Spicy Mexican Pizzas on a board

Spicy Mexican Pizzas

Spicy Mexican Pizzas aren’t spicy like you think…not blow your head off spicy, but a different kind of spice! An easy weeknight dinner idea the family will love!


An Easy Mexican Recipe Perfect for Weeknight Dinners

I remember ordering Mexican Pizzas back when I was a teenager from Taco Bell. They were so good and at the time that was what Mexican food was to me. Man, have I come a long way since Taco Bell. I’ve come to really like Mexican and Southwestern flavors and recipes – as you can see by the amount of those kinds of recipes on the site here.

What I didn’t realize at the time was there were refried beans on that Mexican Pizza. I really didn’t care, I just knew it tasted good, I just knew I liked them.

But as an adult if you handed me nachos or quesadillas with refried beans on them I probably would have turned it away.

Weird, right? I don’t know what I got in my head as I grew up and stopped eating at Taco Bell but I just thought I didn’t like them.

Once again I’ve been proven wrong and I just realized it with my first bite of this Spicy Mexican Pizza.

There’s a different kind of spicy going on here, not the blow your head off kind of spicy but just a nice, mild spicy. The spicy arugula, the radishes and just one single slice of habanero in the center. If that’s not going to work for you, just add a jalapeño slice instead or you can leave it off.

How to Make Mexican Pizzas

All you need to do is brush oil onto a few flour tortillas and get them into the oven for a few minuets until they crisp up. They might bubble up too so when you take them out of the oven just poke the bubbles with a knife to let the steam out.


Then you can start to assemble the pizzas.

First spread some of those refried beans onto each tortilla. As much or as little as you like, just get it spread out even.

Then add the seasoned beef on top of the beans, I like a good amount of the beef on there too so don’t be shy.

Now into the oven again just to heat the toppings back up – just about 5 minutes – then it’s time for the cold toppings.

The arugula, radishes, cilantro and cojita cheese go on last and you can add these toppings as much or as little as you like too. These are your Spicy Mexican Pizzas so make them good.


If you’ve never tried cojita cheese, this was a new ingredient for me today too. It crumbles like feta but is a lot more mild and a lot saltier than feta cheese. We’ll definitely be buying more cojita in the future for more tacos or nachos or even on salads.

All that’s left to do is eat!

These pizzas would be perfect for entertaining too – you an set out all the toppings and let everyone make their own!




Spicy Mexican Pizzas

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 30 min
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Oven / Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Mexican


Spicy Mexican Pizzas aren’t spicy like you think…not blow your head off spicy, but a different kind of spice! An easy weeknight dinner idea the family will love!


  • 1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 6 flour tortillas
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 15 oz. can refried beans
  • 8 oz. cojita cheese, crumbled


  • arugula
  • sliced radishes
  • cilantro
  • avocado
  • limes
  • more cojita cheese
  • habanero or jalapeño peppers (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Brown the beef in a large skillet and season with the salt, garlic powder, cumin and chili powder.
  3. Drain off any fat in the skillet and remove to a bowl to cool.
  4. Brush the torillas with the oil and place onto a baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 5-8 minutes, watching carefully so they don’t get too brown, then remove from the oven.
  6. If the tortillas bubble up at all just poke the bubble with a knife and let the steam escape.
  7. Spread a layer of the beans on each tortilla, followed by a layer of the beef.
  8. Add about 2 tablespoons of the cojita to each tortilla and place back in the oven for 5 minutes.
  9. Remove the pizzas to a board and top with desired toppings.

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