Fellow Mexican pizza fans, rejoice! Taco Bell has announced that the cult menu item is back on the chain after a 17-month hiatus, this time for good.
Taco Bell Rewards members will first have access to Mexican pizza starting May 17, followed by a general release in stores two days later, according to a press release issued by the company.
Preparing for the re-release was a long affair marked by petitions, memorial services, and well-publicized back and forth between the company and Mexican Pizza superfan Doja Cat. As such, it’s no surprise the Grammy Award winner was the first to break the news during her weekend at Coachella. “I brought back the Mexican pizza, by the way! she stated.
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According to Taco Bell CEO Mark King, the chain’s menu is full of fan favorites, but “Mexican pizza tops the list.”
“From its flashy introduction to menus in 1985 as ‘Pizzazz Pizza’ to its inspiration behind the creation of infamous jingles, Mexican Pizza has a long history with the brand,” King said. “I’m glad we were able to give fans what they crave and bring our classic Mexican pizza home, where it belongs.”
Thanks to its inherent customization, Mexican pizza has become a truly popular menu item. It usually consists of layers of seasoned ground beef and beans sandwiched between two tostadas topped with melted cheese and tomatoes. However, many vegetarians and vegans enjoy the menu item because it’s easy to skip the meat and cheese and still have a delicious portable snack while driving.
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“Like many American Indians who grew up vegetarians, we had limited access to ‘fun’ fast food, so Taco Bell became a bridge to belonging in American culture for many kids like me who grew up in immigrant homes,” Krish Jagirdar said. , the organizer of the Change.Org petition to bring back Mexican pizza. (For the record, the petition garnered nearly 172,000 supporters.)
Jagirdar continued: “That’s what made it particularly devastating when Mexican pizza was taken off menus in 2020, but fast forward two years later and I found myself on a conference call with the Taco Bell team. as they shared news of Mexican Pizza’s return, showing that listening to their fans is clearly ingrained in their DNA It’s one of the many reasons Taco Bell is more than just a food restaurant fast.
It’s not the first time in recent history that a fast food company has been swayed by calls from fans to bring back an abandoned menu item. McDonald’s recently announced that – for only the fourth time since 1998 – it would be bringing back its popular Sichuan nugget dip. Although the sauce was originally released as part of a promotion surrounding Disney’s original “Mulan,” it gained some cult status after being referenced in the “Rick and Morty” series.
Can’t wait until May to get your Mexican pizza fix? Salon Food brings you our hearty recipe for making your own fully customizable Mexican pizza at home. It hits all the same notes as the drive-thru version – except you won’t even have to leave your kitchen!
Just brown the ground beef and flavor it with your taco seasoning of choice (you can actually buy Taco Bell brand seasoning online!). Spread it over Taco Bell refried beans (or your favorite store-bought brand) on pan-fried flour tortillas. The toppings are, of course, up to you, but we like cheese, chopped tomatoes, scallions, and a little enchilada sauce.
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