Remember Taco Bell pizzas? Anyone who has ever had a love of fast food knows Taco Bell pizzas. There was something so good about them. Maybe it was the flour tortilla crust, all crunchy and munchy. What was not so good about them? How truly bad they are for your body. Probably not such a big deal when I was in my 20’s. Certainly an issue now that I’m in my 40’s. From the perspective of my thighs, if nothing else. And, I’d like to keep my kids as far away from fast food as I can. It’s such a horrible habit to get into and such a difficult one to break. Try this lighter, healthier version and I promise, you’ll forget about your Taco Bell days!
1 ¼ cups shredded Cheddar Cheese
¼ cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
2 Tbs olive oil
8 (6″) flour tortillas
1 small onion chopped (or buy the pre-chopped from the produce section)
1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained
½ cup salsa, mild or spicy
*Optional – 2 oz canned chopped mild green chiles
*Optional – You can add about ½ a cup of any meats you may prefer, pulled pork, chorizo (casing removed), shredded chicken, etc.
Preheat oven to 350°. Mix half the Cheddar cheese with the Monterey Jack in a bowl and set aside.
Brush a baking sheet with 1 Tbs olive oil (or line with parchment paper) and arrange tortillas in a single layer. Using a fork, puncture each tortilla a few times. Sprinkle remaining cheddar cheese evenly over 4 of the tortillas, then cover each with a remaining tortilla. Bake 5-6 minutes or until browned slightly.
While tortillas bake, heating 1 Tbs olive oil in a skillet and cook onions until browned. Add beans and partially mash with a potato masher or the back of a fork.
Remove tortilla pizzas from the oven and top each with bean mixture. Top with salsa, green chiles (if using), meat (if using), and cheese mixture. Return to oven and back until cheese melts, about 10-20 minutes. Serve with sour cream, tomatoes, lettuce, avacado.
Wine Pairing Suggestions:
Prep time: 20 minutes; Cook time: 25 minutes
*Derived from Bush’s Beans
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