Not What You Think Recipe: Mexican Pizza & More
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Mar 1 2011

Not What You Think Recipe: Mexican Pizza & More

I titled this “Not What You Think Recipe: Mexican Pizza” because it isn’t just pizza toppings placed upon a tostada and baked.  Nope.  When I put Mexican Pizza on my menus each week (yes, we have tacos or Mexican Pizzas weekly because that is Jon’s favorite food), it would be the tostada version that I am talking about.  This Mexican Pizza is different.

I was procrastinating on Friday while trying to figure out what I wanted for dinner.  I knew that I had some Kinnikinnick Pizza Crusts in the freezer, yet I didn’t feel like a “traditional” Italian pizza.  I also had some leftover refried beans from earlier in the week, but I didn’t want tacos.  I decided that I would combine them into my “Not What You Think Mexican Pizza”.

As I was assembling the pizza, I was thinking that maybe I was a little crazy.  How could this possibly taste good?  It was like two worlds were colliding – Mexican & Italian.  I know that I have seen Mexican pizzas offered by popular pizza delivery restaurants, so I couldn’t be too far off, right?

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Well, I wasn’t.  I was very impressed with my spur-of-the-moment creation and thought that it was worth sharing with you all!    I know I am getting bored with the same old foods when I start looking at cookbooks in the book store.  I need another cookbook like I need a hole in my head, but I love to look at the beautiful pictures and get inspiration from the authors.  I somehow always convince myself that I should own enough to start my very own library.  Winter seems to drag on & on here in Ohio, so couple that with the same old meals over & over and I need some new ideas!

This dinner was super easy to put together.  Just follow the easy instructions below.

Simple Mexican Pizza

1 personal size Kinnikinnick Pizza Crust (or pizza crust of choice)

1/2 cup refried beans (I use Trader Joe’s)

1/4 cup shredded cheddar or Mexican cheese

1/4 chopped avocado

1 Roma tomato

Tabasco Green Pepper Sauce

1.  Preheat your oven according the to package directions.

2.  Top pizza with beans & cheese.

3.  Bake for 10 min or until crust begins to brown and cheese has melted.  Bake longer for a crispier crust.

4.  Top with chopped avocado, tomato & Tabasco sauce to taste.

5.  Enjoy!

Some other simple ideas to cure the winter boredom include:

1.  Purchase a burrito bowl from Chipotle (make sure the person preparing your food changes their gloves & take the proper precautions), bring home and wrap half of the contents of the bowl inside a Food for Life Brown Rice Tortilla.  Bake for 5-10 minutes at 350 to heat through.  Top with hot sauce & enjoy!  Tip:  I usually warm the tortilla for about 30 seconds in the microwave to make it more pliable.

2.  Purchase a gluten-free Rotisserie chicken or roast a chicken or 2 on Sunday and save for meals throughout the week.  Use the chicken for various meals such as stuffed baked potatoes with broccoli, chicken & cheese, chicken tetrazzini with gluten-free pasta, chicken soft tacos, salad with shredded chicken, wraps with shredded chicken or good, old-fashioned chicken salad sandwiches.  Costco is rumored to carry gluten-free Rotisserie chickens, though I have never purchased one there.

***If you haven’t tried Kinnikinnick’s reformulated pizza crust, make sure to check out my review here.

Article Written by:

Kimberly Bouldin is a gluten-free wife, runner & blogger with two children in Columbus, Ohio. After her celiac diagnosis in 2006, she has made it her mission to embrace an entirely new approach to nutrition in a gluten-free world, exploring options that run the gamut from "made from scratch" homemade bread to sampling and reviewing the gluten-free prepared foods that are continuously being introduced to the market. While navigating the waters of becoming gluten-free, Kim shares her experiences and passes along valuable product reviews in addition to helping other moms of celiac kids develop healthy menus that are kid-friendly and palatable. Kimberly is a valuable resource for those who are newly diagnosed, as well as for the more seasoned gluten-free veterans. Follow Kim on Twitter!

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