Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Mexican Pizza


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Hello, Ladies!  Just popping in for a quick post about a meal I invented as a way to use up some leftovers and other refrigerator “orphans”.  Don’t know if you’re like me, but whenever I get to the nasty business of cleaning out my refrigerator, i always find things that need to get used up.  Yesterday was such a day and I had some leftovers from taco dinner from the weekend, as well as a pre-made multi-grain pizza crust I bought at the store because it was marked way down. I remembered when I was a kid there was a pizza place that made “Mexican Pizza”, and I decided to try to recreate it from memory.

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First I had to make some refried beans, as they were the base for the Mexican pizza (instead of the typical pizza sauce).  I had a can of black beans in the cupboard so I made good use of those, but if you have a can of already- prepared refried beans you could just as easily use those. 

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I greased my pizza stone, put the crust on, and put a nice layer of the refried beans down.  I then topped this with:

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left-over taco beef

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lots of shredded cheddar cheese

I baked this at 400* until the cheese was nice and bubbly and melted, about 35 minutes.  You want to remove the pizza onto a cutting board where it can cool for five minutes.

I forgot to take a photo of this, but you want to slice the pizza before you put any further toppings on it.  Once you’ve done this, add

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chopped lettuce

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diced tomatoes and raw onion

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Serve this pretty and tasty concoction to your family with sides of salsa, sour cream and, if you’ve got it, guacamole.  One word of caution: watch the salt in your beans and meat.  I added salt to the beans but I really didn’t need it as there was already salt in the meat and it was a bit too salty for my taste (which means my husband loved it.).  :)  I think this will be a regular staple on my meal planning rotation, its a great way to use up taco dinner leftovers.

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Hope you’re having a great week, ladies!  If any of you have any creative pizza ideas, please share!


Mrs Evans said...

YUM! I love mexican food, so I am going to try this!

Jann Olson said...

This looks yummy! I have never tried making mexican pizza, but have bought it at Taco Bell before and really like it. When ever I fix anything with ground beef I always have leftover meat. Usually I make taco soup. I'll have to give this a whirl sometime. So enjoyed hearing from you again. I think it would be awfully to keep up with blogging with a growing family. As much as I love it, there are certainly things that are more important. Always love hearing from you. Pop in whenever you can . Enjoy that candy dish. I'm anxious to decorate for Christmas also. Always wait until the day after Thanksgiving. Blessings to you and your family!