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‘Taco Bell’ Mexican Pizzas

Taco Bell Mexican Pizzas

When I was in high school, I used to love going to Taco Bell after work and ordering the Mexican Pizza. I don’t know what it was about it…maybe the crunch of the tortillas and the mix of cheese and enchilada sauce?  Whatever it was, it got me every time.  Then, one night after work I went to the drive-thru, ordered my pizza, and drove off….without my change!  When I got home I realized my mistake, so I called and asked to talk to the manager.  They said they would count out the register drawer when they closed, and would refund my change.  Sure enough, I never heard back so I called the next day.  The manager told me the register was not ‘over’ meaning there was no extra cash there.  I came to the conclusion that the drive through person must have pocketed my change (I paid with a $20, and that’s a lot to a 16 year old…well, in 2001 it was!), and I vowed never to eat at Taco Bell again!  Well my vow lasted a long time, and by the time I found myself stuck at Taco Bell again, I was a vegetarian and there are super limited options.  My favorite?  A Crispy Potato Soft Taco, but these bad boys definitely are not healthy.  

Okay, flash forward to the present where I actually know how to cook.  I saw a couple pins on Pinterest one day for DIY Mexican Pizza’s and it brought back all the memories of TB Mexican Pizzas.  The only difference is that now that I am a vegetarian, I obviously don’t want beef on my pizza (and no one should want TB’s ground beef…considering it’s only 30% actually beef or some crazy gross stat like that).  I came up with a healthier version that just uses refried beans (check out this awesome refried bean recipe), and let me tell you, it’s delicious, and JUST like Taco Bells Mexican Pizza (probably better actually).  If you aren’t a vegetarian, it would be easy for you to brown up some ground beef or ground turkey and throw it in there.   This is delicious, it’s quick, it’s healthy (only 400 calories per pizza, which is great for how filling it is), and you will love it.  I use La Banderita Tortillas because they only have 72 calories per tortilla, and most other brands are a lot higher.  Of course, you could use homemade tortillas or whatever brand you like.  Put this on your weekly menu plan and make it asap.  I’ve made them twice in the last 2 weeks, that’s how easy and yummy they are!

Taco Bell Mexican Pizzas

Taco Bell Mexican Pizzas

'Taco Bell' Mexican Pizzas
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup refried beans (I use vegetarian)
  2. 2 Roma tomatoes, diced finely
  3. 2/3 c. shredded cheese (I used a blend of cheddar and monterrey jack)
  4. 2 green onions, sliced
  5. 1/3 c. enchilada sauce
  6. 4 whole wheat tortillas (I like La Banderita Xtreme)
  7. Cooking spray
Instructions
  1. 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease a hot skillet or griddle with cooking spray and 'fry' the tortillas, flipping frequently so they don’t burn. You want them to get nice and crispy. Remove fried tortillas to a plate.
  2. 2. Heat the refried beans so they are warm. Place 2 tortillas on a baking sheet. Spread 1/2 cup of refried beans onto each tortilla. Place remaining tortillas on top of beans.
  3. 3. Pour half of enchilada sauce on top of each tortilla and spread around.
  4. 4. Add half of the chopped tomato on top of the sauce. Add 1/3 cup of cheese on top of each tortilla. Add half of the green onions on top of the cheese.
  5. 5. Place in oven and cook about 8-10 minutes, or until cheese is melted. Serve and enjoy!
Notes
  1. I like to let these cool a few minutes, then cut in quarters with a pizza cutter. Then you can pick up the slices and eat without a fork and knife!
  2. Recipe makes 2 servings, 1 pizza per serving.
Approximate Nutrition Facts
  1. Serving Size 1 serving
  2. Calories 401, Fat 15.3g, Carbohydrates 58.1g, Dietary Fiber 30.0g, Protein 29.4g
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Comments

  1. I haven’t eaten at Taco Bell in more years than I can count… but this makes me hunger for a mexican pizza like none other – because that was my favorite as well! Thank you!

  2. Erin @ DIYontheCheap says:

    This sounds yummy! Might have to try this. Looks better than the Taco Bell version!!

  3. I am not a huge TB fan, but I ended up there on a road trip once and I had this Mexican Pizza and I loved it. I’ve been dying to try it at home, but now I’m doing WW. The point value is 14 which is kind of high. Any way I can bring down the fat? I’m not vegetarian. Thanks for the great recipe!

    • Allyson says:

      Hmmm, How about using thr recipe to make your own ‘refried’ beans? That may cut it down a lot? What item has the most points? Maybe using whole wheat tortillas? You could easily reduce the cheese to 1/4 cup or even just sprinkle on a few TBS’s. I think all those things would help a lot!

      • Thanks! I’m pretty sure it’s a little bit of everything, but I love the idea to use their recipe. I wonder if there’s a fat-free canned version out there. Thanks for the ideas!

        • Allyson says:

          I have seen ton’s of fat free refried beans out there! You can also use part skim cheese and maybe lowfat/low carb tortillas!

  4. It’s lunch and I’m starving! I’d love nothing more than one of these!!! Thanks for the recipe and the yummy photos!
    xo

    • Allyson says:

      You know, when I was writing this post at 10am I was wondering why I was so hungry….duh! Thanks for stopping by Robin!

  5. These sound great and are probably WAY better for you than their version! Pinning :)

  6. Now I am craving these!!

  7. This looks AMAZING! Definitely going on next weeks’ menu. Trying so hard not to drool right now.

  8. First, I was a Mexican Pizza girl in high school too…still love them, and they are my daughter’s favorite. Unfortunately, she is now gluten free, so I can’t wait to make her one using a corn tortilla…THANKS for the recipe!!

    • Allyson says:

      Please let me know if you try them, and if you sub out for the corn tortillas. I’d like to know and I could add a side note to the recipe! Thanks!

    • use a homemade gluten free pizza dough rolled thin and partially bake them and store them in the freezer for when you need one for her.

  9. pamasaurus says:

    Oh, yes. These look AMAZING. I want to eat one right now. Pinning this for later reference ;)

  10. These look very yummy! I’m gluten-intolerant so I’d have to substitute corn tortillas, but I definitely need to give these a try! :)

    • Allyson says:

      Please let me know if you try them, and if you sub out for the corn tortillas. I’d like to know and I could add a side note to the recipe! Thanks!

  11. De'nise says:

    Hi! This looks very appealing but I’m flour-free now for 3-weeks (not gluten free). I made a simular mexican pizza but used quinoa as the basis with a salsa sauce, some beans, tomatoes, onions & handful of mexican cheese. When it had all melted I ate it with a dolp of greek yogurt! I just wanted to let you know that I had made it without tortillas. YUM. :)

  12. My family will cry ‘ole for this!

  13. Hi! From its looks, I can already sense that it is really delicious. Definitely will give this a try this coming weekend. Thanks for sharing! I am really a pizza lover!

  14. Oh my goodness! This looks fantastic – can’t wait to make these for my family. Thanks for posting :)

  15. Heather K says:

    Do you think I could use corn tortillas instead of wheat to make this gluten free?

    • Allyson says:

      I think you could try! A couple other people commented that they were going to try the same thing! If you do, please let me know how it is!

  16. Yummm!!! I’m going to have to try this soon. Looks fabulous.

  17. My kids would love this. Taco bell is one of their favorite fast food restaurants. Thank you for sharing at Fluster’s Creative Muster.

    Robin
    Fluster Buster

  18. This looks great!

    I would love for you to share and link up at my TGIF Link Party. The party is open every Thursday night and closes Wednesday’s at midnight.

    http://apeekintomyparadise.blogspot.com/

    Have a wonderful week!

    Hugs, Cathy

  19. Oh I have great memories of TB! My kiddos would love this! Thanks for sharing!

  20. lindanortje says:

    Pinned! from the Pin Me party :-) I do like the layer of beans in between !

    Linda
    With A Blast

  21. Visiting from the PIN ME Linky Party. My family loves mexican, but I am always looking for new ideas instead of just having tacos. These look delicious. I pinned!

  22. Taco Bell is my guilty pleasure and this looks great!!! Found you at Peek Into My Paradise linky

  23. I live in London and miss Taco Bell so much from my time in the US….will have to try this recipe out sometime soon!

  24. Suddenly I’m starving! :) dropping in from GA DIY! :)

  25. I love those pizzas! I’m definitely pinning this. Thanks so much for joining us at Transformed Tuesday.

    Hugs,
    Peggy~PJH Designs

  26. How unjust! What goes around, comes around and I hope something nice came around for you back then. At least now you have your great taco pizza!

  27. These look delicious! I love Mexican pizzas too! Pinning!

  28. Yum! I love mexican pizzas! I’m pinning this and sharing it on my Facebook page this week! Thanks so much for linking it up to my party!

  29. Just made this and I had to comment because it was DELISH! Also wanted to add that I used corn tortillas (though I cheated a bit and bought the tostadas that are already crispy) and they were perfect. I know several people asked about them but I didn’t see where anyone said if they worked out. Thanks a ton!

    • Allyson says:

      I am so happy they turned out well for you, Darcie! And also happy that now we can say they can be made with corn tortillas! Thanks so much for coming back to share!

  30. These look delicious! Thanks so much for sharing.
    Blessings,
    Nici

  31. Anything that says Taco Bell is a winner in my book ;)

    Thanks for linking these up at Super Sunday! Can’t wait to see what you bring us next week!
    http://whoneedsacape.com/2013/06/super-sunday-party-1/

  32. This is my FAVORITE menu item at Taco Bell! I often order it without meat. But man oh man I am going to have to try your recipe one day. Pinned!

  33. I’m shocked at how good these are! I’ve never ordered this at Taco Bell, but the recipe looked good on Pinterest. Seriously, these are yummy!

    • Thanks for coming by, Rebecca! You did yourself a favor by never checking out Taco Bell! I am so happy you stopped by, made the recipe, and let me know that you liked them! I hope you’ll come over and join me on Facebook! Lots of great recipes to come! Cheers!

  34. Flutterbyesf says:

    Oh my goodness! I just made these for dinner and they were DELICIOUS! It’s been forever since I ate at TB and I forgot how much I loved these. Thanks for the healthier version. I used corn tortillas because that’s what I had. Yum!

    • I am so happy you loved them! They are tasty and super popular in this house, too! I will have to try them sometime with corn tortillas as we always have tons of those on hand! Thanks for coming by!

  35. Granny Jean says:

    Our family is 4 generations of Taco Bell freaks and this recipe will work nicely with a little modification. I will pre chop and shred all the tomatoes, onions, lettuce cheeses and peppers for side dishes along with the sour cream and enchilada sauce. Everyone can put their own smear of beans and cooked ground beef and ground chicken on their pre baked tortillas. This will be a fun time for all and definitely will go well with our usual “remember when” thing we always get into at family gatherings.

  36. I really thought this would be a fun idea for a party. So I featured it on my Friday Five – Mexican addition over @Feed Your Soul Too – http://www.feedyoursoul2.com/2014/06/friday-five-mexican-addition-3.html

  37. Kristin Canonaco says:

    I just made these tonight and they were awesome!! I took used to LOVE the Taco Bell version, but I have not been to one in years, for multiple reasons. I made these with the Beyond Meat beef crumbles and they were fabulous!! Thanks for the great recipe!

    • Allyson says:

      The beyond meat crumbles sound like a great option to add! I am so happy you liked them, they are seriously on rotation every couple of weeks at our house!

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