Taco Bell Mexican Pizza

Combine taco night and pizza night with a tasty homemade Mexican pizza. Crispy tortillas filled with seasoned ground beef and refried beans are topped with taco sauce, melted cheese, and fresh tomatoes. This copycat Taco Bell Mexican pizza recipe has all of your favorite taco toppings. This is a fun way to enjoy your favorite Mexican food in a whole new way. 

Copycat Taco Bell Mexican pizza and cups of taco sauce and sour cream.

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What makes the Taco Bell Mexican Pizza so good? 

This sometimes elusive menu item at Taco Bell has been on their menu since 1985. Made with perfectly seasoned lean ground beef, crunchy tortillas, a layer of refried beans, shredded cheese, and your favorite toppings, it is no wonder this is a fan favorite. So, next time you have taco night, try this copycat recipe. 

Why you should try this recipe 

Some recipes suggest using corn tortillas or tostada shells. Taco Bell uses flour shells, so you should use what they do if you want a more authentic experience. Our recipe also walks you through how to make seasoned beef like they do, using a packet of taco seasoning mix. While perfectly delicious, it won’t bring you to the taste of the Taco Bell menu. So you should try our homemade version of the famous Mexican pizza.  

Taco Bell’s Mexican Pizza has had several different variations from Taco Bell over the years.

It’s no wonder our memories of this treat can be a little fuzzy. This recipe has changed multiple times over the years.

  • In 1985, this was introduced as the Pizzazz Pizza. These were made with flour tortilla shells, and the top shell had sauce before the layer of mozzarella cheese, diced tomato, and chopped black olives. You could order these with or without the seasoned taco meet.
  • In the 1990s, this was brought back as a promotional item, but there were changes. The shells remained flour tortilla shells. The top shell was still topped with a pizza-style sauce, but the cheese was Monterey Jack and a cheddar cheese blend; the black olives were removed, but this was topped with chopped tomato and green onions.
  • In the mid-2000s, green onions were removed from the pizza.
  • The Mexican pizza remained the same until it was removed from the menu in 2020.
  • In 2022, Taco Bell returned Mexican pizza as a permanent menu item.

Ingredients you will need

  • Flour tortillas
  • Vegetable oil
  • Refried beans
  • Taco meat
  • Shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • Taco Bell Sauce – homemade or bottled
  • Chopped tomatoes
Copycat Taco Bell Mexican pizza ingredients on a tray.

How to Make Taco Bell Mexican Pizza

  1. Prepare the Mexican spice blend and seasoned ground beef.
  2. Heat vegetable oil to 350°F in a skillet.
  3. Place one tortilla into the hot oil. Cook for about 30 to 60 seconds until the shell crisps.
  4. Remove the crispy tortilla from the oil and place it on a wire rack.
  5. Repeat with remaining tortillas.
Collage of cooking beef and tortilla shells for copycat Taco Bell Mexican pizza.
  1. Spread warm refried beans onto six of the shells.
  2. Sprinkle cooked seasoned ground beef over the refried beans.
  3. Place the top tortilla shell on the ground beef and cheese layer.
  4. Sprinkle cheese on top.
  5. Broil the pizza until the cheese melts.
  6. Sprinkle diced tomatoes on top.
  7. Garnish with chopped green onions if desired.
Collage of assembling and serving a Taco Bell Mexican pizza.

You might want to add taco sauce or chopped green onions or pile this Mexican pizza with fresh lettuce, as it was initially served.

This Mexican Pizza is an excellent take on traditional pizza. Flour tortillas are fried to take the place of your everyday pizza shells.

This pizza is filled with Taco Bell seasoned ground beef and the Taco Bell mild sauce

Copycat Taco Bell Mexican pizza served with taco sauce and sour cream.

What can you serve with your Mexican pizza?

You may want to round out this meal with seasoned Mexican-style rice, or refried beans. We also enjoy serving soft tacos with our Mexican pizzas.

How to store leftover Mexican Pizzas

Ideally, prepare only what you will consume in one meal. Store the ingredients in airtight containers until you are ready to serve them again. Now, we will fry all of our tortillas at once. These can be refreshed in either a warm oven or an air fryer.

Copycat Taco Bell Mexican pizza, taco sauce, and sour cream.

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Taco Bell Mexican Pizza

Combine the best of Mexican and pizza with homemade Taco Bell Mexican pizza.
4.67 from 9 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Taco Bell Recipes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 6
Calories: 790kcal


Taco Meat

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons masa harina
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoning salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon beef bouillon powder
  • 1 1/3 pounds ground chuck


  • vegetable oil for frying
  • 12 8-inch flour tortillas
  • 14 ounces refried beans
  • taco meat
  • 12 ounces shredded Mexican cheese blend (do not use extra-thick shreds like Tillamook)
  • 4-6 tablespoons Taco Bell Sauce or use bottled
  • 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes


Taco Meat

  • In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients except for the ground chuck. Mix well.
  • Crumble the ground beef into a large skillet (preferably nonstick) over medium-high heat, stirring well, until the meat has browned. Remove from the heat.
  • Transfer the meat to a strainer over the sink, rinse with hot water, and drain.
  • Return the beef to the skillet along with the spice mix and 3/4 to 1 cup of water. Simmer over medium-low heat for 20 minutes, until most of the moisture has cooked away. Remove from the heat before the meat is completely dry.


  • Add vegetable oil to a 10-inch skillet until it reaches a depth of about 1/2 inch. Heat the oil to 350°F. When the oil is hot, place a tortilla into the hot oil and fry for about 30 to 60 seconds until the shell crisps. Remove the tortilla from the oil and drain on a wire rack. Repeat with the remaining tortillas.
  • Spread an ample portion of refried beans onto 6 of the fried tortillas. You want a good base of refried beans on the tortilla. Sprinkle 4 to 5 tablespoons of prepared taco meat over the refried beans and place another tortilla on top. Spread 2 to 3 tablespoons of Taco Bell sauce over the tortilla and sprinkle with enough cheese to mostly cover the sauce.
  • Place the pizzas under the broiler until the cheese begins to melt.
  • Sprinkle tomatoes over the melted cheese and serve immediately.


Calories: 790kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 42g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 108mg | Sodium: 1832mg | Potassium: 489mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 933IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 570mg | Iron: 7mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Caleb

    Ok. Found this with a quick “taco bell mexican pizza ingredients” search in the results list by tacobell.com…
    Taco Bell Mexican Pizza is 2 Crispy flour shells layered with beans, seasoned beef, pizza sauce, tomatoes and melted three cheese blend.
    So I’m guessing one of two things. 1. You thought crunchy shells were corn and crispy were flour. (Guess what. Fried flour shells are crispy). Or 2. The restaurant you were getting them at was using tostada shells in place of the flour shells. In which case you should immediately file a lawsuit against said restaurant for depriving you of a real Taco Bell Mexican Pizza. Just sayin.

  2. Caleb

    For those saying they use corn tortillas, are you saying that because its crunchy? When we say flour tortillas, we’re not talking soft flour tortillas, we’re talking fried flour tortillas- light and crispy. I’ve eaten Mexican pizzas in Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Georgia, and Florida, and I’ve never had one with a corn tortilla. And if you’ve really had one with a corn tortilla and you think the Mexican pizza is delicious, it’s probably best they were discontinued before you had one with a flour tortilla. Ten times better than a corn tortilla would be. Trust me.

  3. E.V.

    Aaaaaactually, for those who are arguing, Taco Bell uses a flour/corn blend tortilla for its Mexican Pizza tortilla shell.. so everyone’s right! 😉

    Also the sauce that they use for the Mexican Pizza is different from their other sauces. It contains (as another commenter mentions) diced tomatoes, along with diced green chilies, onions, sugar, tomato paste, spices, salt, paprika, garlic powder and onion powder, among other additives (pulled from the Taco Bell nutritional information on their website).

    • Caleb

      “Taco Bell Mexican Pizza is 2 Crispy flour shells layered with beans, seasoned beef, pizza sauce, tomatoes and melted three cheese blend.”
      Straight from tacobell.com
      If you were cheated by a restaurant that was using tostada shells, you should file a lawsuit against said restaurant immediately, but at the same time be thankful because they probably saved you 20-40 pounds as they are 10 times more delicious with flour tortillas. (I had one with corn once when my store ws out of flour tortillas)

  4. Aspen Frost

    This is great! Love these… However, i do believe the taco bell ones have some kind of adobo sauce or adobo tomatoes on them. They’re my favorite part of a Mexican Pizza. Lol

  5. Christine

    5 stars
    GENIUS! I don’t eat cheese, so I make my own pizzas and always wonder how to give more zing! Thank you for the idea of adding the Taco Spice!

  6. JoyDee McCorkle

    5 stars
    I tried with a fried corn tortilla and thought it was tough. I prefer fried, tender, flour tortillas as we have all over Oregon and Washington. This recipe is good.

      • Stephen

        4 stars
        I’m pretty sure it’s a fried flour tortilla that Taco Bell used before they tragically discontinued the best item on their menu that has been a staple since 1985. When it was first introduced it was called the Pizzazz Pizza. It became the Mexican Pizza in 1988… OMG, why do I know this??? 🙂

      • Stephen

        I stand corrected on the corn tortillas… I guess it depends on what part of the country you live in. I always felt that the flour tortillas are what distinguished the Mexican Pizza from a standard old tostada.

  7. Betty Amburn

    I guess it depends on where you live and your Taco Bell, but here in Florida the Mexican pizza’s are made from flour. Gonna try this recipe tonight, just cut amount for smaller family.

  8. Jo

    5 stars
    LOVE this recipe! Do you have a Pin on Pinterest for it? I save all of my favorite recipes so I can find them easily.

    • Anon

      You can create your own pin for it. They have an option to have the Chrome extension where there’s a little Pinterest logo by your search bar. Then when you find something you want to pin, you can click on it to pin the item for you.

  9. JoyDee McCorkle

    5 stars
    Stephanie…this is one of just a few items I love at Taco Bell. I just scanned my cupboards and found everything I need to make these for hubby and me tonight. THANK YOU!!!!

  10. Kiley

    I use the Azteca Taco Salad shells, just leave them flat instead of putting on the salad form! And I add black,olives and jalapenos! So yummy!!!!

  11. dawn

    OMG delicious! mex pizza is the only item i eat at taco bell. i use only cheddar, but i add cilantro…talk about n xtra layer o flavor, its an amazing addition!! also, i add my sauce to the actual beef mixture in addition to on the top and a dollop of sour cream! experiment with the original and make of your own!! im in love w this site! every recipe i have tried has been spot on!

  12. Eatfreshjay

    Hey one thing the taco bell Mexican pizza does not have a flour tortilla, it is a corn tortilla and also it’s not a 12 inch tortilla its a 6 inch corn tortilla!!

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