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Taco Bell Mexican Pizza is a copycat recipe of the popular fast-food classic everyone loves. This mouthwatering recipe is easy to make at home with crisp tortillas, hearty ground beef, gooey cheese, and fresh toppings.
Taco Bell Mexican Pizza
If you’ve never tried it before, now is the time to see what all the fuss is about.
This copycat version of Taco Bell’s Mexican pizza has all the flavors of Mexico wrapped up in a delicious, cheesy pie.
With its crispy crust and savory toppings, this copycat pizza is sure to be an instant hit.
Taco Bell fans will be thrilled that they can make this popular menu item at home anytime the craving strikes.
Serve these tasty pizzas for taco night, along with chips and salsa or cheese dip.
Taco Bell Mexican Pizza Ingredients
- Ground beef - lean ground beef
- Taco seasoning
- Flour tortillas - taco-size flour tortillas
- Oil - vegetable oil
- Refried beans
- Enchilada sauce - red enchilada sauce
- Cheddar cheese - mild cheddar cheese, finely shredded
- Tomatoes - Roma tomatoes, diced
- Sour cream - optional garnish
- Black olives - sliced black olives, optional garnish
- Green onions - thin sliced green onions, optional garnish
Substitutions and Additions
TORTILLAS: If you're looking to mix things up, consider using whole wheat tortillas or corn tortillas instead of flour tortillas for a nuttier flavor or gluten-free option.
You can also try flavored tortillas like spinach or sun-dried tomato to add an extra layer of taste to your Mexican pizza.
GROUND BEEF: Not a fan of beef? No worries! Swap it out for ground turkey, chicken, or chorizo.
Each option brings its unique flavor and texture, so choose according to your preference.
REFRIED BEANS: While refried beans add creaminess, you can experiment with black beans or pinto beans for a different texture and taste.
If you want a spicier kick, try using chipotle black beans or spicy refried beans.
TACO SAUCE: The type of taco sauce you use can significantly impact the flavor.
Opt for mild, medium, or hot taco sauce based on your spice tolerance.
Alternatively, try enchilada sauce for a richer, deeper flavor that complements the other ingredients.
TOMATO SAUCE: For a tangier profile, consider adding salsa.
You can use mild, medium, or hot salsa depending on your taste preference.
If you prefer a chunkier texture, try using diced canned tomatoes or fresh tomatoes.
VEGGIES: You can add onions, shallots, sliced bell peppers, or zucchini for a slightly different taste and texture.
TOMATOES: Use Roma tomatoes for a firmer texture, or cherry tomatoes for a burst of sweetness.
If you prefer a more intense tomato flavor, sun-dried tomatoes can be an excellent addition.
CHEESE: While the recipe calls for shredded cheddar cheese, you can try Mexican blend, Monterey Jack, or pepper jack for a unique taste.
BLACK OLIVES: If you're not a fan of black olives, try sliced green olives or even jalapeño slices for a bit of heat.
AVOCADO: Guacamole lovers can add a dollop of their favorite guacamole on top of the pizza for a creamy, avocado-rich experience.
You could also use fresh, diced avocado.
How to Make Taco Bell Mexican Pizza
FIRST STEP: Using a three or four-quart saucepan, sauté the ground beef over medium-high heat. Drain any excess grease.
SECOND STEP: Add the water and taco seasoning. Stir to combine and continue to cook over medium heat for an additional five minutes. Remove from heat and set it aside.
THIRD STEP: Line a standard baking sheet with paper towels and set it aside.
FOURTH STEP: Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line two baking sheets with foil and lightly spray with nonstick spray. Set them aside.
FIFTH STEP: Using a 10 or 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat, add the vegetable oil.
SIXTH STEP: Carefully add the flour tortillas one at a time, cooking for 1½ to 2 minutes per side.
Be careful not to burn the tortillas.
Carefully transfer the cooked tortillas to the paper towel-lined baking sheet to drain.
Repeat the process until all tortillas are cooked.
SEVENTH STEP: Place one of the cooked tortillas on the prepared baking sheet.
EIGHTH STEP: Spread ¼ cup of refried beans over one tortilla.
NINTH STEP: Evenly sprinkle ¼ cup of the seasoned cooked ground beef over the refried beans.
TENTH STEP: Evenly sprinkle two tablespoons of the shredded cheddar cheese over the seasoned ground beef.
ELEVENTH STEP: Lay a second tortilla on top of the first layer. Spread two tablespoons of the red enchilada sauce.
TWELFTH STEP: Evenly sprinkle two teaspoons of diced tomato on top of the enchilada sauce.
THIRTEENTH STEP: Evenly sprinkle ¼ cup of shredded cheddar cheese over the tomato layer.
FOURTEENTH STEP: Once you have made the double-decker pizzas bake for seven to eight minutes or until the cheese is completely melted.
FIFTEENTH STEP: Remove from the oven and slice as you would a pizza.
Since the pizzas are smaller, slice the pizzas into four pieces.
Top with sour cream, sliced black olives, and thin sliced green onion, if you wish.
Serve while hot.
How to Serve Taco Bell Mexican Pizzas
So, you've made your delicious Taco Bell Mexican Pizza, and now it's time to enjoy it to the fullest!
Here are some fantastic ways to serve and enhance the flavors of this mouthwatering dish.
CLASSIC: Serve your Mexican pizza with a side of fresh, crisp lettuce, diced tomatoes, and tangy salsa.
The cool crunch of the veggies complements the warm, savory flavors of the pizza, while the zesty salsa adds an extra kick.
Plus, this combo adds a delightful burst of colors to your plate, making it visually appealing and inviting.
TEX MEX FIESTA: Turn your meal into a fiesta by serving Mexican pizza with classic Tex-Mex sides like refried beans and Spanish rice.
The combination of these comforting sides with the pizza will give you a satisfying and wholesome meal that is sure to please everyone around the table.
WITH DRINKS: For a refreshing drink pairing, I highly recommend serving your copycat Taco Bell Mexican pizza with a cold glass of agua fresca, such as watermelon or pineapple.
The fruity and light flavors of the agua fresca complement the richness of the pizza perfectly.
If you prefer something with a little more kick, try a zesty margarita.
The tangy lime and tequila flavors cut through the cheesy goodness of the pizza, creating a dynamic and enjoyable contrast.
For a non-alcoholic option, opt for a hibiscus tea with a splash of lime.
The floral notes of hibiscus add a unique touch, and the lime enhances the overall dining experience.
No matter how you choose to serve your Taco Bell Mexican Pizza, these suggestions will undoubtedly elevate your meal and leave your taste buds wanting more.
So go ahead, get creative, and savor every bite of this irresistible Tex-Mex delight!
How to Store Taco Bell Mexican Pizza
MAKE AHEAD: You can absolutely make the Taco Bell Mexican pizza ahead of time!
If you're planning to serve it later, I recommend preparing the components separately.
Cook the seasoned beef, slice the vegetables, and shred the cheese.
Once you're ready to assemble, let everything cool down before stacking the pizza together.
Wrap it up tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil, and store it in the refrigerator until you're ready to bake or reheat.
This way, you'll have a quick and convenient meal at your fingertips whenever you want a Taco Bell fix!
IN THE FRIDGE: If you have any leftovers or you want to save a portion for tomorrow's lunch, storing the Taco Bell Mexican pizza in the fridge is easy.
First, remove any toppings like lettuce, tomatoes, or sour cream, as these are best added fresh.
Then, transfer the pizza to an airtight container or wrap it well in plastic wrap.
Properly stored, your Mexican Pizza will stay good in the fridge for up to three days.
When you're ready to enjoy it again, simply reheat it in the oven or microwave for a few minutes until it's warmed through, and then add the fresh toppings to restore that delightful crunch.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I make this recipe vegetarian-friendly?
To make the Mexican pizza vegetarian-friendly, simply omit the ground beef and use a plant-based alternative or add extra beans and veggies.
How can I make the Mexican pizza spicier?
If you prefer a spicier Mexican pizza, you can add some crushed red pepper flakes, a dash of hot sauce, or sprinkle some sliced fresh jalapenos on top before baking.
Taco Bell Mexican pizza is a delicious and satisfying meal that is easy to make and so customizable. The perfect recipe for a quick meal on busy weeknights or weekend game days.
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Taco Bell Mexican Pizza
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- ⅔ cup water
- 1 ounce taco seasoning
- 8 soft taco-size flour tortillas
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- 16 ounces refried beans
- 10 ounces red enchilada sauce
- 2 cups mild cheddar cheese, finely shredded
- ½ cup Roma tomatoes, diced
- Sour cream, optional garnish
- Sliced black olives, optional garnish
- Thin sliced green onions, optional garnish
- Using a 3 to 4-quart saucepan, sauté the ground beef over medium-high heat. Drain any excess grease.
- Add the water and taco seasoning. Stir to combine and continue to cook over medium heat for an additional 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set it aside.
- Line a standard baking sheet with paper towels and set it aside.
- Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line 2 baking sheets with foil and lightly spray with nonstick spray. Set them aside.
- Using a 10 or 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat, add the vegetable oil.
- Carefully add the flour tortillas one at a time, cooking for 1½ to 2 minutes per side. Be careful not to burn the tortillas. Carefully transfer the cooked tortillas to the paper towel-lined baking sheet to drain. Repeat the process until all tortillas are cooked.
- Place 1 of the cooked tortillas on the prepared baking sheet.
- Spread ¼ cup of refried beans over 1 tortilla.
- Evenly sprinkle ¼ cup of the seasoned cooked ground beef over the refried beans.
- Evenly sprinkle 2 tablespoons of the shredded cheddar cheese over the seasoned ground beef.
- Lay a second tortilla on top of the first layer. Spread 2 tablespoons of the red enchilada sauce.
- Evenly sprinkle 2 teaspoons of diced tomato on top of the enchilada sauce.
- Evenly sprinkle ¼ cup of shredded cheddar cheese over the tomato layer.
- Once you have made the double-decker pizzas bake for 7 to 8 minutes or until the cheese is completely melted.
- Remove from the oven and slice as you would a pizza. Since the pizzas are smaller, slice the pizzas into 4 pieces. Top with sour cream, sliced black olives, and thin sliced green onion, if you wish. Serve while hot.