*UPDATE: If you love Mexican food, I also got shrimp tacos and fajita chicken enchiladas on my instructables.  Plus a no tomatoes salsa.

Taco Bell's Mexican Pizza is dangerously good.  But I bet you didn't know that the meat comes premade in a plastic bag that gets heated in a hot water bath.  The oiliness floats up and the dry hardness gets stirred to become what we know as fast food ground beef.  Oh, and forget about the beans.  They also come in a bag looking like the texture of crusty grape nuts but shaped differently.  The beans get dumped into a metal container and hot water is added and after waiting awhile then it becomes the thick paste known as fast food beans.
 Well, this is the truth as I know it since Taco Bell was one of the first jobs I ever worked.  But honestly, fast food is designed for convenience.  Plus Taco Bell was one of my favorite jobs, the people I worked with were awesome. I loved being on the food line, being cashier, and even drive-thru.  Rocko! 
Anyways, I like the Mexican Pizza and I wanted to make my own version.  Now quick grab my hand because it's time to "run for the border" and let's "think outside the bun" because this Mexican Pizza is so full of goodness. 

Step 1: Making Homemade Crock Beans

You need:
3 cups pinto beans
2 tbs sea salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 tbs Italian seasoning
1 tbs onion powder
1 tbs garlic powder
1 tsp your favorite hot sauce (Tapatio for me)
6 cups of water for cooking
1. Wash and soak the beans for 8 hours or overnight.
2. Cook beans with all the seasonings and water in crock pot for 6-8 hours.  (Less soaking time= longer crock pot time.)
3. Mash beans.

<p>oh yeah, that's what I'm talking about!! yummm</p>
<p>You just need to throw some green onions on top for the &quot;old school&quot; version. </p>
<p>Yep. When I worked there we still did the green onions/ chives. I went to the grocery store twice and forgot it which is the only reason it's not on there. </p>
what can i sub the tomato with?
<p>I use mushrooms, but there's a lot of other varieties you can try with different veggies.</p><p><a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Mushroom-Salsa-No-Tomatoes-Needed/" rel="nofollow">http://www.instructables.com/id/Mushroom-Salsa-No-Tomatoes-Needed/</a></p>

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