Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Loaded Mexican Pizza

This is not your mother's pizza.

Don't let the simplicity of the ingredients fool you.  This is serious business, and you're gonna need a fork to get through it.  Be prepared to dig in and go deep when you sit down to this dish.


  • 1 roll refrigerated pizza dough (You can also use prepared whole wheat dough, like that found at Trader Joe's.)
  • 1 can black refried beans
  • 1/2 cup ground beef, cooked (For a vegetarian version, skip the ground beef or go with soy crumbles like those from MorningStar Farms.)
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
  • 1 16-ounce jar of medium salsa
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups of shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • Diced green onion and tomato for topping


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Spritz baking sheet with non-stick olive oil spray.
  • Roll out pizza dough, smoothing to fit baking sheet.
  • Partial-bake dough for about 5 minutes.
  • Mix taco seasoning and 1/2 cup of salsa into the ground beef, blending thoroughly.
  • Remove pizza dough from oven.
  • Spread refried beans evenly over dough.
  • Spread remaining salsa evenly over refried beans.
  • Spread ground beef mixture over salsa.
  • Sprinkle shredded cheese over ground beef mixture.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until cheese is melted and browned and crust is golden.
  • Sprinkle with green onion and diced tomato as desired.

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