Mexican Fiestada Pizza Recipe for School Lunch


School Lunch Fiestada Pizza

Check out this delicious school lunch Fiestada pizza recipe! This is a great meal for pizza day in high school, middle school, or elementary school. No matter if you are looking for a delicious meal to make for your family, and want a copycat lunch lady’s recipe, or are looking for a recipe for your school cafeteria, this is a delicious Mexican pizza recipe, that you really should try out! 

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This Mexican pizza will give you a taste of Taco Bell and the school cafeteria foods, or even better than the two, all in one delicious bite. It just might remind you of the sweet cafeteria ladies, and the tasty pizza recipe they used. 

Let’s check out what ingredients you will want to have on hand, in order to make this recipe. 

Fiestada Pizza Recipe

Pizza Dough. You can use your favorite recipe for the pizza dough or another alternative would be to use pre-baked pizza crusts, a tube of premade pizza dough from your local grocery store, or a crescent dough sheet as the crust for your pizza. Or if you prefer a thin crust pizza you could try using a pourable crust recipe.

A tube of crescent roll dough is a great option if you are looking for a particularly flaky crust option. 

You may choose to roll your pizza dough into a regular circle pan or make a type of old-school pizza, by using a rectangle pan to make rectangular pizzas. It’s entirely up to your personal preference. 

Pizza Sauce. As far as the pizza sauce goes, you can use regular pizza sauce or a mixture of tomato sauce with tomato paste. It’s up to your preference. In a pinch, you could also use red pasta sauce if needed.

Shredded Cheese. You will want to top the pizza off with shredded cheese. The most common types of cheese to use for this type of pizza are either cheddar cheese or American cheese, or a combination of the two.

Ground Beef. This type of pizza is typically topped with cooked ground beef. The beef does not have to be pre-cooked; we will walk you through the step-by-step instructions later in the recipe.

Taco Seasoning. Taco seasoning is used to season your ground beef before adding it to the pizza. You don’t have to have a lot of taco seasoning, but you will definitely want to have enough to adequately season the ground beef.

Garlic Powder. I would recommend using a little bit of garlic powder, or garlic salt, to season the pizza before you bake it. This is completely optional, but I have found it enhances the overall flavor of your Fiestada pizza. 

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Other Pizza Toppings

There are many other toppings you can choose to add to your pizza recipe if desired. Typically, this pizza is iconic because it is so simple, you can feel free to mix it up and add any other toppings you wish. A few ideas for you include adding mild Italian sausage, or hot sauce to your pizza if desired. 

How to Make School Lunch Fiestada Pizza

First, take a large skillet and add your own ground beef along with a little bit of water. Cook the ground beef over medium-high heat, until it is browned. As it cooks, make sure to crumble the ground beef. Once cooked, season the ground beef with your taco seasoning as desired. Discard grease, then set the ground beef aside to add to the top of your pizza.

Preheat the oven to 450°F (230°C).

Next spray a large baking sheet, with cooking spray then spread out your pizza dough. Cover the pizza dough with the pizza sauce, then sprinkle with shredded cheese to cover the top of the pizza dough.

On top of the prepared pizza, sprinkle beef so that it is evenly distributed across the top of the pizza. Season with garlic powder if desired. Add any other toppings that you may enjoy.

Add the pizza into the preheated oven, and set a timer for approximately 10 to 15 minutes cook time. Please know that the cooking time may vary depending on your specific oven. Bake the pizza until the bottom becomes a light brown color. 

Remove the pizza from the oven and allow it to rest for a few minutes. Then take your pizza slicer and cut rectangular pizza slices before serving. Then serve and enjoy!

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What to Serve with Fiestada Pizza

You might wonder what you should serve along with your pizza. One of the best things you can enjoy with this pizza recipe is a side of salad. Here are a few of our favorite recipes for you to start thinking about.

Tips and Tricks

Use premade pizza dough. For a quick and easy recipe, you can use premade pizza dough. It doesn’t matter if it’s pre-cooked or if it’s pizza dough that comes premade from the grocery store, either way, will make a quick and easy recipe.

Add other toppings. Feel free to add your favorite toppings to the pizza recipe for your own delicious twist.


At room temperature. Any leftover school lunch pizza should be left at room temperature for no more than two hours before it goes bad when your room temperature is between 40°F and 90°F.

If your room temperature is 90°F or above, then the pizza is safe at room temperature only for one hour.

In the fridge. The best way to store leftover pizza if there is any, it’s to transfer it to an airtight container, then place it into the fridge for up to 3 to 4 days.

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Add different toppings. There are many different variations you can make to this recipe. Think of your favorite Mexican ingredients and add them as toppings to this pizza recipe.

Use different types of pizza dough. You can feel free to mix things up and use your favorite type of pizza dough as the base for this pizza. A quick and easy option is to use a can of crescent rolls, or you can use premade pizza dough as another quick alternative.

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Thank you so much for stopping by to check out this easy recipe to make school lunch Fiestada pizza. I hope that you will take some time to try out this recipe, then let us know what you think about it!

No matter if you’re looking simply for a recipe to mix things up, a new cafeteria recipe, or simply remembering your childhood, this is a fun recipe to make quickly and easily.

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