Friday, December 28, 2012

Trader Joe's Mexican Pizza

Somehow I have managed to avoid Taco Bell my entire pregnancy. This has been soooo hard since I love their Mexican pizza but I knew as soon as I had one, I'd be in the drive-thru everyday ordering another. I especially love my pizza smothered in extra hot sauce and extra tomatoes. Oh the deliciousness but so so unhealthy. When I saw this homemade version on Pinterest I loaded up my grocery cart with all the ingredients that day and made it for dinner. Success! It's really good and I love that I can buy organic ingredients and grass-fed beef while still satisfying a craving.
Was there anything you avoided during pregnancy because you knew you couldn't have just one?

Mexican Pizza Recipe

by Trader Joes Recipes
Yield: 2 Mexican Pizzas
Prep time: 20 min | Cook time: 25 min


  • 1/2 pound Trader Joe's Ground Beef or Ground Turkey
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 15-oz can Trader Joe's Traditional Style Fat Free Refried Beans
  • 4 9-inch flour tortillas
  • 1/2 cup Trader Joe's Chunky Salsa, or your favorite salsa
  • 2 cups Trader Joe's Lite 3 Cheese Blend
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 2 roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1/4 cup Trader Joe's Extra Large Black Pitted Olives, sliced


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Place meat, onion and garlic in a skillet over medium heat. Cook until beef is evenly browned. Drain off grease. Season the meat with chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt, and pepper.
  3. Coat 2 pie plates with non-stick cooking spray. Place one tortilla in each pie plate and cover with a layer of refried beans. Spread half of the seasoned meat over each tortilla and then cover with a second tortilla. Bake for 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly.
  4. Spread half of the salsa over the top tortillas. Top each pizza with half of the cheese, tomatoes, green onions, and olives. Return the pizzas to the oven, bake until the cheese is melted, about 5 to 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly. Slice each pizza into 4 pieces and serve.


  1. I love all things Mexican! The pizza looks wonderful. I don't think I had the will to avoid anything when I was pregnant (a couple of decades ago). I remember having a patty melt for dinner 5 out of the 7 days one week...I think that was the worst of it., I'm lying. Rice Krispies Treats all to myself..polished off in 2 1/2 days...and then there was the pecan pie incident. (thank God these moments of weakness spanned across 2 pregnancies).

  2. Yummy! A great alternative- probably just as delicious (if not better!!).