Copycat Taco Bell Mexican Pizza

Copycat Taco Bell Mexican Pizza is easy to make at  home with  simple methods  and  ingredients instead of making a run for the border.
Copycat Taco  Bell Mexican Pizza

Copycat Taco Bell Mexican Pizza

By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

Copycat Taco Bell Mexican Pizza is my recipe of the day as  I  jointly celebrate  National  Pizza Day with my blogging friends.

I am sure everyone is familiar with how this recipe goes- beef and bean mixture sandwiched between  two crispy flour tortillas, then topped with their  signature sauce and cheese.  There  are also a few extra diced tomatoes on  top for good measure, although once upon a time there was a touch  of sliced scallion as well.

Copycat Taco  Bell Mexican Pizza

What is the Mexican Pizza?

The Taco Bell creation is a fusion of sorts  between  Italian  Pizza and Mexican tostadas, if one can even call what they do Mexican- or even  Tex-Mex- or some pseudo sort of strange lovechild between  taco sauce and what might pass as that sort of food.  So not authentic by any means, but Taco Bell fans don’t care.

The Bell is Very Retro

I’d  been going here since the  1970’s since I always had a  love for tacos of any type. The Mexican Pizza didn’t  make its appearance at  the  bell until 1988 although it almost seems like it was there longer. Back then they used to also have the taco light which I adored. Then later got rid of- apparently it was meant to be something healthier but it was actually just the supreme taco on a crispy flour shell.

Crispy Flour Treats Abound

And in those days I liked getting taco salads at the  old Casa Gallardo- which came in a *huge* flour shell, but also crispy. And while I still lived in St. Louis, I  would crave the chimis they sold down at Old Mexico restaurant on Tesson Ferry Road- which covered the crispy shell end to end with loads of guac (but I digress).

So for me the crispy  flour shell was always a favorite, but much easier and quick to get at the drive thru.

Sampling  to  Crack Their Code

With these I dropped by and  grabbed some of their sauce in tubs so I could work on it. I figure I came pretty close. I also bought a sample so I could compare- and obviously the one I had didn’t  have as much filling (and theirs seemed kind of skimpy) but that was realizing they didn’t actually put any meat in there.  (Maybe one of the reasons I don’t  like visiting if they are going to rip people off).

Better Food is  Always Made at  Home

Making  food at home always will yield better quality as you know exactly what is, and  isn’t in your  food.

Plus you can make little changes to make the food healthier. For example,  you can choose to lightly fry the tortillas until they are  crisp. I chose to bake mine and it works out nicely. You can do yours however you  like.

  National Pizza Day

Check out all the other great National Pizza Day Recipes:

Copycat Taco  Bell Mexican Pizza

Copycat Taco  Bell Mexican Pizza

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Copycat Taco  Bell Mexican Pizza

Copycat Taco Bell Mexican Pizza

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American, Tex-Mex
Servings 10 pizzas

Ingredients
  

Pizza Filling:

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • salt and black pepper
  • 16 ounce can Taco Bell refried beans
  • 1 ounce package Taco Bell taco seasoning divided

Pizza Sauce:

  • 16 ounces mild Taco Bell taco sauce
  • 1 cup finely diced tomato
  • 1 tablespoon Taco Bell taco seasoning from packet above
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon sugar

Finish:

  • 20 taco size flour tortillas
  • 2-1/2 cups Taco Bell shredded 7-Layer cheese
  • 1-2 cups finely diced tomato
  • 1 cup thinly sliced scallion

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Bake tortillas for about 5-7 minutes, or until lightly browned and crisp, turning halfway through the bake time. You can also choose to briefly fry the tortillas in hot oil until crisp, then drain (I baked them in this recipe)
  • Season ground beef with salt and black pepper and brown in a skillet, draining any fat.
  • Stir in the refried beans with two tablespoons of taco seasoning (save the last tablespoon of that for the sauce) and half cup water; cook and stir until hot and thickened.
  • Simmer the pizza sauce ingredients in a small saucepan until hot.
  • Place half cup of the bean/meat filling between two of the crips tortillas.
  • Cover with 1/4 cup sauce and 1/4 cup cheese and bake a few minutes until the cheese melts.
  • Top with a little tomato and scallion and cut into four wedges.

Notes

From the kitchen of palatablepastime.com
Keyword Copycat Recipes, Mexican Pizza, Taco Bell

Copycat Taco  Bell Mexican Pizza

7 responses

  1. I have never tried one of Taco Bell’s Mexican Pizzas but yours looks delicious. I used to get the enchirito when I was a kid. Loved those but then they stopped selling them.

    • There is supposed to be a way to order those but I don’t recall how to do it. They don’t have the olives anymore anyway.

  2. Right up my alley since I’m from Southern California. Taco Bell was founded here and has been a long time institution. Thanks so much for this!!

  3. OH! Thank you, Sue. I had forgotten about these from Taco Bell. I loved them and thanks to you, I can love them again!

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