Remembrance (Mexican Pizza)

How ya’ll doin!? I am snuggled under a fleece Christmas blanket with Dobby next to the Christmas tree and I am feeling all kinds of cozy right now.

This week I want to take the time to remember some things in my life that were very special to me.

First…

Taco Bell Mexican Pizza. Now this is still a tender subject because this item was officially removed from the menu on November 5th 2020. Gone too soon. I have been eating these crispy lil pizzas since I was a kid. I am talking back when Taco Bell used to give you sporks to eat your food. I love a good spork. I had my last one a few weeks back and I wish so badly that I knew it would be my last. I miss you Mexican Pizza. On November 4th I called around to a few locations to see if they were still offering them. No luck. My boyfriend drove me to one and to no surprise there was a big “SOLD OUT” sticker over the item on the menu board. I was crushed.

Have you ever had a Mexican pizza? They are crunchy but also kinda soft… does that make any sense? It wasn’t just that they tasted delicious it was the consistency.

So why did they remove the item from the menu? Taco Bell claims because they want to provide items with more eco-friendly packaging. So what? The box? Get rid of it! Serve it to me straight outta your hand. They could request that anyone who orders one to bring their own plate. I’d keep a stack in my car. Boom! Problem solved.

I have attempted this recipe a handful of times. There are some copycat recipes out there that claim you should use tostada shells. So fried corn tortillas.They could not be more wrong. They are way too hard. What I have learned is that the shells are fried flour tortillas, not corn.

Though this recipe is delicious it will never compare to the original item but it will get us close. We just have to accept our fate.

Taco Bell Mexican Pizza

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • Taco seasoning (store bought or homemade)
  • Flour tortillas
  • 1 (16 oz) can refried beans
  • 1 (10 oz) can enchilada sauce
  • Shredded cheese (Taco Bell uses a 4 cheese blend of mozzarella, cheddar, Monterey Jack and American)
  • Tomato, diced
  • Vegetable oil

Cooking Instructions:

  • In a large skillet cook your ground beef on medium-high breaking it into small pieces. You can use a whisk or a potato masher, if that helps.
  • Drain the grease, add your taco seasoning and cook according to package instructions. If using homemade, add a little water to you pan and simmer until it thickens.
  • In large skillet heat up your oil on medium-high. Just enough to coat the pan. When your oil is hot add in one tortilla at a time frying for about 1 minute each side until crispy. You can do this without oil if you prefer but I think the oil adds to the authentic consistency. Without oil, fry about 2 minutes each side.
  • Place your tortillas on a paper towel to soak up excess oil and prevent them from getting soggy.
  • While your tortillas are cooking, turn the oven on broil.
  • Heat your refried beans in the microwave or the stove top. When heated they will be much easier to spread.
  • Grab yourself 1 tortilla and spread about 3 tablespoons of refried beans. Next add about 3 tablespoons of seasoned ground beef. Add you second tortilla and press lightly.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of enchilada sauce, shredded cheese and diced tomatoes.
  • Place your completed pizzas on a baking sheet and place in the broiler for about 1 minute, until cheese is melted.
  • Remove from the oven. At this point they are finished but you can top them with whatever other taco fixins you like. I like to keep it original and use a little Taco Bell hot sauce but my boyfriend likes onion, jalapeño and sour cream.
  • Cut into quarters, like a pizza duh!

You will absolutely have leftover ingredients with this recipe, so you may only want to cook off 1/2 pound of ground beef. I like the leftovers for throwing together tacos or nachos quickly when I am busy.

So that recipe isn’t difficult but if you need your fix, it gets the job done.

So dogs!

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The little man I want to talk about this week is one I will never forget. I guess you could say the post was inspired by him. Today is the two year anniversary of his passing and I think about his tiny little boopable nose everyday. Okay, but seriously I am not here to be a downer so let’s talk about how great he was!

This is Ace, he was a long haired Chihuahua. Isn’t he ADORABLE. Chihuahuas aren’t for everyone. Like he was a feisty little guy. In his day he may have been known to snip at an ankle or two, he was kind of judgmental and protective of his loved ones. On the other hand if you were his kind of people he was the greatest little nap buddy. Odd thing about our relationship was that Ace was originally my sisters dog but as the years went on and we were both still living at our parents I unofficially adopted him from her because I was basically obsessed with him.

Lynn Terry Photography

We spent 13 amazing years together and him and Dobby were actually great buddies. Combined they weighed less than 20 pounds and were two little pees in a pod. Ace was a quirky little guy. He followed me everywhere, I always had those little paws tapping behind me. He had this tendency to follow me while I swept the house and ALWAYS walked through the pile of dirt dragging it all behind him with his little floof tail. It never failed. He also had an amazing little voice. We called it singing but I guess he was “awooing”. It was such a tiny little raspy sound.

It wasn’t a secret that I loved this little guy. I posted pictures of him constantly on social media. My sister totally understands my love for dogs, she had a custom shirt mad for me. Like shouldn’t every dog mom have a shirt with a picture of their dog on it? I still rock that bad boy to this day.

Losing a dog is one of the hardest things to go through I think. How can something that doesn’t ever speak a word mean so much? There is nothing like the bond between a dog and its owner. Curses to the man who decided that pets don’t live as long as humans. The important thing is to give them an amazing life while they around. Talk in your doggy voice. Give them as many snuggles as you can. Buy them all the treats. Celebrate their birthdays. Buy them festive sweaters. Play outside. Dogs are excited by the simplest things, isn’t that so pure!

Days before Ace passed I had finally taken the plunge and gotten a tattoo I had been wanting for years. I was sort of going through a transitional phase in my life and I had been wanting it for a long time. I am so happy I got it when I did. It meant so much more to me to get it done while he was still around. It was never my intention to get the work done in remembrance of him but now it means that much more.

Love that my artwork was done by a man who also owns a chihuahua. He gets it.

So if you didn’t already think I was a crazy dog lady then I hope this post changed your mind. On that note, hold those puppies tight and spoil them to no end. They love you unconditionally and that there is frickin beautiful.

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