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Here are the biggest Mexican chains in the country

These are the Mexican concepts that generated the most sales in the U.S. last year, according to the Technomic Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report.
Largest Mexican chains
Photo courtesy of Taco Bell

Mexican chains continued to thrive in the U.S. last year, thanks to a focus on takeout. Here are the largest such chains based on 2021 domestic system sales, according to the Technomic Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report. 

2022 RankChain Name2021 US Sales ($000,000)2021 US Units
4Taco Bell$12,6157,002
10Chipotle Mexican Grill$7,4572,926
54Del Taco$918603
57Qdoba Mexican Eats$878739
71Moe's Southwest Grill$662657
104Taco John's$410373
113Torchy's Tacos$363*99
128Cafe Rio Mexican Grill$304*150
135On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina$287125
142Taco Cabana$270*148
158Uncle Julio's$229*37
165Fuzzy's Taco Shop$213137
199Costa Vida Fresh Mexican Grill$17191
207Tijuana Flats$159*124
210Lupe Tortilla$15827
217Taco Bueno$144*123
232Pappasito's Cantina$133*25
Source: Technomic's Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report; *Technomic estimate

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