Taco Bell is removing Mexican Pizza, other items from menu

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 30: An exterior view shows a sign at a Taco Bell restaurant on March 30, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Taco Bell Corp. announced that on March 31, 2020, the company will give everyone in the country one free beef nacho cheese Doritos Locos Taco, no purchase necessary, to drive-thru customers at participating locations while supplies last as a way of thanking people who are helping their communities in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The company also announced it would relaunch its Round Up program, which gives customers the option to “round up” their order total to the nearest dollar, to raise funds for the No Kid Hungry campaign. The Taco Bell Foundation will also be donating $1 million to the campaign. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

(NEXSTAR) – Taco Bell is thinning its menu starting November 5 to make way for several new items.

It’s sad news for Mexican Pizza fans this fall, as the packaging-heavy meal didn’t fit Taco Bell’s vision for the future.

“We know some fans may be sad to see this one go, we are too. One silver lining of saying goodbye to the Mexican Pizza that might help you rest easy is that removing it from our menus helps us work towards our commitment to leave a lighter footprint on our planet,” Taco Bell said in a news release.

Also on the chopping block are Pico de Gallo, which will be replaced by fresh diced tomatoes, and Shredded Chicken. Shredded Chicken lovers will have the Classic Chicken Quesadilla or new Chicken Chipotle Melt to choose from instead.

“We’re constantly evaluating ways to provide a more efficient restaurant experience, and have already begun to see progress from streamlining our menu,” said Mike Grams, Taco Bell President, Global COO. “While we know fans may be understandably sad to see some of their favorites go, this evolution of our menu truly paves the way for fresh new ideas. The creativity and innovation in our kitchen hasn’t slowed down at all, and we look forward to rolling out new fan favorites.”

The old items are making way for two nationwide menu additions – the Chicken Chipotle Melt and Dragonfruit Freeze – as well as a regional rollout of Green Sauce and a Quesalupa. The Quesalupa will begin a test in Knoxville, Tenn. on Sept. 24 and consists of a classic chalupa shell stuffed with a cheese blend of pepper jack and mozzarella “so there is delicious melty cheese throughout.”

Taco Bell also reminded customers that the 7 Layer-Burrito and Quesarito, both victims of previous menu overhauls, can still be ordered using options on the mobile app.

Here’s what the new menu will look like starting Nov. 5:

Taco Bell advises customers to contact their local restaurant to confirm pricing and participation for new items.

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