Mexican Beef Tortilla Pizza
Rather than using a traditional pizza base in this Mexican pizza recipe, tortillas are used. Delicious ingredients such as cheese, salsa, tomatoes, chili, onion and hamburger meat are used to top the tortilla bases and these pizzas are cooked until the cheese is melted and the pizzas are heated through.
There are different methods if you want to know how to make a Mexican pizza but this one is particularly simple and takes mere minutes to prepare and cook. As with many other Mexican recipes you can add a few drops of hot sauce if you prefer a bit of a zing to your Mexican cuisine or leave the sauce off if you do not.
There are 3 great things about using tortillas actually, instead of making or buying a pizza crust. First, you do not have to mix or knead any dough. A tortilla is ready to be topped as soon as you take it out of the package. Second, you can expect it to be really crispy and delicious.
A medium-size tortilla will crisp up enough so that, unless you have over-topped it, you will be able to pick the whole thing up between a thumb and a finger and it will not break. It will become that rigid even in the oven if you choose to bake it without frying it first. The third thing is tortillas are relatively low in calories. You can even get low carb ones if you are following a low carb diet. Whoever thought pizza could be a healthy option?
- 2 cups cheese
- 6 flour tortillas
- 2 diced fresh tomatoes
- 4 oz can diced green chili peppers
- 1 chopped onion
- 1 can salsa
- 1 lb hamburger meat
- Oil, for frying
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Brown the hamburger meat and drain off the fat.
- Heat ½ inch of oil in the skillet, and then fry each tortilla for a minute until crispy and starting to brown.
- Drain on paper towels.
- Sprinkle the cheese over the tortillas, then the chilies, hamburger meat and onions.
- Put them on a cookie sheet and heat in the oven until the cheese melts.
- Top with the salsa and tomatoes.
- Cut into slices with a pizza cutter.
The picture reveals how the finished pizza is going to look. You can see how crispy the tortilla becomes, as well as how good those south of the border toppings look on there. Use your favorite kind of cheese, such as mozzarella or, perhaps even better, a blend of Mexican cheeses. Feel free to alter the amount of chilies you use too. Some people like a spicier or milder finish. If you want to simply top and bake the pizzas, they will crisp up in the oven, but if you want them extra-crispy, then fry them in oil first, as the recipe suggests.
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