Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Mexicali Pizza - Outdoor Wednesday



Mexicali Pizza before and after baking.



The first hellebores of the year are now in bloom.



From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...I originally put this recipe together for my Texas grandsons. I wanted something that they could make by themselves for a quick lunch or light supper. We were so busy last summer that they never got to try them, but somewhere along the line the pizzas became a go-to recipe for our dinner on those nights when the clock winds down before the day has ended. They take 10 minutes to assemble and another 10 minutes to bake. Everything needed to make them can be found in most pantries. I've deliberately kept them meat free, and will leave any additional toppings to your imagination. You can also use low-fat refried beans without changing the nature of the "pies". While I make them with flour tortillas, there's no reason a pizza crust can't be used. We like a little heat with our meals, so I use a spicy salsa and Pepper Jack cheese. If you prefer your food less spicy, use a mild salsa and a bag of pre-shredded Mexican cheese. Toppings can include olives, tomatoes, scallions and cilantro. I've tried to keep this a recipe a canvas that you can paint as you choose. I think you'll like this. Here's the recipe.

Mexicali Pizza...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite

Ingredients:
2 8-inch flour tortillas
Cooking spray
1 can (16-oz.) traditional Mexican refried beans
1 cup medium thick and chunky salsa
2 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend or a mix of shredded Colby and Pepper Jack cheese
3 tablespoons chopped cilantro or other toppings of your choice

Directions:
1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a large baking pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
2) Warm refried beans in a microwavable bowl for 1 minute on High power. Carefully spread beans over tortillas. Top with salsa and cheese. Bake for 10 to 14 minutes, or until tortillas are lightly browned and cheese melted.. Sprinkle with toppins of your choice while the pizzas are warm. Carefully move to serving plates. Yield: 2 small pies.

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Outdoor Wednesday - A Southern Daydreamer

62 comments:

Ebie said...

Wowee! So simple and easy! A great idea using the tortilla. I should try this.

Kathy said...

These look delicious and quick, my son would like these too. Kathy.

Mary said...

Oh these are one of my favorites Tex Mex treats and those look perfect! I do like mine on flour tortillas also and actually sandwiched between two of them, but also with just a bit of ground beef for me! Now that you've posted these I'm sure I'll be craving one. Yum!!

ButterYum said...

We do flour tortilla pizza in our house all the time. Such an easy thing for the kids to throw together.

Love your Mexicali take!

:)
ButterYum

Light and Voices said...

Great recipe idea!
Joyce M

Vanillastrawberryspringfields said...

Mary,this is so so so good.....fantastic pizza!!!!

Debinhawaii said...

I just made something similar to use up some refried beans--so easy and so good!

Martha said...

It is always nice to have a "go to" for those nights and these look delicious!

Joanne said...

I made a tex-mex pizza like this not so long ago. I love the refried bean/cheddar/salsa topping. Delicious.

Donna-FFW said...

Margaritas with this pizza, and a good show on TV,someone to share it with, thats what Id call piece of Heaven on Earth, Looks delicious!

Scooterblu's Whimsy~Rhonda said...

These sound wonderful and tasty! My kids would love them! Thanks for sharing, and Thanks for coming by and visiting! :) ~Rhonda

Hootin' Anni said...

This is what we call a tostada, isn't it? Yummy. As you know, Mexican food is a favorite of mine.

The blossoms are so unique.

[PS...I remember ordering pizza IN OLD MEXICO...and they use goat cheese. Ewwww! LOL]


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Lea Ann said...

YUM

George Gaston said...

Mary, gran cena!

This is a wonderful meal that all ages can enjoy. Recently I have be making pizza for those quick easy dinners and never thought of using ingredients with a Mexican twist ~ great idea. Thanks...

Katherine Aucoin said...

what a wonderful idea. I am looking for quick and easy tonight since the girls have religion class at 7 PM.

Another wonderful factor is they can be personalized!

Thanks for posting this.

Claudia said...

Simple and easy and tasty- my kids have devised something similar over the years. Love when they could just make their own!

g said...

Love the hellebore pictures - Mine are blooming now, too.

puna said...

This looks delicious. I had cervice yesterday and it's funny that I thought about putting it on pizza dough when I saw this:)

Allie said...

We make something close to yours and love it for a quick meal.

Cathy said...

Tomorrow is pizza day and this is what I'll be making! Wow, this looks delish, Mary. I have most of the fixings so this will be quick and painless. Thanks, great idea.

Joops said...

The pizza looks yummy!

Snow no More for Outdoor Wednesday.

Fifi Flowers said...

That sounds yummy.. I think I will have to make that when I have hubby's family over!

Maria said...

A great meal for a busy day!

Lori E said...

My still at home son makes so many different styles of pizzas depending on what we have in the house. Tortillas, pitas, pizza crust dough. You name it he pizzas it.

chubskulit said...

Cheesy and yummy!

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vignette design said...

Thanks for the recipe. I'm sending this on to my 20 year old son in college. I think he can make this! And all the ingredients are his favorites! --Delores

The Chef In My Head said...

This looks fun and perfect for kids. You have some very lucky grandchildren!! -LeslieMichele

Toni said...

That recipe is sure to be a hit in my family! Great idea using the tortilla! Will try soon... probably this weekend!

Penny said...

Great idea Mary. Fast and flavorful. The kids will love these.

Southerncook said...

Mary, This "go to" looks fabulous. I know I will try this soon and I think my DH would like it. I may even try it this weekend. Sometimes I am just too tired to be in the kitchen.

Loved your pic of your Hellobore. We supposedly can grow them in our zone (8) but I have never planted them. I think they are beautiful and should. Loved yours.

Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

My Carolina Kitchen said...

I'm craving Mexican food now that I see this fabulous pizza. Beautiful photos Mary.
Sam

storyteller at Small Reflections said...

Looks DELICIOUS and easy too ;-)
Hugs and blessings,

Sook said...

What a great pizza! i will have to try it too. :)

Shellbelle said...

These are ingredients that are ALWAYS in my kitchen. but I've never baked them. This recipe is printing now and will go right into my kitchen for those nights when I say, "What can I make that's quick, easy and yummy!

Marsha's Mpressions said...

Mary, sounds yummy and easy. My kind of pie!!!

ellen b. said...

I've already asked if I could come live with you ...right. Of course if I did that I'd have to buy the next size up of jeans...
Everything always looks yummy here.

Katy ~ said...

Excellent! You're right. It just so happens I bought a can of refried beans not knowing what to do with them, and now I have this to enjoy. Oh yes, cannot wait to try this one.

Maryrose said...

Hi Mary
Oh the pizza look delicious and those flowers are gorgeous. Thanks for stopping by my place and I hope we visit again soon.
Maryrose

Mrs. L said...

Simple and yummy sounding. May have to try this. Plus, maybe it would go good on a Boboli? Haven't had one of those in ages, but it would make this a quick dinner.

noble pig said...

My son would gobble it up. It looks ravishing with those olives.

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

Simple and delish - wonderful!
And you have life in your garden! It will be months for us.

eileeninmd said...

Your Mexican pizza looks delicious. It is a shame my doctor told me to stay away from spicy foods and a lot of other foods. Once in awhile wouldn't hurt. ;)

Janice said...

Great idea. My girls would love these! And they could make it themselves... anything 'pizza' is a big hit!

Monkey Mommy said...

I love it whenever flowers start to grow

jeanne said...

Hi Mary, now, there is a recipe that I can easily make. I love it. Easy and fast. My kind of meal. I bet it is delicious. This is great for when my grands all come for a week in the summer. Grandkids week is chaos because we have 8 and their mother's come too. Lots of cooking for a crowd. We have a blast.

Hugs, Jeanne

A Year on the Grill said...

You've got blooms.... we still have our Christmas snow on the ground

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

What a quick easy and delicious looking pizza. I'm going to try this this w/k when the grandson is here. Thank you for swinging in to see my little "thief". I sure hope he moves on before the rest of the family shows up. I've missed your visits. It was see you had stopped in..hugs ~lynne~

Pink Panda said...

Looks fantastic and definitely easy enough for any newbie panda to make.

daylily777 said...

That looks mighty good!The pic of the Hellebore is beautiful !
Blessings,
~Myrna

Kim said...

These are my very favorite pizza toppings - delicious!

Jamie said...

Oh wow! I love this! I love the flavors and I crave them often but nothing ever comes of it. This would certainly jazz up a drab winter day.

My Little Space said...

Mamamia, looks soooo delicious!

Stine in Ontario said...

My hellebores are under a few inches of snow so it's nice to see yours!

yummy recipes said...

Yummy...it's looks amazing..and also very simple...OMG I love pizza..it's my favorite food ..thanks for sharing.

Lisa said...

Mexican pizza is one of my absolute favorite foods. Your pictue is making me hungry. :) Just thinking about taco pizza makes me happy!

Karen said...

Hmmm, I wonder if I have everything in the pantry to make these tonight... we'll see!

Judy said...

This looks amazing, and so easy too. I have tortillas in my freezer just waiting.

Chef Fresco said...

Mmm this looks delicious!!

zurin said...

Wow that looks so goood!! I must use tortillas next time...!!

Cottage Sisters said...

Looks delicious! Have a great weekend. Denise

Denise @ Creative Kitchen said...

Just found your blog through Foodie Blogroll. I love your photos!! You take incredible photos!

These are a favorite around here...lately we've been using corn tortillas and cook in the skillet until crisp. A new favorite of mine includes black beans and sweet potatoes...an unlikely combination, but SO tasty!!

Mary said...

Denise, I'm so glad you've found us:-). I hope you'll be a regular visitor. Blessings...Mary

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