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south-of-the-border essentials: mexican pizza

Recipe by
Andy Anderson !
Wichita, KS

I wanted to make a Mexican flour tortilla pizza, but I didn’t want it to be like every other Mexican flour tortilla pizza… this is what I came up with. So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.

yield 1 serving(s)
prep time 20 Min
cook time 10 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For south-of-the-border essentials: mexican pizza

  • 2 Tbsp
    grapeseed oil, or other non-flavored oil, divided
  • 2 md
    flour tortillas
  • 2 slice
    bacon, diced
  • 3 oz
    chorizo sausage
  • 3 Tbsp
    refried beans
  • 2 Tbsp
    fresh salsa, your favorite brand
  • 2 Tbsp
    red sauce, your favorite brand
  • 1 oz
    colby cheese, freshly shredded
  • 1 oz
    pepper jack cheese, freshly shredded
  • lettuce for garnish
  • sliced black olive, for garnish

How To Make south-of-the-border essentials: mexican pizza

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    Chef’s Note: This is one of those recipes that everyone likes… When I did a search on Just-a-Pinch, I found dozens of recipes for Mexican pizza; even Taco Bell has a Mexican pizza. So, I played about with the recipe, and I decided that one of the things that makes this recipe great is a flaky tortilla double crust. I tried my own homemade tortillas and they were fine; however, not everyone is going to take the time to make fresh tortillas. So, the goal was to make a flaky crust from store-bought tortillas, and that’s exactly what I did.
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    Gather your Ingredients (mise en place).
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    Place 1 tablespoon of the oil into a sauté pan over medium heat.
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    When the oil begins to shimmer, place 1 of the flour tortillas into the pan.
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    Sauté until browned on both sides, about 1 minute per side.
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    Add the second tablespoon of oil and repeat for the second tortilla.
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    Reserve the tortillas.
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    Place the bacon in the sauté pan, over medium heat and cook until browned, about 4 – 6 minutes.
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    Chef’s Tip: I like to make the bacon a bit crunchy to give the filling multiple textures.
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    Remove the bacon from the pan and drain on paper towels.
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    Add the chorizo to the pan, and sauté until cooked through, and beginning to brown, about 3 – 5 minutes.
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    Remove from the pan, and drain on paper towels.
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    Chef’s Note: While the sausage is cooking, use a wooden spoon to break it into small bits.
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    Place a rack in the middle position, and preheat the oven to 375f (190c).
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    Lay one of the toasted tortillas onto a clean surface.
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    Spread the refried bean over the tortilla in a nice even layer.
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    Spread the salsa over the top of the refried beans.
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    Add the chorizo and bacon.
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    Place the second fried tortilla on top and lightly press down.
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    Spread the red sauce thinly over the top of the second tortilla.
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    Sprinkle the cheese evenly over the top.
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    Bake in the preheated oven, until the cheese melts, about 5 – 7 minutes.
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    Remove from the oven, garnish with some lettuce and black olives, cut into quarters, and serve while still nice and hot. Enjoy.
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    Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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