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Mexican Pizza

April 12, 2016

It’s definitely been awhile since I’ve had the opportunity to write about something I made myself rather than something myself and my husband enjoyed at a restaurant.  It’s not that we haven’t been cooking at home, but most of what we’ve cooked has been the same old, same old standbys.  We’ve reached the doldrums and we just haven’t had the time or the energy to try out new recipes.  On the occasion we have tried out something new, it’s been on a whim and since I never knew how it would turn out, I never bothered to try and document what we made.  But, I’ve been on a Mexican food kick lately.  It seems like I’ve been wanting to have Mexican for every meal.  So, one weekend morning when my husband and I were at home and trying to figure out what to have for lunch, I made a suggestion for what else?  Mexican food!

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I decided to make my version of Mexican pizza.  Mexican pizza is a favorite item of mine when we go out to get fast food Mexican food.  Since we had all of the ingredients at home, I decided we should just make our own Mexican pizza at home, adding in the ingredients the I wanted, the way I wanted them.  Start by heating up a can of refried beans.

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In a pan, brown up some ground beef and add traditional taco seasoning.

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Now for the fixings for the Mexican pizza.  Dice up some tomatoes.  Chop up some green onions.  And shred some cheese, in this case, we shredded up a mix of sharp cheddar and Monterey Jack.

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It’s time to start building the Mexican pizza now.  On the flat side of a griddle, take two flour tortillas and start heating them up.  Brown the tortillas on both sides.

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To the tortillas, add a layer of the warmed-up refried beans.

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Now add a layer of the seasoned ground beef atop the refried beans.

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Generously sprinkle shredded cheese atop the ground beef and allow the heat to melt the cheese.

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Time to sprinkle some of the diced tomatoes and chopped green onions liberally over the top.

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It’s time to take two more tortillas, and cover the top of each of the tortillas that have been on the griddle.  It’s almost like you’re making a quesadilla at this point.

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Now to turn this into a Mexican pizza, you’ve got to keep building.  On top of the new tortillas you’ve added, spread a thin layer of refried beans.  The refried beans act as a sort of glue to keep everything together.  On top of the refried beans, build the same way you did the previous layer, add seasoned ground beef, shredded cheese, diced tomatoes and chopped up green onions.  Finally, cover this layer with another tortilla.  You should now have four tortillas per Mexican pizza and two layers of beans, meat, cheese, tomatoes and green onions.

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If you can, flip the whole concoction over in order to make sure that the top tortilla gets browned.  Sprinkle some cheese over the top of the whole thing and wait a few seconds for it to melt.  The Mexican pizza is done now.

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Take the Mexican pizza off the griddle and slice it into quarters to serve hot off the grill.  Serve with sour cream, if you like.  A two-layer, flavorful Mexican pizza.  Just something different from your traditional quesadilla or taco.  Served in a form that’s filling and easy to eat and handle as well.

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Or serve with salsa instead of sour cream, if you prefer.  Either way, this Mexican pizza is packed full of flavor and different texture combinations.  What’s terrific is just how quick and easy this is to make.  Many of these ingredients are items we keep stocked in our fridge and pantry most of the time, so when you’re in a time crunch, this is super easy to just throw together on a whim and yet incredibly filling.  We make tacos so often at home, this was nice to just use most of the same ingredients and the same flavors and just repurpose it in a different way to create a new dish.

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