Taco Pizza Recipe

If you like Taco Bell’s Mexican Pizza, you’re going to love my homemade taco pizza recipe. All of your favorite taco flavorings and toppings are layered on top of a pizza crust.

Taco Pizza Recipe

Where Mexican meets Italian. Taco pizza is my heart song, plain and simple. It’s a copycat recipe inspired by the delicious Mexican Pizza at Taco Bell (who else is a fan?). 

It is made up entirely of flavors I love, including refried beans, salsa, taco seasoning, ground beef, tortilla chips, and lots of melted cheddar cheese. Thankfully, it takes just minutes to get into the oven. All you have to do is cover your store-bought pizza crust with the cooked toppings of your choice and pop it in the oven. It’s that easy!

With the filling of seasoned refried beans and beef, this easy taco pizza recipe is twice as filling as a regular pizza so just one is all we need for supper. For the picky eaters, you can simply leave the toppings off and let everyone customize their own. I’ve included lots of options below, too. This recipe is a win all around and a definite family favorite. Are you ready to try it for yourself?

Taco Pizza Recipe ingredients.

Recipe Ingredients

  • A prepared pizza crust or make a homemade pizza stuffed crust (I buy the shelf-stable prepared pizza crusts on the aisle with the spaghetti sauce and we love them). 
  • Cooked ground beef
  • Refried beans
  • Salsa
  • Taco seasoning
  • Tortilla chips
  • Shredded cheddar cheese

Place salsa, beans, seasoning, and beef in skillet.

Place cooked ground beef, salsa, refried beans, and taco seasoning into a large skillet over medium-high heat. 

You can cook your ground beef first, drain, and then add everything else if you need to. I usually keep cooked ground beef in my freezer. 

Stir ingredients until bubbly.

Cook and stir this until heated through and bubbly. 

Spread beef mixture over pizza crust.

Spread this beef mixture over the pizza crust.

Top pizza with crushed tortilla chips.

Top with crushed tortilla chips.

This is why, whenever we get towards the bottom of a bag of tortilla chips, I usually make this taco pizza recipe 😁.

Top with shredded cheese.

Top this with as much shredded cheese as you like. Normally, I’d use about a cup and a half.

If my cheese-loving husband is watching me make this, that amount tends to double. 

Cook taco pizza until cheese is melted.

Place this back in the oven for just long enough to allow the cheese to get all melty. 

Top taco pizza with your favorite toppings, like lettuce and sour cream.

Top with your favorite taco toppings. I usually add fresh shredded lettuce, diced tomato, and sour cream. The options are limitless. 

Taco Pizza

And enjoy! 


Cold taco pizza anyone? Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Reheat in the microwave, oven, or air fryer. You can also freeze leftovers for up to 2 months. Thaw in the fridge before reheating.

Recipe Notes

  • To make this a gluten-free taco pizza, simply substitute the pizza crust for a gluten-free version. Double-check all other ingredients don’t have any hidden gluten as well!
  • You can definitely substitute the ground beef for ground chicken or ground turkey. To go vegetarian, opt for black beans or kidney beans instead.
  • Here are some other taco topping suggestions: enchilada sauce, diced avocado, sliced green onion, hot sauce, and sliced black olives.
  • For something different, you can substitute the pizza crust for crescent roll dough or Pillsbury pizza dough. Another option is to add the toppings to flatbread instead.
  • For extra flavor, swap the tortilla chips for crushed Doritos. YUM.
  • You can use any cheese you like, whether that’s cheddar cheese, mozzarella cheese, Mexican cheese blend, or Colby Jack cheese.

Check out these other tempting taco-inspired recipes:

Taco Tater Tot Casserole Recipe

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos

Taco Soup (The World’s Easiest Supper)

Instant Pot Beef Barbacoa Tacos

Fiesta Taco Salad

Taco Pizza

Taco Pizza

Similar to Taco Bell's Mexican Pizza, this homemade taco pizza recipe includes taco flavors and toppings layered on top of a pizza crust.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: pizza, taco
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 304kcal


  • 1 can refried beans 16-ounce
  • 1 packet taco seasoning or 2 tablespoons
  • 1 lb ground beef cooked and drained well
  • 1-2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups tortilla chips roughly
  • 3/4 cup salsa
  • 1 prepared pizza crust preferably deep dish


  • In a skillet or saucepan, combine the cooked ground beef, taco seasoning, refried beans, and salsa over medium-high heat. Stir until heated through and bubbly. Spread onto pizza crust.
    1 can refried beans, 1 packet taco seasoning, 1 lb ground beef, 3/4 cup salsa, 1 prepared pizza crust
  • Top with the crushed tortilla chips and as much cheese as you like. Bake at 350 until cheese is melted and crust is golden brown.
    2 cups tortilla chips, 1-2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • Remove from the oven and top with your favorite taco toppings. Enjoy!


Calories: 304kcal
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  1. When making a homemade crust, would I bake the crust first or put the meat mixture, taco chips and cheese on unbaked pizza crust dough?

  2. Do you know of anyone that has used a frozen cheese pizza and added the additional toppings? I plan to try that this week.

  3. This was super easy, super tasty, super filling and a good way to switch things up.

    ALSO, I’ve been making your Hawaiian bread nonstop for months now and it is beyond words delicious!!! It’s a staple in the house now. Since there are only two of us I make a batch of dough and either make buns or mini loaves. The dough keeps well in the fridge for quite a few days!

    Thanks, Christy! Every recipe of yours that I’ve tried has been fabulous!

  4. 5 stars
    Miss Christy –
    Do we add the beans to the skillet w/the beef n sauce n seasoning? Or just layer it underneath (or on top of) the meat? Don’t suppose it matters much, since it all goes down the same pipe. lol

  5. 5 stars
    We love the pizza crusts too. So handy. Ed works at Pizza Plus so he is pretty sick of pizza by the time he gets home , but he loves tacos (so do I, but I love everything.) This pizza is perfect for us. He gets tacos and I get Pizza! I’m loving the return of the ads (you go girl!) TY for sharing with us. Love you, Ma.

  6. Now I know what to do with the broken tortilla chips! Sounds wonderful – anything taco flavored. Can’t wait to try.

    1. I just went back and looked at the recipe and sweet story from 2009. Now I have a question. Tortilla chips, to me, are plain corn and salt. Taco chips are flavored Doritos. To you, are they the same?
      I’m sure either would be good,right? The only time I’ve ever had taco pizza was at a chain in Iowa, Happy Joe’s. But I can’t remember what kind of chips they used.

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