Mexican food is reaching new heights, so TacoTime is seeking savvy entrepreneurs to bring our proven business model to communities all over the country.
TacoTime franchise: The secret is out
For years, TacoTime® was known only to our devoted customers in the Pacific Northwest. Since our founding nearly 60 years ago, the demand for Mexican food has risen to nearly $40 billion in annual sales at Mexican restaurants, according to IBISWorld®¹. The public has come to expect that their Mexican food be healthier, local and affordable — all while tasting great! These trends, coupled with our experienced business model and low initial investment, make TacoTime a best-bet investment for years to come. Our philosophy is simple: We’ve always believed that fresh, real ingredients make better food.
Pride, passion and value
That’s the deliciously fresh difference at TacoTime. You will see it in our brand’s festive store décor, our quality-comes-first Mexican meals and you will feel it in the pride shared within the TacoTime community. TacoTime goes beyond mere claims to quality; we make a promise to our guests. A promise we proudly display in our brand’s restaurants:
At TacoTime, we’ve always believed that fresh, real ingredients make better food.
We take the time to do it right, and that’s why you can taste the deliciously fresh difference in every item we make.
- Our chips and taco shells are made fresh in our kitchen, every morning
- Each of our world-famous Crisp Burritos is rolled by hand
- Our produce is the freshest & ripest available
- Our salsas are made fresh daily
- We use 100% boneless, skinless all-white meat chicken and top quality lean ground beef
We take pride in the quality of our food, and our passion is to ensure that every guest enjoys our one-of-a-kind flavors that have been a favorite for over fifty years. It’s a difference you can taste!
“I’ve been with TacoTime for more than 30 years,” says Kevin Gingrich, Brand President of TacoTime and owner of several TacoTime franchise locations in Utah. “Now as TacoTime moves forward, we want to find entrepreneurs who not only love the food and are passionate about the food, but who also have the desire to grow in their communities. Now is a great time to become a TacoTime franchise owner.”
How does TacoTime get Mexican food right?
Of the more than 54,000 Mexican food restaurants in America, according to CHD Experts™², TacoTime is a truly special brand. While other Mexican food franchises are flailing in an attempt to find healthier options, source better-quality meat and create clever ways to ensure customer loyalty, TacoTime has a nearly 60-year track record of serving the freshest, highest-quality Mexican food at a price that won’t break our customers’ piggy banks.
Our customers can taste the difference, and when customers love the product, they crave it more and more.
“The food tasted great the first time I tried it in high school, and it still tastes great today,” Kevin says. “I eat it every single chance I get. I have stayed with TacoTime because I absolutely love our food.”
Where other Mexican food franchises cut corners, we take the time to do it right. Our chips and taco shells are made fresh in our kitchens every morning, and our beloved salsas are made fresh daily. Each one of our world-famous Crisp Burritos is rolled by hand and cooked to order, as are our craveable Mexi-Fries®. Our produce is the freshest and ripest available — often locally sourced — and we use only 100% boneless, skinless all-white meat chicken and top-quality lean ground beef. We also provide vegetarian options, offer a full kids menu and feature a wide variety of seasonal and limited-time offerings that keep our menu fresh and our customers excited to come back.
“What really separates TacoTime products from our competitors is the freshness of our ingredients,” says Joe O’Brien, Research and Development Director for the TacoTime brand. “The fact that most of our food is still prepared in-store, by hand, really gives us that ‘from-scratch, home-cooked’ approach. Most recently, we’ve been using jicama as an ingredient, which is a little-known Mexican yam bean, that is absolutely delicious. TacoTime is a brand that remains committed to trying bold new menu offerings to give our customers what they really want: a choice.”
Experienced business model makes TacoTime a best-bet investment
TacoTime’s experienced business model has made the American dream of small business ownership a life-changing reality for our growing network of franchise owners. The industry has taken notice: TacoTime has been named to Entrepreneur® magazine’s prestigious annual Franchise 500® list every year since 2006.
For Denise Staley, who co-owns several TacoTime franchise restaurants in Wyoming, the premier Mexican food franchise has given her family a chance at building a future of their own making. She and her husband bought their first location from her in-laws several years ago.
“Taking the bull by the horns and buying our first TacoTime restaurant is a decision I would make again, because we have,” Denise says. “This is a brand that truly listens to their franchise owners. We have input on nearly everything — from national marketing strategies to new menu items. The camaraderie we have with other franchise owners is much different than what I have heard from my friends in other franchise systems. We tackle everything together.”
“This is due to leadership,” she adds. “Our Brand President is a franchise owner, so he knows what the brand’s strengths are and what we struggle with. However, what makes TacoTime truly unique is how loyal our customers really are. We have folks that come to our restaurants multiple times a week. When a college student comes home, they often stop at one of my restaurants before seeing Mom and Dad. What other brand can say that about their customers? TacoTime is an experience that people really crave again and again.”
Costs and fees of owning a TacoTime franchise
TacoTime is a low-cost investment opportunity with high potential returns; the initial investment estimate for a traditional TacoTime restaurant is between $200,150 and $819,050, about half the initial investment for other quick-service Mexican brands. We have become a beloved part of hundreds of communities in the Pacific Northwest and Canada over the past 60 years, and now TacoTime is poised to become the premier Mexican QSR franchise nationwide. The franchise fee for your first traditional TacoTime franchise is $30,000, and the franchise fee for multiple units may be discounted if certain conditions are met.