Monday, February 22, 2010

Mexican Pizza

I have been trying to make this meal for weeks. I had originally planned to make it for myself while watching the Super Bowl but it was such a good game (and it was just me) I never got around to it. So finally I can add this meal to my MADE file. I have been trying to repeat some of the recipes I have made in the past especially if I really enjoyed them. As the season starts to change my cooking will start to change again too. I notice I have been making less casseroles and I have been looking to find some more spring like recipes to experiment with.
Also my heart hasnt been into cooking lately. I think its the Olympics. I have been staying up late every night and then by mid-afternoon I am so tired I have been napping which is never good when I have to get dinner on the table in a timely manner. yeah yeah some of you feel SO sorry for me because I get to nap. I know I wont always have these days so I take then when I can get them.

Mexican Pizza
borrowed from Cooking This and That
1 1/3 pound package ground turkey (or ground beef)
1 batch taco seasoning, recipe below or a taco packet if you want to cheat like I did
scant 1/3 cup water
6 (10-inch) flour tortillas
cooking spray
3 tablespoons chopped green onions
8 ounces refried beans
1 1/2 cups diced tomatoes (about 1 medium)
3/4 cup taco sauce
1 1/2 cups shredded cheese (cheddar or Mexican would work well)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Heat a large skillet over medium heat and cook the ground turkey until brown, drain. Return to the heat and add the taco seasoning and water. Continue to cook for several minutes, until cooked through, stirring often.

Spray both sides of each tortilla with cooking spray and place directly on the middle rack of your oven (I could fit 3 at a time). Bake for about 6 minutes, turning halfway through, until golden brown and crispy. Watch carefully so they do not burn. Remove to a baking sheet and turn the oven to 400 degrees F.

Microwave the refried beans for 30-60 seconds, or until spreadable.

Lay 3 tortillas out on baking sheets; top each with 1/3 of the beans, 1/3 of the turkey mixture, and 1/4 cup cheese. Top with another tortilla and lightly press down.

Top the second tortillas each with 1/4 cup taco sauce. Layer with 1/2 cup diced tomatoes, 1/4 cup cheese, and 1 tablespoon green onions.

Bake for 5-10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Cut into wedges and top with sour cream and/or salsa if desired.

Taco Seasoning
Makes 1 batch

1/2 tablespoon chili powder
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon onion powder
1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/8 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon paprika
3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper

Combine all ingredients.

LOVED IT! Such a great new way to eat Mexican. I cant wait to make one for lunch tomorrow with the leftover ingredients since I only made 2 for us tonight. This is going into my rotation for sure. Not much more to say other then go to the store, get the ingredients and make this tonight!

1 comment:

  1. Glad you liked it! I haven't made it since I originally posted - thanks for the reminder!