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Skip the Drive-Thru and Make Your Own Taco Bell Mexican Pizza at Home

Copycat Taco Bell Mexican Pizza

yield: 4 SERVINGS

prep time: 25 MINUTES

cook time: 10 MINUTES

total time: 35 MINUTES

Ingredients

Directions

1

Place a medium sized skillet on the stove, and pour vegetable oil about 1/4 inch deep into the skillet. Heat the oil to medium/high heat until sizzling, but not smoking. Place a single tortilla in the oil using tongs, and fry for about 30 seconds until browned on each side. Transfer tortilla to a paper towel to drain the grease. Repeat with the rest of tortillas, and set aside.

2

To the skillet on the stove, cook ground beef, and mash meat very finely using a potato masher. Drain the grease. Season with taco seasoning, and add water. Let simmer for a few minutes, and remove from heat.

3

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Add 4 of the crispy flour tortillas to a sheet pan, and spread a layer of beans onto each tortilla. Add the ground beef to each tortilla. Top each Mexican pizza with a 2nd tortilla. Spoon enchilada sauce over the top, and then sprinkle shredded cheese over the top of each.

4

Place pizzas in the oven for about 10 minutes or until cheese is bubbling and melted. Take out of oven, and then top with any additional toppings like chopped tomato, green onion, and olives. Enjoy warm.

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eating a slice of homemade taco bell mexican pizza

Calling all Taco Bell fans!

Making copycat Mexican pizzas similar to the Taco Bell version is such a fun and easy dinner idea! In fact, I’m just gonna admit this easy to make homemade version is even more fantastic, and makes my mouth water just writing about it.

slicing homemade Taco Bell Mexican pizza

It has a double layer of crispy fried tortillas, taco seasoned meat, refried beans, enchilada sauce, and is topped with melted cheese, toppings, and of course Taco Bell hot sauce.

Taco Bell vs Homemade Mexican Pizza

taco bell mexican pizza and homemade version

I love that when creating your at home version, you can completely customize the toppings, and really make it a meal your family will love – using the type of ingredients you enjoy! Everyone can make it as spicy as they like, and also you can opt to skip the meat and use beans only as a meatless option.

This simple homemade version is even better than the real thing in my opinion!

ingredients to make copycat taco bell mexican pizzas

Hip Tips:


  • Look for Taco Bell brand food items in-store! I found Taco Bell hot sauce and refried beans at my local grocery store.
  • Love the finely ground texture of Taco Bell ground beef? Use a potato masher when cooking it on the stove, and add a little extra water to the meat. You can even throw it in a food processor after cooking if desired to get that same super-fine texture.
  • Frying tortillas in a little oil is actually very easy! It’s worth the little bit of extra effort to get a crispy tortilla because it tastes THAT much better! I’m thinking you could also spray a tortilla with cooking spray instead, and throw it in the air fryer if you didn’t want to fry them as a similar alternative.
  • Make your own taco seasoning! It’s super easy to mix together seasonings that you may already have on hand, or you could use a store-bought packet.

frying tortillas for mexican pizza

making homemade mexican pizzas

putting cheese on homemade pizzas


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Copycat Taco Bell Mexican Pizza

yield: 4 SERVINGS

prep time: 25 MINUTES

cook time: 10 MINUTES

total time: 35 MINUTES

This crispy mexican style pizza with enchilada sauce, taco seasoned meat, beans, and cheese is so easy to make at home!

Ingredients

Directions

1

Place a medium sized skillet on the stove, and pour vegetable oil about 1/4 inch deep into the skillet. Heat the oil to medium/high heat until sizzling, but not smoking. Place a single tortilla in the oil using tongs, and fry for about 30 seconds until browned on each side. Transfer tortilla to a paper towel to drain the grease. Repeat with the rest of tortillas, and set aside.

2

To the skillet on the stove, cook ground beef, and mash meat very finely using a potato masher. Drain the grease. Season with taco seasoning, and add water. Let simmer for a few minutes, and remove from heat.

3

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Add 4 of the crispy flour tortillas to a sheet pan, and spread a layer of beans onto each tortilla. Add the ground beef to each tortilla. Top each Mexican pizza with a 2nd tortilla. Spoon enchilada sauce over the top, and then sprinkle shredded cheese over the top of each.

4

Place pizzas in the oven for about 10 minutes or until cheese is bubbling and melted. Take out of oven, and then top with any additional toppings like chopped tomato, green onion, and olives. Enjoy warm.

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slicing a homemade taco bell mexican pizza

Grab a “Pizza” melted cheese taco heaven!

Ohhh my goodness… these are so GOOD. My kids happen to love Taco Bell and were definitely big fans of this idea. My husband worked late and had to reheat his using our air fryer, and it still tasted just as delicious re-heated that way. Overall, I loved the taste of the enchilada sauce, with the beans and crispy tortilla- this is a winner!


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Comments 33

  1. Donna

    This looks great! Thanks! I’ve been wanting to make something like this in my air fryer.

  2. pjane

    This looks great. Even better than TB. Not only that, you make with your own hands. I am doing this one.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      YAS!! I agree- enjoy!

  3. Mel

    Oh this looks soo good! I made chimichangas a few weeks ago in the air fryer, brushing all sides with avocado oil and they got nice and crispy! Adding this to my menu for next wk (though I might swap out and make this Saturday instead!)

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yum! I love that idea too!

  4. Lisa

    My husband loves these from TB! Thank you so much for the recipe. Can’t wait to make them for him.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh yay – enjoy Lisa and thanks for stopping by!

  5. Jen

    Thanks Lina!! I’ve been craving one of these!!!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Sure – enjoy Jen!

  6. Lew

    I always throw my ground beef in a food processor once cooked! Really prefer the texture of the finer meat. This recipe looks great! Thx!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Great idea! Thanks Lew πŸ‘

  7. Cat62

    How can anyone enjoy canned refried beans?! They smell like dog food and taste horrible. Make homemade. It’s so easy and delicious!

    • mel

      yikes, that’s kinda rude, no?! To each their own, you shouldn’t snub someone if they have to use canned beans from time to time. yes, I do prefer to make my own. but ya know, life sometimes is hectic. so yeah, I’ll pop open a can of refried beans if I don’t have a container in my freezer. if refried beans smelled anything like dog food, I certainly wouldn’t use them (canned dog / cat food sets off major gag reflex!!)

    • Donna

      Cat62, Easy!! Take a can opener, open the can of refried beans, dump the contents into a pan, add a little butter, heat, stir! and serve! TASTY!!! And a must for taco night!! πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚ Seriously, they are so good.

      • animity

        Bwhahahah!!

        To judge others is to be judged….to each their own.

    • Jason

      I’m guessing with your user name, if it smelled like cat food it would be better! (yeah we can all be snarky!).

    • MICHELLE

      I get dehydrated refried beans at the GFS store. You just pour boiling water over and wait 5 minutes for them to rehydrate. They are creamy and awesome, and you just make whatever you need. I agree about canned refried beans — yuk! I usually only need about cup, so it’s not worth it to boil a bag.

      • Judi

        I do too! They are SO good, and fast! I add some smoked paprika, garlic powder, and some onion powder, and they taste amazing!

    • jennifer

      πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ totally agree with you there. I make mine in slow cooker and they are delish

  8. Me

    I love this ! Honestly I lived on the Tacobell pizza, wirh no ground beef during my vegitarian college years. Now gluten free I can make this nostalic pizza . Yay

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yes! Sounds perfect!

  9. amy

    Loved this recipe but it took way longer than the times indicated, I would say maybe 1.5 to 2 hours. I would love to try the air fryer method for the tortillas, for me it was very hard to cook them evenly crispy.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks for the feedback Amy!

  10. Kels

    We’ve been making these for a while, and they’re delicious! After frying the tortillas, I place them vertically on a cookie cooling rack over a piece of cardboard or paper towels (usually just rip open a cereal box or something that I’m going to toss anyway) they drip dry and end up perfectly crisp

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh smart! Thanks for sharing πŸ‘

  11. Maite Lopez

    Yum! I miss Mexican pizzas!!! Thanks for the recipe.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Sure! Enjoy πŸ˜‰

  12. freelala

    Love the Mexican pizza no beef at Taco Bell!! Does anyone know a pizza sauce tho that tastes like the one Taco Bell uses?

    • pjane

      Taco bell taco sauce not tomato sauce

  13. animity

    YUM! Thanks for the extra inspiration!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Sure enjoy!

  14. pjane

    I made these. I like them.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh good thanks for sharing!

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