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How Much Does It Cost to Open a Taco Bell?

America’s favorite Mexican-inspired fast-food chain is also a favorite among would-be franchisees — but it comes at a cost.

By 1851 Staff1851 Staff Contributions
Updated 11:11AM 11/07/22

Taco Bell, part of the Yum! Brands family, sits atop Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500 Ranking for the second consecutive year. Founded in 1962 by Glen Bell, the fast-food giant now has 7,567 units globally, 6,418 of which are U.S. franchises, indicating that the concept is as popular among franchisees as it is among consumers.

To qualify as a Taco Bell franchisee, you must have a net worth of at least $1.5 million with $750,000 in liquid capital, according to The initial franchise fee ranges from $25,000 to $45,000, while the total initial investment necessary to begin operation can fall between $575,600 and $3.3 million. 

Some franchisors offer in-house financing, while others have relationships with third-party sources. They refer qualified franchisees for financial help to cover costs such as franchise fees, startup costs, equipment and inventory. Potential franchisees should know that Taco Bell franchises also have ongoing costs and fees, such as royalties and marketing fees. 

The brand is currently seeking new franchises throughout the U.S., as well as internationally in Asia, Australia/New Zealand, Canada, South America, Central America, the Middle East and across Europe.

If you have the capital and your target location is — well, pretty much anywhere — Taco Bell might be the franchise opportunity you’re looking for.

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