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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.

Overhead shot of Taco Bell Mexican pizza recipe topped with diced tomatoes and cilantro cut into four slices, surrounded by a lime wedge, glass of beer, and a bottle cap

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!

Key Ingredients

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!

Chef’s Tips

  • 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!
Overhead shot of Taco Bell Mexican pizza recipe topped with diced tomatoes and cilantro, with one slice taken out with a bite in it, surrounded by a lime wedge, glass of beer, and a bottle cap

More Delicious Mexican Recipes

Recipe By: Cheryl Malik
4.95 from 18 votes

Taco Bell Mexican Pizza


Prep 10 minutes
Cook 35 minutes
Total 45 minutes
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.
4 Mexican pizzas

Ingredients

  • ½ pound ground beef
  • ½ packet taco seasoning about 1-2 tablespoons
  • cup water
  • spray oil
  • 8 flour tortillas 6”, taco size
  • 1 16-ounce can refried beans
  • 1 cup red enchilada sauce
  • cup red salsa
  • 1 8-ounce bag shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • 1 tomato diced

Instructions

  • 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.
    Two baked flour tortillas on top of a baking sheet
  • 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.
    Ground beef being cooked in a skillet
  • 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.
    Ground beef and refried beans spread on a baking tortilla
  • 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.
    Shredded cheese on top of a Mexican pizza that has not been cooked yet
  • 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.
    A cooked Taco Bell Mexican pizza with melted cheese sitting on top of a baking sheet

Video

  • Vegetarian: Leave out the beef
  • Topping suggestions: Sour cream, sliced jalapeños, guacamole, or Taco Bell style with some diced tomatoes
 
Recipe yields 4 pizzas. Nutritional values shown are general guidelines, and reflect information for one pizza. Macros may vary slightly depending on specific types and brands of ingredients used.

Approximate Information for One Serving

Serving Size: 1Mexican pizzaCalories: 401calProtein: 23gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 2131mgPotassium: 408mgTotal Carbs: 53gFiber: 9gSugar: 12gNet Carbs: 44gVitamin A: 1265IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 117mgIron: 5mg
Nutrition Disclaimers
Number of total servings shown is approximate. Actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes.
Nutritional values shown are general guidelines and reflect information for 1 serving using the ingredients listed, not including any optional ingredients. Actual macros may vary slightly depending on specific brands and types of ingredients used.
To determine the weight of one serving, prepare the recipe as instructed. Weigh the finished recipe, then divide the weight of the finished recipe (not including the weight of the container the food is in) by the desired number of servings. Result will be the weight of one serving.

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29 Comments

  1. This just changed my life. I made a couple alterations to use up some pintos and lettuce in the fridge. I can’t believe I’ve never made this at home before. Thank you so much for this recipe.5 stars

    1. Avatar Jessica | 40 Aprons Team says:

      Yumm, so glad you loved it! 😊

  2. So easy and yummy! Tastes just like how I remember these!5 stars

    1. Avatar Jessica | 40 Aprons Team says:

      So glad you loved it! 😊

  3. Oh my heck, we have a new family favorite here! My wife used to LOVE Mexican pizza and it was the only thing she ever ordered when we went to Taco Bell. We’ve long since adopted a vegan diet, so when the Mexican pizza came back it wasn’t an option for us. I found your recipe and, substituting plant-based cheese and “meat”, surprised her with her old favorite last night. It was such a hit that it’s going into regular rotation for our Friday night pizza tradition.5 stars

    1. Anna Claire | 40 Aprons Team Anna Claire | 40 Aprons Team says:

      This is the type of comment we strive for with every recipe we post. It’s why we do what we do! Thank you so much for sharing. We’re thrilled that this satisfied that craving in a healthy way!5 stars

  4. Avatar Denice Schwind says:

    I don’t understand. How high do you stack the tortilla’s? 2 high?

    1. Megan | 40 Aprons Team Megan | 40 Aprons Team says:

      Hey, Denice! Yes, it’s sort of like a sandwich. The layers for one Mexican pizza are: one tortilla, refried beans, ground beef, another tortilla, refried beans, enchilada sauce, shredded cheese. There’s a video in the recipe card that walks through the steps!

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