Fans of the popular food item rejoice! The Mexican Pizza is returning to Taco Bell after a nearly two-year absence. Consumers can look forward to the beloved menu item permanently returning to a Taco Bell near you on May 19, according to the popular food chain. In November 2020, Taco Bell eliminated its pizza menu as part of a more widespread effort to cut costs and complexity during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Taco Bell’s loyal fans were outraged by the removal of Mexican Pizza. Americans were particularly outraged by the removal of the popular dish as they saw it as one of the few “fun” vegetarian options. Nearly 200,000 people signed an online petition calling for the pizza to be brought back. Taking note of this, Taco Bell partnered with online petition creator, Krish Jagirdar, to celebrate the pizza’s return. Jagirdar released a statement saying, “Like many Indian-Americans who grew up vegetarian, we had limited access to the ‘fun’ fast food, so Taco Bell became a bridge to belonging in American culture for many kids like me who grew up in immigrant households.” Starting on May 17, members of Taco Bell’s loyalty program can order the Mexican Pizza two days before it relaunches, for $4.49.