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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