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My husband really enjoys Mexican-type food and has told me that he could eat it once a week.  I wanted to do something we hadn't eaten before and Mexican pizza popped into my head.  It seemed easy enough, but I wanted a recipe base to follow.  I came across one from For the Love of Cooking that looked good.

Since I decided to make this the night before, I had to use what I already had on hand.  I used a packaged taco seasoning mix for my ground beef.  I've made a similar seasoning combination like in the recipe, but I was going for quick and easy!  Also, I kept it simple as far as other add-ins to the beef mixture by omitting the onions and diced green chiles.  I was trying to keep it familiar for the girls and figured us adults could add more toppings later on.

Mexican Pizza Recipe
from For the Love of Cooking

Supplies needed:  Measuring spoons, knives (one for cutting and one for spreading refried beans), can opener, large skillet, utensil for cooking meat, baking sheet, aluminum foil, grater, spoons and small dishes for toppings

Ground Beef Mixture:
Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 lb of lean ground beef (she used 93/7)
  • 1/2 sweet yellow onion, diced
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • Dash of red pepper flakes
  • Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
  • 1 4 oz can of diced green chiles

What to do:

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  (Omit if using a higher fat meat)
  2. Add the ground beef and break the meat up as it cooks. 
  3. Add the onion as well as the seasonings and cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally. 
  4. Add the green chiles and stir until well combined. 
  5. Set aside.

Other Ingredients:
  • Flour Tortillas
  • Refried beans
  • Cheddar cheese, grated
  • Salsa
  • Other toppings may include, but aren't limited to:  diced tomato, avocado and green onions; chopped, fresh cilantro and sour cream

What to do:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Farenheit . 
  2. Line a baking sheet with a silpat mat. (I just used aluminum foil.)
  3. Layer a flour tortilla with refried beans and place on baking sheet. 
  4. Add a bit of the beef mixture then top with another tortilla. 
  5. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven and spoon salsa on top of the top tortilla and top with cheese. 
  7. Return to the oven and cook for an additional 5-7 minutes or until the cheese is melted. 
  8. Remove from the oven and top with the tomatoes, avocado, green onions and fresh cilantro. 
  9. Serve with more salsa and sour cream. 

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Ready to be topped with another tortilla.
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Ready for toppings!
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Simple, yet yummy!
The Verdict
Everyone really enjoyed their Mexican Pizza.  The flavor was good and it was a filling meal!  The girls enjoyed eating a different kind of "pizza" than they are used to.   I served their pizza plain and put the toppings on the side so they could put them on themselves.

For additional toppings, I used a can of Mexican corn (basically corn with red and green peppers) as well as black olives.  Both added texture and additional flavor to the pizza, as would any of the toppings listed above.
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Sweet Girl spreading out refried beans.
Tips
  1. This is a great kid-friendly recipe!  Putting the tortillas on the cookie sheet made it  a lot easier for Sweet Girl to spread the refried beans. I did the cheese because the pan was quite hot at that point, but the girls got to do their own toppings.
  2. I put the can of refried beans on the oven while it was pre-heating to warm up the beans some.  Be careful, the outside of the can may get hot!
  3. The girls don't like the salsa we have, so I didn't add it to their pizza.  I actually found that it made the pizza "heavy" to hold and I ended up having to eat it with a fork.  When we did leftovers, I just put the salsa on the side.
  4. Next time, I would probably put a bit of cheese on top of the bean/meat mixture to help the two tortillas "stick" together.  The girls picked up their pizza and the two tortillas easily came apart if not held properly.
  5. Having some fresh veggies would definitely make this dish even better!








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