Monday, April 26, 2010

Mexican Pizza


April 132

Just wanted to drop in for a bit this morning and share a recent (successful) pizza experiment for “Pizza and a Movie Night”!

My husband’s father grew up in Colonia Dublan Mexico, and my husband lived in Brazil for 2 years before we met.  These wonderful men have brought some very delicious flavors to our meals.  Beans and rice in all their varieties, and the exciting flavors of latin cuisine influence my meal planning heavily.  They have not crossed over into our pizza making though…until now! 

Although to some it was an adjustment to let go of the “traditional” taste and flavor of “regular” pizza, it was met by the majority with rave reviews!  Enjoy!

Mexican Pizza

1 cup shredded taco cheese blend or Mexican cheese

3/4 cup taco sauce (recipe below)

Pizza Crust

2 Tablespoons chopped cilantro (preferably fresh…but dried works!)

1 1/4 cups corn

12 oz.  cooked fajita style chicken strips (recipe below)

chopped avocado

chopped fresh tomato

Prepare pizza crust and spread in greased or cornmealed pan.  Spread Taco Sauce.  Sprinkle cheese.  Spread corn.  Spread chicken.  Bake at 450 for ~15 minutes until cheese is bubbly and crust is golden brown.  Remove from oven and sprinkle cilantro, tomaot, and avocado over pizza!  Enjoy! 

Fajita Seasoning Mix

3 Tablespoons cornstarch

2 Tablespoons chili powder

1 Tablespoon salt

1 Tablespoon paprika

1 Tablespoon sugar

2 1/2 teaspoons crushed chicken bouillon cube

1 1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/2 teaspoons garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

1/2 teaspoon cumin

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl.  Pour into a small glass container, seal tightly and store in a cool, dry place.  Makes the equivalent of 3 packets of commercial or purchased Fajita Seasoning Mix. 

Pour cooked chicken into a sauce pan with its own juices.  (If chicken is dry add ~1/3 cup water).  Add 2-3 Tablespoons of Fajita Seasoning Mix to chicken (to taste) .  Cook on medium to low heat until chicken has completely absorbed the seasoning.  Remove from heat and add to pizza. 

Taco Sauce

1 (8oz.) can tomato sauce

1/3 cup water

1/4 teaspoon chili powder

1 1/2 teaspoons cumin

1 1/2 teaspoons minced onion

1 Tablespoon white vinegar

1/2 teaspoons garlic salt

1/4 teaspoon paprika

1/4 teaspoon sugar

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Place in sauce pan and stir well, simmer at very low temperature for 15-20 minutes.  Remove and cool.  May be kept in the refrigerator for several days. 

Can I tell you how excited I am to try fresh veggie pizzas soon…very soon!