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Copycat Taco Bell Mexican Pizza Casserole

Here’s an easy copycat Taco Bell Mexican pizza casserole is just amazing! Cheesy layered tortillas with chunky salsa and beef, it’s my family’s favorite comfort food! If you made our Instant Pot Mexican pizza but want to bake it in the oven this time this is how.

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This easy Mexican pizza casserole (I like to call it) was created kinda’ by accident. Don’t you love it when you have a few ingredients you need to use or else they will spoil so you throw them together hoping it will come out well and it comes out SO delicious?? (affiliate links present)

Mexican Pizza Recipe

You can make it as spicy as you want, or use a milder salsa and then allow those who love a lot of spice to just add it to the top once it is served. Either way this has become one of our favorite meals that is really easy to throw together (which I love).

The biggest difference for this vs. the fast food restaurant is ours is much larger and will feed 4 or so. You could use smaller tortillas for individual portions if you preferred.

Mexican Pizza Casserole Ingredients

Toppings can be green onions or sour cream! Feel like you need a side dish? Make our easy Jiffy Mexican cornbread too.

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Copycat Taco Bell Mexican Pizza

This picture is what made me think of a Mexican pizza casserole more than a pie but you could go either way really. I found the large burrito style tortillas at the store right along side the small and “regular” sized ones.

  • Both spicy jack and cheddar cheeses were used, but you could use either or if you prefer.
  • If you like a lot of spice add some chili powder but this is perfect for all of us with the ingredients listed below.

What is Taco Bell Mexican Pizza crust made of?

Fried tortillas, which we use but don’t fry them. Baked in the oven you will still get crispy edges all the way around but a tender center with all the fillings. A healthy way to make a similar version right at home from scratch.

Here are the step by step directions and video (video shows a version without the cream of mushroom, we preferred with after comparing the two but both are fabulous)

In a skillet over medium heat, precook ground beef, onion and garlic in pan on stovetop. Add taco seasoning into your meat mixture after draining fat.

ground beef

Why did Taco Bell stop selling Mexican Pizza?

Who knows? Not enough people buying them or it took too long to make and they were trying to move the line faster? Nobody knows but now you can make it yourself. Lay large burrito size tortilla inside pie pan sprayed with non stick cooking spray

  1. Top with 1/3 beef mixture, then 1/3 cheese (could spread a thin layer of refried beans on tortilla too if you wanted)
  2. Continue with this layering with top being a layer of cheese
  3. Put into preheated oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes until cheese is melted.
  4. Allow to sit 10-15 minutes to solidify, then slice and serve with toppings

Air Fryer Mexican Pizza

If you wanted to make a smaller version of this follow the same directions except with taco size tortillas. Use a springform pan instead of a pie plate and layer the same. Set inside a preheated machine at 380 and you just need enough time to get the cheese to melt, maybe 4-6 minutes. It would look more like below that way.

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What is on a Mexican Pizza?

Well months ago I created a chicken tortilla bake casserole dish that came out great too and this came to mind when I had tortillas, salsa, and a pound of ground beef that needed to be cooked soon. Toppings you might enjoy, though you can really load this up with anything and everything that comes to mind y’all.

  • Petite diced tomatoes taste great and are traditionally served on top.
  • Diced or sliced green onions make it pretty and add a bit of texture too.

I remember them putting lots of sliced black olives on mine as a kid so I love those. Really I will use many of the same things when making our Instant Pot Mexican casserole which is the bomb too.

  • Diced chives work too.
  • Sour cream and guacamole are my favorites for sure.

This casserole is like a deconstructed taco and reminds me of that favorite fast food dish we loved back in the day. Layers of tortillas (I used flour tortillas this time), cheese, beef, and lots of creamy sauce with a kick! You can do the same thing with “pizza” in our Slow cooker pizza casserole which is a fun one my girls love.

Enchilada lasagna is fabulous seen below. A throw together dish at it’s finest.

enchilada lasagna

How many calories in a Mexican pizza from Taco Bell?

Let’s start out with saying this isn’t a diet food by any means. Comfort food is what we’re going for y’all so keep that in mind.  Theirs typically runs about 540 calories if you ate the entire thing yourself. Ours is just 346 calories if you at 1/4 of the whole pie! That is way better if you ask me but nobody did so there’s that. 😉

Taco Bell Copycat Recipe

Love this? You can also steam Instant Pot tamales in your cooker which is great on hot days.

Instead of just ground beef, we have a bunch of different Instant Pot tacos we’ve made.

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Taco Bell Mexican Pizza

This easy Mexican pizza Taco Bell casserole is just amazing! Cheesy layered tortillas with chunky salsa and beef, it's my family's favorite comfort food!
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword casserole, mexican, pizza
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 16 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 346kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Equipment

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Cook your ground beef with your diced onions until meat is no longer pink, drain fat. Add broth and packet of taco seasonings, toss to coat. Put in a bowl.
  • Add your cream of mushroom soup, canned diced chiles, and salsa in with your ground beef and stir well. Shred your cheeses and mix in another bowl.
  • Spray non stick spray inside your pie plate and push 1 large burrito size tortilla inside. A bit of tortilla will lay up on the sides which is good.
  • Spread 1/3 of your ground beef mixture on the tortilla, followed by 1/3 of your cheeses.
  • Lay another tortilla down and continue to layer, on the last tortilla add the remaining third of beef mixture and cheese on the very top.
  • Put in the oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes just so everything can meld together. Allow to sit when done for 10 minutes to solidify a bit.
  • Cut like a pie and serve topped with more salsa, salsa verde, sour cream, guacamole, avocado or anything else you like on top!

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Nutrition Facts
Taco Bell Mexican Pizza
Amount Per Serving (4 oz)
Calories 346 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Fat 25g38%
Saturated Fat 13g81%
Cholesterol 84mg28%
Sodium 791mg34%
Potassium 339mg10%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 22g44%
Vitamin A 550IU11%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 331mg33%
Iron 1.8mg10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Stacey

Saturday 11th of April 2020

We used GF corn tortillas.. great modification, this was super creamy

Robin Check

Wednesday 8th of April 2020

I added corn and black beans, sooo good!

The Typical Mom

Thursday 9th of April 2020

OH yeah!!!

Haley

Tuesday 22nd of January 2019

What size pan?

Grams

Monday 3rd of July 2017

I would use refried beans instead of the soup and add a bit of water if needed. Can't wait to try this!!

The Typical Mom

Tuesday 4th of July 2017

Good alternative!

Barbara Mahoney

Monday 29th of May 2017

is this freezable?

The Typical Mom

Tuesday 30th of May 2017

Haven't done that, just put in fridge and fine the next day warmed.

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