Copycat Healthier Mexican Pizza

After supply couldn’t keep up with the demand for its Mexican Pizza, a fast-food joint recently tweeted that the menu item’s comeback is expected mid-September. Featuring two fried tortilla shells and sodium-heavy seasoned beef, there’s room for some health improvements in the popular menu item. 

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Mexican pizza

Copycat Mexican Pizza

  • Author: Shanthi Appelo

Description

In this copycat recipe, the fast-food Mexican Pizza is given a healthy twist. Rather than frying tortillas, this recipe bakes them to crispy perfection using only spray oil. Using pantry spices to make a homemade taco seasoning cuts down on the sodium found in many store-bought  options. For added freshness and nutrients, serve the pizza with cilantro and shredded romaine.  


Ingredients

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  • 8 ounces of lean ground beef, chicken or turkey 
  • ¼ cup tomato sauce
  • Taco seasoning:
  • 1 ½ tsp. ground cumin 
  • 2 tsp. chili powder 
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder 
  • ½ tsp onion powder 
  • ½ tsp. ground paprika 
  • ½ tsp. dried oregano 
  • ¼ cup tomato sauce 
  • Salt and pepper to taste 
  • 8 soft street-style flour tortillas 
  • Spray oil 
  • 1/2 cup refried beans, canned 
  • ¼ cup taco sauce 
  • ¼ cup shredded cheese, such as a 4-cheese Mexican blend 
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, diced 
  • Optional – 1 head romaine lettuce, shredded 
  • Optional – ¼ cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped 

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. 
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the ground meat, breaking it up with with a cooking utensil such as a wooden spoon while cooking. Cook the meat until browned and fully cooked. 
  3. Drain any excess grease from the skillet. Return to the skillet  and reduce the heat to low.  
  4. In a small bowl, make taco seasoning by mixing together the cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, oregano, and salt and pepper. 
  5. Add tomato sauce and taco seasoning to the skillet. Stir together until the meat is coated in the sauce and the seasoning. 
  6. Allow mixture to simmer for 5 minutes. 
  7. Once the oven has preheated, prepare a lined sheet pan. Add flour tortillas and spray with spray oil on each side.  
  8. Allow tortillas to bake for 5-10 minutes, flipping halfway through. Remove from oven once crispy. Be careful not to let them burn (individual ovens vary). 
  9. Prepare Mexican pizza by spreading 2 tablespoons of refried beans onto a crispy tortilla. Add 2  ounces of seasoned ground beef followed by the second crispy tortilla. Top with 1 tablespoon taco sauce and 1 tablespoon shredded cheese. Return pizza to the oven until cheese is melted. Top pizza with diced tomatoes and cilantro. Serve with shredded lettuce if desired. 

Mexican pizza


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