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Hello! I’m Anjali. I’m a board certified health coach, author, wife, mom and food lover from the SF Bay area (now living in Seattle, WA!); with a passion for delicious food and a desire to make healthy eating easy, tasty and fun! Learn more about me here and stay for a while!

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Healthy Copycat Taco Bell Mexican Pizza

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This vegetarian copycat Taco Bell 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 Copycat Taco Bell Mexican Pizza topped with salsa and guacamole, served on a white plate

When I was a kid, we used to eat Taco Bell every single week.

And what was our go-to order at Taco Bell (since we were vegetarian)?

“Mexican Pizza, no meat, with beans instead of the meat.”

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I always looked forward to Taco Bell night when I was a kid. I always wanted to order the same thing, Mexican Pizzas: with their crispy fried shells, and the salty well seasoned filling. It felt like a treat every time. (And, it’s everything that makes fast food addictive!)

Now I’m a little more health-conscious so Taco Bell Mexican Pizza isn’t generally on the menu. In fact, most fast food isn’t.

I still really 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.)

The flavor of Taco Bell Mexican Pizza might be great, but it’s definitely not great for you. Or your family.

Healthy Copycat Taco Bell Mexican Pizza topped with salsa and guacamole, served on a white plate

Since I love the flavors and the idea I decided to give the Mexican Pizza a makeover in my kitchen. My Taco Bell Copycat Mexican Pizza is JUST as crispy and delicious as the original, but it only has 370 calories. Plus, this recipe has at least 10g fiber (even more depending on how much veggies/beans you use), and only 14.6g of healthy Fat. And you won’t find anything even close to “trehalose” in this pizza! 

Healthy Copycat Taco Bell 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 (avocados are a great source of healthy fats and other important nutrients!) 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. 

Not to mention it’s pretty easy to make. Your kids will love the taste and because it’s so easy to make, it’ll save you a little extra time in the evening as well.

How To Make The Best Copycat Taco Bell Mexican Pizza

Recipe Ingredients and Notes

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

The ingredients listed below makes one whole 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 

Step by Step Instructions

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). You can crisp multiple tortillas at the same time if you need to, just make sure there’s plenty of space on the baking tray.

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. This should only take a few minutes. Keep heating until you can smell the taco seasoning clearly to make sure your Taco Bell Mexican Pizza is as flavorful as possible. 

refried black beans mixed with taco seasoning in a white pot

Step 3: Spread the beans on the tortilla, and then top with veggies. Use a little more beans for a heartier or more filling version of this Taco Bell Copycat Pizza. 

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 the cheese. Heat in a toaster oven (on medium-low) or under a broiler (on high for 2-3 minutes) until the cheese has melted. If you want a more browned top give it another 30 seconds to a minute until the cheese is a little darker. 

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

Step 5: Top with your favorite 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 about 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!

In fact, this meal is so easy and such a crowd pleaser that it can be a fantastic option for birthday parties and other occasions where you need a filling meal that feels special but doesn’t need a lot of prep time.

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. 

What Makes This Mexican Pizza Healthier Than The Taco Bell Version? 

Despite its unhealthy fast food origins, my version of the Taco Bell 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 Mexican pizza more nutritious, but just as delicious as the traditional version:

  • Whole Grains: I used 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.
  • Fresh Veggies: This provides additional fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants
  • Plant Protein: 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.
  • Less Cheese: Reducing the cheese lowers the total fat and calorie content while still keeping that same cheesy goodness Mexican Pizza has.
Healthy Copycat Taco Bell Mexican Pizza topped with salsa and guacamole, served on a white plate

Recipe FAQs

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. 
Baking might be a little different with vegan cheese since it melts differently from regular cheeses. Feel free to experiment a little with baking times until you’ve got it right for your favorite brand.

Can You Make This Mexican Pizza on a Large Crust for the Whole Family?

I don’t recommend making this pizza on a traditional larger pizza crust. You can if you pre-bake the crust slightly so it isn’t soggy, but I don’t think it tastes quite as good that way. The tortilla crust really adds a lot of flavor and makes this Taco Bell Copycat Mexican Pizza feel a little more authentic. 
Plus, a larger pizza would need a longer cook time. One of the best parts of this recipe is how quickly everything comes together into a delicious and healthy meal for your family.

Topping Variations For This Copycat Taco Bell 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

If you want something a little spicier, minced jalapenos are a great addition. Remember that traditional Mexican flavors are bright and zesty, so your Taco Bell Copycat Mexican Pizza should be the same. 

If you’re looking for brighter flavors after trying this recipe, consider topping your pizza with a little lime juice or cilantro just before you serve.

Healthy Copycat Taco Bell 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 Taco Bell 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 buying pre-packaged. This way you have more control over the freshness and flavor, plus you can get even more nutrients from the added vegetables. Ingredients like jalapenos, fresh lime juice, tomatoes, and green onion taste great and are good for you too!
  • I like a little extra cumin in the beans along with the taco seasoning to help brighten the flavors and make it really pop!
  • Because you want to heat all the ingredients without making the tortilla too soggy, I recommend baking these pizzas one at a time. Trying to bake too many at once, even in a larger oven, can make the bottoms soggy and prevent the vegetables from heating all the way through. 
  • Want to get the kids more involved in the kitchen? Try getting them to help you assemble their pizzas. Fast cooking times help keep their attention and make the cooking fun.

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Healthy Copycat Taco Bell Mexican Pizza

This vegetarian copycat Taco Bell 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!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 370kcal
Author: Anjali Shah

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 Taco Bell 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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