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MEXICAN PIZZA NIGHT {Homemade Mexican Pizzas}

Host a build your own Mexican Pizza Party as a way to freshen up your fiesta just in time for Cinco de Mayo or anytime you are in the mood for Mexican!

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I know that a Mexican pizza is not “traditional” Mexican food but I still like to shovel them in my mouth at a record pace anyway!  

A well-known fast food joint serves up a delicious Mexican Pizza that I love to eat, usually late at night. One of those classic treats that every college kid has survived on during testing season along with ramen noodles.

With Cinco de Mayo right around the corner, I am hosting a get-together with my friends where we can make our own Mexican Pizzas while having fun and catching up from the week.

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I threw this fiesta together while adding in a few other recipes to round out the evening.  With all of us having kids, it is a great way to get them involved in the cooking process and make a pizza that is personal to them.

The traditional “fast food” Mexican Pizza is just crispy tortillas with refried beans, beef, taco sauce, tomatoes, and cheese. I made mine with these exact toppings because I wanted mine to taste just like the original one.

My friends prefer more “exotic” pizzas so I made sure I had plenty of other toppings on hand.

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To get this fiesta going, I start with a shopping list for Walmart so I would make sure I get everything I need. Once I start drinking margaritas and prepping, I don’t want to have to make another trip to the store!

Pizza Night the Mexican Way | Take Two Tapas

I head down the Mexican or ethnic section to grab all my ingredients. Old El Paso has just about everything I need to Freshen Up My Fiesta! My little guy even went with me.

He wanted to grab one of everything but I told him we were not feeding an army, just 15 people. That may seem like an army to you but it’s a normal weekend night with our crew.

We stuck to the Old El Paso Taco Seasoning, Green ChiliesFlour Tortillas, Refried Beans, and Sliced Jalapenos.

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These are the main ingredients needed but I am grabbing some extras to give everyone lots of options for their pizzas. The toppings I like to serve are:

  • fresh chopped tomatoes
  • cilantro
  • shredded lettuce
  • sour cream
  • red onion
  • avocado
  • limes
  • green onions
  • jalapenos
  • shredded cheese
  • salsa
  • black olives
  • salsa verde
  • red cabbage
  • baked chicken
  • pork carnitas
  • smoked chicken
  • sauteed shrimp
  • black beans
  • seasoned taco meat (ground beef or pork cooked with Old El Paso Taco Seasoning)

It may sound like a lot of toppings to prep but you don’t have to do all the ones I have listed. You know your guests so just include what they like.

If you are not sure then just stick to the basics of lettuce, tomatoes, and cheese. If it is not offered, it won’t be missed.

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Since it is a build your own Mexican pizza night if you have more than 6 pizzas to make you might have to work in shifts. My oven only holds two cookie sheets which hold 3 pizzas each.

I work around this by letting the kids go first while the adults socialize. This way the adults can eat in peace while the kids play after they finish their pizzas.

It also gives the adults time to have a few cocktails. I serve a pitcher style margarita that I whipped together and a skillet queso dip with green chilies that I made ahead of time. I adjust the recipe to fit what I have on hand and make it fit my personal menu.

Assemble the dip ahead of time and start cooking before your guests arrive. Pull out the dip and serve with chips to keep the hungry adults happy while the kids eat too.

A separate bar area keeps the adult menu items separate from the kids which is a big help!

How to host a make your own Mexican Pizza Night | Take Two Tapas

The key to making this Mexican Pizza party run smoothly is preparation and assembly lines. Prep all the tortillas ahead of time.

Storing them in a basket with a dry towel will keep them warm. Prep all the meats and store them in oven safe containers. They will stay warm in the oven while your party guests arrive and get settled in.

Chop all your toppings and put them in another location. The main pizza toppings such as the meat, beans, and cheese will stay by the oven area so pizza assembly will happen close to the oven where you are cooking them.

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Host a DIY Mexican Pizza Night | Take Two Tapas

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After the first round of Mexican pizzas come out of the oven you can put the pizzas on plates and your guests can add toppings to them in a second location while the next round starts making their pizzas.

Assemble your own Mexican Pizzas | Take Two Tapas

Don’t forget to have chips and salsa on hand for snacking too. My kids love tacos as well so I have taco shells, tostadas, and salad bowls just in case one guest isn’t feeling in a pizza mood.

Dessert is another key to a great fiesta. I was lucky to have a guest offer to bring a cake so I am off the hook for that but my Cinnamon Stars are a hit when I have Mexican night at church. You can make these ahead of time too!!

A little planning and Old El Paso products can help you Freshen up your fiesta or even a simple Mexican night in with the family. Visit Old El Paso for more recipes to help you throw a fiesta!!


Mexican Pizzas Made at a Home Fiesta | Take Two Tapas

Homemade Mexican Pizzas

Yield: 6 people
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Host a build your own Mexican Pizza Party as a way to freshen up your fiesta just in time for Cinco de Mayo or anytime you are in the mood for Mexican!


For the pizza crusts

  • 8 inch Old El Paso Flour Tortillas
  • 10 inch Old El Paso Flour Tortillas

For the pizza toppings

  • 2 cans Old El Paso Spicy Refried Beans
  • 2 pounds ground beef (cooked with taco seasoning)
  • 4 cups Mexican style cheese (shredded)
  • Tomatoes (chopped)
  • Lettuce (chopped)
  • Sour cream
  • Taco Sauce
  • Black Olives
  • Avocado (sliced)
  • Salsa
  • Salsa Verde
  • Red Onion (diced small)
  • Cilantro (chopped)
  • Green onions (sliced thin)
  • Limes
  • Pickled jalapenos
  • Pork (cooked *optional)
  • Chicken (cooked *optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 400F
  2. Toast tortillas in a dry pan on the stove top over medium heat just until light brown.
  3. Place in a basket to hold and keep warm until ready to assemble pizzas
  4. Heat refried beans in a small pan over medium heat until hot throughout.
  5. Chop and dice all the other toppings needed for your pizzas.
  6. When ready to make your pizzas, cover a baking sheet in foil.
  7. Place one tortilla on the pan.
  8. Top with refried beans.
  9. Add another tortilla on top.
  10. Add the taco sauce and any other toppings you want.
  11. I add olives and tomatoes as my favorite.
  12. Top with some cheese.
  13. Place in the oven for about 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
  14. Remove from the oven and place your pizza on a plate.
  15. Top with all the other toppings like sour cream or lettuce.
  16. It is a make your own so everyone has their favorite toppings.
  17. Just keep the cold toppings cold and place on pizza after you melt the cheese for maximum freshness!
  18. Serve with your favorite Mexican drink or cocktail.


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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1 pizza
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1007Total Fat: 66gSaturated Fat: 28gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 29gCholesterol: 242mgSodium: 1207mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 7gSugar: 3gProtein: 73g

This nutrition information was generated via a third party. I can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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Monday 20th of August 2018

This is such a great idea! The kids and adults will love making their own.

Michelle | The Last Food Blog

Tuesday 25th of April 2017

What a great idea! We have pizza night every Friday night and I think this would make for a great, fun change from traditional pizza x

Tuesday 25th of April 2017

For sure!! And you can't go wrong with Mexican!

Kathryn @ FoodieGirlChicago

Monday 24th of April 2017

I love this idea - so fun for a party! And you can never go wrong with tortillas and cheese!! :)

Tuesday 25th of April 2017

Agreed! Even if someone wants a taco or a quesadilla. Like my kids always do just to be difficult


Monday 24th of April 2017

I love this idea for a party! Mexican pizzas sound delicious!

Tuesday 25th of April 2017

Thanks, Amy! They are my favorite take out!

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