Sometimes, the photos of a meal go up on flickr before I get around to posting the story behind it. Our dear friend, Brent, had the kids by himself over the weekend while Lisa, his wife, was away with her family. Brent saw our picture of the Mexican Pizza, guessed how to make it, and made one for the kids. He said Kyle liked it, and he loved it. Apparently, Elena wasn't so sure about it. Therefore, I can actually post the opinions of this dish beyond our household. The first photo was from our dinner and the second is from Brent and the kids' dinner. Notice that Brent had mushrooms and bell pepper on the top of his pizza. The options are endless!
Although, Mexican Pizza wasn't on our menu for last week, I was tired of seeing my fridge so crammed with food that I couldn't see anything. So, I decided to clean out some small containers and arrived at this dish. To keep the meal balanced, I served a side salad topped with fresh squeezed lemon and fresh cut chives. I was very surprised at how much I enjoyed this, but was also a bit surprised that Paul seemed to like it so much. When given the choice, he is often much happier with a good-old-fashioned burrito. But, he said I could make the Mexican Pizza again, and I will should the situation ever be similar again. What I liked best about the Mexican Pizza is that the concept went over so well that I can adjust it however I need to in the future (like add corn or spinach). In this case, because Paul likes the extra sharp white cheese and I like a medium sharp cheese, the pizza was divided down the middle by the different flavors.
Calculating what I paid for these items is sometimes difficult because of the coupons I use (cause the coupons aren't labeled to match the product on the receipts.) Keep in mind that coupons really bring down the cost of groceries. Also, to keep things fresh, I also recommend sharing groceries and price with someone you trust (notice the onions). It will be my turn to purchase the onions next time (or I'll just keep buying the garlic and Mom'll keep buying the onions, I dunno.)
Cost to Make Mexican Pizza
- $0.42 Tortillas (Target, plus coupon)
- $0.40 Beans (Publix, Taco Bell brand)
- $0.26 Muir Glen Fire Roasted Tomatoes (Publix, plus coupon)
- Free Onion (Shared a Costco bag with Mom)
- $0.16 Black Olives (Walmart)
- $0.13 Bell Pepper (From my freezer, not sure what store originally. Price estimated.)
- $0.10 Lemon (Publix)
- $0.25 Lettuce (Freshfields Farm)
- Free Chives (from our Herb Garden)
- $1.72 Total
Recipe for Mexican Pizza
- 2 Burrito-sized Flour Tortillas
- 1/8 onion, sliced
- 1/4 small bell pepper, sliced
- 1/4 cup sliced black olives
- 1/3 can Fire Roasted Tomatoes
- 1/3 can Refried Beans
- 1/2 cup (more or less) cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place one flour tortilla in the center of a jelly roll pan (I like a pan with edges so juices don't run). Spread refried beans over the tortilla. Lay the onions, bell peppers, and black olives around over the beans and top with one layer of cheese (optional). Place second tortilla over the toppings (like a quesadilla), and top with the tomatoes and additional cheese. Bake in oven 7 minutes or until edges are brown and cheese is bubbling.