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Taco Bell-Inspired Mexican Pizza Casserole


  • Author: Chef Emy

Description

Craving the iconic flavors of Taco Bell’s Mexican Pizza but in the comfort of your own home? This recipe transforms the beloved fast-food favorite into a delicious casserole, layering all the classic ingredients into a dish that’s perfect for sharing. Dive into layers of crispy tortillas, seasoned ground beef, creamy refried beans, and melted cheese, all topped with fresh tomatoes and onions. Here’s how to make it:

 


Ingredients

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  • 1.5 lb ground beef: The base of your casserole, providing rich, meaty flavors.
  • 1 Taco Bell seasoning packet: To give your beef the signature Taco Bell taste.
  • 1 large can refried beans: Adds creaminess and depth to each layer.
  • 1 large can red enchilada sauce: For that tangy, zesty element that ties everything together.
  • 10 corn flour mix tortillas: The foundation of your casserole layers, fried to perfection.
  • 1 large tomato, diced: Adds a fresh, juicy component.
  • 1/4 medium onion, diced: For a slight crunch and flavor boost.
  • 3+ cups shredded cheese: Because more cheese means more deliciousness.
  • Chopped green onion: A garnish that brings brightness and a hint of sharpness to the dish.

Instructions

  1. Prep the Beef: Begin by browning the ground beef in a skillet over medium heat. Once fully cooked, drain any excess fat, then return the beef to the skillet. Add the Taco Bell seasoning packet and water (about 1/2 to 3/4 cup, as per packet instructions). Simmer until most of the liquid has been absorbed. Set the seasoned meat aside.

  2. Warm the Beans: Heat the refried beans in a pot on the stove or in the microwave until warmed through, making them easier to spread.

  3. Fry the Tortillas: Heat a little vegetable oil in a pan and fry each tortilla until crispy. This step adds a crucial texture to the casserole that mimics the crispiness of Taco Bell’s Mexican Pizza.

  4. Layer the Casserole: In a large casserole dish, begin your layers with the fried tortillas, followed by a spread of refried beans, and then the seasoned ground beef. Pour half the can of red enchilada sauce over this layer, ensuring even coverage.

  5. Add More Layers: Place another layer of fried tortillas on top, then cover with the remaining enchilada sauce. Sprinkle the diced tomatoes and onions across the top, followed by a generous layer of shredded cheese. (Note: You can choose to layer the tomatoes and onions under or over the cheese based on personal preference.)

  6. Bake: Place the casserole in a preheated oven at 350°F and bake for about 20 minutes, or until the cheese has melted beautifully, and the edges start to bubble.

  7. Garnish and Serve: Once out of the oven, let the casserole stand for about 10 minutes to settle. Garnish with chopped green onions before serving to add a fresh contrast to the rich flavors.

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Notes

Serving Suggestions:

This Mexican Pizza Casserole is a hearty dish on its own but can be served with a side of sour cream, guacamole, or a crisp green salad to balance the richness. It’s perfect for a family dinner, game day, or any occasion when you’re craving that Taco Bell flavor with a homemade twist.

Conclusion:

Transforming the Taco Bell Mexican Pizza into a casserole form is not just a nod to a fast-food favorite; it’s an elevation of it into a family-style meal that’s bursting with flavor, texture, and comfort. This recipe proves that with a little creativity, you can recreate and even enhance the fast-food flavors you love, all from the comfort of your kitchen.