My very first job was as a cashier at Taco Bell. Believe it or not, I actually kind of enjoyed the job because of the people I worked with! I also remember that we would get discounts on our food and we got to make up our own creations using the ingredients on the line. There was a rumor back in the day, that Taco Bell actually encouraged that kind of creativity and that's how some of their ideas actually came to be on the menu - from regular people like you and me! I don't know if all of that is true, but if it is, it's pretty awesome, don't you think?!
We don't eat at Taco Bell very much anymore. Maybe once or twice a year. However, that hasn't stopped us from enjoying some of our favorite Taco Bell recipes! Now, we just make them at home!
One of my favorite on-the-menu items is the Mexi-Melt. Have you ever tried them? It's a really basic recipe, consisting of a tortilla with seasoned ground beef, topped with Pico de Gallo, and cheddar cheese. They put it in their little oven thingy and it gets all hot and melty! If there was ever a copycat recipe that was so easy ... this, my friends, is it!!
I think Homemade Mexi-Melts make a great change of pace from your typical taco night! We love to serve ours with Mexican Rice and/or a side salad. If you love this recipe, be sure to check out my Mexican Pizza and Chili Cheese Burrito recipes!! They're Taco Bell copycats, as well! 😉
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Yield: 4-6 servings
1. Brown and crumble beef over medium-high heat and cook until beef is no longer pink. Drain, if necessary. Add taco seasoning and water. Simmer over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally until desired consistency is reached.
2. Top tortillas with the beef mixture. Add Pico de Gallo. Top with cheese. Microwave on HIGH power for 20 seconds or until the cheese is melted. Serve hot. *(see note below)
*You can place the topped tortillas on a baking sheet and bake in a 400°F oven for 3-5 minutes or until the cheese melts.
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