Posted January 10, 2013 by Caitlin Clark in Fitness

Healthy Mexican Pizza


have an unnatural affinity for Mexican. I perk up at the mere mention of queso and own enough cans of refried beans to make it through eight Hurricane Sandies. I’ve never thought this was something I needed to change, Mexican can actually be quite healthy and there are substitutions for almost everything.

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I’ve been playing with healthy Mexican recipes for a while (hence the unusual amount of beans) and recently came across this Mexican Tortilla Pizza from “Honey, What’s Cooking?” If you like those Mexican Pizzas from Taco Bell, this one’s for you. Crispy tortillas, creamy beans, melted cheese, and chunky tomatoes galore, but everything in the recipe was either organic, whole wheat, or low in fat.

I stuck pretty close to the recipe except for the scallions because I forgot them at the store. Every trip to the store, without fail, I forget one ingredient. I also added some lean ground beef spiced up with some Taco Bell seasoning. I would eat a shoe if it was smothered with Taco Bell seasoning.


  • Whole Wheat Tortillas – each pizza requires 2
  • Canola Oil – very small amount to glaze both sides of the tortilla {I used olive oil}
  • Old El Paso Refried Beans – 1 (1 pound) can
  • Ortega Taco Seasoning – 1 tsp {Or Taco Bell}
  • Scallions – 1 bunch (chopped) {oops}
  • Tomato – 1 (chopped)
  • Wholly Salsa – enough to spread over the pizza (demonstrated below)
  • Horizon Organic Mexican Cheese
  • Lean Ground Beef


  • Tortillas
  • Preheat oven to 400
  • Cover a pan with Reynolds Wrap and cover tortillas in olive oil (or canola oil)
  • when the oven is preheated place the tortillas in for about 10 minutes, flipping them over halfway through

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  • Beans
  • pour (or shake) the can of beans into a small sauce pan
  • add 1/4 cups of water
  • cover and let sit on low heat
  • you can add vegetables, I added Taco Bell Seasoning

*cut up some tomatoes

  • Ground Beef
  • brown desired amount of beef and drain
  • add a little of your favorite seasoning and a little bit of water (guestimate)
  • stir it and little it sizzle on low heat for about 5/10 minutes
  • Put it together
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I poked a whole in the bubble to see what would happen; it was not the thrill I had expected

  • spread some dollops of refried beans on top of the first tortilla
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I apologize for my horrific nails

  • spread a little bit of salsa
  • place the second tortilla on top and spread salsa over it

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  • sprinkle with cheese
  • add tomatoes

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  • sprinkle with cheese again (nom)

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  • top it off with the ground beef

 healthy mexican pizza

 It may not have been the prettiest pizza, but those are always the ones that taste the best. Also, I never said a I was a chef. I’m actually a really horrible cook (mostly out of laziness) so you know this must be easy. If you want to see a pretty version, look no further than the original on “Honey, What’s Cooking?“, it’s a work out art.

But as far as my attempt goes, my cat, Mila, is as picky as they come, and she gave her approval.

healthy mexican pizza


Caitlin Clark

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Caitlin Clark is contributing author and Social Media Director for YouPlusMedia, focusing primarily on Style, Uptown, and Arts and Entertainment.