The long two-year wait is over in what some fast food fans are calling a “national holiday” as Taco Bell has returned its favorite Mexican pizza to menus nationwide.
The much-loved item, which consists of two tostadas layered with pizza sauce and beans or ground beef and then topped with cheese, tomatoes and more sauce, was quietly removed from menus in 2020 as the company sought to mitigate pandemic-related supply chain problems and rising costs. .
But hell isn’t as enraged as a Taco Bell customer who can no longer “Live Más” after one of their cult-favorite menu items is removed (lest we forget Quesalupa’s amazing takedown exactly one year ago), and naturally, fans made a stir on the internet to bring it back.
First there was one change.org petition that garnered more than 200,000 signatures started by Taco Bell Stan Krish Jagirdar explaining that the pizza was a way for the South Asian community to still enjoy fast food while adhering to cultural dietary restrictions.
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“Like many Indian-Americans who grew up vegetarian, we had limited access to the ‘nice’ fast food, so Taco Bell became a bridge to be a part of American culture for many kids like me who grew up in immigrant households,” explained Jagirdar. out in a statement via Taco Bell† “Listening to their fans is clearly embedded in [Taco Bell’s] DNA. It’s one of the many reasons Taco Bell is more than just a fast food restaurant.”
Then came Grammy Award-winning recording artist Doja Cat, who used her massive following on TikTok to write a song for Taco Bell about bringing back the pizza, which has over 8.4 million likes and over 37.3 million views, rekindling national interest in the menu item among her fan base and beyond.
Fans everywhere rejoiced on Thursday when the Mexican Pizza finally fell, declaring their excitement and adoration via social media.
Happy Return of Mexican Pizza to Taco Bell Day for Those Who Celebrate
— Temple of the Forbidden Bri (@brresler) May 18, 2022
How many Taco Bell’s will run out of Mexican pizzas today?
— Momsense Ensues (@momsense_ensues) May 19, 2022
We can’t have world peace, but @Taco Bell bringing back the Mexican pizza is damn close?
— Kyle (@SpearheadKyle) May 19, 2022
I wonder if I go to Taco Bell can I get a Mexican pizza even if it’s 7:20 am?
— tee (@planejane_____) May 19, 2022
I just ate the Mexican pizza and honestly God is on Taco Bell’s side and so am I?
— MM Carrigan (@thesurfingpizza) May 17, 2022
good morning everyone, in particular @Taco Bell, for bringing back my beloved Mexican pizza. Today is a good day.
— KT (@skatelync_) May 19, 2022
HIS MEXICAN PIZZA DAY @Taco Bell it’s a great day to be alive
— Gooby (@ggarz10) May 19, 2022
just had a Mexican pizza from taco bell, nature is healing?
“Our menu is full of fan favorites, but Mexican Pizza tops that list,” admitted Taco Bell CEO Mark King. in a statement† “From its flashy introduction to menus in 1985 as ‘Pizzazz Pizza’ to the inspiration behind the creation of infamous jingles, Mexican Pizza has a long history with the brand and I’m glad we were able to give fans what they crave and bring our classic Mexican Pizza back home where it belongs.”
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Hungry customers in the US and participating restaurants in Aruba, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic can get their hands on the spicy snack starting Thursday.
yum! Brands, the parent company of Taco Bell, was nearby 7% year on year from Thursday afternoon.