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Healthy Mexican Pizza Recipe (Taco Bell Makeover!)

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This gourmet, vegetarian Mexican Pizza is a real treat, and you wouldn’t guess that it’s healthy! Low in calories, made with whole foods, and ready in less than 30 minutes: my version of this classic Taco Bell dish means you can enjoy it without the guilt!

healthy mexican pizza topped with salsa and guacamole, served on a white plate

Before I met my husband, he used to eat Taco Bell every single week.

And what was his go-to order at Taco Bell?

“Mexican Pizza, no meat, with beans instead of the meat.” (he would have ordered it with meat when he was a kid, but he turned vegetarian at age 15).

That order was super familiar to me, because when I was a kid, I had my share of veggie Mexican Pizzas too, and I remember really liking them! The crispy fried shells, the salty, seasoned filling, it’s everything that makes fast food addictive.

healthy mexican pizza topped with salsa and guacamole, served on a white plate

Mexican pizzas are a treat for my husband these days since he eats Taco Bell way less often now, compared to his past cadence of Taco Bell dinners.

I actually love the concept of a Mexican Pizza – but the Taco Bell one has 540 calories for one tiny 6-7 inch pizza, with 30g fat and 990mg sodium. It also has minimal fresh veggies and the ingredients list is a mile long with fillers and additives (fumaric acid, calcium propionate, potassium sorbate in the shell; maltodextrin and trehalose in the beans, etc.)

I decided to give the Mexican Pizza a makeover in my kitchen, and my version is JUST as crispy as the original, but has only 370 calories, at least 10g fiber (even more depending on how much veggies/beans you use), and only 14.6g Fat. And you won’t find anything even close to “trehalose” in this pizza! 

healthy mexican pizza topped with salsa and guacamole, served on a white plate. guacamole and salsa pictured on the side.

We topped ours with salsa and guac for added flavor — and this has become one of our weeknight staples for dinner! The kids absolutely love it, it’s super filling, and makes you feel like you’re having delicious takeout at home. 

The Ingredients you will need (makes one pizza, which is one serving)

  • 1/3 cup refried black beans, heated through with taco seasoning (about 1 tsp) stirred in to taste
  • 1/4 cup Mexican 4 cheese blend
  • 1 whole wheat or sprouted wheat tortilla  
  • 1/8 cup of diced red onion
  • 1 roma tomato, diced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • Salsa – 2 Tbsp
  • Guacamole – 2 Tbsp 

ingredients for mexican pizza: tortilla, cheese, bell pepper, taco seasoning, salsa, guacamole, tomatoes, onions, refried black beans

How to make Mexican Pizza – Step by Step

Step 1: Crisp up the whole wheat tortilla in either a toaster oven or a regular oven at 350 degrees for 10 minutes (or until it’s crispy like a chip).

toasted tortilla on a white plate with refried black beans on the side

Step 2: Heat up your beans in a small pot on low heat, and stir in the taco seasoning. 

refried black beans mixed with taco seasoning in a white pot

Step 3: Spread the beans on the tortilla, and then top with veggies.

refried black beans spread on tortilla shell on a white plate

mexican pizza topped with refried beans, bell peppers, tomatoes and red onions on a white plate

Step 4: Top the pizza with cheese. Heat in a toaster oven (on medium low) or under a broiler (on high for 2-3 minutes) until the cheese has melted.

in process mexican pizza: topped with refried black beans, tomatoes, onions, bell peppers and cheese - served on a white plate

mexican pizza with melted cheese fresh out of the oven, served on a white plate

Step 5: Top with salsa and guac, and enjoy!

mexican pizza with melted cheese fresh out of the oven, served on a white plate, with salsa and guacamole on the side

This whole recipe takes 20 minutes to make (max), and is a delicious, filling and healthy dinner. It’s such an easy swap and it’s so much better for you than the original. Kid-friendly and fun for the whole family!

What is a Mexican pizza?

The base of a traditional Mexican pizza is a crispy (fried) corn tortilla, which is then topped with a mixture of toppings (tomatoes, cheese, seasonings). Beef is usually added as a filling, but this vegetarian version omits that and uses hearty, refried black beans instead. 

healthy mexican pizza topped with salsa and guacamole, served on a white plate

What makes this Mexican Pizza healthier than the Taco Bell version? 

Despite it’s unhealthy fast food origins, my version of the Mexican pizza is a really well balanced meal, with whole grains, fiber, protein and fresh veggies. Here are the healthy swaps I made to make this pizza more nutritious, but just as delicious as the traditional version:

  • Use a whole wheat or sprouted wheat tortilla for the base for whole grains and added fiber. Instead of the traditional fried shell which adds unhealthy fats and tons of calories, you end up with a crispy base that is packed with nutrition.
  • Use tons of fresh veggies for additional fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants
  • Replace the red meat/beef (which has unhealthy fats) with lean, hearty, refried black beans which have both protein and fiber to keep you full.
  • Use less cheese for that same cheesy goodness but just in moderation. 

Topping variations for this Mexican Pizza

For our pizza toppings, I used red onion, tomato and bell pepper, but you can easily use any fresh vegetables you have in your fridge. Some other options that would also work well are:

  • sweet corn
  • diced mushrooms
  • chopped baby spinach
  • diced zucchini

Can this recipe be made gluten free or vegan?

Absolutely! For a gluten free version, just use a gluten free tortilla for the base. To make this recipe vegan, omit the cheese or use a vegan cheese instead. 

healthy mexican pizza topped with salsa and guacamole, served on a white plate with a slice cut using a knife and fork

Top tips for making Mexican Pizza

  • Make sure you get your tortilla really crispy in your oven. That’s critical to making this Mexican pizza taste great! You want the tortilla to be able to remain crispy even after it’s been topped with the veggies/beans and cheese, so over crisping it a little at the start can help. I’ve found that a level “3” setting on my toaster oven works well, or baking it at 350 degrees in a regular oven can work too. 
  • Use the freshest vegetables you have – the crunchier the better!
  • You want to eat these pizzas hot, fresh out of the oven. If they’ve cooled down a bit, just pop them back in the oven at 350 degrees for 2-3 minutes to heat them up again before serving.
  • This recipe makes 1 serving, but you can easily double/triple/quadruple it by just increasing the ingredients by that much (e.g. for 4 pizzas, use 4 tortillas, 4 tomatoes, 1 + 1/3 cup refried black beans, etc.)
  • Make your own guacamole, rather than buy pre-packaged.

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5 from 15 votes

Healthy Mexican Pizza Recipe

This gourmet, vegetarian Mexican Pizza is a real treat, and you wouldn't guess that it's healthy! Low in calories, made with whole foods, and ready in less than 30 minutes: my version of this classic Taco Bell dish means you can enjoy it without the guilt!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 370kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup refried black beans
  • 1 tsp taco seasoning more to taste
  • 1/4 cup mexican 4 cheese blend
  • 1 whole wheat or sprouted wheat tortilla 100-120 calories, with at least 5g fiber
  • 1/8 cup red onion diced
  • 1 roma tomato seeded and diced
  • 1/2 red (or orange/yellow) bell pepper diced
  • 2 tbsp Salsa
  • 2 tbsp Guacamole

Instructions

  • Crisp up the whole wheat tortilla in either a toaster oven or a regular oven at 350 degrees for 10 minutes (or until it's crispy like a chip).
  • Heat up your beans in a small pot on low heat, and stir in the taco seasoning. 
  • Spread the beans on the tortilla, and then top with veggies.
  • Top the pizza with cheese. Heat in a toaster oven (on medium low) or under a broiler (on high for 2-3 minutes) until the cheese has melted.
  • Top with salsa and guac, and enjoy!

Notes

Top tips for Making Mexican Pizza
  • Make sure you get your tortilla really crispy in your oven. That's critical to making this Mexican pizza taste great! You want the tortilla to be able to remain crispy even after it's been topped with the veggies/beans and cheese, so over crisping it a little at the start can help. I've found that a level "3" setting on my toaster oven works well, or baking it at 350 degrees in a regular oven can work too. 
  • Use the freshest vegetables you have - the crunchier the better!
  • You want to eat these pizzas hot, fresh out of the oven. If they've cooled down a bit, just pop them back in the oven at 350 degrees for 2-3 minutes to heat them up again before serving.
  • This recipe makes 1 serving, but you can easily double/triple/quadruple it by just increasing the ingredients by that much (e.g. for 4 pizzas, use 4 tortillas, 4 tomatoes, 1 + 1/3 cup refried black beans, etc.)
  • Try making your own guacamole, rather than buying it pre-packaged

Nutrition

Serving: 1pizza | Calories: 370kcal | Carbohydrates: 42.2g | Protein: 16.3g | Fat: 14.6g | Sodium: 900mg | Fiber: 10.4g | Sugar: 7.5g

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74 responses to “Healthy Mexican Pizza Recipe (Taco Bell Makeover!)”

  1. I have tried making something similar to do this but my tortilla never comes out as perfect as I would love for it to be… What’s your best tip for this?5 stars

    • My main tip is to get it super crispy in the oven or toaster oven (err on the side of it being crispier vs. not). If you aim to get it as crispy as a tortilla chip, then it will hold up well under the toppings!

  2. This is such a great recipe! We don’t have Taco Bell here but I do love Mexican food and pizza so of course they should be combined!

    Thank you for sharing x

  3. My oldest son could live at Taco Bell. Interestingly enough I don’t think they have a Mexican pizza at the one near us. This is easy to make!5 stars

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