Sunday, July 11, 2021

Copycat Taco Bell Mexican Pizza

Taco Bell Mexican pizza is one of the most popular items on their menu. Recreate it at home and feed the whole family for a fraction of the cost!

Instead of ordering another Mexican pizza from Taco Bell for dinner, try this homemade version made with loads of fresh ingredients.

Plus, you can double the recipe to feed a crowd, and everyone can customize their own exactly how they like.

If you love this copycat Taco Bell Mexican pizza, why not try some more of my homemade restaurant favorites? And whip up this homemade Baja Blast while you are at it!

Add a side of cilantro lime rice or chunky guacamole - they both taste just like Chipotle’s! Even a drizzle of Applebee’s Spicy Queso Blanco would taste delicious on top.

Copycat Taco Bell Mexican Pizza on a rustic plate

How To Make A Taco Bell Mexican Pizza

First, brown and season the ground beef and transfer it to a separate bowl.

Clean out the skillet, then heat up the oil to fry the tortillas. Transfer them to a baking sheet in a single layer and top with refried beans and meat.

Stack each round with another fried tortilla. Spread enchilada sauce evenly to the edges and sprinkle with cheese.

Bake at 400°F until the cheese has melted, then add your toppings and slice!

taco bell mexican pizza ingredients

Tips and Tricks
  • Easy meal prep. Make a big batch of seasoned ground beef when you have the time, then thaw a one pound portion to use for this recipe.
  • Tip for easier spreading: Warm the refried beans in the microwave to soften them up, or mix with a little salsa or enchilada sauce to thin them out.
  • Use different cheeses. Pepper Jack will add extra heat, while a blend of cheddar, mozzarella, and Monterey Jack gets you closest to the real thing.
  • Tortillas puffing up too much? This is totally normal as they fry, but you can press them down a bit on the baking sheet to make them more level.
  • Don’t forget the hot sauce! Dig through your hidden stash of packets or grab a bottle from your favorite brand.

frying tortillas in a skillet

Kitchen Tools You Will Need
  • Medium Skillet - This is my go-to pan that I’ve had for over a decade!
  • Candy Thermometer - Gives you an accurate reading on the oil so you know when it’s hot enough to fry.
  • Baking Sheets - Used for anything from cookies to roasting, a good baking pan will last for years.
  • Box Grater - As much as I love buying bagged shreds because it’s easier, freshly grated cheese melts down smoother and tastes better too.

taco bell mexican pizza loaded with refried beans and beef

FAQ - Common Recipe Questions

What’s the best way to reheat Mexican pizza from Taco Bell?

These are best crisp and melty from the oven, especially since the tortillas will soak up the other ingredients the longer it sits.

You could always prepare the meat and toppings ahead of time and store them in individual containers in the fridge.

Then, fry the flour tortillas right before assembling and cooking the whole dish.

Topping with cheese

What else can I add to this copycat Taco Bell Mexican pizza?

It’s easy to personalize your plate with whatever amount of meat, beans, sauce, and cheese that you like.

To really put your meal over the top, swap out the ground beef for some pulled pork, chicken, or crockpot barbacoa.

Or, create a vegetarian version with plant based crumbles or extra veggies like bell peppers, mushrooms, lettuce, and red onion.


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taco bell mexican pizza whole topped with olives

Yield: 4 soft taco-size Mexican pizzas
Author: Donna Elick
Copycat Taco Bell Mexican Pizza

Copycat Taco Bell Mexican Pizza

Taco Bell Mexican pizza is one of the most popular items on their menu. Recreate it at home and feed the whole family for a fraction of the cost!
Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 30 MinTotal time: 45 Min


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 cup taco seasoning
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 8 soft taco flour tortillas
  • 1 cup refried beans
  • 1 cup enchilada sauce
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup diced green onions or chives
  • 1/4 cup sliced black olives
  • Sour cream (for garnish)
  • Vegetable oil (for frying)


  1. In a medium skillet, brown ground beef over medium heat, using a spatula or wooden spoon to chop into very small pieces.
  2. Add taco seasoning and water; stir and bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Transfer meat to a bowl and keep warm.
  4. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  5. Clean the skillet and fill with 1/2” of vegetable oil. Heat over medium high heat until oil reaches 350°F. ● Gently drop one flour tortilla into the hot oil, frying one each side until bubbled up and golden brown (2-3 minutes). Remove from oil and place on paper towels to drain excess oil.
  6. Meanwhile, heat refried beans and enchilada sauce in the microwave.
  7. Place a fried tortilla on a baking sheet. Spread 1/4 cup of refried beans over the tortilla. ● Spread 1/4 cup of the meat over the refried beans.
  8. Place a second tortilla on top of the meat.
  9. Spoon about 1/4 cup of enchilada sauce (or desired amount) over the top of the stacked tortilla and top with cheese (1/4 cup or desired amount).
  10. Assemble as many pizzas as will fit on the baking sheet.
  11. Bake for about 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  12. Sprinkle the top with tomatoes and any other toppings you’d like.
  13. Cut into fourths and serve immediately.

taco bell mexican pizza close up

Originally published July 2021

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1 comment:

  1. Is that 1/4 c taco seasoning a typo? Seems like a lot. Pinned. Thank you.


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