Mexican Pizza

Posted on April 30, 2012

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I have a couple of questions for you today…

Do you like Mexican?

Do you like Taco Bell?

Do you have leftover lentil taco “meat” or leftover ground beef, turkey, or chicken?

Are you trying to decrease your sodium intake?

If you answered yes to those questions, then you are in luck because I have the perfect recipe for you:

Mexican Pizza!

Taco Bell’s Mexican Pizza is soo delicious… so so delicious. Unfortunately, not many items on a fast food menu can be considered healthy – talk about sodium! The Mexican Pizza has 860mg sodium {more than 1/3 of your daily limit}**.

Like I’ve mentioned before, preparing your own meals can help you eat healthier by controlling the ingredients and having the ability to lower the calories, saturated fat, sodium, etc. This Mexican pizza is under 500 calories, has 30% less sodium, and twice the fiber.

Homemade Mexican Pizza

Serves 1

  • 2 whole wheat tortillas
  • ½ cup black or kidney beans, mashed
  • ¼ tsp salt-free Southwest seasoning, like The Delicious Dietitian Southwest Spice Blend
  • 1 TBSP water
  • ½ cup leftover seasoned taco filling, like lentils, lean ground beef or turkey*
  • 3 TBSP low-sodium pizza sauce
  • ¼ cup chopped tomatoes
  • 5 TBSP reduced-fat taco cheese blend, divided
  • 1 chopped green onion or 1 TBSP cooked onion, optional

Place tortillas directly on oven racks, and turn oven on to 400°F. Toast tortillas for 5 minutes in preheating oven. Flip and toast another 3 minutes (be sure the tortillas aren’t browning too much). Set aside.

Mix mashed beans, Southwest seasoning blend, and water. Spread onto one tortilla. Put tortilla on a baking sheet lined with foil or sprayed with cooking spray. Top mashed beans with seasoned taco filling. Sprinkle 2 TBSP cheese over it. Top with other tortilla.

Spread pizza sauce over tortilla. Sprinkle with tomatoes and onions if desired. Top with remaining 3 TBSP cheese.

Bake at 400°F for 8 minutes. Enjoy!

*If you are using unseasoned ground beef, turkey, chicken, or lentils be sure to season it with ¼ to ½ tsp of Southwest seasoning blend before adding it to pizza.

**Fast food can fit into any diet in moderation. Even though my Mexican Pizza is delicious, so is Taco Bell’s. And I will certainly still order it on occasion.

I linked this recipe to Slice of Southern: Southern Sundays slice of southern button

I hope you have a great week

Meme

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