Mexican Pizza


Deconstructed nachos were the inspiration behind this fun pizza. Made with chili-spiced black-bean puree, tomatoes, olives, shredded lettuce and low-fat Jack cheese on a whole-wheat crust, the pie also gets a little low-fat sour cream (that nacho staple) on top. More Top Chef Dishes

Mexican Pizza
Photo: © Pernille Pedersen
Total Time:
45 mins
4 servings (6 for kids)


  • 1 cup canned black beans (rinsed)

  • ½ cup coarsely chopped jarred roasted red peppers

  • 1 garlic clove

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder

  • Kosher salt

  • 1 pound whole-wheat pizza dough

  • Cornmeal (for dusting)

  • 1 cup shredded low-fat Monterey Jack cheese (3 ounces)

  • ½ cup grape tomatoes (halved)

  • ¼ cup pitted black olives (sliced)

  • 1 scallion (thinly sliced)

  • 1 cup shredded butter lettuce

  • 3 tablespoons reduced-fat sour cream


  1. Set a pizza stone on the bottom of the oven and preheat the oven to 450°. In a food processor, combine the black beans with the roasted red peppers, garlic clove and chili powder and puree until smooth. Season with salt.

  2. Stretch the pizza dough to a 12-inch round and transfer to a cornmeal-dusted pizza peel. Spread the black-bean puree on top, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Sprinkle with the cheese, tomatoes, olives and scallion.

  3. Slide the pizza onto the preheated stone and bake for 12 minutes, until the bottom is crisp and the cheese is bubbling. Transfer the pizza to a work surface and top with the lettuce and dollops of the sour cream. Cut into 4 or 6 wedges and serve at once.

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