I won’t lament the loss of the dish’s perfect topping ratios or its even distribution of meat, beans, sauce, and cheese. A mashup in name and presentation that brought people four little slivers of joy. Beginning November 5, Taco Bell will be dropping Mexican Pizza, pico de gallo and shredded chicken from the menu. Fans will have to say farewell to the Mexican Pizza, as well as the shredded chicken and pico de gallo starting on Nov. 5. Taco Bell is eliminating five more menu items, marking the second time in less than three months that it overhauled its selection. BuzzFeed Staff. Four years ago on Thanksgiving, Keesha Johnson learned her oldest son had been murdered. It would be an honorific so pure that fellow Mexican Pizza aficionado Bert Kreischer was going to get it tattooed on his chest. Seriously, I was hyped. Instead, I’m choosing to see it as a sign of the times. Our environmental consciousness created its downfall. Doing things that will potentially piss people off in the name of progress (generally speaking, a segment of people being pissed off is certainly one of the signifiers of positive change being made). Taco Bell also announced it will add several new menu items including a chicken chipotle melt, dragonfruit freeze, green sauce and the Quesalupa. Currently, Mexican Pizza packaging accounts for over 7 million pounds of paperboard material per year in the U.S. And with that, I got it. Several restaurants, including McDonald’s, have eliminated a number of items as a way to shed complexities and costs, and push simpler or more popular items at a time when conserving cash is crucial for restaurant operators. All rights reserved. Taco Bell, owned by Yum! Please @tacobell bring back Mexican pizza and spicy potato soft taco. posted a short video of late, longtime host Alex Trebek wishing viewers a happy Thanksgiving. So you just trade straight up and basically become pals after that single encounter. Taco Bell fans, get ready to bid farewell to more longtime menu options. But one clear example of cultural companionship at work is the Mexican Pizza. Besides, that top tortilla always got soggy as hell anyway. As prone as I am to romanticizing this dish, Taco Bell’s website takes it comically far: Listen, we love a well-placed karate chop as much as the next guy, but we can all agree that peace is the best, right? Basically a double layer tostada topped with mild, red Enchilada sauce, melted cheese, and a few tomatoes. I’m asking you nicely first. Not to stretch the fire sauce here, but I see this as an example of what life in 2020 demands of us. Taco Bell didn’t have to take the Mexican Pizza off their menu. PLEASE RETWEET THIS if you think @tacobell is making A mistake by CANCELING the Mexican pizza!!! God, I miss the days when we didn’t have to overthink fast food! With enough RT’s maybe we can stop this!!! It’s like tearing open a brand new pack of baseball cards only to find out that you have some duplicates and your neighbor has a card you want and you have one he wants. Until then, I’m going to wolf down a few more and walk away. The fact is that in 2020 — thanks to excellent food and ecology-based journalism and the numbers supplied by Taco Bell itself — we can see pretty easily that the Mexican Pizza had to go. It was an active choice, at least partly for the sake of the environment. The chain promises fans this latest shakeup is the final phase of the 2020 menu revamp. But a close second, and often-overlooked reason for why peace and harmony rule is because when different cultures get along, they start swapping recipes. Taco Bell will officially say goodbye to more menu items soon, including its beloved Mexican Pizza. Shrimp stock is quick, it’s easy, and it adds layers of flavor to any number... already slashing more than a dozen menu items in August. I even made the dish in a recent cooking competition on Twitch. Taco Bell thinks that our nostalgia for a mass-produced menu item isn’t worth the environmental costs and I’d like to hope they’re right. Steve Bramucci is on Twitter and Instagram. I won’t mourn this cultural mashup that was tastier than it had any right to be. Mexican Pizza: We know some fans may be sad to see this one go, we are too. Taco Bell's Mexican Pizza has been a fixture on the menu since 1988, meaning it has graced the mouths of millions over the past 32 years. A love letter to those flaky fried tortillas. I looked at Taco Bell’s reasons for taking the Mexican Pizza off their menu in the first place, clicking on their official statement, which read: One silver lining of saying goodbye to the Mexican Pizza that might help you rest easy is that removing it from our menus helps us work towards our commitment to leave a lighter footprint on our planet. Me now that Taco Bell is also removing the Mexican Pizza pic.twitter.com/6ARJooly9E. Which means we won’t get to enjoy it anymore. 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Taco Bell assured fans on Thursday that this is the final time this year that it will change its menu, and the removals will “make room for new innovations.”. One silver lining of saying goodbye to the Mexican Pizza that might help you rest easy is that removing it from our menus helps us work towards our commitment to leave a lighter footprint on our planet. In short, they pursued a strategy that seems wrong but was actually right. Trademark and Copyright 2020 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company. “While we know fans may be understandably sad to see some of their favorites go, this evolution of our menu truly paves the way for fresh new ideas. Taco Bell announced yet another round of cuts on Thursday, including the Mexican Pizza. According to the company, the latest round of changes are “finishing touches” on a “new streamlined menu in order to make room for new innovations.”. Last month, Taco Bell got rid of about dozen items including the 7-Layer Burrito, Nachos Supreme and the Beefy Fritos Burrito. Jeopardy! File this under your latest reason to blame 2020. But all that world peace talk wasn’t enough to justify the cancellation of the dish in an effort to meet the company’s stated packaging goals. They did something rare in the world of mass-produced foods: make a decision not simply driven by market popularity or profit. Fans will have to say farewell to the Mexican Pizza, as well as the shredded chicken and pico de gallo starting on Nov. 5. For 20 years, this cult-classic menu item has been part of my standard order (add nacho cheese, of course). The inexorable march of time waits for no food. — bert kreischer (@bertkreischer) September 3, 2020. Hard boiled eggs can be tricky. It’s replacing pico de gallo with diced tomatoes. As much as I love the Mexican Pizza, I won’t cry for this perfect example of Taco Bell at its most authentically inauthentic. In a world where what we eat is getting increasingly intellectualized — sometimes for the better and sometimes for the worse — the Mexican Pizza was a clever dish that actually tasted good.