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Saturday, February 6, 2010

Mexican Pizza



I normally don't make much Mexican food if the hubs is home since he is so picky about every darn thing, so the unfortunate nights that he doesn't end up coming home because of such a large work load (which is frequent), I try to make things I want and take advantage of the "alone" time.

Mexican pizza sure fit the bill, and since my husband's shop is making a massive (normal) pizza order, I was free to cook dinner and not have to bring food he didn't want.  Mexican pizzas are a pretty simple dish to make, but I have never thought to make it before until I found this recipe on the Tasty Kitchen site.  The original recipe is vegetarian, and I obviously modified it and just omitted the ground beef for my vegetarian Thing One.  I was quite impressed by the sauce, it was wonderful! I wasn't sure what to expect, but these pizzas were very flavorful and very, very filling.  And you simply must toast the tortillas, that is definitely the icing on the cake!  This recipe is undoubtedly a keeper :)


Mexican Pizza
Serves 3

Red Sauce:
1 1/2 cups tomato sauce
1/3 cup water
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1 1/2 teaspoon cumin
1 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon sugar
Taco Meat:
1 tablespoon butter
1 yellow onion, diced
1/2 pound lean ground beef
1 package taco seasoning (or homemade mix in next post)
1 cup water
Pizza Fixins':
1 can refried beans
3 tablespoons butter
6 flour tortillas, burrito size
2 cups grated cheese (Monterey Jack or Mexican blend)
1 bunch green onions, chopped
2 large tomatoes, diced

1.  For the red sauce:
  • Mix the tomato sauce, water and vinegar together with the rest of the sauce ingredients in a sauce pan. Cover with the lid and simmer over very low heat for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
2.  For the taco meat:
  • Heat the tablespoon of butter in a skillet over medium-high heat and saute the onions until softened and a bit brown. Add the beef and cook for about another minute. Stir in the taco seasoning with 1 cup of water and cook for another minute or so until the liquid thickens.
3.  Assembling the pizzas:
  • Turn on the broiler.
  • After you’ve cooked taco meat and red sauce (which should still be warm at this point), warm up the beans as well.
  • Heat some butter or oil in a skillet over medium heat. Toast one side of all 6 six tortillas, buttering the skillet between each one. You could technically skip the butter, but it makes it really nice and crispy. And yummy.
  • Lay 3 tortillas, toasted side down, on a baking tray.
  • Layer the ingredients on all three pizzas in the following order:
    • beans
    • taco meat
    • 1 tablespoon shredded cheese
    • 2 tablespoons red sauce
    • 2nd tortilla, toasted side up
    • 1/3rd remaining shredded cheese
    • generous drizzle of red sauce
  • Pop the pizzas under the broiler for about 5 minutes, or until the cheese is melted.
  • Top with sliced spring onions and fresh diced tomatoes.

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