01 Feb Rolled tacos offer versatility for operators and value for consumers
In a 2024 survey, 74% of operators said building customer traffic was their #1 challenge. To help alleviate this headache, experts recommend providing more consistent menu execution, offering menu items that are unique and versatile, and serving foods that make consumers feel they are getting a good value for their money.*
That means using prepared foods, including frozen foods, is more important than ever for operators working to bring in more customers.
Frozen appetizers like Cruncheros rolled tacos from Posada are affordable for most operations to serve, offering a long shelf life, quick prep time, consistency in flavor and texture, and the ability to use staple ingredients to add versatility to menus.
Ready to eat and made with high-quality ingredients, Cruncheros come in four flavors: Nashville Hot Style Chicken; Chicken, Cheese, and Hatch Chile; Korean Style BBQ Beef; and Spinach Artichoke.
Cruncheros Nashville Hot Style Chicken Rolled Taco (#6900065) is a crispy, cayenne-flavored flour tortilla stuffed with seasoned chicken, tomato paste, habanero peppers, jalapeño peppers, cayenne, paprika, and cilantro. The massively popular Nashville Hot flavor has grown 418% on menus in the appetizer category over the past four years, making this an easy choice for appetizer, happy hour, and late-night menus.**
Give these Cruncheros an upscale twist by serving them over grilled sweet corn mixed with mayo, sour cream, lime, and chili seasoning, and topping them with cotija cheese and chopped cilantro. They can even be served as an entrée – simply serve Nashville Hot Style rolled tacos atop a bed of cheesy country grits and top with cheddar cheese, bacon, and green onion (makes a great brunch option!).
Cruncheros Chicken, Cheese, and Hatch Chile Rolled Taco (#6920065), featuring crowd-pleasing Hatch chiles (up 18% on menus over the past four years),** is filled end-to-end with seasoned chicken and jalapeño cheddar cheese for a zesty, spicy kick that customers love. The freshly made flour tortilla is coated in a seasoned batter that makes these rolled tacos golden brown and crispy when deep-fried.
Add tropical flair by topping our Chicken, Cheese, and Hatch Chile Rolled Tacos with a salsa made of grilled pineapple, red peppers, onion, and cilantro, and serve with a side of chipotle sour cream. Or top with a sunny side up egg, pico de gallo, and cilantro, and serve with hot sauce and sour cream for an eye-catching entrée.
With Korean BBQ showing growth of 64% on appetizer menus over the past four years, Cruncheros Korean Style BBQ Beef Rolled Taco (#6910065) is the perfect choice for any operation.** The crispy, seasoned flour tortilla is filled with seasoned beef, gochujang sauce, sesame oil, soy sauce, onions, and red chile peppers for authentic Korean flavor.
Turn this appetizer into an entrée or small plate by topping Korean Style BBQ Beef Rolled Tacos with a fajita stir fry made of onions, bell peppers, jalapeños, and lime juice, and serve with a sweet pineapple teriyaki dipping sauce. Or give them food truck flair by serving atop a bed of fresh, tangy slaw and drizzling with a sweet gochujang glaze.
Cruncheros Spinach Artichoke Rolled Taco (#6930065) is a modern twist on a classic appetizer, featuring a freshly made flour tortilla filled with cream cheese, parmesan cheese, spinach, artichokes, and green chiles and dipped in a batter that delivers a crispy, crunchy bite every time. Spinach artichoke dip never goes out of style – it’s menued in 15.4% of U.S. restaurants.**
These rolled tacos are delicious on their own, but to elevate the flavor even more, consider serving them alongside a sour cream and chive dipping sauce or a simply zesty lemon and herb yogurt sauce.
Operators can bring in more customers by menuing Cruncheros from Posada – a crispy handheld that fulfills their cravings!
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*Kinetic 12 Emergence Report, Q4 2023