Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Recipe: Mexican Pizza

Before switching to a plant-based diet, I loved Taco Bell's Mexican Pizzas. While Taco Bell is still one of the most vegan-friendly fast food chains around (their refried beans have NO lard!), their Mexican pizza is lacking once you take off all of the animals products.
 
I was able to create a vegan-friendly version of Mexican Pizza that is just as tasty, without all the cholesterol. I serve mine even without vegan cheese (it's not needed), but feel free to add it if you must have your cheese. I recommend Daiya cheddar shreds, if you choose to go this route.
 


Mexican Pizza

12 small (6" diameter) corn tortillas
1/2 c. cooking oil
1 can of fat-free refried beans

Filling

1 bag Boca crumbles
1 onion, chopped
2 Tbsp. cooking oil (vegetable or canola)
3 Tbsp. taco seasoning
1/2 c. water
1 Tbsp. soy sauce

Preheat oil in skillet over medium heat. Add Boca crumbles and onions. Cook until Boca crumbles are heated through and onions are tender. Add your favorite taco seasoning and water to the skillet. Mix well. Add soy sauce and continue cooking for 2 more minutes.

Sauce

1 15-ounce can tomato sauce
1 6-ounce can tomato paste
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. cumin
1 Tbsp. sugar

In a saucepan, combine all ingredients and cook over medium high heat until it just starts to bubble.


In a frying pan, heat 1/2 c. of cooking oil over medium high heat. When the oil is hot, fry each corn tortilla for about 30 seconds on each side (or until golden brown). Remove and drain on paper towels.


To assemble the pizza:
Spread a large spoonful of refried beans on a corn tortilla. Spread a large spoonful of Boca filling on top of the refried beans. Top with a second corn tortilla. Spread a large spoonful of sauce on the top of the pizza. Add desired toppings: tomatoes, olives, green onion, vegan cheese, salsa, etc. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes (or until cheese is melted, if you choose to add cheese).

Feel free to add your favorite vegan sour cream or sliced avocados for garnish. For kids (or adults), use a pizza cutter and cut pizza into four pieces.

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