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Casserole Style Mexican Pizza Recipe

This Mexican pizza recipe has the topping ingredients underneath and the pizza crust on top, so it is like an upside down pizza or a pizza pie. This is one of the best pizza casserole recipes, especially if you like Mexican food.

This pizza casserole recipe contains cheese, tomatoes, rice, beef, and vegetables and has a pizza crust on top with a garnish of olives, tomatoes, and cheese. This pizza casserole is very filling and satisfying and can be served by itself. Some Mexican pizza recipes use tortillas rather than pizza dough but this one uses pizza dough for a crunchy topping.

Pizza can be the source of plenty of other meal inspirations. You can swap the pizza dough for tortillas, the typical tomato sauce for a creamy sauce or something else altogether, or add elements of other cuisines, with Mexican, Greek, Spanish, and even Indian flavors all being possibilities.

This recipe is not just a subtle twist on pizza, but it takes the classic recipe and completely turns it on its head – quite literally actually because the crust is on top, the toppings are on the bottom, and the ingredients are Mexican rather than Italian. But it can still be called a ‘pizza’ because you have pizza dough plus toppings in the dish. Whether you think of this as more Italian or more Mexican, or just a mixture of both, you are sure to love all the beautiful flavors it offers.

Pizza Casserole Recipes
Summary: This is one of the most unusual pizza recipes you will ever see, featuring Mexican and Italian elements, and offering a casserole style finish. This is lovely comfort food.
Cuisine: Italian
Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 6
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  • 10 oz pizza dough
  • 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 2 cans Mexican style tomatoes, not drained
  • 1 ½ cups cooked white rice
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 chopped green bell pepper
  • ⅔ cup water
  • 1 chopped onion
  • Cooking spray
  • Sliced black olives, chopped tomatoes and sour cream for garnish
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F and spray a 13 by 9 inch baking pan with cooking spray.
  2. Set aside. Spray a non-stick skillet with cooking spray and heat it over a high heat. Sauté the beef, bell pepper, and onion, stirring, for 5 minutes or until the meat is brown.
  3. Add tomatoes, rice, and ⅔-cup water. Bring to the boil and pour this mixture into the prepared baking dish.
  4. Cut eight slits in the dough and arrange it on top.
  5. Bake 10 minutes or until the crust is browned. Sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top and bake for 5 minutes more.
  6. Stand for 5 minutes then add the garnish ingredients, slice, and serve.

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Are you torn between making a casserole and making a homemade pizza? If so, consider this recipe which offers the best of both worlds, so you end up with an Italian and Mexican dish, all rolled into one. This recipe is ideal for any occasion and the whole family is going to love it. The cheese, tomatoes, beef, bell pepper, rice, and other ingredients all team up with the pizza dough to make a cross between a Mexican casserole and a delicious Italian pizza. This is very unusual but you are sure to enjoy the result.


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Christine Szalay-Kudra

Hi I'm Christine, and I am happy you are visiting. Food is a large part of our family's lives, and we love to try new dishes, especially Italian food which offers so much freshness and flavor, whether you are making a classic Italian dish like lasagna or pizza, or experimenting with new appetizers, entrées or desserts from Italy.

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