What is Taco Bell's Mexican Pizza?
Taco Bell's Mexican Pizza, previously dubbed Pizzazz Pizza, first appeared on the menu in 1985. It consists of two crispy flour shells, layered with beans, pizza sauce, seasoned beef, tomatoes, and a melted three-cheese blend. The popular item could also be made vegetarian-style sans beef.
But in 2020, Taco Bell removed the item claiming that the packaging for the pizza was not eco-friendly and accounted for more than 7 million pounds of paperboard annually in the U.S.
This came as a major disappointment to many of its fans. In fact, following the news of its removal, a customer named Krish Jagirdar created a petition on Change.org in favor of the pizza's return.
“Like many Indian-Americans who grew up vegetarian, we had limited access to the ‘fun’ fast food, so Taco Bell became a bridge to belonging in American culture for many kids like me who grew up in immigrant households,” he said.
In his petition, he explained that the Mexican Pizza was an item loved by many in the South Asian community and was "a piece of [their] childhood and heritage as Indian Americans."
Nearly 200,000 signatures later, Taco Bell finally gave in.
Taco Bell's Mexican Pizza will return on May 19, 2022! Here's what to know:
Mark your calendars! Taco Bell has announced that its Mexican Pizza will officially return to the menu on May 19, 2022 after a two-year hiatus.
While the pizza's recipe has remained the same, Taco Bell says it has "worked to streamline operations and ingredient sourcing, and leave a lighter footprint at the same time."
As Taco Bell CEO Mark King said: “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 and I’m glad we could give fans what they crave and bring our classic Mexican Pizza back home where it belongs.”
Furthermore, the chain has teamed up with DoorDash for a special delivery promotion valid during the first week of the pizza's return (May 19 – May 26). Those looking to skip the trip and dine at home can order Mexican Pizza from DoorDash and use promo code MEXPIZZA at checkout to enjoy $2 off. Note: There is a $12 minimum to use the coupon.