Saturday, August 8, 2009

Tostada Pizza

This is something I make quite often in our home. It's cheap and easy. We eat a lot of beans around our house so I usually have all these ingredients on hand. As you can tell in the picture though, I am lacking the green onion. Still good! I will post my favorite pizza dough recipe later.
Tostada Pizza
Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook
3/4 lb ground beef or turkey
1 4-oz can diced green chili peppers, drained
2 Tbs taco seasoning
1 tsp chili powder
1 Tbs cornmeal
1 15-ounce can pinto beans with jalapeno peppers, rinsed and drained (Don't worry, it does not make it spicy to use the one with peppers)
1 cup (4 oz) shredded Monterey Jack or cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded lettuce
1 medium tomato, chopped
1/2 cup (4) thinly sliced green onions
Bottled taco sauce or salsa (optional)
Pizza dough (10 oz refrigerated can or homemade)
Brown meat in skillet and drain off any fat. Stir in 3/4 cup water, chili peppers, taco seasoning, and chili powder. Bring to a boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, 15-20 minutes or until most of the liquid is gone.
Meanwhile, grease a baking sheet and sprinkle with the cornmeal. Pat pizza dough into rectangle on sheet and bake in 400 degree oven for 5 minutes.
In a bowl mash beans with a fork or potato masher; spread over partially cooked pizza dough within 1/2 inch of edges. Spoon meat mixture over beans. Bake, uncovered, 10 more minutes or until crust is just golden. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake 1 to 2 minutes more or until cheese melts. Top with lettuce, tomato, and onions. Serve with sauce or salsa if desired.

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