Vegan Mexican Pizza
Updated: Mar 25
Let's Veganize the TACO BELL classic!
Oddly enough, I never ate that much at Taco Bell, I was more of a Del Taco dude. So truth be told, I don't think I've ever had a Mexican Pizza. But I honestly don't think it makes a difference as this was one of the best things I've made in a long time! My neighbor helps me eat a lot of what I make and he said this was his favorite so far! Huzzah!
I might've added a few extra toppings than the original, so sue me! For this incarnation, we're using Alpha Foods Beefy Crumbles that have been seasoned with some Taco Seasoning. I actually used a package of Taco Bell seasoning, but I'll provide a recipe to make some taco seasoning from scratch.
The only other ingredients that are mandatory would be the refried beans, red sauce, vegan cheese and pico del gallo, and obviously you need two fried tortillas to hold the whole thing together! I also used some pickled jalapenos and vegan sour cream, but you could add whatever you want! I also added a sauce that was basically half vegan mayo and half Carne Asada sauce and it was absolutely Zip Zappin good! Can't believe I've never tried that combo but it works magically!
This post was sponsored by my friends at Alpha Foods! They have a bunch of great plant-based products which you can check out HERE!
2 burrito sized tortillas
1 package Alpha Foods Beefy Crumbles
1/4 cup Taco Bell seasoning
12 oz refried beans
1/3 cup plant milk
4 oz vegan cheese shreds
1/3 cup red enchilada sauce
2 Tbsp pico de gallo
3 Tbsp carne asada sauce (optional)
oil for frying
Taco Seasoning (if making from scratch)
2 Tbsp chili powder
1 Tbsp smoked paprika
1/2 Tbsp cumin
1/2 Tbsp garlic salt
1 tsp oregano
Additional Topping Ideas
vegan sour cream
pickled or fresh jalapenos
If making your taco seasoning from scratch, do so now and set aside.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Heat about 1 inch of oil in a cast iron skillet or large pan
Once oil is up to about 350 degrees, carefully place one of the tortillas in it. Push down the bubbles that will form. Carefully flip it and fry until lightly browned. About 45 seconds to a minute per side. Remove and let dry on a cooling rack. Repeat with the other tortilla.
Warm up your refried beans and add the plant milk. The milk will make the beans creamier and easier to spread. Once beans are heated through, reduce to low and keep warm.
Add a bit of oil to a pan and cook the crumbles (you could also empty out most of the oil that you fried the tortillas in and use that pan). Add the taco seasoning and stir to combine so the seasoning is evenly distributed. If using the carne asada sauce, add now and stir until combined. Once heated through remove from heat.
Assemble the pizza as follows on a cooking rack or baking sheet. Bottom tortilla, refried beans, 3/4 of the crumbles, 2nd tortilla, red sauce, cheese, the rest of the crumbles. You can also add some pico de gallo and jalapenos if you wanna!
Bake for about 8 - 10 minutes. Keep an eye on it so you don't burn your tortillas. You can also put it under the broiler for a few minutes to melt your cheese.
Once cheese is melted remove from oven, top with pico de gallo, vegan sour cream and whatever you want! If you have carne asada sauce, I highly recommend making a sauce that is equal parts vegan mayo and carne asada sauce and drizzle that on the pizza, it's a winner!