Sunday, March 18, 2012

Tostada Pizza

This is one of my favorite pizzas to make at home and like all of my recipes you can really mix it up and customize it for flavors that you like.
(My husband doesn't like tomatoes, so only my half has them)

It is a very easy recipe to make and is fun to do with your husband/wife/kids!
You could also get a few boxes of Jiffy and make as many personal size pizzas as you need!

Super delicious, super simple and filling to boot!

Prep: 15-20 min    Bake:  10 min. & 12 min. again
Servings: About 3 (2 slices per person)

medium mixing bowl or stand mixer
can opener
pizza pan for baking (I prefer the perforated type for more even baking)
small sauce pan
silicone or rubber spatula
large fry pan

1 box Jiffy pizza crust mix
1 can refried beans - I like black beans
1 lb. ground turkey or beef, or chicken breasts cooked and chopped
1 packet taco seasoning
1/4 cup water (half added first then rest as needed)
1/4 head iceberg lettuce chopped
3/4 cup shredded Mexican Style cheese.
1-2 tomatoes slices or chopped (your preference)

You could also add olives and jalepenos and top with salsa and sour cream if you are feeling frisky!

{how to}
Preheat oven to 425 degreesF. 
Lightly grease the pizza pan, unless it is a perforated type then you don't need to.

Make Jiffy pizza crust mix according to package and roll out to a little less than 1/4" thick.
(the thinner the crust the larger it will be, but it will also be flimsier)

Pre-bake crust for 8-10 minutes. Until no longer shiny but not fully cooked.

Meanwhile, heat refried beans in a small sauce pan until soft enough to spread.

Cook beef, turkey or chicken in a large fry pan until browned and add 1/2 packet of taco seasoning with half of the water, then the rest as needed. (It is important that the meat not be too watery as it will make a soggy pizza) 
Simmer until meat is coated with seasoning and water is mostly evaporated or absorbed.
Remove from heat. 

Spread refried beans over crust with a silicone or rubber spatula. (I use maybe 3/4 of the can, but you can have as much or as little as you like! It's like the 'sauce')

Add seasoned meat over beans, then cheese. (Add additional toppings now if desired)

Bake for an additional 8-12 minutes until cheese is melted and crust is as soft or crispy as you like.

Remove from oven, cover with cold iceberg lettuce and add tomatoes, salsa and/or sour cream if desired.

{Slice and Enjoy!}


{Leave me a comment below to tell me how it went, leave questions & suggestions, or a recipe request}