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The Taco Bell Mexican Pizza Is Coming Back—Should You Try It?

Taco Bell's limited-time Mexican Pizza is becoming a permanent menu item. Here's how it looks from a health and calorie perspective.
By Will Price
August 15, 2022

30-Second Takeaway

  • Taco Bell’s Mexican Pizza is becoming a permanent fixture on the fast food chain’s menu. Its relatively average calorie count is made up of mostly fat and carbs, with a low-ish protein count.

Fast food chains giveth and taketh away. In 2020, Taco Bell introduced and promptly discontinued the uber-popular Mexican Pizza menu item. It returned, triumphantly, earlier in 2022, only to vanish once more. Good, no, great news: the Taco Bell Mexican Pizza, in all its gastronomically confusing righteousness, is to become a permanent fixture of the Taco Bell menu. I submit that the question isn’t will you eat a Taco Bell Mexican Pizza; it is how many Taco Bell Mexican Pizzas is it OK to eat. Here’s what you need to know. 

How Many Calories Are in the Taco Bell Mexican Pizza? 

There are 540 calories in the Mexican Pizza, according to Taco Bell’s published nutritional info, which is required by the FDA. The pizza is made up of seasoned ground beef and refried beans wedged between two fried flour tortillas, one side of which is topped with pizza sauce, a three-cheese blend and sliced tomatoes. 

Compared to other Taco Bell menu items, it’s perfectly mediocre. It’s a bit more calorie-dense than most of the tacos (~450 each), and a bit less calorie-dense than most of the burritos (~550 each). 

Mexican pizza
Does this look good? No one can say for certain, but it’s obscenely popular all the same. (photo: Taco Bell)

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How Much Fat, Carbs, and Protein Are in the Mexican Pizza? 

Calories are obviously not the end-all-be-all of healthfulness. Of the many ways we slice the “is this healthy?” pie, simple macronutrient splits are probably the most common. When compared with other items on the Taco Bell menu (and popular items on other fast food menus), the Mexican Pizza is decidedly average. It is high in fat and carbs, which is typical for fast food, and carries an OK amount of protein. See a comparison between it and the ever-popular Cheesy Gordita Crunch and Crunchwrap Supreme below for more specifics. 

CaloriesFatCarbsProtein
Mexican Pizza54029g49g19g
Cheesy Gordita Crunch50028g41g20g
Crunchwrap Supreme
54021g73g15g
Source: Taco Bell Nutrition Info Site

Should You Try the Mexican Pizza? 

It’s a perfectly fine cheat day bite. There are far, far worse fast food options out there, despite the Mexican Pizza’s high fat and carb levels. If anything, the most alarming nutritional feature of Taco Bell’s new star item is the sodium level. It comes in at 940mg of sodium, which is nearly half the recommended daily intake used up in a one go. Drink plenty of water.