Taco Bell runs out of Mexican pizza less than two weeks after returning – Reuters

Mexican Pizza from Taco Bell

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Taco Bell has run out of its Mexican pizza, less than two weeks after the chain brought back the menu item.

The Yum Brands-owned chain said in a statement that it is working with its restaurants and suppliers to permanently put the item back on its menu by fall.

“We are working as quickly as possible to restock Mexican pizza ingredients,” the chain said on Twitter.

Taco Bell’s pizza features seasoned beef and refried beans between two shells with pizza sauce, melted cheese and tomatoes. Vegetarians can request it without beef.

Demand for Mexican pizza was seven times higher than the last time it appeared on the menu in November 2020, according to Taco Bell. The chain had removed Mexican pizza, pico de gallo and shredded chicken from its offerings as part of a move to simplify operations and focus on more popular items.

But after fans begged for Mexican Pizza’s return, Taco Bell brought the item back on May 19. A restaurant in Roseville, Calif., sold more than 1,000 in one day, the company said.

Taco Bell used its partnership with rapper Doja Cat to build excitement for the item’s return. The channel had also planned to release a TikTok musical, featuring both Doja Cat and country music legend Dolly Parton. The release of the musical was also delayed.

Taco Bell isn’t the only fast-food chain facing shortages of a menu item thanks to social media buzz. Restaurant Brands International’s Popeyes sold its first chicken sandwich nationwide in August 2019, less than a month after its debut. A Twitter feud between Chick-fil-A and Popeyes has consumers wanting to taste the new sandwich for themselves. But the wait only heightened customers’ anticipation. The chicken sandwich returned to stores in November, leading to hour-long queues in some places.

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