When you can’t get your favorite Taco Bell Mexican Pizza, make this homemade version right in your own kitchen! Crispy tortillas stuffed with refried beans and ground beef, covered with a gooey layer of melted cheese!
This coveted, fast food classic has become a cult favorite, and it’s no surprise why. This copycat Mexican pizza is even better than the fast food version, so there’s no need to ever be without it!
Copycat Taco Bell Mexican Pizza
We’re calling this Taco Bell Mexican Pizza a copycat because our favorite fast food order is what inspired us to make this recipe. However, we think our version is a whole lot better, so please do read on!
Of course when you’re getting food from a chain like Taco Bell, you know it’s going to be good all the time, pretty much wherever you order it. But we like to take things up a notch or two, especially when we’re making this Mexican pizza at home.
We’ve loaded these pizzas with so much ground beef taco meat and refried beans, you have to eat it with a fork and knife. But if you want thinner pizzas, more like the chain restaurant, use the same ingredients here and divide them between four pizzas instead of two!
How Do You Make A Mexican Pizza?
Usually, when we make this pizza recipe, we start off with our homemade taco meat, because we’re always making that in large batches. But you can also use ground beef with store bought taco seasoning.
Brown the ground beef and drain off any grease in the pan. Add 1/4 cup of taco seasoning and 1/2 cup of water. The directions on the package will say to use more water, but we don’t want too much liquid in the taco meat for these Mexican Pizzas.
Pan fry white, soft tortillas in a pan with just a thin layer of oil to cover the bottom. It doesn’t have to be a deep fry at all, just enough oil to crisp up the tortillas on both sides.
When you’re done frying the tortillas, place them on a wire rack over a baking sheet to cool down so they don’t get soggy.
Now spread a thick layer of refried beans onto a tortilla, followed by a layer of the taco meat.
Add another tortilla on top of the taco meat, then spoon on enchilada sauce to cover the top tortilla. Another option for the enchilada sauce would be taco sauce, you do you.
Cover the top of the pizza with shredded Mexican blend cheese and bake at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes until the cheese melts and the center is warmed though.
We like to bake these Mexican Pizzas right on the wire rack so the bottom tortilla stays crispy!
What Toppings Does A Taco Bell Mexican Pizza Have?
Traditionally, just cheese and diced tomatoes. We’ve added a few chopped scallions to our version but chose to keep it mostly traditional to the Taco Bell version.
But there are SO many topping options for when your making these Mexican Pizzas at home!
- Diced Red Onion
- Sliced Black Olives
- Pickled Jalapeño Peppers
- Pico de Gallo
- Diced Green Chilis
What IS Mexican Pizza?
Originally called the Pizzazz Pizza at Taco Bell, Mexican Pizza is a pizza made from crispy fried tortillas filled with ground beef and beans.
The topping, as we discussed above, is traditionally tomato sauce and cheese with a few diced tomatoes. Mexican Pizza is not commonly found in Mexican cuisine, but we sure do love it here in America.
Can I Make These Pizzas Vegetarian?
100% for sure. Leave out the ground beef layer and add more refried beans, and/or whole black beans. Just like that, these Taco Bell Mexican Pizzas turn into the most delicious vegetarian dinner!
But you don’t have to stop there. Sauté more vegetables like zucchini and corn and tuck that inside these pizzas, too for even more flavor.
What Sides Go With Mexican Pizza?
This fun pizza recipe is a meal on its own, but we do love our sides! Head to our side dish menu for tons of options, but we’ll list some of our favorites here for you.Print
Taco Bell Mexican Pizza
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Yield: 4 servings 1x
This Taco Bell Mexican Pizza tastes just like the famous, fast food version! Crispy tortillas stuffed with beans and ground beef, topped with tons of gooey melted cheese!
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1/4 cup taco seasoning
- 1/2 cup water
- Canola or vegetable oil for frying the tortillas
- 8 taco sized, flour tortillas
- 16 ounce can refried beans
- 1 cup enchilada sauce
- 2 1/2 cups shredded Mexican blend cheese
- 1 cup diced tomatoes
- 1/2 cup chopped scallions
- Sour cream, guacamole, hot sauce for topping if desired
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Spray a skillet with non-stick cooking spray and set over medium heat. Add the ground beef, breaking up into crumbles as it browns. When the ground beef is cooked through, drain the grease from the pan and then add the taco seasoning and water. Stir and let cook for 2 minutes until the water mostly evaporates. Removes from the heat and set aside.
- Add a thin layer of oil to another skillet over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add a tortilla to the pan and fry for 1 minute on each side until crispy and golden brown. Remove the tortilla to a wire rack placed over a baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining tortillas
- Spread a thick layer of refried beans on four of the fried tortillas. Divide the taco meat between each of the tortillas, adding on top of the beans.
- Add the remaining four tortillas on top of the ground beef and beans. Spread about 2 tablespoons of enchilada sauce on the tops of the pizzas, followed by a layer of cheese.
- Bake the pizzas for 10-12 minutes until the cheese is melted and the centers are warmed through. Top with diced tomatoes and scallions and garnish as desired.
This recipe is written for (4) thinner Mexican Pizzas. If you want the pizzas to have more filling, like ours in the photos, use the same measurements in the recipe card and make (2) Mexican Pizzas.
- Category: Dinner
- Method: Stove Top / Oven
- Cuisine: American / Tex-Mex
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