Copycat Taco Bell Mexican Pizza

I love getting the Mexican pizza from Taco Bell. The perfect late night snack! It is really easy to prepare this at home and is a great dinner or snack idea to make when you have leftovers from a taco dinner.

1/2 pound ground beef
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon dried minced onion
1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
2 tablespoons water
8 (6-inch) flour tortillas
1 cup Crisco vegetable shortening
1 (16 oz) can refried beans
2/3 cup mild salsa
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1/4 cup diced tomato
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1/4 cup sliced black olives

In a large skillet, brown the beef over medium heat.   Once cooked, drain the excess fat from the pan. Add salt, onions, paprika, black pepper, chili powder and water, then let the mixture simmer over medium heat for 8-10 minutes. Stir frequently. Heat the Crisco shortening in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat. If the oil is smoking, it is too hot. Fry each tortilla for about 45 seconds per side, or until golden brown and let drain on paper towels. Heat up the refried beans in a small saucepan. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
To assemble the pizza, spread about 1/3 cup refried beans on face of one tortilla. Next spread 1/4 of meat, then another tortilla. Coat the tortillas with two tablespoons of salsa, then split up the tomatoes and stack them on top. Next divide up the cheese, onions and olives, stacking in that order. Place pizzas in the oven for about 8 minutes or until cheese on top is melted.



  1. Great idea- thanks for sharing! I think I’ll try it with some Cabot habanero cheddar for a little kick :)

  2. I live in Sacramento. Can anyone tell where to purchase smoked paprika?

  3. I have never tried to make my own pizza mexican style. I will now! Thanks for the recepie!

  4. WOW! I can’t wait to try these! They look simply delicious! I love pizza…Thanks for the great recipes!

  5. I’ve made the mexican pizza before. I just used the Raco Bell taco seasoning mix. And used corn tortillas instead of flour tortillas. They tasted just like the ones from Taco Bell.

  6. When I worked for Taco Bell I always added jalpenos to my Mexican Pizza

  7. Not really. Taco Bell when owned by Founder Glen Bell, and when Taco Bell was healthy, natural and fresh….used Coconut Oil to fry the tortillas for the pizza. They made them fresh on-site every day, just like all the other ingredients. Today Taco Bell is no more. YUM brands owns it and the food is no longer healthy, no longer fresh, no longer generous with filling, and no longer orgasmic-ally tasty. The healthy natural fats are gone and have been replaced with man-made toxic vegetable oils. Enjoy!

  8. Substitution for smoked paprika

    Plain Paprika and Cumin

    Plain paprika, labeled only “paprika” when sold in grocery stores, is not specific to one part of the world. Its flavor, unlike paprika with more specific names, is generally not strong in terms of heat or sweetness. This regular type of paprika mixed with cumin — another ground spice with an overall smoky flavor — makes a suitable substitute for smoked paprika. When substituting, use two parts paprika per one part cumin to total the amount of smoked paprika called for in the recipe.

    Hungarian Paprika and Cayenne Pepper

    Hungarian paprika has a richer, more intense flavor than plain or Spanish paprika. It has eight varieties, but the spice sold as “Hungarian paprika” in the United States has the flavor of sweet red pepper and is a bit pungent. Depending on the cooking method of your meal, such as with grilled dishes, the smoky flavor may add itself without the addition of another spice. A pinch of cayenne pepper adds heat to the substitution. These two spices should total the amount of smoked paprika for which your recipe calls

    Read more : http://www.ehow.com/info_8155877_substitutes-smoked-paprika.html

  9. Wow! Just made these tonight and they were a huge hit! I used Taco Bell taco seasoning packet but otherwise followed the recipe exactly. They were really good! Thanks for sharing!

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