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As Taco Bell’s Mexican Pizza Departs, Fans Protest In Attempt To Save It

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Taco Bell’s farewell tour for the Mexican Pizza has already begun. Some locations have reportedly taken it off of the menu already, and a nationwide departure is expected to happen by November 5th.

As the pizza fades, its most ardent fans are rallying and protesting in a final attempt to keep the Mexican Pizza in restaurants.

r/TacoBell has been set to private. “This sub will remained locked until Taco Bell reverses their decision to remove Mexican Pizzas from the menu.” I suggest checking the discussion at /r/LivingMas (which is also a better Taco Bell sub). from r/fastfood

The Taco Bell subreddit, one of the largest communities of fast food fans the chain has, has privatized and locked out any public-facing posts in protest. “This sub will remain locked until Taco Bell reverses their decision to remove Mexican Pizzas from the menu,” a statement reads on the larger “Fast Food” subreddit.

Additionally, a petition has begun to circulate that highlights the importance of the Mexican Pizza to communities in the country. Started by Krish Jagirdar on Change.org, the “Save The Mexican Pizza” petition has over 65,000 signatures to date.

In Jagirdar’s petition, text states that the Mexican Pizza is “an item loved by many, especially the South Asian community. Losing this item would not only be the loss of one of our favorite foods but a piece of our childhood & heritage as Indian Americans.”

This is something that has been previously explored by Foodbeast Virali Dave, as well as others. The ability to easily go vegetarian on a budget at Taco Bell, not to mention a symmetry in flavors, especially when it came to the hot sauce packets, has made the chain a favorite for South Asian and Indian Americans. A Mexican Pizza, with the beef substituted for beans, was one of the cornerstones of that experience.

For those who felt similar about the entree, losing the Mexican Pizza was more than just seeing another fast food item fall by the wayside, thus the inspired uprising against discontinuing the Mexican Pizza.

As of right now, plans for the pizza to leave menus are still in motion. Even if protests to save it are unsuccessful, however, it could always return as a limited-time offer in the future. Not the same as always being there, I know.

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Fast Food

Taco Bell’s Mexican Pizza Is Officially Being Retired

Taco Bell’s Mexican Pizza has been a fixture on the menu since 1988, meaning it has graced the mouths of millions over the past 32 years.

Sadly, that run has come to an end, as Taco Bell has officially announced that the Mexican Pizza will be retired from its menu.

Mexican Pizza’s retirement comes amidst a lengthy overhaul of Taco Bell’s full menu over the past couple of months. As the menu has simplified, over a dozen menu items have been deleted, including fan favorites like the chain’s potatoes.

The reasoning behind letting go of the Mexican Pizza is, surprisingly, environmental. Packaging for the taco-pizza hybrid amounts to over 7 million pounds of paperboard material per year in the US, according to Taco Bell, so getting rid of the Mexican Pizza will help the chain use less packaging overall.

Other changes to Taco Bell’s menu include a removal of Pico de Gallo (to be replaced by fresh chopped tomatoes) and shredded chicken (grilled chicken is still a menu option, however).

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With the removal of some menu items, however, comes the chance to bring others back. The Quesalupa, for example, will be getting a test run in Knoxville, TN starting September 24th. Hopes are that successful testing will lead to a nationwide return some time in 2021.

Taco Bell’s Green Sauce is also getting a new and improved version made with jalapenos and Hatch chilies. Select regional markets will be able to get it starting November 5th.

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Taco Bell is also adding new items to its menu nationwide. The new limited-time Dragonfruit Freeze, for example, is on menus starting today, and a $1 Chicken Chipotle Melt will be available starting November 5th.

Still, the loss of the Mexican Pizza is one that will sting with longtime fans of the iconic item. There are plenty of copycat recipes out there, however.

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Fast Food What's New

Taco Bell’s Elusive Mexican Pizza Crunchwrap Has Been Spotted Once Again

Taco Bell’s latest innovations have involved novel ingredients, with items like Nacho Fries and the Midnight Melt Taco incorporating foods they haven’t played with in the US yet.

The mega-chain isn’t afraid to get creative with some mashups as well, and the latest test of a Mexican Pizza Crunchwrap is proof of that.

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This isn’t the Mexican Pizza Crunchwrap’s first time around, as it had been tested in Oklahoma City earlier this summer, however, the newest test taking place in Birmingham, Alabama, is a strong sign that Taco Bell is looking to take this one nationwide. I mean, if a fast food chain puts in the time and resources to test an item more than once, you know there’s some serious interest.

The Crunchwrap is basically a tortilla wrapped around one of Taco Bell’s Mexican Pizzas, the only extra addition being a layer of nacho cheese sauce. It’s being priced at $3.49 each, or as part of a $5 Box with two Crunchy Tacos and a medium drink.

You can get the Mexican Pizza Crunchwrap in Birmingham through mid-October. From there, we’ll have to see if Taco Bell has all the evidence it needs to take it to the national level sometime soon.

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Fast Food Restaurants What's New

Taco Bell Just Topped Its Iconic Mexican Pizza With Fried Chicken

If you’re a fan of Taco Bell’s legendary Mexican pizza, you’ll be excited to know that it just got bigger, crunchier, and meatier.

That’s because The Bell decided to take some boldly flavored fried chicken and add it to their pizza.

Called the Mexican Crispy Chicken Pizza, this brand new test item takes some of the same fried chicken Taco Bell used for the Naked Chicken Chalupa and adds it as part of the base for the standard Mexican pizza, which includes nacho cheese, Mexican pizza sauce, three cheese blend, and pico de gallo.

This twist on a Taco Bell classic is being tested in Columbus, Ohio, and will be available starting today for fans in the area to get a taste of this new pizza for themselves.

The test will conclude on May 10th, and if successful, will likely launch nationwide at some point following the test.

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Fast Food

Pizza Hut New Zealand Now Putting Burritos, Quesadillas and Nachos on Their Pizza

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Pizza Hut New Zealand is no stranger to mixing up strange concoctions for their pizza. In the past, they’ve released a mouth-watering Chili Dog Stuffed Crust Pizza, and a somewhat questionable CheeZee Marmite Stuffed Pizza, but now they’re incorporating some Mexican flavor to their menu.

According to Brand Eating, quesadilla-, burrito- and nacho-flavored pizzas are now a thing, and they look interesting to say the least.

The burrito pizza consists of mild chili beans, onion, red bell peppers, jalapenos, tomatoes, burrito sauce, chili flakes and mozzarella cheese. The quesadilla has a crust on both the bottom and top of the pizza, making it look a little like a calzone. The Ultimate Mexican with Nachos sounds like it should have been my nickname in high school, but in this case it’s basically the same ingredients as the burrito pizza, but with tortilla chips added.

Now Pizza Hut Mexico should make some Mexican pizzas, but with legit Mexican food.

H/T Brand Eating

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Fast Food

Pizza Hut Singapore Gets a Double Decker Stuffed-Crust Pizza

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Pizza Hut Singapore has tried to revolutionize every square inch of a pizza over the years with menu items such as the Ring of Fortune pizza and the Double Sensation pizza, but they must have run out of real estate because now they’re putting pizzas on top of pizzas.

I’ll spare you the bad Xzibit jokes and get right to the goods on the monstrous Double Decker Pizza. The bottom layer consists of a hand-tossed stuffed-crust pizza, then gets topped off with a smaller tortilla-based pizza.

The top layer resembles a Taco Bell-inspired Mexican pizza with turkey, Edam cheese, tomatoes, zucchini slices and tangy mango mayo, while the bottom pizza is a  stuffed-crust pizza topped with chicken, pepperoni, and red and green bell peppers.

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Features

Gratuitous Food Porn: Pizza Edition

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October is National Pizza Month which is basically an excuse for us all to eat more pizza. With football and baseball season in full swing it’s the perfect time to order up some pies for your next group gathering. If you have the patience and lust for some real pizza why not try one of these out for size? Warning: the following pizza images have been rated “M” for Motherfreakin’ Delicious. Scroll on for some hardcore pizza porn!

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Spicy Sausage and Pepper Pizza

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Recipe: Joy the Baker

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Arepa Pizza

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Recipe: Spoon Fork Bacon

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Lemon Pizza

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Recipe: A Cozy Kitchen

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Pizza Cupcakes

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Recipe: Kirbie Cravings

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Pepperoni Pizza Pull Apart Bread

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Recipe: Just A Taste

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Mango Basil Personal-Sized Tortilla Pizzas

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Recipe: Averie Cooks

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Breakfast Pizza

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Recipe: Smitten Kitchen

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Ramen Pizza

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Recipe: Serious Eats

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Indian Pizza

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Recipe: Mike’s Table

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Chinese Food Pizza

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Recipe: Zeefer Madness

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Pizza Cone

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Pizzacraft Grilled Pizza Cones: Amazon

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S’mores Dessert Pizza

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Recipe: She Knows

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Fruit Pizza

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Recipe: Cheap Recipe Blog

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“Pizza! Pizza!”

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Fast Food

Pizza Hut Australia is Now Serving Mexicana, Tandoori Chicken and Surf & Turf Pizzas

According to sources, Pizza Hut Australia introduced a signature line of pizzas earlier this year, and the latest one to hit the spotlight is a gem they’re calling the Mexicana Pizza.

The pie is topped with steak, red bell peppers, jalapenos, a lining of sour cream and a dollop of guacamole and corn tortilla chips in the center. Other pizzas in the country’s signature line include a Tandoori Chicken pizza and a Surf & Turf pizza (pictured below). The Tandoori Chicken pizza features Tandoori Chicken (durrr), mango chutney, spanish onion, diced tomato, chives and mint yogurt. The Surf and Turf features steak strips, prawns, spanish onion, diced tomato, chives and a hollandaise sauce drizzle.

Looks like we’ll need a trip down under  before the year’s over, because once again, American Pizza Hut seems to be lacking!

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