Use these secret tips to create a copycat Taco Bell Mexican Pizza recipe that tastes just like the restaurant – but homemade and BETTER!
2020 UPDATE: Sad news for fans of the Mexican Pizza. Taco Bell has announced that they are trimming their menu and the Taco Bell Mexican Pizza has been discontinued!
Lucky for you, you can use our recipe to make your own and with these special tips and tricks it will taste as good or better as at Taco Bell.
The first of all is that by making it yourself you know exactly what goes into your family's food. And while Taco Bell is already pretty inexpensive, you really can't beat making your own at home.
A standard Taco Bell menu item that is easy to make at home is this copycat Taco Bell Mexican Pizza recipe.
There are a few secrets to make your homemade creations taste similar to what you get in the restaurant.
(If you prefer you can also use this easy taco seasoning recipe to make your own.)
Not only can you buy Taco Bell brand Taco Seasoning, but you can also buy Taco Bell Original Refried Beans. While you can actually use any type of refried beans, basically whatever your favorite is, you'll of course get the closest copycat results with the Taco Bell Beans.
Another secret for making your final recipe taste like a true Taco Bell copycat is that they chop their beef very finely.
To replicate that, I recommend running the beef through a food processor. This will chop the hamburger meat into very small pieces, just like they do at Taco Bell.
Since this step of running the ground beef through the food processor adds some time to creating your recipe, I find it helpful to cook enough beef for 2, 3 or 4 batches of this recipe.
Put all the extra chopped meat in the freezer in 1/2 pound packages. Then, next time you're ready to make your homemade Mexican pizza you can just defrost, heat and continue with the recipe.
This seasoned beef is also perfect for taco night, so you can get multiple uses out of it!
Copycat Taco Bell Mexican Pizza Recipe
1/2 lb Ground Beef
1/2 package Taco Seasoning Mix (I recommend Taco Bell brand seasoning)
2 tbsp Water
8 White Corn Tortillas
16 oz Refried Beans (Taco Bell Brand recommended)
1/3 cup Enchilada Sauce
1/3 cup Thick and Chunky Salsa
1 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
1 cup Shredded Monterey Jack Cheese
1/4 cup diced Tomatoes
1/4 cup slice Green Onion (green parts only)
1/4 cup Sliced Black Olives
Vegetable Oil for Frying
How to Make Taco Bell Mexican Pizza:
Brown ground beef in a skillet. (Side note: This is my favorite pan for browning ground beef and I use it almost every day (not just for browning beef, of course!)
Drain excess fat.
Add water and taco seasoning. Mix well.
Allow to simmer for 10 minutes on low.
Remove from heat.
Transfer taco meat to food processor and run until it is a fine consistency.
Heat oil to 375 degrees on stovetop.
Fry each tortilla for 30-45 seconds on each side and set on paper towels or clean paper bag to drain.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Spread 1-2 tablespoons of beans on 4 tortillas.
Top beans with the seasoned ground beef mixture.
Top each of these with the remaining tortillas.
Top these tortillas with a blend of enchilada sauce and salsa.
Next add both types of shredded cheese.
Then top with tomatoes and olives.
Add green onion slices.
Bake in oven for 5-10 minutes or until cheese is melted.
How to Make Copycat Taco Bell Mexican Pizza in the Air Fryer:
Check out this tasty alternative if you prefer an Air Fryer Taco Bell Mexican Pizza recipe.
What to Serve with Taco Bell Mexican Pizza:
To be honest, we like to eat these Mexican pizzas just all by themselves, but they are also great served with a side of Mexican rice or with a green salad. Slices of avocado on the side are also a great option.
- 1/2 lb Ground Beef
- 1/2 package Taco Seasoning Mix (I recommend Taco Bell brand seasoning)
- 2 tbsp Water
- 8 White Corn Tortillas
- 16 oz Refried Beans (Taco Bell Brand recommended)
- 1/3 cup Enchilada Sauce
- 1/3 cup Thick and Chunky Salsa
- 1 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
- 1 cup Shredded Monterey Jack Cheese
- 1/4 cup diced Tomatoes
- 1/4 cup slice Green Onion (green end)
- 1/4 cup Sliced Black Olives
- Vegetable Oil for Frying
- Brown ground beef in a skillet.
- Drain excess fat.
- Add water and taco seasoning. Mix well.
- Allow to simmer for 10 minutes on low.
- Remove from heat.
- Transfer taco meat to food processor and run until it is a fine consistency.
- Heat Oil to 375 on stovetop.
- Fry each tortilla for 30-45 seconds on each side and set on paper towels or paper bag to drain.
- Preheat oven to 400.
- Spread 1-2 tablespoons of beans on 4 tortillas.
- Top beans with the meat mixture.
- Top each of these with the remaining tortillas.
- Top these tortillas with a blend of enchilada sauce and salsa.
- Next add a mixture of the cheeses.
- Then top with tomatoes and olives.
- Optionally add green onion slices.
- Bake in oven for 5-10 minutes or until cheese is melted.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 654Total Fat: 36gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 104mgSodium: 1612mgCarbohydrates: 46gFiber: 10gSugar: 6gProtein: 39g
Nutrition is calculated automatically and may not be accurate.