Mexican Pizza

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A Mexican pizza is a variation on the basic idea of a pizza recipe that substitutes several Mexican ingredients and seasonings, such as jalapeno peppers, salsa, and Mexican cheeses. There are a fairly large number of approaches used to make this kind of pizza, including some which only make changes to the toppings, while others change the crust and sauce as well. Mexican pizza is one of many different regionally-themed pizza variation ideas that have become fairly popular with the public, and different versions of this recipe are sold at a variety of popular restaurant chains.
In some Mexican pizza recipes, a regular pizza crust is used, but in other cases, a common substitution would be a flour tortilla. Sometimes the pizza sauce would be replaced with either taco sauce or some kind of salsa. Additional toppings that could give a Mexican pizza a distinctive flavor would be things like refried beans, meats that have been spiced with Mexican seasonings, hot peppers for an extra kick, and Mexican cheeses, either in combination with traditional mozzarella or as a replacement for it. Mozzarella has a fairly unique texture which can be hard to replicate, and this may be one reason why it isn’t always replaced totally, even though it wouldn’t necessarily fit with the pizza’s overall theme.

Yoo! Can Make It:

Cook the ground beef over medium heat until brown, then drain off the excess fat from the pan. Add salt, onions, paprika, chili powder and water, then let mixture simmer over medium heat for about 10 minutes. Stir often.Heat oil or Crisco shortening in a frying pan over medium−high heat. If oil begins to smoke, it is too hot. When oil is hot, fry each tortilla for about 30−45 seconds per side and set aside on paper towels. When frying each tortilla, be sure to pop any bubbles that form so that tortilla lays flat in oil. Tortillas should become golden brown. Heat up refried beans in a small pan over the stove or in the microwave.
Preheat oven to 400F/205°C. When meat and tortillas are done, stack each pizzaby first spreading about 1/3 cup refried beans on the face of one tortilla.
Next spread 1/4 to 1/3 cup of meat, then another tortilla. Coat your pizzas with two tablespoons of salsa on each, then split up the tomatoes and stack them on top. Next divide up the cheese, onions and olives, stacking in that order. Place pizzas in your hot oven for 8−12 minutes or until cheeseon top is melted. Makes 4 pizzas.

Ingredients:

1/2 lb. ground beef
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon dried minced onion
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1−1/2 teaspoon chili powder
2 tablespoons water
8 small (6−inch diameter) flour tortillas
1 cup Crisco shortening or cooking oil
1 (16 oz.) can refried beans
1/3 cup diced tomato
2/3 cup mild picante salsa
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1/4 cup sliced black olives

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