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Monday, June 8, 2015

Mexican Pizza for June Dairy Month

This post is sponsored by the Dairy Council of Arizona. I have been compensated for my work, but all opinions are my own.

This homemade Mexican Pizza recipe is better than the famous fast food joint! Get your daily dose of dairy with melty cheese and a dollop of sour cream! #DairyMonth

This homemade Mexican Pizza recipe is better than the famous fast food joint's! Get your daily dose of dairy with melty cheese and a dollop of sour cream! #DairyMonth #ad

Do you like copycat recipes? I love them ... especially when they turn out better than the originals! At home, you can better control the quality of ingredients. Although it takes a little bit of time (trust me, it's not difficult!), I highly suggest making the taco seasoning, "refried" beans (recipe coming to the blog soon!), and enchilada sauce from scratch. It takes these Mexican Pizzas to a whole new level of flavor! Of course, if time is an issue, I do understand that canned products do work well in a pinch!

We don't eat out very often ... and we are pretty selective about the places we do go to. That doesn't mean I don't crave some of the things I once loved! I love taking something and making it better at home! These Mexican Pizza tortillas are not fried like the famous fast food joint. Plus, the addition of fresh tomatoes, green onions, and black olives makes it soooo much better. If you are old enough to remember, you may recall that there was a time when Mexican Pizzas from the fast food joint came with those extra ingredients too!

Of course, the best part of any pizza - regular or Mexican - is the cheese! Ooey, gooey, melted goodness! Mmmmm. I have to be honest with y'all .... in my opinion, the best way to get your daily dose of dairy is with cheese! I often use cheese as snacks or in recipes because I know it's one of the ways all of my family will enjoy getting their dairy!

Unfortunately, not all families have that luxury .....

“Hungry families in Arizona are missing out on nutrient-rich milk because it’s not typically donated to food banks, even though it’s in high demand. Most people don’t realize how challenging it is to get milk into our food bank. We’re hopeful this program will increase awareness and inspire people to take action.” - spokesperson for United Food Bank

This homemade Mexican Pizza recipe is better than the famous fast food joint's! Get your daily dose of dairy with melty cheese and a dollop of sour cream! #DairyMonth #ad

Arizona Milk Producers, in partnership with Shamrock Farms and the Arizona Diamondbacks, plan to donate 1,600 gallons of milk to families in need, and Arizonans can ensure this happens by participating in June Dairy Month activities.

The Arizona Diamondbacks will support the program at their Saturday, June 20th game vs. the Padres where Shamrock Farms will donate 10 gallons of milk to United Food Bank for every baseball hit or run scored by our hometown team, and for every home run, the local dairy will donate 100 gallons of milk (up to 500 gallons total). In addition, buy-one give-one Shamrock Farms milk coupons will be distributed at the Arizona Milk Producers booth (near the Sandlot) inside Chase Field.

Residents are encouraged to visit dairycouncilofaz.org from June 1 - 30 to participate in “Daily Dose of Dairy” for the chance to win a daily prize, which includes a $25 grocery gift card and a Shamrock Farms free dairy certificate. Each time someone enters, the recommended daily intake of dairy (three servings) will be donated to the United Food Bank. All entrants are eligible to win the grand prize - a $250 grocery gift card and an Arizona Milk Producers prize. Also as part of the program, Arizonans will be invited to make their own milk donation to the Great American Milk Drive, which makes it easy to donate milk to food insecure families in our community. Donating will be as easy as the click of a few buttons on Arizona Milk Producers website.

This homemade Mexican Pizza recipe is better than the famous fast food joint's! Get your daily dose of dairy with melty cheese and a dollop of sour cream! #DairyMonth #ad


Mexican Pizza
by Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients 
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1 envelope (1.25 oz.) taco seasoning (or use homemade)
  • 12 taco-size flour tortillas
  • 1 can (16 oz.) refried beans (or use homemade)
  • 1 can (10 oz.) enchilada sauce (or use homemade)
  • 2 cups (8 oz.) Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1 can (2.25 oz.) sliced black olives
  • Sour cream, for serving (optional)

Instructions

1. Brown and crumble ground beef in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Drain if necessary. Add the packet of taco seasoning and ¾ cup water. Bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally until most of the water has evaporated. Set beef mixture aside.

2. Spread about ⅓-cup of the beans onto 6 tortillas. Top each bean tortilla with some of the beef mixture, dividing the beef evenly between the tortillas. Spread the beef evenly over the beans. Top each bean and meat tortilla with a plain tortilla.

3. Preheat oven to 500°F.

4. Heat a skillet or griddle over medium-high heat. Place pizzas in skillet and cook for 3-5 minutes or until golden brown. Carefully flip the pizzas over and cook an additional 3-5 minutes or until golden brown. Remove the pizzas to a large baking sheet. Repeat with remaining pizzas.

5. Top each pizza with enchilada sauce. Sprinkle with ⅓ cup cheese. Top with tomatoes, green onions and black olives. Bake pizzas for 3-5 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the pizza is heated through.

6. To serve, slice pizza into fourths with a pizza cutter. Serve with sour cream, if desired.

Note:

I was able to bake 3 pizzas at a time on my large baking sheet.

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This homemade Mexican Pizza recipe is better than the famous fast food joint's! Get your daily dose of dairy with melty cheese and a dollop of sour cream! #DairyMonth #ad
My family loves melty cheese like on this Mexican Pizza. What is your family's favorite way to get your daily dose of dairy? Yogurt parfaits for breakfast? Grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch? Chocolate milk with dinner? Leave a comment telling me your favorite!

This homemade Mexican Pizza recipe is better than the famous fast food joint's! Get your daily dose of dairy with melty cheese and a dollop of sour cream! #DairyMonth #ad

Here are a few other cheesy Mexican-style dishes you may enjoy:


7 Layer Burritos - an easy, fuss-free meatless meal option!
7 Layer Burritos

Margarita Chicken Tacos are the perfect weeknight meal! Fire up the grill and get dinner on the table in about 30 minutes. #tacos #grilling #chicken
Margarita Chicken Tacos

This Black Bean & Corn Enchilada Quinoa Casserole is a hearty and stick-to-your-ribs good meal! It has all of the flavors you love in traditional Mexican food, but is much healthier with the addition of quinoa and plenty of veggies!
Black Bean & Corn Enchilada Quinoa Casserole

Take your taste buds south of the border with these Beef Enchiladas.
Beef Enchiladas

I hope you enjoy! Shared at these fun parties!

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19 comments:

  1. Yum! Mexican pizzas were always a childhood favorite when we'd go out to eat. We hardly ever go out to eat now either, but I could definitely make something like this!

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  2. I love this! It looks amazing and delicious. I love how you layered it too. I know my family will love this one. I'll put it on our dinner list.

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  3. I love this dish! So many of my favorite ingredients!

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  4. This looks absolutely delicious Jamie and wish I could try some now! Pinned and shared!

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  5. Deeeelish! Coming from Memories by the Mile! Tweeted and pinned!

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  6. Everyone in our house loves pizza and everyone in this house loves Mexican food - what a great combination.... PLUS I have to pin those Mexican dishes!

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  7. I bet my kids would love Mexican pizza! Can't wait to try it!

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  8. A girl after my heart!! Two of my favorite foodies rolled into one!! Mexican Pizza, Genius!!

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  9. That looks amazing! I am so ready to eat it right now.

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  10. I pinned it all...looks perfect for our family! Thanks for sharing with the Thursday Blog Hop!

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  11. We do love us some Mexican pizza....(take out of course)....but I think next time we'll be trying your version at home!

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  12. This pizza looks delicious, Jamie! I love Mexican food, and trying a pizza version is a great idea!

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  13. This is such a great idea! and it looks delicious!

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  14. I love making homemade seasoning beans and sauce, and using corn tortillas means gluten free!

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  15. Can you get the flour Tortilla first then put brand on and meat and then Bake it or is that too much. I like crispy Mexican pizzas and was wondering IDF that would help make them more crispy.. Let me know what you think thanks.

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    1. I like mine crispy too, Darlene! I love to cook my pizzas like a quesadilla to help crisp the tortilla and then I put it in the oven to melt the cheese and heat everything through a final time. For me, this is the perfect crispness! Feel free to adjust things to how it works best for you!

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  16. Thank you for this post. I used to get Mexican pizza from a local fast food joint when I was in high school and have not had one in years. A few months ago I was craving a Mexican pizza and tried to make one at home without any kind of recipe and it was not the best. I will try your recipe, it looks easy and delicious!

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I love reading your comments. Thanks so much for taking the time to read and respond. :)

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