🍕 Taco Bell®  Mexican Pizza:

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The Mexican Pizza is Back at Taco Bell

Is it here to stay this time? The answer is ¡Si! 💃

A Mexican pizza is the kind of pizza that resembles a pizza, but it’s not really a pizza. Because it’s called Mexican pizza. Okay, pizza doesn’t have to be Italian.

Basically, this beloved menu item is two pizza shells filled with seasoned ground beef, refried beans, and three cheeses; then topped off with Mexican pizza sauce and tomatoes. And, of course, plenty of customization options, as is customary with anything Taco Bell.

It’s like a tostada sandwich, or a double-decker tostada.

The Taco Bell Mexican Pizza was first introduced in 1985 as Pizzaz Pizza, according to the LA Times, and has since become popular among Californian fast food restaurants. Taco Bell introduced the Mexican pizza in 1992.

After appearing and disappearing a couple of times (Taco Bell likes to do that). It’s back mis amigos! You can now get it at Taco Bell’s restaurants across the U.S. of A.

Why did Taco Bell say Adios to the Mexican Pizza?

Taco Bell seems like it banks on the idea that consumers will be drawn to the chain if it’s in pursuit of something with very limited availability. We’re such a fickle species aren’t we? Where have we seen that before? We’re looking at you McRib.

In 2020, supposedly the Taco Bell Mexican Pizza was pulled off the menu originally because it wasn’t popular enough. In fact, the fast food chain says the dish was seven times less popular than the Doritos Locos Tacos taco.

But when the Mexican Pizza returned in late May of 2022, the demand for it skyrocketed. Was it the power of social media perhaps? A single location in California reportedly sold more than $1 million worth of Mexican pizzas in just one day. And a customer ordered more than $180 worth of Mexican pizzas. Gosh darn, that’s a lot. Maybe he (or she?) sold them on eBay…?

The return of the pizza came as part of an overall plan by Taco Bell to reintroduce some old favorites. A few years back, the restaurant chain announced its intention to bring back the Crunchwrap Supreme, the Nacho Cheese Locos Tacos, and the Chalupas.

Why did the Mexican Pizza run out?

Because demand was so high, the supplies ran out in less than two weeks. That’s a serious miscalculation of demand or supply chain challenges. Or was it…? Seems weird, I know, but have no fear…

The Return of the Taco Bell® Mexican Pizza

Miracle of miracles.

It’s baaa-aack! And this time, apparently it’s here to stay. ¡Olé!

Still, one has to wonder if this was all planned. People want what they can’t have and so Taco Bell likely exploited this human tendency and played us like a Mexican fiddle. Naughty, naughty.

Are there any Mexican Pizza Offers & Deals?

Why yes. Yes, there are.

Grab this while it’s still available.

Is it back with its original ingredients?

Yes. And you can customize it to your heart’s content. Popular upgrades include:

Jalapeno sauce if you like it spicy.

Guacamole because, you know…guacamole.

Nacho cheese sauce because three cheeses aren’t always enough.

Reduced-Fat Sour Cream because people who order this with beef, guacamole and three or more cheeses are worried about calories.

Speaking of which…

How many calories are in Mexican Pizza?

The basic Mexican Pizza has 540 Calories.

Is Taco Bell’s Mexican Pizza healthy?

If you’re seeking a healthy diet with low caloric intake, you may want to find a healthier option. A typical Mexican Pizza from Taco Bell tips the scales at 540 calories, which isn’t huge but the macronutrient stats aren’t great – counting 29 grams of fat, 49 grams of carbs, and 19 grams of protein. Even if you’re a Keto aficionado, it won’t work for you ’cause of all the carbs.

You can get vegetarian Mexican pizzas too. Just hold the meat. Gotta love Taco Bell, no?

Ingredients

Nothing alarming here, but it certainly drifts slightly into frankenfood territory, except for the tomatoes. Such is the nature of most fast food these days.

Mexican Pizza Sauce: Water (good start), diced tomatoes (also good), diced green chilies (good again), modified food starch (another name for MSG?), onions (yep), sugar (what the…?), tomato paste, spices, salt (because there’s not enough in everything else), maltodextrin (thickener), paprika (VC), garlic powder, xanthan gum (another thickener?), onion powder, disodium inosinate & guanylate (yum?), natural flavors (uh-huh), trehalose (used to prolong shelf-life), citric acid (another preservative). [certified vegan],

Mexican Pizza Shell: Enriched bleached wheat flour, water, ground corn (with fumaric acid, calcium propionate and potassium sorbate (P)), vegetable oil (corn, soybean, and/or cottonseed oil), salt. Prepared in canola oil. Contains: Wheat [certified vegan],

Refried Beans: Pinto beans, soybean oil, seasoning (salt, sugar, spice, beet powder (VC), natural flavors, sunflower oil, maltodextrin [why would you need to thicken beans?], corn flour, trehalose, modified cornstarch). [certified vegan]

Seasoned Beef: Ground beef, water, seasoning [cellulose, chili pepper, maltodextrin, salt, oats, soy lecithin, spices, tomato powder, sugar (in beef?), onion powder, citric acid, natural flavors (including smoke flavor), torula yeast, cocoa (seriously), disodium inosinate & guanylate (hmmm), dextrose, lactic acid, modified corn starch], salt, sodium phosphates. Contains: Soy (’cause that’s the bad part?)

Three Cheese Blend: Low-Moisture Part-Skim Mozzarella Cheese, Cheddar Cheese, Pasteurized Process Monterey Jack and American Cheese with Peppers (Cultured Milk, Cultured Part-Skim Milk, Water, Cream, Salt, Sodium Citrate, Jalapeno Peppers, Sodium Phosphate, Lactic Acid, Sorbic Acid [P], Color Added, Annatto and Paprika Extract Blend [VC], Enzymes), Anticaking Agents (Potato Starch, Cornstarch, Powdered Cellulose). Contains: Milk [certified vegetarian],

Tomatoes: Tomatoes. Yay!

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Home Grown

Here is a copycat Taco Bell Mexican Pizza recipe for a homemade version without the exotic add-ons (no trehalose or maltodextrin needed):

Ingredients:

1/2 pound ground beef or taco meat

1/2 cup refried beans

1/2 cup Mexican pizza sauce (see recipe below)

2 9-inch flour tortillas or corn tortillas if you like it crunchier.

1 cup shredded cheese

1/2 cup diced tomatoes

1/4 cup sliced black olives

1/4 cup diced onion or chopped green onions

1/4 cup diced bell pepper

1 jalapeno, sliced

Add taco seasoning to your liking

Sour cream, for serving (optional)

Instructions:

Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C).

In a small skillet, cook the ground beef over medium heat until it is browned and fully cooked. Drain any excess fat.

Spread the refried beans over the tortillas, followed by the cooked ground beef.

Spread the Mexican pizza sauce over the top of the ground beef and beans.

Sprinkle the cheese over the sauce.

Top the cheese with the diced tomatoes, black olives, onion, bell pepper, and jalapeno slices.

Place the tortillas on a baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the edges of the tortillas are crispy.

Remove the pizzas from the oven and let them cool for a few minutes before cutting them into wedges. Serve with sour cream, if desired.

Mexican Pizza Sauce:

1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes

1/2 small onion, diced

1 jalapeno, seeded and diced

1/2 tsp chili powder

1/2 tsp cumin

1/4 tsp garlic powder

Instructions:

In a blender or food processor, combine the diced tomatoes, onion, and jalapeno. Process until smooth.

Transfer the mixture to a small saucepan and add the chili powder, cumin, and garlic powder.

Cook over medium heat for 5-10 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened slightly.

Use the sauce immediately, or store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.