Saturday, January 29, 2011

Mexican Pizza

I have always enjoyed Mexican Pizza at the restaurants in town back home, but I never thought of actually making one myself. It was so easy and just as good! I actually had a lot of fun making them. The whole family really enjoyed them and we will most definitely be having them again. 

Mexican Pizza
Adapted from An 'A' for Effort

1 lb hamburger
1 package taco seasoning
12 flour tortillas
1 16 oz. can refried beans
Diced tomato
Picante salsa, or your favorite salsa
Shredded mexican cheese, or any kind of cheese you like
Chopped green onion
Sliced black olives
Cooking spray
*Lettuce, avocados, & sour cream optional additional topping after baking 

Preheat oven to 350 F. Cook the hamburger and drain. Then add the taco seasoning and prepare according to package directions. While the hamburger is cooking, spray both sides of tortilla shells with cooking spray.  Place sprayed shells on a cookie sheet and bake in the oven until golden and crispy. Watch them closely. They will puff and bubbles will form, you will want to make sure you pop them so the tortilla stays flat. You should be able to fit 4 tortillas on a cookie sheet and even place 2 sheets in the oven, if you are cooking for a larger group. I would say it takes just a few minutes for them to cook till crisp, or however you want your crust.

After the tortillas are baked, first spread the beans on one tortilla. (I added a little water to my refried beans to thin them out just a titch, to make it easier to spread). Then add the taco meat on top of the bean layer. Now add the second tortilla on top of the meat layer. Top the second tortilla with 2-3 T of salsa, spread it around evenly. Add your cheese, then tomatoes, green onions, and olives! You can then bake them again for 8-12 minutes, or do what I did, and just broil those babies til the cheese is melted. Much quicker than 8 minutes, but you do have to watch closely so it doesn't burn. Mine did get a little dark along the edges, but it was yummy!