Trying Taco Bell Mexican Pizza for the First Time

The vegetarian Mexican Pizza has a huge fan base, especially among Indian-Americans.

My vegetarian Mexican Pizza.

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I first heard about Mexican Pizza from my best friend Shivani, who was always ordering it when we went to Taco Bell in high school. For many years, I didn’t even realize there was a meat version.

Shivani was among the many people I knew who were devastated when Taco Bell took Mexican Pizza off its menu. And she was the first in line for its return, downloading the Taco Bell app so she could get it before the official May 19 release. When I asked Shivani what the Mexican Pizza meant to her, she revealed it’s always been her favorite item to get from any fast-food restaurant.

“Growing up as a vegetarian, it was always tough to find food that was tasty and fulfilling — especially when it came to fast food,” she said. “Anytime my parents asked if we wanted to eat out, my first thought was always Taco Bell.”

Krish Jagirdar, who launched the successful petition, also spoke about Mexican Pizza’s significance for the Indian-American community.

“Like many Indian-Americans who grew up vegetarian, we had limited access to the ‘fun’ fast food,” Jagirdar said. “Taco Bell became a bridge to belonging in American culture for many kids like me who grew up in immigrant households.”

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