My easy Taco Bell Mexican pizza copycat recipe is so crunchy and full of flavor, you’ll never want to go to the drive-thru again! Gather a few simple ingredients and your favorite toppings, and you’ll have a quick dinner the whole family will love!
An easy recipe for a Taco Bell Mexican Pizza that you can make from the comfort of home!
A long-time fan favorite, the Mexican pizza at Taco Bell is the go-to drive-thru order for millions of fast-food fanatics. When news broke they would be discontinuing this item that had been a menu staple since 1985, people everywhere took to social media to express their outrage.
Well, the good news is they are bringing it back, but let’s not forget- that doesn’t mean it’s here to stay (we could always have another McRib situation).
Just in case they boot it from the menu again, or you don’t want to hop in the car, I put together a recipe so you can make it yourself at home!
This recipe is both simple and delicious. I always have the ingredients at the ready for those days when I’m short on time.
You essentially need the ingredients for a basic taco night, but this is way better than a basic taco.
I'm also a pretty huge fan of letting my family help out in the kitchen. So this recipe, in particular, is a wonderful way to let the kids get involved by letting them choose their toppings!
❤️ Why You'll Love This Recipe!
It's Easy! This recipe is hard to mess up and you can get creative because you’re at home!
So Delicious! If you aren't up for going out but crave your favorite fast food, this recipe is for you. Forget the drive-through!
It's Quick! Dinner can be prepared in about 25 minutes, which is likely less time than it would take to get to the drive-through and back with your food.
This tortilla pizza is quick, easy, and bursting with flavor! You just need a few common pantry items and your favorite toppings for a meal the whole family will love!
- 1 pound Ground Beef – I use 80/20 ground beef, but you can use whatever you have on hand.
- 1 packet of Taco Seasoning – Make your own taco seasoning, or use a package of store-bought taco seasoning. For extra-authentic flavor, use the Taco Bell brand taco seasoning!
- ¾ cup of Water – The taco meat needs a little water to cook it down. If you'd rather, you can substitute broth.
- 2 tablespoons Vegetable Oil - You can also use canola oil or olive oil.
- 8 Flour Tortillas – Pick the standard soft taco flour tortilla size to make these hearty pizzas!
- 15 ounces Refried Beans – 1 standard sized can of refried beans. To make it as accurate as possible, use normal refried beans. You could also use refried black beans if you prefer.
- 10 ounces Enchilada Sauce – 1 small can of enchilada sauce. If you prefer that your food has a little more heat, you can opt for the spicy option.
- 2 cups Shredded Mexican Cheese Blend – I usually preach grating your own cheese, and you still can, but in this case, I use the bagged stuff. It consists of Monterey Jack, queso quesadilla, cheddar, and Asadero cheeses.
- Diced Tomatoes – Diced tomatoes are a standard topping on this tortilla pizza when ordered at the drive-through.
- Sliced Green Onion – Chopped green onions add a crisp, slightly spicy, peppery flavor to the dish, these are optional.
- Sliced Black Olives – Black olives are often found on enchiladas and other Tex-Mex dishes, they would taste great here as well!
- Diced White Onion – It's best to use white onions sparingly when they're raw, as they have a strong flavor. They have a great crunch, making them a perfect topping!
- Shredded Iceberg Lettuce – Crisp, juicy, and mildly sweet, use it as a topping to give the dish an extra dose of freshness.
*Be sure to see the recipe card below for ingredients, amounts & instructions!*
🔪 Step-by-Step Instructions
This tasty tortilla pizza is amazingly flavorful and easy to make! Grab some taco night essentials and layer your Mexican pizza as you like best!!
- Prep. First, set your oven to 400°F (205°C) and prepare a parchment-lined baking sheet (or two). Set aside the ground beef and make sure it has been fully defrosted if it was previously frozen.
- Brown. Cook your ground beef in a skillet over medium-high heat, breaking it up as it cooks until it's no longer pink in the center. Afterward, drain off any leftover grease.
- Season. Combine the ground beef with the taco seasoning and water. Bring the liquid to a boil. Then, you need to drop the heat to low and continue to cook until the sauce thickens.
- Crisp. To prepare 8 flour tortillas, heat 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil (*see note) in a skillet over medium heat. In the skillet, place one tortilla and cook it for 3-4 minutes, flipping it over every 30 seconds or so, until crispy. Repeat this step with the remaining tortillas.
Assemble & Bake
- Layer. Re-fried beans can be softened by heating them for 30 seconds or so in the microwave before spreading them on the tortillas. Pull out 4 crispy tortillas and smear a layer of beans on each one. Then, top the beans with the seasoned ground beef. Per tortilla, you'll use a quarter of the beans and beef you've prepared.
- Add Toppings. Top each of the bean and beef tortillas with one of the plain tortillas. Then, use about 2 tablespoons of sauce to top each pizza before sprinkling ½ cup of the shredded cheese (per pizza) on top.
- Bake. Arrange the pizzas on a large, non-stick baking sheet and place them on the oven’s center rack. Bake the assembled dish in the oven and bake for 8-10 minutes or until cheese has melted. To serve, remove the Mexican pizza from the oven and top with desired toppings.
This Taco Bell dupe is surprisingly filling and will make a fine lunch or dinner on its own. However, if you want a little something extra, pop a few tortilla chips in the air fryer and whip up some easy RoTel dip or nachos supreme!
💭 Angela's Tips & Recipe Notes
- You need just enough vegetable oil to pan fry all of the tortillas. You may need to add a little bit more as you go.
- If you want to skip the meat, vegetarian Mexican pizzas can be made by omitting the beef. You can use your choice of meatless-meat substitute and season the same way you would season the meat in this recipe.
- Use whatever toppings you like. For example, I like to add a big dollop of sour cream. Add-ons available on the actual menu include black beans, chicken, jalapenos, onions, steak, seasoned rice, red tortilla strips, lettuce, and extra cheese.
- If you went to Taco Bell and ordered this, it would come with the refried beans and ground beef layered between two crispy tortillas that are topped with enchilada sauce, cheese, and diced tomatoes.
🥡 Storing & Reheating
You can make the meat in advance; it will be even better the day after as it sits in the fridge, infusing with the seasonings.
Store the meat in an airtight container for up to three or four days once it has been chilled. *Wait to assemble the pizza until you're ready to eat it, tortillas will get soggy in the fridge.
You can freeze the seasoned ground beef quite easily. Seasoned meat can be kept for up to three months in the freezer in an airtight container.
Defrost frozen meat in the fridge overnight. Again, wait until you're ready to eat the pizza before putting it together. I do not recommend freezing it once it is assembled.
If you have already assembled yours and you want to heat it up, use the oven. Depending on how crunchy and crispy you want it to be, it takes 5-10 minutes to reheat leftover Mexican pizza at 350°F (175°C).
🔔 More Restaurant Copycat Recipes!
- Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits
- PF Chang's Mongolian Beef
- Texas Roadhouse Dinner Rolls & Cinnamon Honey Butter
- Panda Express Fried Rice
- Cracker Barrel Meatloaf
Cook for 5 minutes at 300°F (150°C) in the air fryer. Crisping them in the air fryer has one drawback. As they dry out, they become lighter and more prone to flying around. A second airflow rack can be placed above the first in an air fryer oven to prevent this from happening when creating this Mexican pizza dish.
You can use whichever type of tortilla you like. Both tortillas will work with this recipe. If you want a crunchy bite, I recommend corn tortillas but keep in mind the original is served on flour tortillas.
This Taco Bell knock-off is at its best immediately out of the oven when it is as crispy as it can be. However, it can become soggy if the fillings are too moist or too plentiful. Drain canned toppings thoroughly, and don’t go too heavy on the sauce.
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Taco Bell Mexican Pizza
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 packet taco seasoning (see recipe or notes below to make homemade taco seasoning)
- ¾ cup water
- 2 tablespoon vegetable oil (more, as needed)
- 8 flour tortillas (taco sized)
- 15 oz refried beans (1 15-ounce can)
- 10 oz enchilada sauce (or taco sauce, 1 10-ounce can)
- 2 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend
- tomatoes (diced)
- green onion (optional, sliced)
- black olives (optional, sliced)
- white onion (optional, diced)
- iceberg lettuce (optional, shredded)
- Preheat the oven to 400°F (205°C) and line a baking sheet (or two) with parchment paper.1 lb ground beef
- Brown the ground beef in a large skillet over medium-high heat, breaking it up as it cooks. Once there is no pink remaining, drain off any excess grease.
- Add the taco seasoning packet and water to the ground beef. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and allow it to simmer until it thickens.1 packet taco seasoning, ¾ cup water
- In a clean, large skillet heat the vegetable oil (*See note) over medium heat. Add one tortilla to the skillet and pan-fry for 3-4 minutes, flipping frequently, until crispy. Repeat this process with the remaining tortillas. Set aside.2 tablespoon vegetable oil, 8 flour tortillas
- Meanwhile, place the refried beans in a bowl and heat them for 30 seconds or so, just to soften them so they are easier to spread. Spread a thick layer of refried beans on 4 of the tortillas, then top with ground beef. (You will be using ¼ of the beans and ground beef per tortilla.)15 oz refried beans
- Next, place one of the remaining tortillas on top of each of the bean and ground beef tortillas. Spread roughly 2 tablespoons of enchilada sauce (or taco sauce) on the top tortilla of each pizza. Top each pizza with ½ cup portion of the shredded cheese.10 oz enchilada sauce, 2 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend
- Place the pizzas on a large, non-stick baking sheet and put them in the oven on the middle rack. Bake until the cheese is melted, about 8-10 minutes. Remove from the oven, top with desired toppings, and serve.tomatoes, green onion, black olives
- You need just enough vegetable oil to pan fry all of the tortillas. You may need to add a little bit more as you go.
- You can find Taco Bell brand refried beans and taco sauce at the grocery store, but any brand will do.
- Make your own taco seasoning by combining: 1 tablespoon chili powder, 1 ½ teaspoon ground cumin, 1 ½ teaspoon paprika, 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour, ½ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon garlic powder, ¼ teaspoon onion powder, ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes, ¼ teaspoon pepper, ¼ teaspoon oregano. This makes the equivalent of 1 packet.
- If you ordered a Mexican pizza at Taco Bell, it would come with the refried beans and ground beef layered between two crispy tortillas that are topped with enchilada sauce, cheese, and diced tomatoes.
- Add-ons available on the menu include: black beans, chicken, jalapenos, onions, steak, seasoned rice, red tortilla strips, lettuce, and extra cheese.
Angela is an at home chef that developed a passion for all things cooking and baking at a young age in her Grandma's kitchen. After many years in the food service industry, she now enjoys sharing all of her family favorite recipes and creating tasty dinner and amazing dessert recipes here at Bake It With Love!