Taco Bell Mexican Pizza Reduced-Fat copycat recipe by Todd Wilbur
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Taco Bell Mexican Pizza Reduced-Fat

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You may not know that the delicious "pizzas" you get from the world's largest Mexican food chain have 36 grams of fat. If you like Taco Bell's Mexican Pizza as much as I do, you'll be happy to know that you can make a home version with only 10 grams of fat, and fewer calories, too.

The secret fat savings come from baking, rather than frying, the flour tortillas. You'll also say "adios" to much of the fat by using reduced-fat Cheddar and Jack cheeses. I picked reduced-fat for these, because the fat-free stuff does not melt well when the pizza is baked.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size–1 pizza
Total servings–4
Calories per serving–427 (Original–570)
Fat per serving–10g (Original–36g)

Source: Top Secret Recipes Lite by Todd Wilbur.

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  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef (7% fat)
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried minced onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • Pinch garlic powder
  • Pinch onion powder
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 8 6-inch fat-free flour tortillas
  • Vegetable oil nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 1/3 cups fat-free refried beans
  • 2/3 cups mild Picante salsa
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 medium tomato, diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
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    • Restaurant/Brand
      Taco Bell
    • Instructions

      1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

      2. In a medium bowl combine the lean ground beef with the flour, salt, minced onion, paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, and onion powder. Use your hands to thoroughly incorporate everything into the ground beef.

      3. Preheat a skillet over medium/low heat and add the ground beef mixture to the pan along with the water. Brown the beef mixture for 5 to 6 minutes, using a wooden spoon or spatula to break up the meat as it cooks.

      4. Spray both sides of each tortilla with a light coating of oil cooking spray. Place the tortillas onto baking sheets and bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until the tortillas are crispy and golden brown. Turn them over halfway through the cooking time, and pop any air bubbles if the tortillas begin to inflate. Keep the oven hot.

      5. Heat up the refried beans in a small saucepan over medium/low heat, or in the microwave for 2 to 3 minutes, or until hot. Assemble each pizza by first spreading about 1/3 cup of refried beans on the face of a tortilla.

      7. Spread one-quarter of the meat over the beans.

      8. Place on another tortilla, sandwiching the meat and beans between the two tortillas.

      9. Coat the top tortilla with about two tablespoons of salsa.

      10. Mix the two cheeses together and sprinkle about 1/2 cup over the top of the pizza.

      11. Put a heaping tablespoon of diced tomato on next.

      12. Garnish the pizza with green onion. Repeat the process with the remaining ingredients.

      13. Bake the pizzas on a baking sheet for 8 to 12 minutes or until the cheese on top is melted.

      14. Cut each pizza into quarters and serve hot.

      Makes 4 pizzas.

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I'm Todd Wilbur,
Chronic Food Hacker

For 30 years I've been deconstructing America's most iconic brand-name foods to make the best original clone recipes for you to use at home. Welcome to my lab.

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