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Taco Bell Mexican Pizza Copycat Recipe
Taco Bell Mexican Pizza
By Todd Wilbur

Recipe Type: Entree
Calories: 540
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Recipe Rating: 5.0 (9 reviews)

Hope your crew is hungry, because this recipe makes four Mexican Pizzas like those served at the Bell: seasoned ground beef and refried beans are sandwiched between two crispy flour tortillas, topped with melted cheddar cheese, salsa, diced tomato and chopped green onion. Slice it like a pizza and serve it with a smile. Prepare to blow your diners away with this one if they're at all familiar with the real thing.

Source: Even More Top Secret Recipes by Todd Wilbur.

1/2 pound ground beef
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder (Spanish blend is best)
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon dried minced onion
1/4 teaspoon paprika
Pinch garlic powder
Pinch onion powder
2 tablespoons water
8 small (6" diameter) flour tortillas
1 cup Crisco shortening or cooking oil
1 16-ounce can refried beans
2/3 cup mild Picante salsa
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1/3 cup diced tomato
1/4 cup chopped green onion

1. In a medium bowl, combine the ground beef with the flour, chili powder, salt, dried onion, paprika, garlic powder, and onion powder. Use your hands to thoroughly incorporate everything into the ground beef.

2. Preheat a skillet over medium heat, and add the ground beef mixture to the pan along with the water. Brown the beef mixture for 5 to 6 minutes, using a wooden spoon or spatula to break up the meat as it cooks.

3. Heat oil or Crisco shortening in a frying pan over medium high heat. When the oil is hot, fry each tortilla for about 30 to 45 seconds per side and set aside on paper towels. When frying each tortilla, be sure to pop any bubbles that form so that tortilla lays flat in the oil. Tortillas should be golden brown.

4. Heat up the refried beans in a small saucepan over medium heat until hot, or in the microwave. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.

5. When the meat and tortillas are done, build each pizza by first spreading about 1/3 cup refried beans on the face of one tortilla. Next spread 1/4 to 1/3 cup of meat, then another tortilla. Coat your pizzas with two tablespoons of salsa on each, then combine the cheeses and sprinkle the blend evenly over the top of each pizza.  Split up the diced tomato and arrange evenly over the cheese on each pizza, followed by the green onion.

6. Place pizzas in your hot oven for 8 to 12 minutes or until the cheese on top is melted. Cut each pizza into 4 slices and serve.

Makes 4 pizzas.

Just what I wanted!!
Submitted on: 12/26/16
I want to make it into a dip, with homemade flour tortilla chips. This will be delicious as is, but I think I will use taco sauce coz I think it's what is in the TB pizza.
pretty good
Submitted on: 11/29/16
This is a pretty good recipe but if you want a quicker recipe, use tostadas instead of the tortillas.
Submitted on: 08/26/16
Very good recipe, it takes a little time but is is better than Taco Bell
so damn good
Mary Lou  
Submitted on: 05/21/16
Don't skip out on any of the steps. Each ingredient plays a role and the entire process was simple enough.
Great recipe
Love it!  
Submitted on: 04/03/16
Takes a bit of prep work, but well worth it. Don't skip on the fresh green onions and picante sauce.
Submitted on: 04/25/13
Never had this at Taco Bell, but this version is so good, why eat out when you can make it at home!! This was delicious!!
Submitted on: 10/09/06
I make the low fat version (you bake the tortillas in the oven) and they are excellent!
Submitted on: 07/19/05
It taste's just like Taco Bell's!
Submitted on: 07/18/05
I've been making this one since the book came out. It's better than the one at the chain!