Copy Cat Recipe – Taco Bell’s Meximelt (healthy option!)

6 Dec

Healthy Meximelt - The Tasty Fork

I have a secret…About once a month, usually on a Sunday night, I get a craving for Taco Bell. Yes, I know that stuff is just terrible for you but why does terrible taste so darn good?!! And why is terrible so cheap??!

I always order the same items. One of those items being a Meximelt. It has ground beef, pico de gallo and cheese all wrapped up in a warm flour tortilla. The cheese is melted and the pico de gallo has a lot of cilantro. There really isn’t much to it… which got me to thinking, “Why can’t I make meximelts at home?”

Healthy TB Meximelt --The Tasty Fork

You totally can. I made a few changes to make my at home Meximelt a healthy option. It was just as delicious! I’m not going to say I’ll never order a Meximelt again from Taco Bell, but knowing I can get my fix at home is pretty satisfying.

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Taco Bell Inspired Meximelt

  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 taco seasoning packet
  • 4 plum tomatoes, diced (no seeds)
  • 1 jalepeno, diced (remove white ribs and seeds)
  • 1/2 white onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • Salt & pepper
  • 8 flour tortillas, taco size
  • Reduced Fat Mexican Cheese Blend, shredded
  • Hot sauce, optional


  1. In a warm skillet, add oil and ground turkey. Cook until browned, 8-10  minutes. Drain excess liquid. Add taco seasoning to the meat mixture. (I followed the directions on the packet by adding 2/3 cup of water along with the taco seasoning.) Cook with meat for 5 minutes.
  2. Make pico de gallo – combine tomatoes, jalepeno, onion, cilantro and lime juice. Season with salt & pepper.
  3. When the taco meat is cooked, take 1/4 cup of meat and add it to the middle of a flour tortilla. Sprinkle with shredded cheese. Cook in the microwave for 30 seconds, or until the cheese has melted. Top with pico de gallo.  Add hot sauce, if needed.

13 Responses to “Copy Cat Recipe – Taco Bell’s Meximelt (healthy option!)”

  1. LifeCupcakesandlife (@tlbntlb_143) December 6, 2012 at 11:07 am #

    Nice!! I love some Taco Bell too! This recipe actually looks pretty healthy! I will be trying this one! Thanks for sharing! I am a follower to your blog, love it! Come visit me some time at


  2. Rebecca December 6, 2012 at 11:43 pm #

    Hey Meghan… I made the Mushroom Soup and it was very good. I added extra LF Sour Cream likeed a little thicker and i added a little celery and carrot. I will be trying your Slider’s.

    • Miss Tasty December 10, 2012 at 8:08 pm #

      So glad you liked it and you added your own personal touches! 🙂

  3. Rebecca December 6, 2012 at 11:47 pm #

    I almos forgot …I made the Mexi Melt……….Man was it good….I used WW Tortillas. This is definetly a keeper.Thanks

  4. BruCrew Life December 7, 2012 at 10:18 am #

    Taco Bell is so good!!! Love that you made these a little bit more healthy!

    • Rebecca December 7, 2012 at 11:28 am #

      I’m going to make Pico all the time for Tacos. We eat them alot of tacos, Grilled Chicken,Beef,Pork,Lean Gr.Burger. I’m not real fond of Gr.Turkey but will use it if i can mask the flavor. I also used finely sliced cabbage as maybe lettuce. Keep your great recipes coming your doing great….

      • Miss Tasty December 10, 2012 at 8:06 pm #

        You could try ground chicken..???

    • Miss Tasty December 10, 2012 at 8:08 pm #

      I’m glad to know I’m not the only Taco Bell lover out there 🙂

  5. Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen December 10, 2012 at 10:33 pm #

    I always get a craving for Taco Bell! I hate that it is bad for you and I love that it is so cheap! This homemade version of a Meximelt looks great!

  6. CJ @ Morsels of Life December 11, 2012 at 5:35 am #

    Your meximelt looks great! I’ve been trying to make some DIY Taco Bell too – although I’ve been playing around with the Mexican Pizza. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  7. Rachel @ I Love My Disorganized Life December 16, 2012 at 12:59 am #

    Haha I totally get those Taco Bell cravings, too! Ya, Why IS bad food priced so cheap?! SO glad you made this healthier option and shared it with us at Wicked Good Wednesdays! {We use mostly ground turkey and very little beef, so this is perfect!}


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