When I was in high school, I used to love going to Taco Bell after work and ordering the Mexican Pizza. I don’t know what it was about it…maybe the crunch of the tortillas and the mix of cheese and enchilada sauce? Whatever it was, it got me every time. Then, one night after work I went to the drive-thru, ordered my pizza, and drove off….without my change! When I got home I realized my mistake, so I called and asked to talk to the manager. They said they would count out the register drawer when they closed, and would refund my change. Sure enough, I never heard back so I called the next day. The manager told me the register was not ‘over’ meaning there was no extra cash there. I came to the conclusion that the drive through person must have pocketed my change (I paid with a $20, and that’s a lot to a 16 year old…well, in 2001 it was!), and I vowed never to eat at Taco Bell again! Well my vow lasted a long time, and by the time I found myself stuck at Taco Bell again, I was a vegetarian and there are super limited options. My favorite? A Crispy Potato Soft Taco, but these bad boys definitely are not healthy.
Okay, flash forward to the present where I actually know how to cook. I saw a couple pins on Pinterest one day for DIY Mexican Pizza’s and it brought back all the memories of TB Mexican Pizzas. The only difference is that now that I am a vegetarian, I obviously don’t want beef on my pizza (and no one should want TB’s ground beef…considering it’s only 30% actually beef or some crazy gross stat like that). I came up with a healthier version that just uses refried beans (check out this awesome refried bean recipe), and let me tell you, it’s delicious, and JUST like Taco Bells Mexican Pizza (probably better actually). If you aren’t a vegetarian, it would be easy for you to brown up some ground beef or ground turkey and throw it in there. This is delicious, it’s quick, it’s healthy (only 400 calories per pizza, which is great for how filling it is), and you will love it. I use La Banderita Tortillas because they only have 72 calories per tortilla, and most other brands are a lot higher. Of course, you could use homemade tortillas or whatever brand you like. Put this on your weekly menu plan and make it asap. I’ve made them twice in the last 2 weeks, that’s how easy and yummy they are!
- 1 cup refried beans (I use vegetarian)
- 2 Roma tomatoes, diced finely
- 2/3 c. shredded cheese (I used a blend of cheddar and monterrey jack)
- 2 green onions, sliced
- 1/3 c. enchilada sauce
- 4 whole wheat tortillas (I like La Banderita Xtreme)
- Cooking spray
- 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease a hot skillet or griddle with cooking spray and 'fry' the tortillas, flipping frequently so they don’t burn. You want them to get nice and crispy. Remove fried tortillas to a plate.
- 2. Heat the refried beans so they are warm. Place 2 tortillas on a baking sheet. Spread 1/2 cup of refried beans onto each tortilla. Place remaining tortillas on top of beans.
- 3. Pour half of enchilada sauce on top of each tortilla and spread around.
- 4. Add half of the chopped tomato on top of the sauce. Add 1/3 cup of cheese on top of each tortilla. Add half of the green onions on top of the cheese.
- 5. Place in oven and cook about 8-10 minutes, or until cheese is melted. Serve and enjoy!
- I like to let these cool a few minutes, then cut in quarters with a pizza cutter. Then you can pick up the slices and eat without a fork and knife!
- Recipe makes 2 servings, 1 pizza per serving.
- Serving Size 1 serving
- Calories 401, Fat 15.3g, Carbohydrates 58.1g, Dietary Fiber 30.0g, Protein 29.4g