Mexican Pizza

MM is in L.A. for work, so I decided to take a weekend trip home to Pittsburgh. One of my other sisters is coming home from D.C. and we are going to celebrate her son’s second birthday. I am told it is going to be a Diego themed party – Diego is the Spanish speaking friend of Dora the Explorer, which is a very popular children’s cartoon character who exposes little kids to the Spanish language. The party will only be our family, but two of my sisters who live in Pittsburgh have six children in total, so the party will be full.

When I asked my sister what she was doing for the theme, she only had a pinata in mind. Being that I LOVE planning parties and making themes for everything, I was shocked. What about the menu? What about decor? What about music? My sister mentioned that she was worried the little kids wouldn’t be experimental with Mexican food, and she was thinking of having pizza…I had to find a compromise.

So, in addition to a few normal pizzas for backup, I am going to make a MEXICAN DIEGO PIZZA! Hopefully, I can fool all of my nieces and nephews into eating it because I know once they try, they will love it.

1/2 pound stir-fry beef strips
1 pound frozen pepper stir-fry, thawed
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons taco seasoning mix
1 (12-inch thin) pizza crust (recommended: Boboli)
1/2 cup lime-garlic salsa (recommended: Pace)
2 cups shredded Mexican blend cheese
Sour cream, for serving
Refrigerated guacamole, for serving
Fresh cilantro, for garnish

-Set up grill for direct cooking over medium heat – oil grate when ready to start cooking
-In a bowl, combine beef strips, pepper stir-fry, oil and taco seasoning

-Grill beef and pepper strips on hot oiled grill about 5 minutes total
-Remove pizza crust from package and place on grill

-Top with salsa, cheese, beef and pepper strips
-Turn heat down to medium and cook pizza covered for 8 to 10 minutes or until cheese has melted and starts to bubble.
-Serve hot garnished with sour cream, guacamole, and cilantro.

INDOOR: Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Combine and season beef and pepper strips as directed. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a large frying pan. When oil is hot, saute beef and pepper strips for 5 minutes. Remove from pan; set aside. Remove pizza crusts from package and top with salsa and cheese. Top with beef and peppers and bake in preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until cheese is melted and begun to bubble. Garnish as directed.

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