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Taco Bell’s Mexican Pizza Will Finally Become a Permanent Menu Item This Fall

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Back in September 2020, Taco Bell announced that their wildly popular Mexican Pizza would be removed as a menu option. Hoping to offer a more efficient restaurant experience, the franchise giant also pulled another dozen items two months prior. 

Fans of Taco Bell are used to these sudden menu changes as they’ve often sparked uproars. While some menu items can surely be removed and not missed, it’s always odd that favorites like the 7-Layer burrito and Mexican Pizza never became permanent fixtures.

Giving in to the pressure, Taco Bell announced the Mexican Pizza’s return in May. Upon its return, the famed menu item sold seven-times as much as before, leading to a shortage and its eventual removal again. The accompanying musical that was originally planned for it never materialized.

Finally, after much noise, celebrity support and a grassroots petition which reached 100k signatures, the beloved Mexican Pizza will return to Taco Bell’s menu for good on September 15th.

Fortune napped some hot-takes from the company’s CEO Mark King, “It’s going to be relaunching mid-September and it’s going to be a permanent item. I had more feedback—hate mail!–over the removal of Mexican Pizza [than any other time].”

King cites the ingredients as the culprit behind its occasional availability. “It was time consuming to make. It also had a number of specific items that were only for the Mexican Pizza.” 

Fortunately, the overwhelming love showed Taco Bell that there’s magic to offering certain individual menu items and they’re now considering relaunching others.

Mark your calendars, the Mexican Pizza will return to your local Taco Bell on September 15th.

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A Tribute to Taco Bell’s Mexican Pizza, Made Vegan

At long last, Taco Bell has brought back its iconic Mexican Pizza after an extended hiatus. Folks got so hyped that it sold out in just a couple of weeks, and Taco Bell is looking to return it permanently this fall.

The news has brought joy to many, including Foodbeast’s Chris Abouabdo, who decided to make his own take on the Mexican Pizza as a tribute to its return.

With so many fast food chains jumping on the plant-based hype train, its only fitting that Chris made a vegan version that anyone can enjoy. His take, which brings in plant-based meat and cheese and a custom enchilada sauce, checks all of the Taco Bell flavor boxes but offers up the opportunity to skip the meat.

Maybe Chris’s recipe will one day be the blueprint for Taco Bell’s own plant-based Mexican Pizza. In the meantime, here’s how to make your own iteration.

All of these recipes are also streamed on Twitch if you want to see the full making of in action. If you have ideas for recipes, feel free to hit up our Discord as well!

Ingredients

Taco ‘Meat’

  • 1 lb vegan ground beef (we opted for Beyond Meat, but use your favorite)
  • 1 package Taco Bell Original Taco Seasoning Mix
  • 3/4 cup water

Sauce

Note: this can be swapped with canned enchilada sauce if you prefer.

  • 10 dried guajillo chilies
  • 2 dried pasilla chilies
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • Salt to taste

Other Pizza Ingredients

  • 1 can refried beans
  • 4 corn tortillas
  • Oil for frying
  • 2 tbsp vegan butter
  • 1 package vegan shredded yellow cheese (ie. cheddar)
  • 1 package vegan shredded white cheese (ie. mozzarella)
  • Fresh chopped tomatoes for garnishing

Steps

  1. Add the vegan meat to a preheated skillet, and cook until browned.
  2. Sprinkle in the taco seasoning and water, then bring to a boil and simmer low for 10 minutes.
  3. Fry off the beans in vegan butter and a splash of water to keep them loose.
  4. Boil your chilies in water until softened, then add to a blender with the remaining sauce ingredients. Blend, and add a splash of the chili cooking water to loosen if needed. Season to taste.
  5. Fry your corn tortillas in oil at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until fully crispy. Keep warm in an oven until the whole batch is done.
  6. Assemble your Mexican pizza: Lay a fried tortilla down on a baking sheet and top with beans, then meat, then another tortilla, then sauce, then your vegan cheese. Use both white and yellow cheese to keep things authentic.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until the cheese is melted.
  8. Remove from the oven and top with chopped tomatoes.
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Taco Bell Locations Across the Country are Sold Out of Mexican Pizza

Could this be a case of grand opening, grand closing? The immense popularity of Taco Bell’s beloved Mexican Pizza returning to its menu has lead to a surge in demand, with restaurant locations across the United States already selling out completely.

The strain of high demand has already lead to uncertainty on when the Mexican Pizza stock can be replenished again.

Taco Bell addressed the shortages on its site, “Because of the incredible love for the Mexican Pizza, we have begun selling out across the country. Our restaurant teams trained weeks for what we knew would be a big return, we just didn’t realize how big, and replenishing the beloved menu item is taking longer than we’d like.”

In an attempt to keep fans up to date with any Mexican Pizza news, Taco Bell has created a Mexican Pizza FAQ that’s got all the latest news and information.

The planned Mexican Pizza musical starring Doja Cat and Dolly Parton has also been delayed, as the original premier was set for May 26 on TikTok.

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Taco Bell’s Mexican Pizza Will Make Long-Awaited Return in May

Fans have been protesting and Doja Cat even created a song that threatened to “end you” if it stayed discontinued. Clearly folks have been mad about Taco Bell snatching the beloved Mexican Pizza from the menu back in 2020. But now, we can all reclaim joy, since Taco Bell officially announced the triumphant return of the Mexican Pizza will be on May 19, 2022.

Over the weekend at Coachella, Doja Cat made a bold statement with not just her powerful performance, but by declaring on stage, “I brought back the Mexican Pizza, by the way!”

If you’re looking to reunite with the Mexican Pizza at home, it will be available exclusively through DoorDash for the first week it’s back from May 19 to May 26. The Mexican Pizza will be available on other delivery platforms on May 27, 2022.

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Doja Cat’s New Song About Taco Bell’s Mexican Pizza Should Be On Repeat

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♬ original sound – Doja Cat

Doja Cat’s no stranger to oddly vibey and off the wall tunes (remember “Mooo!”?), so when her latest TikTok is an actual ode to her love for Taco Bell’s iconic Mexican Pizza, I already knew that it would be a banger.

“I made a song about Mexican Pizza because I love it so much. I wish Taco Bell didn’t discontinue it a year ago,” prefaced Doja Cat before she launched what she called a “monstrosity of a beat” and let off a couple poignant bars detailing just how much she adores Taco Bell’s Mexican Pizza.

Only Doja Cat could make such a quirky tune be actually dope. I’m sure she’d be elated to find out that the Mexican Pizza is set to make a return later this year, though.

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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.

Photo courtesy of Taco Bell

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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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.

mexican pizza crunchwrapPhoto courtesy of Taco Bell

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.