If you follow my blog regularly, then you know all too well about my husband and I being stationed over in England. While we were there, I often craved my favorite foods from the States. And if I couldn't get them in England, I would try to recreate them at home. One of those things was Mexican Pizza. Now we all know Mexico has no such thing as a Mexican Pizza. It's one of those foods that Taco Bell created for the American consumer. Not that anything Taco Bell makes is truly Mexican, but ya know, we like it. Although, I have to ask, have they changed something with the meat recently? It's been tasting a bit funky. Not sure what's going on there. Anyhoo, while in England, I set about creating my own version. And this is it! I still make it today and I gotta say, I love it because I can make it as big or as small as I want it. Personal serving sizes...or enough for a crowd.
1 pound ground beef
1 package taco seasoning
1 can (14 oz.) refried beans
1 can (12 oz.) enchilada sauce
1 package flour tortilla shells
1 package shredded Mexican cheese blend
1 medium tomato, diced
You do not have to use this particular brand of tortilla shells. Your favorite flour tortilla shells will work fine.
Preheat oven to 350F degrees (for your tortillas.) Start by browning and crumbling your ground beef. Drain excess grease. Add taco seasoning packet and add water (per directions on package) and stir. On a baking sheet sprayed with nonstick spray. Place your tortillas on sheet in a single layer. Bake for a few minutes on one side. Flip them over and bake for a few minutes on the other side. You want them golden brown. Oven times vary but it took about 4-5 minutes per side for mine. (Don't turn your oven off yet).
In a microwaveable-safe bowl, begin heating up your refried beans in the microwave. Now the fun begins! Begin stacking everything. On one baked tortilla, slather a layer of refried beans. Then place a layer of seasoned ground beef. Place another baked tortilla on top. Slather a bit of the enchilada sauce on top. Then place some shredded cheese on top of the sauce. Place the whole Mexican pizza back onto the baking sheet. Put back in the oven for a few minutes (just until the cheese melts.) Take it out and throw a few diced tomatoes on top. Slice and serve!
Cook's Notes: When I first started making these, I would fry the tortilla shells. I bake them now but if you enjoy the taste of a fried tortilla shell, by all means, feel free to fry them.
Printable Recipe HERE
Printable Recipe HERE