Mini Mexican pizzas are the perfect, bite-sized party appetizer. They can be made ahead of time and frozen until you are ready to party, which is grande, especially if you have a few more labor-intensive recipes you'll be working on the day of the event. They heat up very quickly and are full of flavor. Bonus: if you eat 8 to 10 of them, it makes for a little meal all on its own. Serve them with a side salad, some Mexican rice, or as part of your DIY Nacho Bar.
- 12 corn tortillas
- Optional: canola oil (for frying)
- 8 ounces refried beans
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon hot sauce
- 1/2 cup Mexican cheese (shredded)
- 1/8 cup taco sauce
- Garnish: 1/4 cup sour cream
- Garnish: 2 tablespoons cilantro (chopped)
- Garnish: 2 tablespoons scallions (chopped)
Cut two rounds out of each tortilla using a small biscuit cutter or tracing around the edge of a small glass with a paring knife.
Heat the canola oil in a dutch oven or heavy-bottomed pot to 375 F using a candy or frying thermometer. Add 5 to 6 tortilla rounds to the hot oil. Fry for about 3 to 4 minutes, flipping them half way through cooking. They should be lightly golden brown and crispy. Remove with a slotted spoon and place them on a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Repeat with all of the corn tortillas.
Preheat the oven to 425 F.
After the tortillas have cooked combine the refried beans with the garlic powder, salt, and hot sauce.
Place about 1 to 2 teaspoons of the refried bean mixture onto the top of each fried corn tortilla round. Spread it evenly, almost completely to the edges.
Top each mini Mexican pizza with a sprinkling of the shredded cheese. Place the completed Mexican pizzas on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Bake in the oven for 5 to 7 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the edges are slightly browned.
Drizzle each pizza with the taco sauce. It's helpful to put the taco sauce in a small squirt bottle.
Add a small amount of sour cream to each Mexican pizza and sprinkle them with the chopped cilantro and scallions. All three garnishes are optional, but they make the pizzas look pretty and add a pop of flavor.
If you are looking for a low-calorie version, you can alter some of the ingredients. Instead of using regular refried beans, try using fat-free refried beans. Instead of using sour cream, use fat-free and protein packed Greek yogurt. Instead of regular cheese, trying substituting part skim shredded cheese.
You can also change up the cheeses and try an authentic Cotija or just simple Monterey Jack.
You can also spray the tortilla rounds with cooking spray and bake them instead of frying them. Just pop them in a 375 F oven for 8 to 10 minutes.