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?
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.
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.