Mexican Pizza

When one lives in California, there is no end to opportunities to have Mexican food…really good Mexican food, but there are those times when just popping into a Taco Bell for a Mexican Pizza just happens.  Using that thought, CJ’s recipe, and with dinner in mind, I knew just what to do.

My vision was of a fun Mexican Pizza with a layer of refried beans and some spicy ground beef sandwiched between two flour tortillas and then topped with salsa, shredded cheese, green onions, black olives and tomatoes, and then sprinkled with chopped cilantro!

I made some fresh Tomatillo-Chipotle Salsa but a jar of your favorite thick and chunky salsa will do. I just happened to have some tomatillos in the refrigerator that needed to become something!

Mexican Pizza

Yield:  2 pizzas

4 flour tortillas (8″ – 9″ diameter)
1 15-oz can refried beans
1 lb ground beef
1 jar of your favorite chunky salsa
2 Tbsp from a package of taco seasoning
1 1/2 cups Mexican blend shredded cheese
1 can sliced black olives, drained
2 roma tomatoes, diced
3-4 Tbsp chopped cilantro

Preheat oven:  350° F.

In a large skillet cook the ground beef and the taco seasoning.  Break up the beef into small pieces as it is cooking.  Drain.

Line a baking sheet with foil.  Place two tortillas on the baking sheet.  Spread about 3 tablespoons of refried beans on each of the tortillas.  Next, add a layer of the prepared beef and cover with a tortilla.
Bake for about 10 minutes to heat the beans and beef.  Remove from the oven. Allow to cool just slightly.

Spread about 1/4-1/3 cup salsa over the top of each of the tortillas.  Then top with about 3/4 cup shredded cheese, tomatoes, green onions and olives.  Return the pizzas to the oven and bake an additional 7-8 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

Sprinkle with chopped cilantro.

Slice each pizza into four pieces.  Serve immediately.

NOTE
There will be enough beef left over to make additional pizzas or to use in nachos the next day.  Be sure to use your favorite salsa as much of the flavor comes from that ingredient.

If desired, you may also add a dollop of sour cream or guacamole before serving.

This turned out just great!  It is a quick and tasty meal.  We love spicy so adding the salsa really perks it up!

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