Monday, May 16, 2011

Mexican Pizza

Another inexpensive, fairly healthy meal that we all love is Mexican Pizza. With making the beans & pizza crust from scratch, this pizza cost me about $2 to make! I don't measure any of the ingredients, but here's generally what I do.

Topped with sour cream, fresh salsa & cilantro

Mexican Pizza

Printable version here

Pizza crust (such as this one)
Refried beans (about 1 can's worth, or about 2 cups of homemade beans)
Taco sauce
Grated cheese
Pampered Chef Southwest Seasoning
Cooked taco meat or diced chicken, optional
Taco toppings- such as sour cream, salsa, green onions, etc.

1. Partially bake the crust (I bake my crust for 10 minutes on a pizza stone)

2. Spread a layer of refried beans on the crust, followed by a thin layer of taco sauce. (Try to cover all of the bean layer, because any of the beans that don't have sauce on them will get dried out by the oven.) Then add whatever else you're using, such as meat, cheese, & seasoning. If you add meat, be sure to cover it with some of the cheese, so it doesn't get too dry.

3. Bake about 8 more minutes, or until cheese is melted & crust is done. Remove from oven, slice, & serve with desired toppings.

Ready to finish baking

Topped with just sour cream

Tip: To make the sour cream easier to use, and for a nicer presentation, put it in a ziploc bag, snip one of the corners, push the sour cream into that corner, then twist the bag. Squeeze it as desired.

Why I love it? It's a great way to use leftover beans (if you have any!), delicious, cheap, pretty healthy, and it's just different. :) Enjoy!

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