History

Since we opened our first taco stand, Taco John’s has been serving fast Mexican food in an original way. From handmade salsas and fresh made shells to classic Crispy Tacos and exciting new features, no one does Mexican like we do.

It all started in 1968 when a small taco stand opened in Cheyenne, WY. With its bold flavors and top-notch tacos, it was an instant hit. Two local businessmen, Harold Holmes and James Woodson, purchased the franchise rights in 1969 and named the restaurant after the man who opened the first store – John.

The rest is history. Taco John’s restaurants began popping up across the Midwest, evolving to include drive-thrus, interior seating and bold originals like Potato Olés® and Nachos Navidad®. Ever heard of Taco Tuesday®? We started that. We even trademarked it. That’s how seriously we take tacos.

Today Taco John’s operates and franchises nearly 400 quick-service restaurants in 25 states, making it one of the largest Mexican quick service restaurant brands in America. We continue to grow across the country, but some things will never change: our uncompromising standards of food quality, dedication to using real ingredients and signature bold flavors.