Copycat Taco Bell Mexican Pizzas


These copycat Taco Bell Mexican pizzas feature all the flavors and textures of the original, with melted cheese, spiced beef and creamy beans between layers of crispy tortillas. Plus, we added an extra layer of crunchy veggies on top. (Editor's note: The title of this recipe does not align with EatingWell's practices for naming and attributing recipes but gives proper credit to Taco Bell's menu, which calls this dish "Mexican Pizza." We acknowledge that this recipe is inspired by Mexican American cuisine and does not have roots in authentic Mexican cuisine.)

Copy Cat Taco Bell Mexican Pizza
Photo: Photographer: Jen Causey, Prop Stylist: Christina Daley, Food Stylist: Emily Nabors Hall
Active Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
50 mins


  • 8 (6 inch) corn tortillas

  • 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided

  • 3 tablespoons water

  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch

  • ¼ cup finely chopped yellow onion

  • 8 ounces 90%-lean ground beef

  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

  • ½ teaspoon onion powder

  • ½ teaspoon chili powder

  • ¼ teaspoon salt plus 1/8 teaspoon, divided

  • 1 (15 ounce) can no-salt-added black beans, undrained

  • ¼ cup salsa, plus more for garnish

  • ½ cup shredded Mexican 3-cheese blend

  • ¾ cup finely shredded iceberg lettuce

  • ¾ cup finely shredded red cabbage

  • ¼ cup thinly sliced radish

  • ½ cup halved cherry tomatoes

  • ¼ cup sliced scallions


  1. Preheat oven to 400℉. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper. Divide tortillas evenly among the prepared baking sheets. Using a pastry brush, brush 1 tablespoon oil evenly over the tops of the tortillas. Bake until crispy and slightly browned on the edges, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside. Do not turn off the oven.

  2. Meanwhile, whisk water and cornstarch together in a small bowl. Set aside.

  3. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion; cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 3 minutes. Add ground beef; cook, stirring and breaking up the beef with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Stir in paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder and 1/4 teaspoon salt; cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in the cornstarch mixture; cook, stirring constantly, until thickened, about 1 minute. Remove from heat and let cool for 5 minutes.

  4. Drain beans, reserving 2 tablespoons liquid from the can (discard remaining liquid). Combine the drained beans, the reserved liquid and the remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt in a food processor; process until mostly smooth. (Alternatively, combine the drained beans, the reserved liquid and the remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl. Using a potato masher, mash until mostly smooth.)

  5. Top each of 4 tortillas with 1/4 cup bean mixture and spread evenly. Top each tortilla with 1/4 cup beef mixture and spread evenly. Layer the remaining 4 tortillas over the beef mixture and top each with 1 tablespoon salsa and 2 tablespoons cheese.

  6. Bake until the cheese is melted and bubbly and the tortillas are heated through, 6 to 8 minutes.

  7. Top the tortilla stacks with lettuce, cabbage, radish, tomatoes and scallions. Garnish with additional salsa, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

439 Calories
20g Fat
43g Carbs
23g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1 stack
Calories 439
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 43g 16%
Dietary Fiber 10g 36%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 23g 46%
Total Fat 20g 26%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 49mg 16%
Vitamin A 1027IU 21%
Vitamin C 14mg 16%
Vitamin D 2IU 1%
Vitamin E 2mg 13%
Folate 18mcg 5%
Vitamin K 17mcg 14%
Sodium 517mg 22%
Calcium 182mg 14%
Iron 3mg 17%
Magnesium 68mg 16%
Potassium 608mg 13%
Zinc 4mg 36%
Vitamin B12 1mcg 42%
Omega 3 1g

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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