Taco John’s® Launches Branded ‘Ugly’ Sweater to Celebrate Long-Awaited Apple Grande Return

November 6, 2023

Leading quick-service restaurant welcomes back fan-favorite dessert and Nachos Navidad® promotion.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Nov. 6, 2023)– As the season of giving approaches, Taco John’s has the perfect present for its fans – the return of its famously funky Apple Grande dessert! Apple Grande is making a limited-time comeback, accompanied by an exclusive holiday merch drop featuring a festive sweater, a Taco John’s ornament, and an Apple Grande inspired candle that will have you going back for more.

Apple Grande is a weird yet delicious dessert that layers warm apple pie filling, shredded all-natural Cheddar cheese, and a sprinkle of red candy seasoning on top of a crispy cinnamon-sugar tortilla. Fans have been requesting the return of this treat since 2019, and Taco John’s is fulfilling their wish. “We’re thrilled to launch our holiday merch site, with sweaters showcasing our famously unique dessert for fans to cherish for years to come!” said Taco John’s Chief Marketing Officer, Barry Westrum. True enthusiasts can celebrate their love of Apple Grande throughout the holiday season by shopping exclusive merch at

Taco John’s is spreading even more holiday cheer with the revival of its annual limited-time promotion, Nachos Navidad®. This festive menu item features red, green and yellow chips – adding a colorful twist to its Super Nachos. It’s loaded with seasoned American beef, warm nacho cheese, refried beans, all-natural Cheddar cheese, diced tomatoes, guacamole, and sour cream. Guests can enjoy Nachos Navidad® in-store, at the drive-thru, or through the Taco John’s Mobile App.

“Taco John’s isn’t just about feeding our communities, we’re also committed to serving them,” said Taco John’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Jim Creel. “It’s an honor to bring back our Nachos Navidad® promotion once again this year, and we look forward to supporting some outstanding nonprofit groups during this season of giving.” For nearly three decades, Taco John’s franchisees have donated proceeds from purchases of Nachos Navidad® to worthy causes within their local communities. The brand has collectively raised millions of dollars in support of hundreds of organizations in Taco John’s markets across the nation.

Additionally, guests can celebrate the holiday season by giving the gift of craveable favorites with a Taco John’s gift card. For every $25 in gift cards purchased in-store or online, guests will receive a $5 bonus card redeemable from Jan. 1 to Feb. 29, 2024.

With its fusion of distinctive flavors and bold south-of-the-border spices, Taco John’s menu offers a range of signature items, including Meat & Potato Burritos, Stuffed Grilled Tacos, Potato Olés® and craveworthy Fried Chicken Tacos. Taco John’s features signature specials like specially priced Crispy Beef Tacos every Taco Tuesday and everyday value starting at $1, $2 and $3 on the ValuEST Menu. Download the Taco John’s Mobile App and join Bigger Bolder Rewards for free food and exclusive offers today.

About Taco John’s®

Founded in 1969 in Cheyenne, Wyoming, Taco John’s® has been serving bigger. bolder. better. flavors for more than 50 years. Now, Taco John’s operates and franchises nearly 400 restaurants in 23 states – making it one of the largest Mexican quick-service restaurant brands in America. Taco John’s features signature specials like Taco Tuesday since 1989 and everyday value starting at $1, $2 and $3 on the ValuEST Menu. With bold originals like Potato Olés®, Taco John’s knows how to Olé The Day. Taco John’s prides itself on serving generous portions of its signature menu items that are made-to-order using fresh, high-quality ingredients, seasonings and sauces. The brand was listed on Entrepreneur’s “Top Food Franchises of 2023” under the “Mexican Food” category and was recently recognized by QSR Magazine as a “Top 15 Chain Ready to Contend as Fast Food’s Top Players.” Taco John’s is led by CEO Jim Creel, who was named one of “The Most Influential Restaurant CEOs in the Country” by Nation’s Restaurant News in 2022. For more information, visit and follow Taco John’s on FacebookInstagramTwitter and TikTok.