breakfast taco, wrap, burrito, or roller served with a side of hashbrown sticks or donut bites. Is breakfast your favorite daypart? Check out our breakfast menu items:

  • Double Cheese Breakfast Tacos
  • Breakfast Toasted Wrap
  • Breakfast Burrito
  • Breakfast Roller
  • Hashbrown Sticks
  • Simply Orange® Juice
  • Café Del Olla Coffee
  • Café Del Olla Iced Coffee
  • Donut Bites
Del Taco Breakfast Burritos

Del Taco 20 Under $2 Menu

The 20 Under $2 Menu at Del Taco is one of the last great value menus in the QSR and QSR+ Industry. It offers a wide variety of items at an unbeatable price point. Which two are your go-to favorites on the 20 Under $2 Menu? Who says you have to stop at two?

  • Chicken Taco Del Carbon (Regular or Guac'd Up)
  • Crispy Chicken Taco (Regular or Guac'd Up)
  • Bean & Cheese Burrito
  • Chicken Cheddar Rollers
  • Crunchtada Tostada®
  • Snack Taco
  • Snack Queso Quesadilla
  • 3 Layer Queso Nachos
  • Mini Cinnamon Churros
  • Donut Bites
Del Taco Crunchtada Tostada

A Better Salad Franchise

If you're in the mood for something light, our taco salads served with a side of our signature salsa casera are a great option! We have three salads to choose from:

  • Taco Salad with Seasoned Beef
  • Taco Salad with Grilled Chicken
  • Taco Salad with Carne Asada
Del Taco Salad with Seasoned Beef

A Better Vegetarian & Vegan Franchise

Del Taco has a wide variety of vegetarian and vegan options like our epic burrito with seasoned Beyond Meat® plant-based crumbles, slow-cooked beans made from scratch, cilantro lime rice, fresh house-made guacamole, and fresh house-made pico de gallo, wrapped in a warm, oversized flour tortilla. Our vegan and vegetarian items include:

  • Epic Beyond Fresh Guacamole Burrito
  • Beyond 8 Layer Burrito
  • Beyond Guacamole Burrito
  • Beyond Taco®
  • Bean & Cheese Burrito
  • Crunchtada Tostada
  • Cheddar Quesadilla
  • 8 Layer Veggie Burrito
Del Taco Vegan Vegetarian Beyond Fresh Guacamole Burrito

Don't Forget About Dessert

Top your meal off with one of our rich and creamy hand-blended shakes available in your choice of classic vanilla, sweet chocolate, or real strawberry.

  • Classic Vanilla Shake
  • Sweet Chocolate Shake
  • Real Strawberry Shake
  • Donut Bites
  • Mini Cinnamon Churros
  • Caramel Cheesecake Bites
Del Taco Vegetarian Milk Shakes

The History of Del Taco

Take a look at how Del Taco has transformed throughout the years since our iconic brand was founded in 1964.



Ed Hackbarth and David Jameson opened the first Del Taco in Yermo, CA in 1964. With a menu of 19¢ tacos, tostadas, fries and 24¢ cheeseburgers, Del Taco brought in $169 in sales on its first day in business - the equivalent of 900 tacos. Things were off to a bold start.

Del Taco A Brave New Future



Del Taco thrived during the 1970s. By 1977 there were 50 restaurants and by 1978 there were 100. The menu also grew, expanding to include items like the bun taco, quesadilla, and ice cream sundaes.

Del Taco Growing Rapidly



In 1988, Del Taco greatly increased in size and geographic reach by merging with Naugles restaurant chain. Del Taco also began to stay open all night to serve the growing needs of the new 24/7 lifestyle.

Del Taco Acquisitions



In the 90s Del Taco set the stage for extreme growth by launching a series of initiatives to improve the total customer experience and grow the brand's image, including a new logo design.

Del Taco Daring Transitions



By 2006, Del Taco nearly doubled in size and opened the 500th restaurant in 2008. An exciting new dessert was also introduced to the menu that has since become a fan favorite: Caramel Cheesecake Bites. Additionally, the Del Taco Super Special Show launched, treating our fans to a humorous take on our brand.

Del Taco Going Bold



By introducing the Buck & Under Menu, Epic Burritos, and Handcrafted Ensaladas, Del Taco has continued to demonstrate that you can still get delicious food made with fresh ingredients for an UnFreshing Believable price. In 2016, Del Taco launched THE Del Taco, inspired by the original and loaded with more of everything you love. Everything Del Taco stands for is represented by this new signature taco.

Del Taco A Fresh Approach

Corporate HQ & RSC

Our Corporate Headquarters / Restaurant Support Center is located at: 25521 Commercenter Dr, #200, Lake Forest, CA 92630

Del Taco Corporate HQ RSC



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