Mexican Pizza (Taco Bell Copycat Recipe)

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Another victim of the Covid-19 pandemic, Taco Bell retired the Mexican Pizza last Halloween. Over the course of its 32 years, it once had not only black olives and sour cream, but green onions, too!

Taco Bell’s Mexi-American food used to taste good. You didn’t have to get drunk to get that all-day taco crave. They used better ingredients, as evidenced in their classic Mexican Pizza.

I’m pretty sure in 1985, you had to ask for the sour cream, because I don’t remember it being a default. This weird food invention used to be one of my favorites, next to the Cinnamon Crispas – not those twisty, fake plastic things they call food today. And then one day, the black olives disappeared. And then the green onion. And it became a creamy tomato mess. Though still tasty because of the red sauce, it became much blander.

Mexican Pizza (Taco Bell Copycat Recipe)

Just like in the 80's – don't forget the green onion!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 4
Calories: 669kcal
Cost: $12


  • ½ lb ground beef
  • ½ package Taco Bell Taco Seasoning Mix
  • 2 T water
  • 8 white corn tortillas
  • 16 oz refried beans
  • c enchilada red sauce
  • c salsa
  • 1 c cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 c Monterey jack cheese, shredded
  • ¼ c diced tomatoes
  • ¼ c green onions, sliced
  • ¼ c black olives, sliced
  • vegetable oil


  • Cook ground beef and drain any fat, crumbling the meat well.
  • Add Taco seasoning and water to the ground beef. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer on low for 10 minutes. There should be no water mixture left in the pan, and the meat should be soft and moist.
  • Heat up refried beans and set aside.
  • Heat 1-2 Tbsp vegetable oil in a small frying pan to 375° F
  • Fry each tortilla for 35-40 seconds per side and drain on paper towel. You may need to add more vegetable oil.
  • Preheat oven to 400° F.


  • Place 4 tortillas on baking sheet. Spread 2 T of refried beans on each tortilla & top with meat.
  • Top each tortilla with another fried tortilla. Spread the red sauce and salsa on the top tortilla shell.
  • Sprinkle ½ c. of the mixed cheeses on top of each tortilla, then sprinkle on diced tomatoes (about 1 Tbsp per tortilla).
  • Top with black olives and green onion


  • Bake for 5-10 minutes, until cheese is melted.


% Daily Value*
Total Fat 29.2g37%
Saturated Fat 14.2g71%
Cholesterol 97mg32%
Sodium 1061mg46%
Total Carbohydrate 66.2g24%
Dietary Fiber 12.8g46%
Total Sugars 6.3g 
Protein 35.3g 
Vitamin D 3mcg17%
Calcium 522mg40%
Iron 5mg29%
Potassium 550mg12%

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