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Mexican Pizzas

Mexican pizza

These cute little Mexican Pizzas are tasty, quick, and easy to make. Muy, muy, bien!

In a previous life, I had to have been from Mexico because the love I have for Mexican food is just not normal for a girl who grew up amongst corn fields and cows in Northern Illinois. Something hispanic related is on our table at least once per week, and that is no exaggeration. Of course not all of the “Mexican” food we eat is authentic, but hey, who’s keeping track?

Speaking of foods that are not authentic, let’s talk about these cute little Mexican Pizzas. I didn’t do any research, but I’m pretty positive they only became “famous” thanks to good ole’ Taco Bell, which happens to serve some of the most unauthentic Mexican Food out there.

Due to my general dislike of fast food restaurants and my goal to avoid them as much as possible, if they sell something that actually sounds good, I usually try making it at home. Not only is it healthier, but more importantly, I know all of the ingredients that are going into my body which I definitely couldn’t claim if I were consuming ground beef from taco bell. The stories about that stuff scares me! No bueno.

These Mexican Pizzas are pretty simple to make and perfect for a quick weeknight meal. If you know how to make tacos, you will have absolutely no issues making this recipe! My hubby has named this one of his favorite meals of all time which means I should probably make it more than once every four years!?! Enjoy!

Notes: If you look closely at the picture, you’ll see that there are no refried beans on my Mexican Pizzas. Refried Beans happen to be on my list of foods that I CAN NOT stand, therefore, I omitted them. Add them if you’d like. :) Also, it’s a good idea to shred your own cheese both for freshness, and for melting purposes. Pre-shredded cheese does not melt as well (something to do with the chemical they add to keep it from clumping). This recipe serves 4-6, depending on how much beef you want per pizza. They are best eaten fresh, immediately after they are cooked.

Mexican Pizzas

Mexican pizza

Prep Time: 5mn
Cook Time: 25mn
Total Time: 30mn

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 packet taco seasoning (French’s is my fav.)
  • 2 green onions, diced
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 8-12 fajita size tortillas
  • 1 can refried beans
  • 8 ounces shredded sharp cheddar or monterrey jack cheese
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Taco sauce or Enchilada sauce (1-2 tablespoons per mexican pizza

    DIRECTIONS

    1. Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees or your broiler to high.
    2. In a large skillet, prepare 1 pound of ground beef like you would for tacos by browning it, then draining any excess fat, and adding the taco seasoning/water according to package directions.
    3. While the meat is cooking, wash and chop the green onions and tomato, and shred the cheese.
    4. In a small skillet (I used an 8-inch omelet pan), heat a small amount of oil (about 1/2-1 tablespoon) over medium high heat. When the oil is heated, begin frying 1 tortilla at a time for a few seconds per side. You want each tortilla nice and crisp. Continue frying the tortillas until all are browned. You may need to add a little more oil as you go. Place the tortillas on a paper towel to absorb any excess oil.
    5. To assemble the pizzas, lay one fried tortilla down on a work surface. Spread a thin layer of refried beans, then top with as much ground beef as you’d like. Place another fried tortilla on top.
    6. Spread 1-2 tablespoons (more or less depending on your preference) of taco sauce or enchilada sauce over the top tortilla. Sprinkle with shredded cheddar cheese.
    7. Continue assembling all of the Mexican Pizzas until all of the beef is gone. You should get about 4-6 Mexican Pizzas from this recipe.
    8. Place each pizza on a non-stick baking sheet and bake in the oven for about 5 minutes, or until the cheese is melted. Alternatively, you could broil them for about 2 minutes, but keep a close eye on them so that they don’t burn.
    9. Top each pizza with chopped tomato and green onion and serve immediately.

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    Comments (22)

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    1. This looks great! I used to love the Mexican pizza at Taco Bell, but have been disappointed by them anymore.

      I agree with you – I lived most of my life in the South, but grew to love good honest non-Taco Bell Mexican food, which was only deepened further when my wife and I moved to Tucson ten years ago. Absolutely love Rick Bayless’ cookbooks!

      • Oh my, I could go on and on about Rick Bayless! If you ever make it to Chicago, you MUST stop by one of his restaurants. I’ve only been to XOCO, which was phenomenal, but I’ve heard amazing things about his other restaurants too. He’s so good at finding the right combination of ingredients that blend together just perfectly!

        Thanks for stopping by! :)

    2. I’m doing this right now. Thanks for the recipe!

    3. @Patricia – I agree! Love’em!

    4. Thanks for the cool dish
      I’m making it for my school assignment :)

    5. we do something like this but on cresent rols their are a few ways to do it baker or refried beans we like the baked and ground turkey and cheese

    6. Looks good. I stopped eating taco Bell after they changed the meat. Tastes spoiled to me

    7. This was SO GOOD!! Way better than Taco Bell and SO easy too! Make sure you get the tortillas nice and crisp and I found the broiler was better than just heating in the oven.

    8. The big difference is, it will taste better at home than if you got it at taco bell!

    9. Drool I wish I could just eat it off my phone LOL

    10. Deborah Mitchell Harroun

      I loved those at Taco Bell when I was in high school. I know I’d love your version way better now, though!!

    11. This going to be tonites dinner, but i will use turkey or chicken sense i cant hv red meat yet. Yum Yum Yum

    12. I just found this post. Its been making me crazy trying to figure out where I went wrong. LOL. Its that last bake/broil step I didn’t do. Love these so much….

    13. Audra Heffernan Evans

      Just made tacos the other night and have leftover meat to use. Making these for lunch!! Thank you for sharing!

    14. very cool! make me think of TMNT they all love pizzas :D

    15. I love the sound of this and would probably do like you and omit the beans. Pinning it to try!

    16. Too funny! I’m making these for dinner tonight! I got the recipe the last time you posted it and my husband and I love them!

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