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The Five Most Horribly Fattening Items From Tex-Mex Chains

Hidden in President Obama's health-care initiative is a regulation that requires chain restaurants to begin posting nutritional information on the food. This may seem like trouble for burger joints, but it might be Tex-Mex burrito purveyors that face the most trouble.

That's because those Chihuahua-sized burritos, overstuffed tacos, and Dumpster-style taco salads really are as unhealthy as they look. Below, the worst offenders.

5. Chipotle Carnitas Burrito
(with all

the options, including the big offenders: sour cream, cheese, and

Calories: 1,010

51 grams
The skinny: Sure, there's a convenience factor when your

whole meal is wrapped up in a tortilla. Imagine the convenience factor

with this burrito, which provides nearly all (98 percent) of your

recommended daily fat content in one single item.

4. Moe's Southwest Grill Fat Sam


57 grams

skinny: You'd think you might be saving a few calories ordering a

fajita platter instead of one of those gigantic burritos. But Moe's

slops so many goodies in that fajita bowl that your do-it-yourself

ingenuity ends up being the menu's most fattening item. But at least

you'll burn off some of those calories putting it together.

3. Tijuana Flats Chicken Flautas


56 grams
The skinny: Please say you're not surprised that the

deep-fried burrito is the most unhealthy item on the menu.

2. Baja Fresh Nacho Burrito


42 grams
The skinny: Congratulations, Baja Fresh, you've combined two

of the favorite foods of stoners and those too drunk to think about the

3,200 milligrams of sodium in this one item. Senior Nacho married Mr.

Burrito, and the offspring is a calorie abomination.

1. La Salsa Chicken Nachos
Calories: 1,600

80 grams
The skinny: At La Salsa, the chicken nachos are technically

under the appetizer section, even though that one item exceeds the

calorie intake for many diet plans. After your app, go for the steak

omelet, which rings in at a hefty 1,253 calories. Dessert -- the

cinnamon chips -- are somehow one of the healthiest things

on the menu, at just 285 calories. That is, if you're still hungry after

the nachos.

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Eric Barton
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