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Copycat Taco Bell Mexican Pizza

Make Taco Bell’s Mexican Pizza recipe right at home! Ingredients include a three-cheese blend, enchilada sauce, and a replica of their beef seasoning mix!

Be sure to try my Copycat Pizza Hut Personal Pan Pizza recipe next!

Slice of Taco Bell Mexican Pizza on a blue plate. Pizza is topped with melted cheese and tomatoes and filled with ground beef and refried beans.

Why must I love Taco Bell so much? I love everything on that stinking menu. (Nachos Bellgrande are my life. With extra nacho sauce. Always.)

Their Mexican Pizza is also way too good, and I decided that I needed to learn how to make it at home. Now, in my opinion, nothing will ever taste exactly like their version, but this is pretty darn close.

Let’s break it down.

Overhead shot of ingredients needed for Taco Bell Mexican Pizza

Taco Bell Beef Ingredients:

Let’s face it. One of the biggest perks of eating at Taco Bell is being able to enjoy that signature beef that they’ve got going on. Did you know that it’s actually a combination of beef and oats?

  • There is about 1/4 cup of old fashioned oats for every 1/2 pound of beef. In addition to crumbling the beef in a skillet, you may choose to combine the cooked/seasoned beef in a blender along with the oats to create a finer consistency.
  • As far as the seasonings go, a pretty close replica includes a combination of garlic salt, onion powder, chili powder, smoked paprika, cocoa powder, water, and cornstarch.

Overhead shot of seasonings needed for Taco Bell Seasoned Beef and enchilada sauce

Taco Bell Cheese Blend:

-Taco Bell’s Mexican pizza has a delicious 3-cheese blend that includes grated Cheddar, Mozzarella, and Monterey Jack.

refried beans on taco bell mexican pizza next to a tortilla topped with beef tortillas for taco bell mexican pizza taco bell mexican pizza topped with cheese and toppings before being baked

The Tortillas

-If you’re going for extra crispy tortillas, fry each one in some vegetable or canola oil on each side for a few minutes, until crispy, and set them aside on a paper towel lined plate to cool before constructing the rest of the pizza.

Whole Taco Bell Mexican Pizza on a pizza stone after being baked and before beings sliced.

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Copycat Taco Bell Mexican Pizza

5 from 9 votes
Make Taco Bell's Mexican Pizza recipe right at home! Ingredients include a three-cheese blend, enchilada sauce, and a replica of their beef seasoning mix!

Ingredients

  • 8 6-inch tortillas
  • 1/2 lb. Ground Beef, 80 or 85%
  • 1/4 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 large tomato, diced
  • 3/4 cup refried beans, see notes

Beef Seasoning

  • ½ Tablespoon garlic salt
  • ½ Tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons chili powder
  • ½ Tablespoons smoked paprika
  • ½ Tablespoons cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch

Enchilada Sauce

  • 1/2 cup enchilada sauce
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon juice from diced green chilies

Cheese

  • 1/2 cup Cheddar, grated
  • 1/2 cup Mozzarella, grated
  • 1/2 cup Monterey Jack, grated

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Brown the beef in a pan over medium heat and drain any excess grease.
  • Add the oats and beef seasonings (except for the corn starch), and stir to combine. Heat until the water has reduced by half, about 5 minutes. Mix in the cornstarch and heat until thickened, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Spread the refried beans across the top of 4 tortillas, then top with the beef mixture and another tortilla.
  • Combine the enchilada sauce ingredients and spread on the top of each of the 4 tortillas. Top each with diced tomatoes and then with the 3-cheese blend.
  • Bake for 10-15 minutes, until the cheese is melted. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

TIP: Taco Bell has their own brand-name refried beans at the grocery store. 
TIP: For crispier tortillas, fry them for a few minutes in ¼ cup vegetable oil over medium heat. For a lighter alternative, you can bake them for 5 minutes or so in the oven prior to building the pizzas.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 568kcal, Carbohydrates: 48g, Protein: 28g, Fat: 28g, Saturated Fat: 13g, Cholesterol: 78mg, Sodium: 2145mg, Potassium: 459mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 7g, Vitamin A: 2160IU, Vitamin C: 4.8mg, Calcium: 386mg, Iron: 5mg

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38 comments on “Copycat Taco Bell Mexican Pizza”

  1. Good thing you have this recipe here. Taco Bell of course has discontinued this item, the best on the menu.
    Last thing they discontinued, the enchirito , the best of the menu.

    See the pattern here.?

    Fixing this for dinner, back soon

  2. This is very good , it’s quick and easy and the kids like it too 

  3. Taco Bell uses tostadas, as do I (at least the one I worked at as a teenager). The crispy corn tostada is important in making it taste like a real mexican pizza and it adds a lot of flavor and good texture.

  4. Very good recipe! The next time I make it, i’ll use a little less cheese and a little more sauce, but that’s just a personal preference.

    I did have one question. Is that 1/4 cup water correct for the seasoning? Doesn’t seem to be, to me. I used a cup or 2 of water as the oats and spices absorb it very quickly and doesn’t seem to have the right consistency with just 1/4 cup water.

    Also just to confirm, those spices amount is for only half a pound of ground beef, correct? Seems like a ton.

    I too had my top tortilla be kind of soft/soggy despite being crunchy before hand. That it something I think I can improve after making this a few times.

    Thanks for the recipe!

  5. Just made this Mexican copy cat pizza. OMG!!! Delish!!! I even had Taco Bell hot sauce packets. 
    I also made corn tortilla pizza since my hubby can’t have flour. I love The Cozy Cook,  Simple and  family friendly. Thank you. I also added black olives and scallions. Sour cream and avocado once they came out of oven. Endless Options.

  6. I ADORE this item from Taco Bell! Had one last night! Thanks SO MUCH for the recipe!!!

  7. Bottom tortilla was gooey, even after frying it very crispy

  8. I fried them nice and crunchy , patted excess oil away then baked in the oven like instructed . They turned out soggy! Ewww 🙁 I think if you are wanting a crispy version you should heat all elements then fry tortillas and build pizza NO baking!! Baking renders soggy tortillas! 

    • Hmmmmm. The baking is just to melt the cheese on top, everything else is basically warm already. How would you suggest melting the cheese? I’m all ears for improvements! Thank you! -Stephanie

      • Preheat the oven on BROIL instead of BAKE. This will do the trick! But watch it closely; it doesn’t take long at all to melt the cheese.

  9. Excellent recipe! The Mexican Pizza at Taco Bell has always been one of our favorites. We have been loving them so long, we remember when they were much bigger than they are now. I guess cost cutting measures will always be a way of life  Thanks again for the recipe.

    • Hey Jackson! YAHOOOO!!! I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I did a lot of research to try to make sure that this was as close as possible to Taco Bell so you made my day, thank you for taking the time to leave a comment and rating! Have a great week! -Stephanie

  10. These are incredibly good!!! They are even better than Taco Bell’s. Hubby told me to be sure to save it and check out your blog for more recipes. 😉

    • Hey Rita! I am SO happy that you and your husband enjoyed the Taco Bell Pizza!!! Totally makes my day. We love making it. I can’t wait for you to try out more of my recipes! Have a great rest of your weekend 🙂 -Stephanie

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