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"Beef Tortilla Pizza" makes over an Italian dish into a Mexican dish!
"Beef Tortilla Pizza" makes over an Italian dish into a Mexican dish!
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It's a common fact that pizza is purely Italian. If you consult an Italian cookbook, however, you'll learn that the true authentic pizza is not made in Italy as it is here in this country! The true Italian pizza is rather basic and doesn't have a lot of toppings. I hope to try my hand at preparing pizza the authentic Italian way at some point, but until then, I still know how to make it as we do in the USA!

Pizza has long been a favorite food of mine, just as Mexican food is. I came across a recipe sometime ago that combines these two cuisines into one to create "Beef Tortilla Pizza". This is essentially the pizza principle with Mexican influence. Not only is this a different way to make pizza, it's also very easy to do. There is a crust, but you don't have to be concerned with yeast dough or any dough at all, for that matter. The crust is made of flour tortillas, so you can see that this is going to be a breeze to make.

To begin, you brown ground beef with onion. Oregano and salt go in after draining the beef. You'll be using four 10-inch tortillas and these are brushed with oil and heated in a hot oven for three minutes. The beef mixture is spooned over each tortilla and topped with chopped tomato, fresh basil, along with mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses. This goes back into the oven and is baked for 12-14 minutes or until it's browned. Slice into wedges and dinner is served!

If you wanted to use the corn tortillas, I'm sure you could. You would prepare them just as you would in the directions above. Also, if you wanted to make a "personal" pizza, you could use the smaller tortillas, which measure about six inches wide. You could even add more of your own toppings. Feel free to be creative! Some suggestions for toppings include chiles, Monterey Jack cheese, and green or red peppers. If you wanted to, you could even add about a teaspoon of chili powder to the beef mixture. These suggestions would make your pizzas more Mexican!

Not too long ago, I wrote an article on "Guacamole", which is a favorite condiment that's a great appetizer when you're serving Mexican food. If you missed this article, click on this link:

http://www.examiner.com/article/guacamole-a-classic-mexican-favorite

For those times you're in the mood for Mexican food, but pizza would also be something you'd like, combine both ideas in to one dish by following this recipe:

BEEF TORTILLA PIZZA

  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 large (10 inch) flour tortillas
  • vegetable oil for brushing on the tortillas
  • 1 medium tomato, seeded and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon thinly sliced fresh basil
  • 1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Brown the ground beef and onion in a skillet over medium heat for about 8-10 minutes or until beef is no longer pink. Drain off fat. Stir in the oregano and salt. Lightly brush tortillas with oil and place on two baking sheets. Bake in preheated oven for 3 minutes. Spoon the beef mixture evenly over each tortilla. Top with an equal amount of tomato. Sprinkle with basil and cheeses. Return to the oven and bake for 12-14 minutes or until lightly browned. Yield: 4 10-inch pizzas.