A fun Mexican Pizza with a layer of refried beans and spicy ground beef sandwiched between two flour tortillas, topped with salsa, shredded cheese, jalapenos, green onions, and tomatoes. Then baked until it’s hot, melty and gooey delicious.
This recipe was one of the first I posted when I started blogging in 2008. It’s a copycat recipe for the Mexican Pizza they serve at Bajio Mexican Grill. It’s also is a popular recipe on All Recipes. I’ve adapted to better suit the way I like to prepare it and updated the post with new pictures.
The original recipe was made in two pie plates, but I find it’s easier just to make them on a baking tray. I like to line my baking trays with a Silpat, parchment or tin foil to make clean up a breeze.
The recipe uses a whole can of refried beans, which makes a nice thick layer. If you’re not a big bean lover, you can cut that in half, but use some beans because it’s sort of the glue that holds it all together. I used black refried beans, but use which refried beans you prefer.
These Mexican pizzas are easy to make with ingredients I usually have on hand. It’s a really filling lunch or dinner.
The original recipe says it feeds 2 to 4 but I’ve changed it to 4 – 8 servings because one slice is enough for me. My husband had two slices but I can’t image eating a whole pizza by yourself. Although maybe when my teenage boys were still wrestling, they could have pound a whole one down. Let me know what you think.
- 1/2 pound ground beef
- 1 cup diced onion
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- dash cayenne powder
- 1 (16 ounce) can refried beans
- 4 (10 inch) flour tortillas
- 1/2 cup salsa
- 2 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend
- 2 green onions, chopped
- 8 grape tomatoes, diced
- 1/4 cup finely chopped jalapeno peppers
- 1/4 cup sour cream (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 350°. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment, Silpat, or foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
- In a large skillet, cook beef, onion and garlic over medium-high heat until beef is browned and onion is tender. Drain grease. Stir in chili powder, cumin, salt, pepper, and cayenne.
- Place two tortillas side by side on baking sheet, and cover with a layer of refried beans. Scatter half of the seasoned ground beef over each tortilla, and then cover with a second tortilla.
- Bake 10 minutes. Remove the baking sheet from the oven.
- Spread salsa on top of each top tortilla stack. Top with cheeses, tomatoes, green onions, and jalapenos.
- Return the pizzas to the oven, and bake for 5 to 10 more minutes, until the cheese is melted. Remove from the oven, and let cool slightly before slicing each one into 4 pieces.
adapted from Jimmy's Mexican Pizza