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How Much Does a Del Taco Franchise Cost?

Costs, Fees, and Investment Facts
  • Estimated Initial Investment: $1,312,200 - $3,085,000
  • Minimum Liquidity: $500,000+***
  • Minimum Net Worth: $1MM+ ***
  • Franchise Fee: $35,000 per Location
  • Royalty Fee: 5% of Net Sales
  • Advertising Fee: 4% of Net Sales

***Will Vary By Commitment



Why Del Taco?

At Del Taco, we've noticed there's a wide range of reasons our franchisees decide to invest in our restaurants. Below, you'll find a few of the most common reasons to own a Del Taco Franchise.

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Fresh Ingredients

Fresh tastes better. Our menu starts and ends with fresh ingredients. 

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Voted the #1 Taco

Thrillist named our hard shell Del Taco the Best Fast Food Taco.

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#2 Mexican Concept

We are the second largest Mexican QSR concept in the United States.*

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Sales Growth

9 consecutive years of Total Franchise Same Stores Sales Growth*

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Market Experience

Proven performance and demand in new markets supported with an omni-channel marketing approach.

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Grow Your Income

Take advantage of an opportunity to grow your wealth with a QSR brand on the rise.

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Positioned for continual growth with a compelling QSR+ proposition that resonates with consumers.

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World-Class Support

Franchisees receive initial and ongoing training from our seasoned staff members.


What are the Del Taco Financial Requirements?

Franchise Fee


*Per Restaurant

Liquid Assets Required


Net Worth Requirement



How Much Does a Del Taco Franchise Make? 


The Del Taco AUV is $1,630,406*

*Average Sales for Freestanding Franchised Restaurant in 2023

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Del Taco assesses a royalty fee of 5% of net sales and an advertising fee of 4% of net sales.
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Royalty of Net Sales


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Del Taco Light Green 4%

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Estimated Initial Investment (Low Range)*



Estimated Initial Investment (High Range)*


Our Menu Strategy

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. By offering unbeatable variety from premium menu items to the industry leading Value Menu, Del Taco gains a competitive advantage in today’s busy market by giving guests more reasons to visit.

Del Taco Value Menu Pyramid Strategy

Del Taco Franchise Incentives

Reduced Royalty Payments

Designed to attract franchisees with an appetite for multi-unit expansion, our incentive reduces royalties to drive unit level profitability early on in the initial entrance phase of development in a new market.

  • Year 1: 1% Royalty Fee
  • Year 2: 2% Royalty Fee
  • Year 3: 3% Royalty Fee
  • Year 4: 4% Royalty Fee
  • Thereafter: 5% Royalty Fee

Start-Up Cost Summary

Below, you'll find a short summary of the estimated costs and fees associated with opening a Del Taco Franchise.

Del Taco Franchise Investment

  • Estimated Initial Investment: $1,312,200 - $3,085,000
  • Franchise Fee: $35,000
  • Royalty: 5% of Net Sales
  • Marketing Royalty: 4% of Net Sales
  • Average Unit Volume (AUV): $1,630,406
  • Net Worth Required: $1.0MM+
  • Liquidity Required: $500,000+
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Our Ideal Candidate


We are looking for a special kind of franchisee — one who wants to be part of our iconic brand and invest in growth! The ideal candidate or investment group will:

  • Be Well-Capitalized
  • Have Strong Business Acumen
  • Have Knowledge of the Local Real Estate Market
  • Have an Understanding of Development
  • Have Passion for Their Local Community
  • Be Willing to Follow Our System
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Frequently Asked Questions


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This information is not intended as an offer to sell a franchise. We will not offer you a franchise until we have complied with disclosure and registration in your jurisdiction. Contact Del Taco LLC, 25521 Commercentre Drive, Lake Forest, CA 92630 to request a copy of our FDD. RESIDENTS OF NEW YORK: This advertisement is not an offering. An offering can only be made by a prospectus filed first with the Department of Law of the State of New York. Such filing does not constitute approval by the New York Department of Law. RESIDENTS OF MINNESOTA: MN Franchise Registration Number: F – 5365

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