Mexican Pizza made with ground beef, beans, and plenty of gooey cheese, sandwiched between two golden fried tortillas. The beloved Mexican Pizza that is better than any Taco Bell version that you may have had!
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Mexican Pizzas were a prized possession on the Taco Bell menus. People really did not love and appreciate them until they were taken from us abruptly in 2021 So it was only right that we recreated it, and made it SO MUCH BETTER than the Taco Bell version!
Are Mexican Pizzas really Mexican food?
No, not really! They are in fact an American made spin on pizza. Taco Bell first introduced Mexican Pizzas back in 1988. The pizza was a huge hit amongst the fast food chains lovers.
It is a spin on pizza because it lays flat and is topped with meats and cheeses, and sandwiched between tortillas.
Once the pizzas are made, they are cut into triangular shapes- just like a traditional pizza is. So although it has Mexican style toppings, it is in fact an American made dish.
What do I need to make Mexican Pizza?
One of the best parts about this recipe is how easy, and what few ingredients you need to make it. If you have ground beef and tortillas on-hand, the rest is history. Here is exactly what you need to gather:
- Ground beef: you can definitely substitute ground turkey, or even ground chicken for this. All of the flavor is in the seasoning anyways!
- Flour tortillas: we tried the recipe with both corn and flour tortillas, and flour won! Corn is good, but the flour tortillas give us the authentic Mexican Pizza flavor that we were after. You will want to use medium size tortillas instead of large burrito size.
- Cheddar cheese: the more the merrier! This recipe calls for about 4 cups, but load them up with cheese if that is your thing.
- Tomatoes: diced tomatoes are a MUST if you want to achieve the real Taco Bell flavor.
- Green Onions: these are an added layer of flavor and color on these pizzas.
- Taco sauce: if you can, get your hands on the Taco Bell taco sauce. If not, any taco sauce will due!
Type of tortilla to use:
We tried both corn and flour tortillas with these Mexican Pizzas, and flour tortillas are definitely recommended. Flour tortillas create the perfect flavor when they are fried. They are also sturdy, and hold up to the toppings that are added.
How to make the pizzas ahead of time:
Cook all of your ingredients as directed; the ground beef, beans, and frying the tortillas. Set all of the ingredients aside in separate containers. When you are ready to assemble the pizzas, warm up the toppings and begin assembling.
The toppings will be good up to a couple days prior to assembling as long as they are placed in the refrigerator. Once you put the pizzas together, bake them in the oven until the cheese is melted, and the pizzas are heated thoroughly.
- 8 Flour tortillas, 6 inch tortillas are ideal
- 2 cups Vegetable oil, to fry tortillas
- 1 pound Ground beef
- 1 can Refried beans
- 4 cups Cheddar cheese, shredded
- 2 cups Taco sauce
- 1 cup Tomatoes, chopped
- 1 cup Green onions, chopped
Seasoning for Taco Meat
- 1 ½ tablespoon Chili powder
- ½ tablespoon Seasoned salt
- 2 teaspoons Cumin
- 1 teaspoon Onion powder
- 1 teaspoon Garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon Oregano, dried
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Add oil to a skillet over medium heat.
Add the flour tortillas into the hot oil one at a time. Fry on each side for about one minute, or until they are golden brown. Remove the tortilla from the skillet and place on a paper towel lined tray to drain the excess oil. Repeat this until all of the tortillas are fried.
In a separate skillet, add the ground beef and cook until it is brown, and no more pink is showing. Drain any excess grease out of the skillet, and add 2 tablespoons of water directly into the skillet.
Place the skillet back on the stove over low heat and add the chili powder, seasoned salt, cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, and Oregano. Mix all of the seasonings into the beef and simmer on low until most of the water is dissolved.
While the ground beef is cooking, warm up the refried beans in a microwave safe container for 2 minutes.
Chop the tomatoes and green onions and set aside.
Set up a small assembly station to start assembling the pizzas.
First add about a tablespoon of refried beans to one tortilla and spread it out into one even layer. Next add some of the taco meat, then top with a bit of cheese.
Next, add another fried tortilla on top of the beef and bean mixture. Spread some of the taco sauce directly on the tortilla. Then top with more shredded cheese, some tomatoes, and some green onions.
Repeat these steps until all four pizzas are assembled. Place the pizzas on a baking sheet, and bake for 5-10 minutes, or until cheese is melted.
Remove from oven and let them cool for at least none minute, cut them up, and Enjoy!
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 415Total Fat: 82gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 5gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 603mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 5gSugar: 8gProtein: 75g
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