What Is TacoTime?

A beloved treasure of the Pacific Northwest since 1960, the premier Mexican QSR franchise is ramping up for a national expansion

TacoTime franchises are ready for the spotlight. With nearly 300 locations in the United States and Canada, the beloved Mexican food franchise is ready to break out of its home turf in the Pacific Northwest and hit the national stage.

The promise of our Mexican food franchises: Fresh Real Ingredients Make Better Food

For starters, the American public is clamoring for what TacoTime has successfully been serving up since its founding in 1960: Mexican food made with the freshest ingredients and the highest-quality meat that’s both fast and affordable. This has been our brand promise for nearly 60 years in business: Fresh, real ingredients make better food.

In the Mexican QSR franchise space, TacoTime has a menu that is truly something to behold. While offering an assortment of customizable tacos, burritos, salads, nachos and quesadillas, TacoTime has been incredibly inventive, incorporating a playful sensibility into traditional Mexican fare. Our wildly popular Mexi-Fries are our take on tater tots, which can be dunked into one or all of our proprietary salsas, or stuffed with melted cheese. Our Crisp Burritos, all of which are rolled by hand, come in four varieties and pack a lot of flavor between the crunch of a fried tortilla shell. TacoTime goes further than other brands — offering vegetarian options, kids meals and an ever-changing array of limited-time and seasonal offerings that keep our customers excited to come back.

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“The key difference with TacoTime is our taste profile,” says Kevin Gingrich, Brand President with TacoTime and owner of several TacoTime franchise locations in Utah. “It tastes good because of the seasonings that we have, which are proprietary spice blends created by TacoTime. But our bigger, unique factor is how many items we make in-house. From our hand-rolled Crisp Burritos, to making the taco shells — which most people don’t even know that we do — to the array of other items that are made in-house, from scratch. We make our own salsas and cook our own taco meat every two hours. The norm in the QSR space is where brands bring in products through the back door, maybe reheat it or just pour it out of a bag. We don’t do that. We cook it in-house, and that’s why it tastes better.”

Bring the premier Mexican QSR franchise to your community

With a low initial investment, TacoTime is the chance for new and experienced entrepreneurs alike to bring the premier Mexican food franchise to hundreds of communities who want their Mexican food served fast without sacrificing quality, freshness and taste. While TacoTime franchise owners and their employees cook and prepare many of our products in-house on a daily basis, an entrepreneur doesn’t need to have restaurant or cooking experience to franchise with us.

Part of the success of our proven business model, rapidly approaching 60 years in business, is that our training is extensive and ongoing. New franchise owners get training in every aspect of running a profitable business, including five to eight days in a TacoTime franchise location, as well as training you to teach your team how to provide the best Mexican QSR experience on the market.

A tactile burrito with sour cream, salsa, and cheese

“TacoTime is a brand with franchise owners who have been successful in business for 20, 30 and even 40 years,” says John Wuycheck, Senior Vice President of Kahala Brands, the parent company of the TacoTime franchise. John claims that this longevity “is the result of two things: 1) we have been extremely strategic about where we place new TacoTime locations; and 2) we franchise with entrepreneurs who are passionate about the food, their customers and their staff. We only open restaurants in locations that have the population density to support a successful business; and furthermore, TacoTime is an easy-to-run business that requires a good work ethic and the discipline to follow our proven business model.”

How Kahala Brands helps make TacoTime an easy-to-run business

Led by the vision of entrepreneurial industry leaders, franchisor Kahala Brands, TacoTime is one of the fastest-growing franchise companies in the world. With a large selection of high-quality, quick-service restaurant brands, Kahala is dedicated to developing business models while providing you with tools and support.

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Kahala’s leaders have spent more than 20 years building not only a company, but rather a community based on support, trust and independence through interdependence. Our community is made up of passionate franchisees, respected vendors and a dedicated and talented support staff who all work together to give you the best opportunity for growth.

Kahala achieves synergies and cost savings for the franchise community by bundling “back of the house” functions, where the entire franchise community benefits from shared teams in purchasing, finance, real estate, business training and IT to capitalize on economies of scale. Each brand, however, operates independently when it comes to developing, operating and marketing the individual concepts. A brand president is at the heart of the business and is equipped with a team of passionate sales, marketing and operations talent to support TacoTime and its franchisees. This type of support is unique in the franchise industry and sets Kahala apart from its competitors.

Ready to own TacoTime franchises? The time is now

TacoTime is a low-cost investment opportunity with high potential returns; the initial investment estimate for a traditional TacoTime restaurant is between $396,150 and $814,050. A beloved part of hundreds of communities in the United States and Canada for nearly 60 years, TacoTime is poised to become the premier Mexican QSR franchise as it ramps up for national expansion. The franchise fee for your first TacoTime franchise is $30,000, and the franchise fee for multiple units may be discounted if certain criteria are met.

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