Miss Taco Bell Mexican pizza? This copycat tastes just like the fast-food fave, with layers of crunchy tortilla, beans, seasoned beef, tangy sauce, and plenty of cheese. A dead ringer for the Taco Bell retiree, this recipe is also naturally healthier and easy to make vegetarian, too.
What Makes This Recipe So Good
Taco Bell has always been a late-night staple, although not so much now that I have kids. Their Mexican pizza was always a favorite, with layers of crunchy, crispy tortillas covered in rich refried beans, tangy sauce, and tons of melted cheese. When I heard they were retiring it from their menu (no!), I decided it was way past time to make my own version. This Taco Bell Mexican pizza recipe tastes so much like the original I was nostalgic for, plus it’s healthier! Now if I get the late-night cravings (just not so late), I can whip up a batch of these. I might even let the kids have some!
Taco seasoning – A half a packet of taco seasoning gives the beef in this recipe tons of delicious Mexican flavor.
Enchilada sauce – Tomato-y, tangy, and full of seasonings like chili powder and oregano, even a store-bought jar of this gives your Mexican pizza that authentic Taco Bell taste.
Salsa — This addition to the enchilada sauce makes it more than a sauce but less than a salsa. The perfect combo for topping your Mexican pizza!
- To make vegetarian Mexican pizzas, just leave out the beef!
- You can top this pizza however you like, with things sour cream, sliced jalapeños, or guacamole. I like it Taco Bell style with some diced tomatoes!
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- ½ pound ground beef
- ½ packet taco seasoning about 1-2 tablespoons
- ⅓ cup water
- spray oil
- 8 flour tortillas 6”, taco size
- 1 16-ounce can refried beans
- 1 cup red enchilada sauce
- ⅓ cup red salsa
- 1 8-ounce bag shredded Mexican cheese blend
- 1 tomato diced
- Preheat oven to 350º F. Spray tortillas with spray oil on both sides. Sprinkle with salt, prick with a fork, and place on baking sheet. Bake 10 minutes, then flip over. Bake until golden brown, about 3-5 more minutes. Remove from oven. Set aside to cool.
- Increase heat to 400° F.
- Stir together enchilada sauce and salsa. Set aside.
- In a large skillet, brown and and crumble the ground beef. Sprinkle taco seasoning over, then add water and stir. Bring to a boil then reduce heat. Simmer until thickened.
- Meanwhile, heat up the refried beans in a microwave-safe bowl. (This will make it easier to spread the beans onto the tortilla shells.) Slather a generous layer of refried beans on each tortilla, then top with seasoned ground beef.
- Place another tortilla on top. Slather about two tablespoons of enchilada sauce mixture on top, then sprinkle some shredded cheese on top of the sauce. Repeat with the rest of the tortillas.
- Place the pizzas on a large nonstick baking sheet and bake for about 8-10 minutes until cheese is melted. Serve with your favorite toppings.
- Vegetarian: Leave out the beef
- Topping suggestions: Sour cream, sliced jalapeños, guacamole, or Taco Bell style with some diced tomatoes
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