Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Mexican Pizza

My son will not let his older sisters kiss him. He will accept kisses from his Dad. He will let me kiss him. He will even reluctantly kiss me good bye in front of his friends at school. Noted, I did say reluctantly. When I made this Mexican pizza, his sister shared some of her pizza with him. He really liked it a lot. He still wouldn't kiss her. Don't worry. His sister's will kiss his cheek after he goes to sleep. Then they tell him the next day.
Mexican Pizza
1 lb. ground beef
1/2 medium onion, diced
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced
2 clove garlic, minced
2 Tbsp chili powder
1 Tbsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup water
1 (15 oz) can refried beans
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
8 (9 inch) flour tortillas
1/2 cup salsa
2 green onions, chopped
2 roma tomatoes, diced
1/4 cup black olives, sliced

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Coat two pie pans with cooking spray and set aside.
  3. In a skillet, brown the meat over medium heat for about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the onion, jalapeno pepper, and garlic cloves to the pan. Cook for about 2 minutes.
  5. Season the meat with the chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper. Mix well.
  6. Add the 1/2 cup water and combine well. Cook for 2 minutes.
  7. Place a tortilla in the middle of the pie pan. Cover the tortilla with refried beans.
  8. Spread 1/4 of the seasoned meat over the tortilla.
  9. Top the seasoned meat with a little cheese.
  10. Cover the cheese and seasoned meat with another tortilla.
  11. Bake the Mexican pizza for 10 minutes.
  12. Remove from the oven and top the tortilla with your desired toppings: additional cheese, salsa, tomatoes, green onions, and olives. 
  13. Bake the Mexican pizza for another 5 to 10 minutes or until the cheese has melted.
  14. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly before serving.
Recipe adapted from Trader Joe's Recipes.

One year ago..........................I made Banana Cupcakes.
Did you already know............
-The Trader Joe stores began as Pronto Markets in 1958.
-In 1968, Pronto Markets changed their name to Trader Joe's.
-Trader Joe's are named after the founder Joe Coulombe.

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