I have a weakness for Mexican food. The cheese, the spicy flavors, the deliciously seasoned meats. What’s not to love? I also have a weakness for meals I can prep ahead of time and keep in my fridge or freezer for those nights where I’m racing the clock to get dinner on the table.
Last month, during Retail Crunch Time 2014 (otherwise known as Christmas), I threw these little babies together really quick one night and popped them in the oven. They were delicious! Neither Jeff nor I could believe how yummy they were!
Plus everything is better in mini, right?
(Sorry it took me so long to get this one up, Mrs. Linda!)
Mini Mexican Pizzas
(adapted from this recipe)
5-6 large whole wheat tortillas
1 cup lean ground turkey or beef, browned and drained
1/2 cup salsa (I like Kroger’s version of Tostitos salsa)
1/2 packet dry taco seasoning
1/2 can whole kernel corn, drained
1/2 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 can refried beans
1/2 cup shredded cheddar or Mexican blend cheese
Optional: black olives, chopped tomatoes, shredded lettuce, sour cream
Preheat oven to 425*. Spray muffin tins with nonstick cooking spray. I believe this recipe made 18, but I can’t be positive.
Lay out your tortillas on a flat surface and cut out rounds to fit your muffin tins. I want to say I ended up going with a 3″ diameter round that fit in my muffin tins but as it was over a month ago and my brain isn’t quite as young as it used to be, I’m having a tough time remembering. Some blogger I am…
Press each round into the muffin tins. They don’t have to be perfect or even go all the way up each side. They just have to cover a decent amount of the surface area of the muffin tins.
In a small bowl, combine your turkey or beef, salsa, taco seasoning, corn, black beans, and refried beans. Stir to combine. Scoop about 1/8th of a cup of the filling into each cup. Top with cheese (divided equally) and bake in preheated oven for 12-15 minutes or until the cheese has melted and everything is warmed through.
Serve with toppings if you choose.
My favorite part of this recipe was how the tortillas got a little crispy on the bottom. Mmm…this are definitely going on next week’s cooking list!