Homemade Taco Bell Mexican Pizzas

I have a confession to make – I like Taco Bell. We eat it very rarely, maybe once every 3 months or so, but I always look forward to it. And it’s kind of funny. I don’t know why I look forward to it. Every time we get it I’m disappointed. It just never tastes as good as I remember and the portion sizes are always getting smaller.

So, I decided to recreate my favorite dish from the Taco Bell menu. It was so easy and so good. Way better than Taco Bell!


Homemade Taco Bell Mexican Pizzas

  • 8 flour tortillas, soft taco sized
  • Oil for frying
  • 1/2 lb. ground beef
  • 2 t. chili powder
  • 2 t. cumin
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1 t. garlic powder
  • 1 can or  1 1/2 c. homemade refried beans
  • 1/3 c. taco sauce
  • 2 c. shredded cheese
  • 1/4 c. diced tomato
  • 1/4 c. sliced green onions

1. In a small skillet, heat 1/2 inch oil over medium heat. Add the tortillas one at a time and cook about 20 – 30 seconds per side, until lightly browned and crispy. Set aside.

2. In a small saucepan, cook ground beef. Drain. Stir in seasonings. Add 1/4 c. water, bring to a boil and simmer until thickened. Remove meat with a slotted spoon and add refried beans to pan. Cook over low heat until warmed.


3. Take 4 crisped tortillas and spread with the refried beans on each. Add the ground beef and evenly spread over each tortilla. Top each with a second tortilla. Spoon an even amount of taco sauce over the tortillas and top with shredded cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 – 10 minutes, until cheese is melted. Or, place under a broiler just until the cheese melts.


4. Sprinkle each with diced tomatoes and green onions. Cut into quarters before serving.

According to my husband, these were delicious. However, he said they don’t really taste like Taco Bell Mexican pizzas since they have real food in them. He said they taste more like Mexican pizzas you’d get at a restaurant. I wasn’t quite sure how to take that comment initially, but I’ve chosen to take it as a compliment…I think.

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41 thoughts on “Homemade Taco Bell Mexican Pizzas

    1. Try the Taco Bell or El Paso packs at Walmart, Lowes Food, Food Lion, etc. They are really good on regular tacos and buritos! I would add a little salsa too 🙂

  1. MMM. Also one of my Taco Bell favorites. Will definitely try it! You’re so creative. I’m trying to think of what restaurant dish I would try to recreate.

  2. We make our own mexican pizzas too and they’re definitely better than Taco Bell!
    And I have to confess that we also love Taco Bell…I wish I could say that we eat it only every 3 months, but it’s more like every 3 weeks!

  3. These things are one of my favorites on the Taco Bell menu – but sad to say it’s been more like 3 years since I’ve had one. I always drool going by T. B. – but never stop, probably due to the fact my hubby feels like {they} are “so fake”. I will have to try my hand at recreating this “old favorite”…thanks for the memory!! He loves anything “authentic” Mexican style.

  4. YUM! This is one of my favorites from there too! I don’t know why I didn’t think of recreating it–I just had bean burritos for lunch, and regularly make Nachos Bell Grande. I have to try this soon!

  5. Oh yum. I have a crush on some of the Taco Bell items, also. This one is on the list! Can’t wait to try the homemade (better-for-you!) version. 🙂

  6. I love their mis-named Chalupas. I would never have thought of using fried pita bread for a taco. Definitely a guilty pleasure.
    I will be trying your pizza version at home soon.

  7. Yummm! I, too, am a taco bell lover. This recreation looks so much better than taco bell’s pizza (I normally get them to cut the meat because I believe it to be a little questionable ;)). Very excited to try this!!

  8. Mmmm! These are so good! I’ve found Taco Bell to have severely declined over the past fifteen years or so, and I never go there anymore. This is one of the few “knockoff” dishes that truly is better than the original as well as better for you!

  9. This is funny, I was just thinking about this yesterday. For some weird motive I stumbled to this article lol. I’ll be coming back here. This really is a good discovery….rare for me to stumble on new websites 🙂

  10. I tried to submit a comment earlier, although it has not shown up. If I could write like you I would start my own blog. I made this last week and it was so good. Reminded me of my days when I used to eat Taco Bell. Thanks!!

  11. We went PA yesterday and our friend uses maxican pizza shells.They bought it from Tacobell itself..they sell it for 30c a piece..they called it as pizza dough..Iam not sure if anyother tacobells sell it here where we live..

  12. Hi! Thanks so much for this, do any of you have an idea about the difference in nutritional value in a homemade mexican pizza vs. the one at Taco Bell? I am trying to prove to my boyfriend that cooking at home is better for him. Thanks!

  13. Yummy…we added a layer of chopped green chiles over the hamburger and used canned enchilada red sauce instead of taco sauce…and a dollop of sour cream after cooked.

  14. Yours looks a little dry its not sloppy enough. He was probably just trying to get a little play

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