Mexican Pizza

28 Dec

This recipe is an invention of mine; I hadn’t tried it before. We had a bunch of taco fixings, but no tortillas, so I decided to use them in a slightly different way than usual. I also was inspired by the tlayudas I had in Oaxaca on my recent Central America trip, which are pizzalike treats often served by street food vendors. This is why I used mozzarella blobs as the cheese – it’s somewhat similar to Oaxacan cheese they put on the tlayudas.

I made a half-and-half pizza – one side had meat and the other side just cheese. The middle kind of had both!


  • Store-bought pizza dough
  • Your favorite salsa (probably very pureed salsa would work better than chunky)
  • Refried beans or chunks of cooked meat left over from another dish
  • Tomatoes
  • Cheese (I used mozzarella since it’s similar to Oaxacan cheese, but jack or cheddar or whatever you like could be used)
  • Sliced olives
  • Diced onion
  • Lime juice
  • Cilantro or green onions (optional)


  1. Stretch out the dough on a greased baking sheet or glass baking dish (or if you have more serious pizza setup, do what you normally do to support pizza).
  2. Spread salsa over the dough as you would tomato sauce on a pizza.
  3. Spread beans over salsa.
  4. Sprinkle diced larger tomatoes or halved cherry tomatoes over.
  5. If using meat, distribute it over the pizza.
  6. Distribute the olives over the pizza.
  7. Distribute the cheese over the pizza.
  8. Bake pizza according to dough instructions (usually 400 or 425 for about 15 minutes). Check in on it and rotate once. Bake until crust is browned and cheese is bubbly.
  9. While pizza is baking, dice up a small amount of onion, and squirt some lime juice onto it. Also chop up some cilantro or green onions if using.
  10. When pizza is done and you’re about to eat it, sprinkle the onion and lime mixture over it, as well as the cilantro/green onion bits for color. Enjoy!

My finished pizza (not very pretty, but tasty!):

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Posted by on December 28, 2011 in Uncategorized


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