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May 18, 2011 11:06 AM

Want to make mexican pizza w leftovers - suggestions?

I have left over ground beef and mexican rice from taco night. I want to make a pizza tonight with the leftovers to switch it up but I want to make a nontraditional pizza - any suggestions? I have all kinds of veggies and ingredients to work with so I can get creative:) thanks!!!

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  1. What about a grilled crust, dusted with cornmeal, topped with a layer of refried beans, the beef and rice, cheese, sliced avocado and some grilled romaine? If you want more moisture, you can replace the beans with a tomato sauce made from roasted tomatoes and mulato or ancho chiles. Add a good helping of oregano and top your pizza with roasted onions for some depth.

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    1. re: JungMann

      That sounds so good and i was thinking of something like that..the only thing is I wanted to do something that wasn't necessarily classically mexican, if you know what I mean. I wanted to use the meat and/or rice and/or salsa but in a nontraditional way.

    2. Forget the pizza and make quesadillas. Melted cheese will keep the meat and rice in place. I make quesadillas the easy way. I fill only half of each flour tortilla and fold the unfilled half over. This method does not require the traditional flipping after one side is fried, just turn it on the other side with a pair of tongs and finish by frying the other side. I'm not adept at flipping. Then cut the quesadilla into 3 wedges.

      1. You could add a binder (egg, flour, etc) to the rice and make IT your crust - press it into the bottom of a well oiled cast-iron skillet and bake until crispy (might work on a pizza pan too, not sure), then add your toppings. Salsa for the sauce, then add your meat, vegetables and cheese. I like caramelized onions and sauteed peppers with taco stuff. Garnish with avocado, olives and sour cream before serving!