Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with this Homemade Mexican Pizza Recipe

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Mexican Pizza

I am excited to finally share my homemade Mexican Pizza recipe with you guys! I can’t believe it took me this long. This was one of the most requested recipes based off of what I share on my Instagram stories!

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Mexican PizzaNow that you have my recipe, I just want to share that the way I make it can be modified in ANY way you’d like. And that goes for which sauce you use, which cheese you prefer, and however, you like to make your beans. I’ve probably received more than a hundred messages on which tortillas I use, and I hate to disappoint, but I only use Azteca brand tortillas. If you live in NJ/NY/PA, you most likely will not find them. My cousin actually brings a bunch of them back for us when she goes to Chicago because they sell them over there! So, if you happen to live where they sell them, THOSE are the tortillas you want to fry for this recipe. An alternative is to just go to Taco Bell and ask to buy their Mexican Pizza shells! We used to do it all the time and it ends up being less work for you. It’s a win-win situation!

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Another major question I was asked is about the sauce I use, I literally use TACO BELL HOT SAUCE that comes in the bottles from Walmart! If you haven’t bought these, you need to get up and go to the store right now.

I typically only microwave them because I don’t like waiting for the oven to heat up. We usually ALWAYS have the shells fried and ready to use in a container, and Mexican ingredients in the fridge, so putting these together takes five minutes. In that case, I ain’t waitin’ for the oven to warm up. Nope. sorry.

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Mexican Pizza

You can make your beans however you’d like, but I’ve shared my exact way with you! Please tag me in any photos you take of your Mexican Pizza so I can see how yours turn out!

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  • 12 flour tortillas
  • 1 green bell pepper finely diced
  • 2 cups Mexican cheese shredded
  • 2 green onions finely sliced
  • 1 bottle taco bell hot sauce
  • 2 chilies

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  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 white onion finely diced
  • 1 jalapeno fined diced
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup salsa
  • 3 tbsp taco seasoning
  • 16 oz. can of vegetarian refried beans



  1. If you are frying Azteca tortillas, warm up enough oil in a large pot so the tortilla can be submerged.

  2. Cut a few slits in the tortillas and fry until golden brown. Once they are done, take them out and let them cool off on a paper towel.

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Mexican Pizza


  1. In a small pot, warm up your oil on medium heat. Add in the white onion and jalapeno. Let it cook for about 1-2 minutes.

  2. Then add in your garlic, salsa, and taco seasoning. Mix well.

  3. Add in your refried beans, and add water so the beans soften up. I usually add up to 1/2 cup of water, but you can do it based off of your preference.

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Mexican Pizza

Assembling Mexican Pizzas

  1. On your bottom shell, add about 1/4 cup of the beans.

  2. Add a drizzle of hot sauce, spread all over, and add some cheese. Close it up with the top shell.

  3. Add about 3 tbsp of the taco bell sauce on top of each Mexican pizza.

  4. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup of cheese on top. Add some bell peppers, chilies and green onions.

  5. Microwave for about 2 minutes. Drizzle your favorite spicy hot sauce on top, cut into 4 little pieces and eat immediately!

    Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Mexican Pizza

By Megha Patel

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5 Indo Caribbean Food Experts you Need to Know This Winter Season

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Curried Chicken with Roti Parata or Roti, popular Middle Eastern/Indian cuisine

It is officially that time of year—the holiday season. There’s nothing like Christmas and New Year’s in the West Indies. Between the pepperpot in Guyana and the palm trees decorated in lights in Trinidad, the home food, warm weather and laid-back ambiance makes us wish we could escape the cold and head back to the Caribbean. Most of us, however, cannot “take holiday” and find ourselves hungry for fresh dhal puri and doubles. But, thanks to these Indo-Caribbean food bloggers, we can bring the motherland to our kitchens.

1. Matthew’s Guyanese Cooking

From Diwali mithai specialties to curry chicken, Matthew is creating a name for himself as a young Guyanese food blogger. He makes a great effort to incorporate Hindu holidays and traditions on his Instagram account, in conjunction with the customary foods and sweets associated with these religious events. However, his expertise does not end there, with new and alternative recipes for classic dishes such as curry chicken and bhara, Matthew takes center stage sharing both traditional Guyanese dishes as well as specific religious dishes made for festivals. His most popular YouTube video, with 1.4 million views, features his grandmother and focuses on the best tips to make the softest Guyanese paratha roti. In addition, his YouTube account is home to many videos offering guidance to Indo Caribbean cooking. Find recipes at @mattews.guyanese.cooking

2. Trini Cooking with Natasha

Natasha Laggan of Trini Cooking with Natasha is wildly popular throughout the Caribbean and the U.S. With humble beginnings, Natasha credits her love of food to her family’s business. She speaks of the nostalgia home food provides her as she reminisces memories of her grandmother’s cooking and helping her mother make sandwiches early in the morning. Featured by Forbes, Natasha grew her Facebook following quickly throughout the pandemic by posting old YouTube videos. Today, she has more than 1 million followers on Facebook and over 200K followers on YouTube. She uses her passion for cooking and Trinidadian culture to bring easy-to-follow recipes to viewers. Her following has now reached the West Indian diaspora globally as she has also become a brand ambassador to two well-known food companies.  Follow the food expert @trinicookingwithnatasha.

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3. Cooking with Ria

With over 100K followers on YouTube, Ria is quite the expert when it comes to making roti. Her dhal puri, sada roti and paratha roti tutorials have over 1M views! However, her expertise does not stop there. Of the 180 YouTube tutorials, her recipes vary from curry to other Trinidadian favorites like macaroni pie and pigtail soup. Just scrolling through her YouTube page makes your mouth water. From doubles to classic Trinidad bakes like pound cake and sweet bread, she provides precision and anecdotal commentary while guiding you through the familiarity of home food. Check out Ria’s page at @cookingwithria.


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4. Chef Devan

Known as Chef Devan, Devan Rajkumar embraces his Guyanese Canadian heritage by creating recipes combining flavors of both the East and West Indies. His love of food has allowed him to expand his role to judge in a popular Canadian cooking show: Food Network Canada’s Fire Masters. His cooking often blends the flavors of multiple cultures but also creates the classic recipes of his motherland. With a multitude of interests, Chef Dev uses his social media platform to connect with followers by sharing various aspects of his life that go beyond cooking. His most recent YouTube video provides a trailer for an upcoming video “Tastes Guyana” which shows him exploring Guyana from the inside, specifically deep parts of the inner country. To learn more about Chef Devan follow @chefdevan.


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5. Taste of Trinbago

Reshmi is the chef behind the growing blog, Taste of Trinbago. A Trinidadian native who now resides in Texas, she uses her love of food and Trinidadian culture to share hacks, tips and easy recipes with West Indians throughout the globe. She finds a way to simplify traditional West Indian meals, that we once watched our elders make with curiosity.  From holiday specialties like black cake to Diwali delicacies, Reshmi has brought vegetarian and non-veg recipes to followers in an extremely accessible way. She even posts recipe cards on her IG highlights for followers who may need written instructions. Her IG profile is a mix of various West Indian foods while also sharing bits of her life and even her secrets to baby food. Follow her @tasteoftrinbago.


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These are just five Indo Caribbean food bloggers sharing their secrets to easy cooking. The once very daunting recipes and food instructions our parents gave have been simplified by most of these bloggers through video, voice over and modernized recipes. We no longer have to estimate a “dash, pinch or tuk” of any masala. We are just days away from Christmas and this is the perfect time to find the best-suited recipe to make that paratha for Santa.

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By Subrina Singh

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