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Taco Bell Mexican Pizza + Air Fryer Instructions

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An easy Mexican Pizza recipe loaded with all your favorite toppings, including seasoned beef, refried beans, tomatoes, black olives, and melted cheese – all on crispy flour tortillas. Plus, its made with a zesty red sauce for extra flavor. Just like a copycat Taco Bell Mexican Pizza that is perfect for a quick dinner the whole family will love!

A homemade Taco Bell Mexican Pizza topped with black olives.

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Below you will find tips, tricks and helpful hints for making this recipe including step by step instructions with pictures. If you would like to go directly to the recipe, scroll down to the recipe card.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Mexican pizzas are one of my favorite foods and are a fun and easy way to change up your usual pizza or taco night routine. And what could be more fun than making your own homemade version of a Taco Bell classic?

When I was grocery shopping recently, I found some cute little Street Taco tortillas from Mission. I immediately knew that I wanted to use them to make my own Taco Bell Mexican Pizzas.

They ended up being the perfect size for my kids to have their own Mexican pizza and were super easy to make! Definitely a crowd pleaser at my house.

Homemade Mexican Pizzas on a baking sheet.

Taco Bell Mexican Pizza Ingredients

*Ingredient amounts are located in the recipe card at the end of this post.

For the Taco Meat:

Ground Beef: You can use any variety of ground beef in this recipe. I like to use the leanest beef I can find, to avoid having to drain the grease.

Tomato Sauce: This will be used to add flavor and texture to the taco meat.

Taco Seasoning: I use McCormick Taco Seasoning, but feel free to use any brand, or make your own homemade taco seasoning.

For the Sauce:

Tomato Sauce: This will serve as the base for the enchilada sauce that goes on top of a Mexican Pizza.

Spices: chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, salt, and oregano.

Ingredients to make Taco Bell Mexican Pizzas.

For the Mexican Pizza:

Flour Tortillas: Street taco-sized tortillas work best for this recipe. You can find them at almost any grocery store.

Refried Beans: Used as a delicious and easy way to hold the Mexican Pizza together. Use regular, vegetarian, or even refried black beans. You will only use about half of a can of refried beans, so save the rest to serve on the side!

Cheese: I like to use a shredded Mexican cheese blend or cheddar cheese, but you can use any type of shredded cheese that you like.

Toppings: The Taco Bell version of their beloved Mexican Pizza has diced tomatoes, green onions, and sliced black olives.

Helpful Kitchen Tools

How to Make Mexican Pizza

[1] Taco Meat: Brown the ground beef in a large skillet over medium heat.. Then add the tomato sauce and spices. Set aside.

Ground beef with tomato sauce and taco seasoning in a nonstick skillet.

[2] Crispy Tortillas: Place the tortillas on a baking sheet and brush with vegetable oil. Bake at 400 degrees for 5 minutes, then flip over and bake an additional 3-5 minutes until the tortillas have begun to brown.

Tortillas on a baking sheet.

[3] Mexican Pizza Sauce: Pour the tomato sauce into a small bowl, add the spices and mix together.

A bowl of Mexican Pizza sauce.

[4] Mexican Pizzas: Spread 2-3 tablespoons, of warmed refried beans on the bottom tortilla, then add 2-3 tablespoons of the seasoned ground beef mixture. Sprinkle 1-2 tablespoons of shredded cheese on top of the meat.

Tortillas with beans, meat, and cheese on a baking sheet.

[5] Place a second tortilla on top of the cheese and spread on 1-2 tablespoons of the Mexican pizza sauce.

Tortillas with red sauce on a baking sheet.

[6] Toppings: Add the cheese, diced tomatoes, black olives, and green onions on top of the sauce.

Homemade Mexican Pizzas on a baking sheet.

[7] Bake the Mexican pizzas at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes until the cheese is melted.

Homemade Mexican Pizzas on a baking sheet in the oven.

[8] Remove from the oven and let them sit for a minute or two before cutting and serving.

More Topping Ideas

More Ways to Make Crispy Flour Tortillas

Stove Top or Griddle: Spray a frying pan with cooking spray and “fry” the tortillas over medium-high heat, flipping them over so that they don’t burn. You’ll want to get them nice and crispy.

Air Fryer: Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees. Place the tortillas in the air fryer and cook for 2-3 minutes, flipping them over halfway through.

A homemade Taco Bell Mexican Pizza topped with black olives.

Air Fryer Mexican Pizza Instructions

[1] Taco Meat: Brown the ground beef in a large skillet over medium heat. Then add the tomato sauce and spices. Set aside.

[2] Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees. Place the tortillas in the air fryer and cook for 2-3 minutes, flipping them over halfway through.

[3] Mexican Pizza Sauce: Pour the tomato sauce into a bowl, add the spices and mix together.

[4] Mexican Pizzas: Spread 2-3 tablespoons of beans (warmed in the microwave) on the bottom tortilla, then add 2-3 tablespoons of the seasoned and cooked ground beef. Top witl 1-2 tablespoons of shredded cheese .

[5] Place another tortilla on top of the cheese and spread 1-2 tablespoons of the Mexican pizza sauce over the entire tortilla.

[6] Toppings: Top pizza with cheese, diced tomatoes, black olives, and green onions.

[7] Place the pizza in an air fryer basket and air fry at 370 degrees for 2-3 minutes

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Homemade Mexican Pizzas on a baking sheet.

How To Store Leftovers

Leftover Mexican pizzas can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat them in the oven or air fryer until warmed through and the cheese is melted.

You can also freeze them for up to 2 months. I like to individually wrap them in foil, then place them in a freezer-safe bag. When you’re ready to eat them, let them thaw in the fridge overnight, then reheat them in the oven or air fryer.

What to Serve with this Taco Bell Mexican Pizza Recipe

A homemade Taco Bell Mexican Pizza topped with black olives.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make these ahead of time?

Yes, you can make the taco meat and enchilada sauce ahead of time and store them in the fridge for up to 3 days. You can also assemble the pizzas and store them in the fridge for up to 12 hours before cooking.

Can I freeze a homemade Mexican pizza?

Yes, you can freeze them for up to 2 months. I like to individually wrap them in foil, then place them in a freezer-safe bag. When you’re ready to eat them, let them thaw in the fridge overnight, then reheat them in the oven or air fryer.

Can I use corn tortillas?

Yes, you can use corn tortillas, but I prefer flour because they’re more sturdy and less likely to fall apart.

Do I have to use refried beans?

No, you don’t have to use refried beans, but I think they add a nice creaminess and help to hold the pizza together.

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A homemade Taco Bell Mexican Pizza topped with black olives.

Final Thoughts

The great thing about the mini size of these pizzas is that they are small enough to pick up and eat with your hands!

My kids like me to use a pizza cutter and slice them into fourths. That way they have cute little pizza slices.

Serve this gooey Mexican pizza with a side salad and top them with some Homemade Restaurant Style Salsa and you will have a delicious, filling meal for you and your family.

Finish up with some Homemade Disney Churros for dessert! Yum! Make sure you Pin this recipe for later.

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Taco Bell Mexican Pizzas.
Homemade Mexican Pizzas on a baking sheet.

Mini Mexican Pizzas: Taco Bell Style

Yield: 6 Pizzas
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

A recipe for homemade Mexican Pizzas: Taco Bell Style. Just like the original only better because they are homemade!

Ingredients

Taco Meat

  • 1 Pound Ground Beef
  • 1/2 Cup Tomato Sauce
  • 3 Tablespoons Taco Seasoning

Mexican Pizza Sauce

  • 1/2 Cup Tomato Sauce
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Chili Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Cumin
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Oregano

Mexican Pizzas

  • 1 Package Small Tortillas
  • 1 Can Refried Beans
  • 2 Cups Shredded Cheese
  • Tomatoes, diced
  • Black Olives, sliced
  • Green Onions, chopped

Instructions

  1. Taco Meat: Brown the ground beef in a large skillet over medium heat.. Then add the tomato sauce and spices. Set aside.
  2. Crispy Tortillas: Place the tortillas on a baking sheet and brush with vegetable oil. Bake at 400 degrees for 5 minutes, then flip over and bake an additional 3-5 minutes until the tortillas have begun to brown.
  3. Mexican Pizza Sauce: Pour the tomato sauce into a small bowl, add the spices and mix together.
  4. Mexican Pizzas: Spread 2-3 tablespoons, of warmed refried beans on the bottom tortilla, then add 2-3 tablespoons of the seasoned ground beef mixture. Sprinkle 1-2 tablespoons of shredded cheese on top of the meat.
  5. Place a second tortilla on top of the cheese and spread on 1-2 tablespoons of the Mexican pizza sauce.
  6. Toppings: Add the cheese, diced tomatoes, black olives, and green onions on top of the sauce.
  7. Bake the Mexican pizzas at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes until the cheese is melted.
  8. Remove from the oven and let them sit for a minute or two before cutting and serving.

Notes

Air Fryer Instructions

  1. Taco Meat: Brown the ground beef in a large skillet over medium heat. Then add the tomato sauce and spices. Set aside.
  2. Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees. Place the tortillas in the air fryer and cook for 2-3 minutes, flipping them over halfway through.
  3. Mexican Pizza Sauce: Pour the tomato sauce into a bowl, add the spices and mix together.
  4. Mexican Pizzas: Spread 2-3 tablespoons of beans (warmed in the microwave) on the bottom tortilla, then add 2-3 tablespoons of the seasoned and cooked ground beef. Top witl 1-2 tablespoons of shredded cheese .
  5. Place another tortilla on top of the cheese and spread 1-2 tablespoons of the Mexican pizza sauce over the entire tortilla.
  6. Toppings: Top pizza with cheese, diced tomatoes, black olives, and green onions.
  7. Place the pizza in an air fryer basket and air fry at 370 degrees for 2-3 minutes
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1 Pizza
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 483Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 105mgSodium: 1242mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 5gSugar: 3gProtein: 35g

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