Copycat TacoBell Mexican Pizza

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Copycat TacoBell Mexican Pizza lets you skip the drive thru and make this delicious favorite at home!  I have the secret to making them taste just right!

Copycat TacoBell Mexican Pizza lets you skip the drive thru and make this delicious favorite at home! I have the secret to making them taste just right!
Copycat TacoBell Mexican Pizza is the drive thru favorite you can now make at home!

So we have talked a little about my TacoBell obsession before, I love it, I will not lie lol.  I do go there once a week, ain’t no shame in my drive thru game lol.

Ever since I was little I can remember my mom and my grandma always getting the Mexican Pizza.  I was happy with my kids meal and cinnamon twists to explore the menu (remember when they had kids meals?)

Then I got older and decided it was time to be like the women in my family and try these Mexican Pizzas (sans tomatoes because bleh lol).

It was love at first bite.  Everything went together perfectly and I get them all the time now, I might just have to pick one up on my next visit lol.  I love them so much that I wanted to make them at home and set about figuring out how.

Copycat TacoBell Mexican Pizza lets you skip the drive thru and make this delicious favorite at home! I have the secret to making them taste just right!

Now the ingredients are simple and there were some recipes on Pinterest for them but I could tell just by looking they weren’t going to stack up to the original.

See the thing that makes the Mexican Pizza so delicious is its crispy shell.  All the other copycat recipes I have seen have you using a tortilla thats been baked till crunchy or those crunchy corn tortilla discs.  Neither of these will give you that authentic taste.

In order to achieve true copycat perfection you need my secret ingredient and that is refrigerated taco salad shells.

They can be a little hard to find and you can certainly use the above methods, but if you can find these salad bowls they make all the difference!  I included a picture to help.Shells

You can keep the toppings simple with just some diced tomato and scallion (remember when TacoBell used to have green onions)

These are a great quick dinner, everyone loves them.  They can be customized to anyones liking and are a great way to use up leftover taco meat.

So make a Copycat TacoBell Mexican Pizza for your dinner tonight and skip the drive thru!

Copycat TacoBell Mexican Pizza lets you skip the drive thru and make this delicious favorite at home! I have the secret to making them taste just right!

Copycat TacoBell Mexican Pizza

  • This recipe makes 2 mexican pizzas
  • Brown and drain hamburger and season with taco seasoning.
  • Bake shells two at a time on cookie sheet till just golden
  • Spread refried beans on 2 of the shells
  • Divide the hamburger meat onto the beans
  • On the remaining 2 shells spread taco sauce on each one
  • Top with cheese and broil till melty
  • Top with any toppings you like!

Can I skip the meat?

Of course!  Just leave out the meat and these would make a fabulous Meatless Monday dinner!

I cannot find the shells anywhere?!?!  What should I do!!??

Sadly since I first wrote this post a few years ago Walmart stopped carrying them.  However quite a few other stores still do.  You can go to the Azteca Foods website and use their store locator.  You can also buy round crunchy corn tortilla shells that you can also use here.  You can also fry soft flour tortillas and use those.

Can I spice this up?

Sure!! Use a pepperjack cheese on top, add a little heat to the meat seasoning or top with diced jalapenos.

Want more copy cat recipes? Check these out!

Copycat TacoBell Mexican Pizza lets you skip the drive thru and make this delicious favorite at home! I have the secret to making them taste just right!

Copycat TacoBell Mexican Pizza

Copycat TacoBell Mexican Pizza lets you skip the drive thru and make this delicious favorite at home! I have the secret to making them taste just right!

Author Parrish

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound ground beef browned, drained, seasoned with taco seasoning
  • 4 taco bowl shells see above for where to find
  • 1 can refried beans
  • 4 T taco sauce
  • Shredded colby cheese
  • Toppings tomatoes, sour cream, scallions

Instructions

  1. Brown drain and season the ground beef with your favorite taco seasoning.
  2. Bake the shells flat in the oven till just golden brown.
  3. Spread 2 of the shells with refried beans.
  4. Split the ground beef between the 2 shells.
  5. Spread 2 T of taco sauce on each of the remaining 2 shells.
  6. Top with cheese.
  7. Lightly broil the cheese and sauced shells till melty.
  8. Place those on top of the beef and bean shells.
  9. Top with your favorite toppings and enjoy!

Copycat TacoBell Mexican Pizza lets you skip the drive thru and make this delicious favorite at home! I have the secret to making them taste just right!

LifeWithTheCrustCutOff

 


I have 32 Lovely Comments, I would love to have yours... on Copycat TacoBell Mexican Pizza

  1. avatar
    March 26, 2014

    Looks just like the real thing! But there’s no way I would share that with anyone – all mine!

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    Jill says:
    March 26, 2014

    Have to admit, when I want Taco Bell, the Mexican pizza is what I want! I didn’t know about these shells, I’ll have to look for them. Pinned to share and try. Thanks! (saw you at What’s Cookin’ Wednesday)

  3. avatar
    March 26, 2014

    I love these!! My experiments didn’t turn out well before, but they will now :) Thanks!!

  4. avatar
    Shannon says:
    March 26, 2014

    This looks yummy. I’m not a Taco Bell person, but I want to try this.

    Shannon ~ bohemianjunktion.com

  5. avatar
    March 26, 2014

    Love me some Mexican pizza! It’s been so long since I’ve had one…I definitely need to do this soon! Thanks for the reminder.

  6. avatar
    March 27, 2014

    I wish I wouldn’t have seen this post because now I’m in trouble. Looks wonderful!!!!

  7. avatar
    March 28, 2014

    yes, yes, and yes. I’m following you. love copycat stuff. great taste, and you can control ingredients!

  8. avatar
    Marti says:
    March 30, 2014

    This looks DELICIOUS! I love their taco pizzas! I never tried to make them at home, but now I can! pinned

  9. avatar
    Karly says:
    March 30, 2014

    My kids would love these! thanks for linking up with what’s cookin’ wednesday!

  10. avatar
    April 1, 2014

    I found you THrough the “hit me with your best shot” link up! I used to always get those mexican pizzas! I can’t wait to try this…gonna pin it! :)
    -tahnee @ laneandalley.blogspot.com

  11. avatar
    April 2, 2014

    Very fun. bet its even better than taco bell, no offense taco bell. thanks for linking up to snickerdoodle sunday. (sorry about the caps, not sure why that is happening)

  12. avatar
    Babs says:
    April 3, 2014

    Oh, I haven’t had a Taco Bell mexican pizza in years. Thanks for the recipe…can’t wait to make it.
    I’m getting all caps on my comment, too.

  13. avatar
    April 4, 2014

    of course this masterpiece was featured at Freedom FRidays!!! Oh yum!!

    Hugs and thanks for sharing!!

  14. avatar
    April 4, 2014

    MY kids would be so happy when I make this for them. We are vegetarians, so i would use refried beans all along. Bookmarking this recipe :)

  15. avatar
    Natasha says:
    June 16, 2015

    what brand of taco sauce works best?

    • avatar
      Parrish says:
      June 17, 2015

      I think the kind I usually use is Old El Paso. Thanks for stopping by :)

      • avatar
        Kathyjmac1 says:
        July 13, 2018

        Our local stores actually carry Taco Bell seasonings and taco shells, taco salad shells and soft tacos tortillas).

  16. avatar
    charlotte says:
    March 14, 2018

    Taco Bell will sell their taco salad shells!!!! You can buy two for less than a dollar!!

  17. avatar
    Parrish says:
    March 16, 2018

    I had no idea!!! That is awesome! Thanks for the tip!

  18. avatar
    Doug says:
    June 19, 2018

    How did you get the salad bowls flat like a pizza?

  19. avatar
    Parrish says:
    June 24, 2018

    Hi!! They are actually sold flat and come with formers that you bake them on to get the bowl shape.

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