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Core operating profit at Taco Bell Corp. in Irvine grew 19% year-over-year in the first quarter of 2017, topping the 9% overall growth at parent company Yum Brands Inc.

The Mexican-themed fast food chain’s operating profit climbed to $141 million, compared with $118 million a year earlier.

Taco Bell same-store sales grew 8%, systemwide sales grew 12%, and the chain opened 54 new restaurants in the quarter, Yum said.

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Yum, which is based in in Louisville, Ky., owns KFC and Pizza Hut in addition to Taco Bell.

KFC Q1 operating profit was up 12% to $207 million, compared with $185 million in the same time last year, and same-store sales grew 2%.

Pizza Hut operating profit was down 9%, falling to $83 million in the quarter from $91 million year-over-year, and same-store sales fell 3%.

Yum Chief Executive Greg Creed said the company will put $130 million into equipment, technology, and ads for Pizza Hut in a bid to reverse several quarters of poor performance at the pizza chain.

Yum invested $180 million in KFC upgrades in 2015 and the chicken chain has had 11 quarters of same-store sales growth, a news report said.

Yum runs about 44,000 restaurants in 135 countries and territories.

Taco Bell has about 7,000 locations, most of which are in the U.S.