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Copycat Taco Bell Mexican Pizza

By Sue Lau @zzazzazza

Copycat Taco Bell Mexican Pizza is easy to make at home with simple methods and ingredients instead of making a run for the border.
Copycat Taco Bell Mexican Pizza

Copycat Taco Bell Mexican Pizza

By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

Copycat Taco Bell Mexican Pizza is my recipe of the day as I jointly celebrate National Pizza Day with my blogging friends.

I am sure everyone is familiar with how this recipe goes- beef and bean mixture sandwiched between two crispy flour tortillas, then topped with their signature sauce and cheese. There are also a few extra diced tomatoes on top for good measure, although once upon a time there was a touch of sliced scallion as well.

Copycat Taco Bell Mexican Pizza

What is the Mexican Pizza?

The Taco Bell creation is a fusion of sorts between Italian Pizza and Mexican tostadas, if one can even call what they do Mexican- or even Tex-Mex- or some pseudo sort of strange lovechild between taco sauce and what might pass as that sort of food. So not authentic by any means, but Taco Bell fans don't care.

The Bell is Very Retro

I'd been going here since the 1970's since I always had a love for tacos of any type. The Mexican Pizza didn't make its appearance at the bell until 1988 although it almost seems like it was there longer. Back then they used to also have the taco light which I adored. Then later got rid of- apparently it was meant to be something healthier but it was actually just the supreme taco on a crispy flour shell.

Crispy Flour Treats Abound

And in those days I liked getting taco salads at the old Casa Gallardo- which came in a *huge* flour shell, but also crispy. And while I still lived in St. Louis, I would crave the chimis they sold down at Old Mexico restaurant on Tesson Ferry Road- which covered the crispy shell end to end with loads of guac (but I digress).

So for me the crispy flour shell was always a favorite, but much easier and quick to get at the drive thru.

Sampling to Crack Their Code

With these I dropped by and grabbed some of their sauce in tubs so I could work on it. I figure I came pretty close. I also bought a sample so I could compare- and obviously the one I had didn't have as much filling (and theirs seemed kind of skimpy) but that was realizing they didn't actually put any meat in there. (Maybe one of the reasons I don't like visiting if they are going to rip people off).

Better Food is Always Made at Home

Making food at home always will yield better quality as you know exactly what is, and isn't in your food.

Plus you can make little changes to make the food healthier. For example, you can choose to lightly fry the tortillas until they are crisp. I chose to bake mine the first time I made these and it works out nicely. You can do yours however you like.

Copycat Taco Bell Mexican Pizza

Copycat Taco Bell Mexican Pizza

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This post has been updated from 02.09.20 to reflect fresh photography.


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