I grew up on homemade pizza. Every Friday night was pizza night and more often than not my dad would make pizza in lieu of ordering take-out.

I think the tradition originally started during Lent, when the only vegetarian thing my mom could think of to feed us was pizza. You see, we were not really into veggies back then.

Scratch that.

What I mean to say is that the only vegetarian food that my father will concede is an actual food is pizza. Put a vegetarian pasta dish in front of him and he asks, “Where’s the chicken?”

Beans are verboten.

And forget about tofu. The Tofu War (similar to the 100 Years War, both in duration and in number of body parts lost) is one that I don’t care to revisit anytime soon. Let’s just say that it was ugly, the casualties were many, and that it ended in me storming out of the house screaming, “Tofu is NOT a figment of your imagination!”

The moral of the story being that I have a soft spot for homemade pizza.

Especially when that homemade pizza has non-traditional toppings on it.

I was craving nachos the other day. Most likely because I watched a football game with a bunch of my friends. And somewhere in the far reaches of my mind, the neuron for “football” must synapse with the neuron for “nachos”. It also crosses somewhere with the neuron for “masochistic” (both in playing and in watching, sorry guys) although that’s really as far as it goes, as made apparent by the fact that the only thing I understand about the game is that you are not supposed to talk until the commercial break. Which is unfortunate for me, because that is the only part that I feel is worth watching.

Anyway. I wanted nachos. But what I didn’t have was chips. And what I did have was a ball of pizza dough in my freezer.

So I thought, when in Rome. With a stopover in Mexico City.
Mexican Nacho Pizza
Serves 4, adapted from Everybody Likes Sandwiches

Recipe for my favorite pizza dough
1 can fat free refried beans
tbsp cumin
tbsp chili powder
tsp cayenne pepper
tsp salt
cup reduced fat cheddar cheese
cup salsa

Preheat oven to 425. Half-bake your pizza dough for 10 minutes, remove from oven and set aside. In a bowl, mash together the refried beans and spices. Spread bean mixture over pizza dough. Sprinkle cheese evenly over top. Spread cheese layer with fresh salsa and bake until the pizza is heated through and cheese starts to bubble, about 10 – 15 minutes. Cut and serve.

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34 Responses to Adventures with Yeast – Mexican Nacho Pizza

  1. SE(Denufood) says:

    this seems to be really a good combination…a roman in mexico :-). One of my favorite pizza topping is combination of pineapple & jalapeños

  2. SnoWhite says:

    I used to make a taco pizza — adding lettuce basically to what you have here — really yummy 🙂

  3. Mari says:

    OH MY FREAKING GOD! YO QUIERO PIZZA! that looks so good…please come to Queens and make it for me =)

  4. Kim says:

    I love a nacho/taco pizza! Sounds like the perfect vegetarian dinner to me! I loved that you called out football like you did. I think the commercials are the best part too ;D Your dad and my husband think the same way as far as meat goes, it can be exhausting.

  5. Michelle says:

    I know what you mean with tofu, my husband hates it but I think it’s more of a texture thing with him.

    Have you ever tried fresh yeast? I am using it more and more in my breads and I just love it!

  6. yum yum and I am on your dad’s side… Tofu is not food

  7. monicajane says:

    a friend of mine served us a very similar pizza once at her home…it was very yummy!

  8. Megan says:

    Ha ha ha ha – tofu is not considered real food in my house either. It’s very suspicious.

    However, I think you are onto something here: football/pizza/nachos = mmmm, mmmm.

  9. Amy says:

    Yes! There are some foods where “anything goes.” Quesadillas, Risotto, and of course Pizza. This combination sounds really good. Mixing Italian with Mexican can’t be bad – two of my favorites.

  10. What a fun way to combine two of my favorite foods! This is fantastic recipe!

  11. Pam says:

    I remember it was a treat when my mom would make pizza from some kind of kit that came in box (like mac and cheese).

  12. Looks like a delicious way to satisfy a craving … yum!

  13. I was just craving some homemade pizza since we haven’t made any in the new apartment yet. This is such an interesting variation I can’t wait to try!

  14. Kerstin says:

    Mmmm, what a great twist! Apolinaras is like your dad – he actually really likes veggies but always asks where the meat is if I serve pasta without it 🙂

  15. I love that you put refried beans on it! Brilliant!
    I make pizza a lot too, mostly because my sons just love it. Nothing like homemade!

  16. Shannon says:

    what a great football treat 🙂

  17. Barbara says:

    Haven’t made a taco pizza in years and yours is by far the better recipe!
    Everyone will love it!

  18. rena says:

    OMG, that looks so delicious!

  19. I’ll be sure to make this for my husband, sounds awesome!

  20. This looks so good. We’ve always done homemade pizza night too, one of our favorites.

    Can you contact me at tamy@threesidesofcrazy so I can get your email to send your invite for OuR KrAzY KiTcHeN? Martha asked me to do it, but I don’t seem to be able to find an email for you. Thanks.

  21. Palidor says:

    What a delicious pizza! I say anything can go on top of pizza. The only limit is your imagination!

  22. Pavithra says:

    Oh wow thats one gorgeous pizza , cannot resist it.

  23. Bob says:

    That pizza looks flawless. A great idea for toppings too, I bet it was awesome. I also love homemade pizza, but I can never get mine round. Heh.

  24. girlichef says:

    mmmmm…Italian and Mexican…my two faves!! Looks deeeeeelicious!! I would eat it whilst watching football and drinking a cerveza…. 😀

  25. Looks delicious! Pizza is such a versatile food. I use all kind of leftovers as pizza toppings, makes for some yummy creative meals! Everything tastes great on a pizza! 🙂

  26. We eat homemade pizza every Friday night. I’ll have to try making this one.

  27. We used to make pizza every Saturday night when I was a kid. My parents had one side and my sister and I the other. We didn’t like our pizza the same way. What a creative pizza! I bet it was yummy. I hate football.

  28. I am going to bookmark this recipe. I make homemade pizza often, but I never thought of a Tex-Mex pizza. Silly me! I only live in Texas, after all, the Tex-Mex state!

  29. Your combination of flavors is such a great idea! I really like this pizza a lot. I just finished making gumbo, but now I’m craving this!

  30. Debinhawaii says:

    Homemade Pizza = Yum! Especially with the nacho toppings. Great job.

  31. burpandslurp says:

    I think this looks way too freaking good to be true with all the melting cheese! and now I finally know what to do with my leftover refried beans! >.<

  32. Katy ~ says:

    Joanne, creative inspiration and delicious. Well done! LOL about the tofu wars.

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