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Mexican Pizza

With seasoned beef and refried beans sandwiched between crispy tortillas, topped with cheese, spicy tomato sauce, tomatoes and green onions, this Mexican Pizza is always a hit.

Were you as sad as I was in 2020 when Taco Bell decided to remove the Mexican Pizza from their menu??  Like seriously guys, as if the year wasn’t lame enough Taco Bell had to get rid of their Mexican Pizza, WHY?!

But have no fear! I’ve got a solution to our discontinued menu item woes.

I have loved the Taco Bell Mexican Pizza since I was a kid and even craved it when pregnant with my first kiddo. It’s this love for the  Mexican Pizza that prompted me to recreate it a few years back and share it on the blog.

And now that Taco Bell took it off their menu, I thought it was time to make it again, take some new photos and share it with you! So if you’ve found  yourself missing it like me, keep reading!

What ingredients do you need?

FLOUR TORTILLAS: You’ll want the fajita size for this. They are usually 6 inches vs the 8  inches for tacos and 10 inch for burritos.

OIL: Just enough to coat the bottom of the pan to fry the tortilla.

GROUND BEEF OR TURKEY: Beef is traditional but you can use either or in this recipe. I’ve made it with both and  they worked great.

TACO SEASONING: Use your favorite blend!

MEXICAN STYLE TOMATO SAUCE: I use El Pato and usually find this in the hispanic aisle of the grocery store. It’s a bit thinner and spicier than regular tomato sauce. You can substitute red enchilada sauce if you like.

REFRIED BEANS

CHEDDAR/JACK CHEESE: Shred this yourself! It melts better.

DICED TOMATO

GREEN ONION: Back in the good ol’ days Taco Bell Mexican Pizza had green onions but somewhere along the way, like 5-ish years ago the green onions disappeared another questionable decision! ;) I think you should totes add them.

How to Make Mexican  Pizza: 

It’s actually pretty easy, but let me walk you through it.

STEP #1: Brown the meat in a skillet and drain any excess fat. Add taco seasoning and water. Simmer 10 minutes.

STEP  #2: Warm the beans in one pot and the tomato sauce in another.

STEP #3: Place enough oil in the bottom of a skillet to coat it. Fry tortillas until golden brown, 1  – 2  minutes per side.

STEP #4 Assemble the pizzas: Place a tortilla on a baking sheet.  Spread a layer of refried beans over the top. Spoon meat mixture over the top. Top with another crispy tortilla shell. Spread tomato sauce on top. Sprinkle with cheeses, tomatoes and green onions. Place under the broiler and broil until the cheese melts, about 2 minutes. Serve.

This totally satisfied my craving for Taco Bell Mexican Pizza! So while the restaurant may have discontinued them, you can still satisfy yours!

If you’re looking for topping for a finishing touch, check out these!

Easy Pico de Gallo Recipe

Jalapeno Salsa

Habanero Hot Sauce

Easy Guacamole

Looking for more Mexican recipes?  Here are some of my most popular!

Pulled Pork Enchiladas

Shrimp Tacos with Cilantro Lime Sauce

Homemade Tortilla Chips Recipe

Crab Ceviche 

Note: this post was originally published 2010. It was updated with new step by step photos and nutrition information in 2021.

Overhead photo of mexican pizzas.

Mexican Pizza

Seasoned beef & beans sandwiched between crispy tortillas, topped with cheese, spicy tomato sauce, tomatoes & green onions make this Mexican Pizza a hit!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 780 kcal

Ingredients
  

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground beef you may substitute ground turkey if you like
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 7 3/4 ounce can Mexican style tomato sauce
  • 1 14.5 ounce can refried beans
  • 1/4 cup canola oil for frying
  • 8 fajita size flour tortillas
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 2 to matoes seeded, diced
  • 3 green onions diced

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven on broiler setting.
  • In a skillet over medium heat, brown ground beef. Strain to remove any pan drippings. Return to pan and add taco seasoning and water. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, heat your refried beans until they are warmed through. Also, in a separate pot heat your tomato sauce until it is warmed through.
  • Heat oil over medium-high heat. Fry one tortilla at a time until all are golden brown. About 2 minutes per-side.
  • Once the meat is brown, the beans and tomato sauce are warmed and the tortillas are fried, you can start assembling your pizzas. Starting with one crispy tortilla, layer refried beans and seasoned ground beef, then place another crispy tortilla on top. Next, spoon about 2 tablespoons of the Mexican tomato sauce on top, spreading it around with the back of your spoon. Sprinkle with cheddar and jack cheeses, diced tomatoes and green onions. Repeat until you've made four pizzas.Lay assembled pizzas on a cookie sheet, depending on the size of your cookie sheet you may need to do these in batches. Cook the pizzas under the broiler until the cheese melts, about 2 minutes.

Notes

Nutrition facts for estimation purposes only.

Nutrition

Calories: 780kcalCarbohydrates: 59.8gProtein: 55.6gFat: 34.7gSaturated Fat: 11.4gCholesterol: 145mgSodium: 1869mgFiber: 10.5gSugar: 5.8g
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Keywords: copycat recipe, mexican food, pizza, tacos

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  • Reply
    Jackie H
    April 5, 2023 at 9:58 am

    5 stars
    These were so much better than taco bell! Everything’s better homemade. Thank you for sharing the recipe definitely making these again

    • Reply
      Deseree
      April 5, 2023 at 11:41 am

      Thank you, Jackie!! So glad you enjoyed these :)

  • Reply
    Dee
    May 3, 2021 at 9:22 am

    5 stars
    Really! They discontinued it? I wondered what happened to it. That sucks! My fave and my daughters fave, the Frito burrito. Some times I wonder what the world will be like for my grandsons. What’s next, no more Golden Arches? Oh, sorry they have been gone for a long time. ;o) Must try your Mex. Pizza, looks delish. Will keep you posted.
    Xtex

    • Reply
      Deseree
      May 4, 2021 at 3:49 pm

      I know! I was super sad when they discontinued it too! I hope you try it and enjoy it :)

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    shannon
    May 5, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    I made this and tried to bake the shell instead of frying. I need to perfect it. Other than that it was good.

    • Reply
      Deseree
      May 7, 2010 at 6:26 am

      Thanks Shannon! Let me know if you perfect baking the shell. I’m always interested in trying baking instead of frying.

  • Reply
    Deseree
    February 23, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    You’re welcome gaga!

    Thank you Jillian, bean burritos are good too! Its a toss up for me :)

  • Reply
    Jillian
    February 23, 2009 at 7:43 am

    I havent had a mexican pizza in years (I have become a bean burrito girl :) ). Your version looks so fresh and good!

  • Reply
    gaga
    February 22, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    I used to get these at taco bell all the time growing up. I’ve totally forgotten how much I love them. Thanks for reminding me, yours looks delicious!

  • Reply
    Sara
    February 17, 2009 at 9:56 am

    Lol about the 4th meal. This looks awesome! I’m kinda craving one right now actually…thanks!

    • Reply
      Deseree
      February 17, 2009 at 3:04 pm

      You’re welcome Sara!

  • Reply
    Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer
    February 17, 2009 at 8:29 am

    I confess I loved taco bells but it did not love me or my waistline!! I have stayed away from that for years and years – but now I am inspired to make a healthier version at home – Thanks for the reminder!!

    • Reply
      Deseree
      February 17, 2009 at 3:14 pm

      You’re welcome Cathy! I try to recreate things like this at home for that very reason : )

      And Thank You for the comment Mary!

  • Reply
    Mary
    February 17, 2009 at 7:11 am

    That looks perfectly delicious!

  • Reply
    gn
    February 12, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    I may have eaten a few of these… thanks for posting this one…. next up, the meximelt! :)

    • Reply
      Deseree
      February 15, 2009 at 11:56 pm

      Thanks for the comment gn! I’ll work on the meximelt, and perhaps tackle the crunch wrap supreme :)

    Des

    Hey! I'm Des!

    Welcome to Life’s Ambrosia where Dinner is served and memories are made. Here you will find over 1000 tried and true recipes for every possible occasion. In the last 10 years, this blog has helped millions of families put dinner on the table and create food memories. Let me help you too.

    Read more »