Mexican Tortilla Pizza



Taco Bell is my absolute favorite fast food place in the world.  Oh stop, don’t judge me for it.



It's a chain I have loved since the age of 14 and the older I got my affinity towards TB only grew stronger.


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My most favorite items are the Bean Burrito, 7-Layer Burrito, and Mexican Pizza with Beans!  Yes, I usually don't eat meat at most fast foods, it’s my thing.
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Since I do watch what I eat most of the time, I can't afford to eat Taco Bell as often as I'd like to, however I am capable of replicating some of their delicious dishes at home.
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Recently I whipped up their Mexican Pizza with Beans which resulted in a crispy outer shell by baking the tortilla.  This makes a great dish to celebrate Cinco De Mayo!
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NUTRITION: Whole Wheat Tortillas are a great source of Protein and Fiber.  Beans are an excellent source of Protein and Fiber.  Tomatoes are a good source of Vitamin A and C.  Although high in fat, cheese is an excellent source of Protein and Calcium and should be eaten in moderation.


INGREDIENTS (makes 4 pizzas):
  • Whole Wheat Tortillas – 8 tortillas (2 pieces for each pizza)
  • Canola Oil – very small amount to glaze both sides of the tortilla
  • Old El Paso Refried Beans – 1 (1 pound) can
  • Water – 1/4 cup
  • Onion – 1 small (diced)
  • Paprika – 1 tsp
  • Black Pepper – 1/4 tsp (or omit – you don’t really need it)
  • Ortega Taco Seasoning – 1 tsp
  • Scallions – 1 bunch (chopped)
  • Jalapeno – 1/2 a jalapeno (deseeded & finely chopped)
  • Tomato – 1 (chopped)
  • Whole Foods 365 Organic Salsa – enough to spread over the pizza (demonstrated below)
  • Mexican Cheese Blend – enough to cover the pizza …you can use reduced fat cheese
  • Sour Cream Reduced Fat – 1 dollop (optional)

DIRECTIONS:
1. Preheat the oven at 400 degrees. 
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2. Line a tray with foil.
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3. Place 2 tortillas on a flat surface and lightly glaze/brush both sides of the tortilla with Canola Oil.
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4. Place both tortillas on the foil tray.
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5. Once the oven preheats, place the tortillas in the oven for 10 minutes – 5 minutes on each side so they crisp up.  You can add multiple tortillas if you have room.
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6. In the meantime, make the beans.  Empty the contents of the refried beans into a small pot.
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7. Add a 1/4 cup of water.
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8. Place the pot over a stove on low-heat. 
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9. In the meantime, chop an onion.  Add the onion to the beans.
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10. Add the seasonings – paprika, black pepper, and taco seasoning.  I don’t think you will need salt.
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11. Mix.  Wait a couple minutes and once heated thru, turn off the stove.
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12. In the meantime, chop the veggies. 
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13. Check on the tortillas.  DON’T TURN OFF THE STOVE.  See how they are crispy once baked. 
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14. Spread a couple dollops of beans over the tortilla.
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15. Top off with very little salsa.
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16. Spread.
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17. Place the second piece of tortilla on top.  Now top with salsa.
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18. Spread salsa again – very little. 
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19. Top with scallions and tomatoes.
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20. Add just about 1/2 to 1 tsp of deseeded jalapeno – see how much you can handle.
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21. Top with cheese, make sure you get the sides. 
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22. Using a flat ladle place the Mexican Tortilla Pizza on the foiled tray. 
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23. See, I made 2.  Into the oven for 12 minutes – I like my cheese slightly browned. 
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24. Cut into 4 pieces and don’t share with anyone!
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24. YO QUIERO PIZZA MEXICANA!  MUY CALIENTE Y DELICIOSO! 
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25. Top off with a dollop of Sour Cream (reduced fat) and some Hot Taco Bell Sauce, just cause it's awesome!  Yup, I grab a whole bunch whenever I leave TB!  Smile  My cousin, Ajay, has yelled at me many times for this – WHATEVA!
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TELL ME: What's your favorite Mexican Restaurant and how are you celebrating Cinco De Mayo this year?  


87 comments:

  1. YUM! I make a version of this, but not not with the second layer! I'm definitely making it your way tonight for dinner! I love Mexican pizza, because it can turn into a simple and easy meal-for-one!

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  2. Great idea! I def need to give this a try.

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  3. I used to order Mexipizzas all the time. Got to say though, yours looks infinitely better than the chain fair. ☺

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  4. Great idea - I've used tortillas to make regular pizzas a number of times, but this is a great twist. Can't wait to give them a try.

    :)
    ButterYum

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  5. Um, yes please! Looks super yummy!! :)

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  6. This sounds really good! I love it when you can replicate your fast-food favorites at home.

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  7. Those tortilla pizzas are looking tasty!

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  8. Thank you all! Gotta love Taco Bell! :)

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  9. Any idea on how to avoid the air bubbles in the tortillas? Made these tonight and they were super yummy, but the air bubbles made the tortillas a little hard to work with...

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  10. @Christian - How long did you bake the tortillas for the first time? And the second time? Perhaps reduce the amount of time you baked the tortillas the first time.

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  11. Not sure why but my pizza did not turn out crunchy. It was more on the chewy side. Not sure what I did wrong. Any thoughts???

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  12. @Anonymous - You probably didn't bake the tortilla long enough. When you removed it from the oven was it flimsy or crispy? Second, perhaps you put too much sauce. Those are really the only 2 reasons. Sorry about that.

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  13. I made this recipe last night for my husband and it was so good and so filling. Thank you for sharing it!

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  14. This looks so amazing. I can't wait to make it! Another guilty Taco Bell pleasure of mine is their chicken quesadillas, they're unlike anything else.

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  15. I found you from Pinterest. I plan on making this for myself tonight for dinner... looks SO yummy.
    As for the taco bell packet- don't come to my house- I have a HUGE jar of packets- they work out perfectly in lunches.

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  16. These are great and easy to make. I was going to say that I made them especially for my daughter, but I love them too! I have made it a couple of times and now she asks all time fro Mexican tortilla pizza! lol

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  17. Very easy to make, but I did substitute the refried regular beans with refried black beans and it was really good. I try to use black beans whenever I can. This is a keeper for my family.

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  18. My fiancé and I made these last night! Quite yummy! We put guac all over too!

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  19. Hey Honey! I have found this post via Pinterest, and I want you to know that I have made this recipe and loved it :). I have also posted the recipe on my own blog, giving you credit of course - please check it out:
    http://ameaningofoptimist.blogspot.com/2011/11/update-and-mexican-tortilla-pizza.html

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  20. @Day-Dreamin' - thanks so much, really appreciate it. and so glad you enjoyed the recipe.

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  21. can you use flour tortillias? and also could you add a taco seasoned ground beef to this???

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  22. @Anonymous - Sure, you can use flour tortillas instead of whole wheat. And you can add ground beef, but that takes away from the slightly healthy perspective, but it's totally up to you. :-)

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  23. this looks amazing and i can't wait to try it!

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  24. I have suffered crazy looks for years for ordering the mex. Pizza without meat! It is so nice to know that I and my love of bean pizza are not alone in this cold cruel world, lol!

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  25. @Anonymous - yes, you are not alone. When I go to Taco Bell and get the Mexican Pizza, I have to reiterate multiple times WITHOUT MEAT, and I make sure they don't mistaken beans for beef. :-)

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  26. Made this tonight and LOVED it! My TB lovin' man thanks you! ;)

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  27. @Atwoods - thank you! I love Taco Bell too - so so much! :)

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  28. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!! I, as you, LOVE Taco Bell. This was Fantastic. So much like the real thing!!!

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  29. @Megan - you're totally welcome. So glad you enjoyed it, I LOVE TB, also.

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  30. Thanks for your recipe! I found you on Pinterest :)

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  31. Yummy! That's just how I eat it too! Thanks for sharing.

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  32. Going to try this tomorrow. Thanks so much!

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  33. @writteninstars - good luck. let me know how it goes. :)

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  34. thank you! This was my favorite item to get at Taco Bell. I have not eaten there is many many years and have missed the Mexican Pizza! I have made this 3 times and love every bite. I buy the Taco Bell Hot sauce which is not as hot as the one you get at Taco Bell it works.

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  35. @Anonymous - that makes me so happy to hear. I love Mexican Pizza too, but without beef at TB. I can't seem to find their hot sauce at the grocery stores anymore, so I always ask for extra and have some on hand. I'm crazy!

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  36. This looks awesome! Ive been looking for one like this for ever.. its like the taco bell pizza... but GOOD!!

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  37. So excited to try this. I'm not a vegetarian, but also don't like to order meat dishes at fast food restaurants, so I would always order the Taco Bell pizza without beef. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

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  38. Wow, this looks so amazing!

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  39. Made this with flour tortillas but it never got crisp. I will definitely try a different type of tortilla, I love TacoBell mexican pizza

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  40. @Anonymous - I'm so sorry to hear the tortilla wasn't crisp.
    Did you brush oil on both sides? Did you add a lot of oil?
    Did you place the tortillas in the oven for 5 minutes on each side? If it wasn't crisp, did you leave it in longer? Oven should be at 350 degrees F.
    Let me know.
    Sorry!

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  41. Going to try this soon! Also, I used to have that Correlle dish set! :)

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  42. @Anonymous - sure, let me know how it goes. My mom gave me the Correlle dish set, it's popular. :)

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  43. So I'm always curious why food bloggers never include nutrition facts in their blogs. After entering in everything you listed in your ingredients, I understand why. Food Bloggers don't want to know how terribly they're eating. Here, let me help you out. Each one of these pizzas has 646 Calories, 28g Fat, 55mg Cholesterol, 1465mg Sodium (that's like 80% of your recommended daily sodium intake), and 24g Protein. I don't care how good these are, there's a reason healthy people tend to stay away from fast-food joints.

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  44. @Anonymous - FYI.. on my dessert section, I make sure to include the Nutrition Facts. I also focus on making desserts that range from Low-Fat to Full Fat.
    In regards to this recipe, had I eaten this at taco Bell, I may have believed your nutrition facts, but since I made this at home and used mostly vegetables, some cheese, I really don't believe the nutrition on this pizza is 646 calories.
    The whole point of this post is to make a healthier version of Taco Bell's Mexican Pizza!

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  45. Haha great idea! Can't wait to try this later tonight. And yes, we have more packets of taco bell Fire Roasted Tomato hot sauces than I'd like to admit, they'll go great on top :)

    In response to the nutrition facts, how could fresh veggies be unhealthy with a small sprinkling of cheese and some beans? I agree that making your own refried beans might be healthier, but still... it can't be that bad.

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  46. @Becca - thank you. I love the TB Hot Sauce the best.
    I appreciate your comments on the nutrition facts.. the only thing slightly unhealthy in this recipe is the reduced fat sour cream, the cheese (which is good for you), and perhaps the beans (also good for you) from a can. The amount I used doesn't equate to it being unhealthy for you. I don't believe anyone can blindly follow calories, it's about eating foods that are good for you, some are high in fat or in calories. Take salmon for example which is high in fat and calories, but so good for you.

    Thanks, appreciate your comment!!!

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  47. 5 minutes on each side at 400 degrees burnt the crap out of my tortilla shells. So after throwing away the first batch, I turned my oven down to 350 and did 3 minutes on each side. That seemed to be just about perfect.
    The pizzas were very yummy, too! I didn't have any taco bell sauce so I used Old El Paso hot taco sauce. A little bit of work to make but worth it. And since I only made 2 pizzas, I have enough stuff for my hubby and I to have it for lunch tomorrow. :)

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  48. Yummy! This was super duper easy to make and my two boys loved it! I actually loved it myself as well! :)

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  49. @Anonymous - I'm sorry you burnt the first tortilla shells.. I suppose every oven is different. I am glad that it worked out though. Sorry again! :)

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  50. @Erin - thanks so much for the feedback.

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  51. Omigosh I love this! I am absolutely in l.o.v.e. with their hot sauce too. Not Fire, but just Hot. I make sure to grab a huge handful like it's for everyone, but really it's just for me and my fridge stockpile lol. I like to eat 2 packets on each taco. So it adds up fast. :P If they could bottle that stuff. Well, I know for a fact they tried and it even said restaurant recipe or style or whatever, but it wasn't quite what comes out of those amazeballs packets. If I could find a case on ebay I would so buy it. No lie. I actually had a friend work there and would bring me home their sour cream, and tortillas and such. I was almost destroyed when she quit. I seriously had my own TBell franchise. Sorta. I am so making your recipe here tonight for supper. And your newest twitter follower :) @NewMommiezBlend

    Chelle

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  52. @Mommiez Blend - Thanks!!! I love TB's HOT sauce too, not Fire, I hate fire! Your comment is hilarious.. if I had a friend who worked at TB, I'd be so overweight, no joke! I love TB, and I make sure to treat myself once a month when I run my errands in the suburbs. Thanks for the follow on Twitter. :)

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  53. Making these tonight...am pregnant and have been craving mexican pizza. I did add taco meat on top of the beans to give it a little more... :)

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  54. I love this recipe! I can't wait to do it, too--Thank you!

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  55. @Anonymous - so glad you loved it. It's pretty awesome.

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  56. Super yummy! We did switch the refried beans for shredded chicken breast though. Not a fan of the beans! We make shredded salsa chicken in the crock pot and put it in single meal portions and freeze so we always have it on hand. It was delicious! Thank you!

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  57. @Kristin - You are welcome. The shredded chicken swap sounds awesome... Chicken and cheese go so well together with spices. YUM!

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  58. I'm making this for dinner tonight!!

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  59. I made these tonight for dinner and they were soooo yummy! I love Taco Bell's Mexican Pizza but only let myself eat it about once a year. This is a nice alternative and tasted pretty close to the original.
    And the crazy lady with her nutrition info cannot be right. I don't see how one of these would have 28 g of fat unless you add a ton of cheese to it.

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  60. @twobutterflies - you are so sweet. Yes, there is no way this recipe has crazy amount of fats unless you load it with a LOT of cheese. I'm glad you enjoyed this, I really love the TB Mexican Pizza.

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  61. Just came across this on pinterest. Can't wait to make them tonight! (oh, and anyone who yells at you for taking too many hot sauces hasn't tried TB hot sauce. I have a huge ziploc full of them at home)

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  62. @Stephanie - So excited for you to make this, let me know how it turns out. That's right.. whoever doesn't believe in taking a few TB hot sauces is CRAZY! The store brands don't taste the same.

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  63. OMG! I love your blog - I accidently stumbled on it from buzzfeed and I have a sudden craving to make everything you have posted so far haha
    Like you - I do love taco bell (guilty pleasure) - cant wait to give this one a try!!

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    1. Thanks Aparna, not sure why I missed this comment. Love Taco Bell, hope you try it.

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  64. holy tits this is amazing. i didnt have the green onion or jalapeno but i added some chopped up avocados to the top of mine after taking it out of the oven... so good. SO. GOOD.

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    1. Haha... scallions and jalapeno are the best part, but I'm glad it tasted good without it. Avocados would certainly make up for it. :-)
      Thank You!!!

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  65. Very interesting! Will definitely try it.

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    1. Thank you.. it's great. Love your blog name.

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  66. Soy mexicano pero que horror es un insulto a la comida mexicana y lo del famoso taco bell tambien que horror

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    1. Yeah.. if my Spanish doesn't fail me, I believe you said you are Mexican and this is an insult to Mexican food and Taco Bell is also a horror. I understand where you are coming from, but most Americans love Taco Bell, and it's nice to have an affordable American-Mexican option. And for real Mexican food, most major cities will have good food.

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  67. I'm mexican : Only of original Tacos Mexico, Taco bell sucks

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    1. Yes, for most Mexicans, it probably does. I love it though! :-)

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