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3 Tips for Making Your LTOs Easy & Profitable

Hot Honey Chicken and Waffles

Operators agree that LTOs are a great way to drive traffic for your brand. A new survey1 finds that this year the focus is on making them easy on your staff and your profitability. It all boils down to three pillars for LTO success.

1. Easy Execution Is Key

Hot Honey Chicken and Waffles

A hot honey sauce for chicken waffles is an easy way to create an LTO winner.

Keeping it simple for your staff and customers is key to easy execution. Reducing the number of ingredients to create something new makes prep easier and leverages your customer’s ability to fall in love with something they already crave, but with a unique twist they can’t resist.

Hot honey is up 116%1 on menus. Why not make your LTO easy?

For example, chicken and waffles. According to Datassential, the dish is up 48% on menus, so consumers know and love the combination. Hot honey is likewise on trend and up 116%2 on menus. Why not make your LTO easy and irresistible by combining the two? Texas Pete® Innovation Kitchen has a two-ingredient recipe that lets you batch-prep your “secret honey sauce” in five minutes or less. Part of the Simple As Collection, Texas Pete® offers more than 20 recipe ideas that you can prep in 10 minutes or less, with five or fewer ingredients. 

2. Make Sure It Travels Well

Texas Pete® has been helping restaurants for decades as the top portion control hot sauce in the country3 to let customers add bold flavor to any meal.

GrubHub® recently published the top dishes it delivered in 2022. Consider pairing these top dishes with Texas Pete® for your dine-in or take-out LTOs.

Top DishesWhether in the recipe or PCs for takeout, delivery, or catering, Texas Pete® has the flavor for the road.

Texas Pete® 7g PCs are right for any menu because it’s the only hot sauce with three flavors perfect for the Top 10 in Takeout, CHA! by Texas Pete® Sriracha Sauce, ¡SABOR! by Texas Pete® Mexican-Style Hot Sauce and Texas Pete® Original Hot Sauce. There are also four great flavors in Texas Pete® 1oz Dip Cups.

3. Make More With Less

With just two ingredients, your LTO’s sauce can be used on sandwiches, burgers, salads, and more.

The next tip involves two trends. One involves flavor and the second involves how operators address the number of ingredients in their pantries. Datassential says more than 70% of all menus have at least one menu mention involving spicy flavor. A new operator survey says that nearly one-third want LTOs that do not require purchasing new SKUs1.

Thus, Texas Pete® is a kitchen essential for spicy goodness that never overpowers your menu. With a handful of other essentials (mayo, ranch dressing, etc.) you’ve paired down your LTO ingredient list to a handful of ingredients, like Texas Pete® Hot & Bleu that can be used in multiple menu applications, including sandwiches, burgers, loaded fries, appetizers, and dips.

To demonstrate the versatility of Texas Pete® sauces and the impact they can make through signature sauces, check out 15 simple recipes you can leverage in your LTO or regular menu planning. Be sure to use the handy revenue calculator to quickly demonstrate the opportunities our Simple As sauces can make on restaurant income.

By following these three quick tips, your LTOs can save time, labor and drive success in this year’s LTOs for your operation.

1Kinetic 12 Operator Survey, 2023
2Datassential, 2023
3NPD, Oct. 2022