Better Than Taco Bell’s Mexican Pizza

Posted by on Dec 10, 2012

Mexican Pizza

If you or your kids like Taco Bell’s Mexican Pizza, then you need to try this tasty, healthy and easy version inspired by Trader Joe’s! Two crisp tortillas are filled with seasoned ground turkey, hearty beans, and then topped with chunky salsa, a three cheese blend, green onions, black olives, and diced ripe tomatoes. 

One of these days I hope we get a Trader Joe’s in our area, but for this recipe, I shopped at my local Fresh Market.

Mexican Pizza Recipe

Yield: 2 Mexican Pizzas
Prep time: 20 min | Cook time: 25 min


  • 1/2 pound ground turkey
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 15-oz can fat free refried beans
  • 4 9-inch flour tortillas
  • 1/2 cup favorite salsa
  • 2 cups low-fat 3 Cheese Blend
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 2 roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1/4 cup Extra Large Black Pitted Olives, sliced


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Place meat, onion and garlic in a skillet over medium heat. Cook until beef is evenly browned. Drain off grease. Season the meat with chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt, and pepper.
  3. Coat 2 pie plates with non-stick cooking spray. Place one tortilla in each pie plate and cover with a layer of refried beans. Spread half of the seasoned meat over each tortilla and then cover with a second tortilla. Bake for 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly.
  4. Spread half of the salsa over the top tortillas. Top each pizza with half of the cheese, tomatoes, green onions, and olives. Return the pizzas to the oven, bake until the cheese is melted, about 5 to 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly. Slice each pizza into 4 pieces and serve.
 See Trader Joe’s online for more healthy inspired recipes.
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17 Responses to “Better Than Taco Bell’s Mexican Pizza”

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  2. Youngmi says:

    Found this recipe on pinterest… SO DELICIOUS! I’ve used this combination of ingredients countless times but for some reason, this recipe was super tasty. All it needs is some Taco Bell fire sauce :) Thanks so much for sharing!

  3. chris says:

    It looked great and tasted delicious. Keeper!!

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  5. Pam says:

    This Taco looks so yummy! I have to try it.

  6. Thank you for posting this! I made a version of this last week and blogged it today. It is really delicious! And since I don’t eat most fast food places anymore (including Taco Bell) I love finding copycat recipes to make. Thanks!

    Here’s my blog post if you want to check it out:

  7. Debbie says:

    If you want the tortillas to be crispy I did this…Put a layer of refried beans on tortilla, place in frying pan on a thin layer of oil. Cook till brown on bottom first. I did this for both layers, top and bottom. Turned out nice & crispy like taco bell!

  8. Susan says:

    Thanks for the positive comments! Making me want to make it again tonight!

  9. Claudia says:

    This was delicious. Made it tonight and we ended up having 3 surprise dinner guests, who all thought it was very tasty. Will definitely make it again.

  10. Lindazilla says:

    I’m also confused about the potential sogginess of the tortillas. They need to be crispy/crunchy!

  11. Courtney says:

    I made this last week and it was SO good! The hubs enjoyed as well.

  12. Kcs says:

    I’m confused on how the tortillas get crisp and doesnt turn to mush under the meat/beans?

  13. Alexandra says:

    Just made it today, it’s amazing! I thought it would need some salsa on the side or some guac, but it came out perfect. This is going to be an instant classic in my house :)

  14. Bonnie K says:

    I’m sure it’s way better than Taco Bell. This is Mexican Comfort food for me.

  15. Rachel Cooks says:

    I love TB’s Mexican Pizza–and this looks SO good! I bet it is way better.

  16. Susan says:

    Thanks Nicole for stopping by! I used to love them too back in the day too, until changing my eating habits!

  17. Nicole says:

    This looks so good, now I am craving! I used to love Taco Bell Mexi Pizzas back when I ate fast food. It never dawned on me to make my own … until today, Thanks! I am sharing/pinning for sure. Have a beautiful day :)

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