I devised this simple snack for my Cinco de Mayo Fiesta party years ago. An instant hit, they get gobbled up so fast that I enlist guests and form an assembly line at the grill, no skillet needed. Guests love being involved in the action.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
10 mins
total:
30 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
6 pizzas
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat refried beans in a microwave-safe bowl in the microwave on high until warmed through, about 2 minutes, stirring after 1 minute.

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  • Spray both sides of each corn tortilla with cooking spray and arrange them on a wire rack.

  • Heat a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Pan-fry one side of each tortilla until lightly browned, about 3 minutes. Return tortillas to wire rack, browned sides up.

  • Spread a thin layer of refried beans onto the tortillas, stopping about 1/2 inch from the edge.

  • Sprinkle Mexican cheese blend over refried beans.

  • Carefully transfer a tortilla pizza back to the skillet, bean side up.

  • Lightly fry until cheese begins to melt, about 1 minute more; return tortilla pizza to wire rack. Repeat with remaining pizzas.

  • Scatter tomatoes, green onions, cilantro, and olives over melted cheese.

  • Slice pizzas to serve.

Cook's Notes:

Crisp tortillas on an open grill over low/medium heat or with a griddle placed on the grill over high heat.

Always set browned tortillas on a wire cooling rack to prevent them from steaming and losing their crispness. Do not overload with toppings, just a very thin layer of beans and light sprinkling of cheese. Be sure to scoop the gel from the tomatoes before dicing. Soggy crust is your enemy and will make for flimsy slices.

Nutrition Facts

154 calories; protein 7.4g 15% DV; carbohydrates 13.8g 4% DV; fat 8.2g 13% DV; cholesterol 21.7mg 7% DV; sodium 345.2mg 14% DV. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
04/21/2012
I made enough for three people. I did not worry about pan frying them I just heated them on both sides of the tortilla in the skillet took the tortilla out laid the warm tortilla on a foil lined cookie sheet and topped it then baked it until everything was warm and melty. I served this with my homemade salsa. I loved the simplicity of this recipe (the kids thought that tortilla pizzas were great) and it used the rest of a package of tortillas I had to get rid of. Win/win. I'll make this again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/21/2012
I made enough for three people. I did not worry about pan frying them I just heated them on both sides of the tortilla in the skillet took the tortilla out laid the warm tortilla on a foil lined cookie sheet and topped it then baked it until everything was warm and melty. I served this with my homemade salsa. I loved the simplicity of this recipe (the kids thought that tortilla pizzas were great) and it used the rest of a package of tortillas I had to get rid of. Win/win. I'll make this again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/03/2012
My family LOVED these and they are so easy to put together! I did use chives instead of green onions because I have an herb explosion in my backyard right now--including cilantro! These are perfect for a quick Cinco de Mayo party and so simple to do you can throw a party in minutes; ). We ate ours with sour cream and taco sauce. Thanks Lucylove! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/23/2013
A very simple quick summer night meal especially if you let the hubs do the tortilla cooking while you cut everything up. He actually cooked both sides of the tortilla then we topped with the toppings the beans were so hot the cheese melts when you put it over them. We actually make this often but use flour tortillas in a burrito style so corn was a nice treat. I checked three stores and the largest corn tortillas I could find were only 5 1/2 inch but still worked fine. Oh almost forgot this was the recipe of the week selection. Thanks Lucy. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/21/2012
Used flour tortilla instead (none of us likes corn tortilla just a personal preference) and everyone enjoyed it. Made it the lazy people's way... browned them in a skillet on stovetop and then added beans and cheese and heated it more and then removed them topped it with everything else and moved them to preheated toasteroven for a few more minutes to keep them warm. Voila! Thanks for sharing. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/27/2013
I admit to changing the method a tad but these were good. I used the recommended grill method and after burning the first batch I lowered the heat and slowly browned them(it took about 10 minutes a side). I did both sides prior to topping them and did not replace to melt the cheese. The shells stored well until dinner and we just topped and served. No soggy crust. They were nice and crisp so we ate them whole like tostadas rather than cutting. I made this for last week's recipe group. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/18/2013
I made this recipe for Recipe Group. I served this for breakfast and liked this. I remember I tasted something similar in Greece just without beans. I used flour tortillas and white beans. I didn t have Mexican cheese blend so used a regular hard cheese I had on hands instead. Didn t have geen onions so used basil instead. Actually you can play with the ingredients in this recipe. I would add garlic too. Goes well with tomatoes and cilantro in this recipe. Thank you for the nice idea definitely will use this recipe again. Tasty refreshing and nutricious. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/24/2013
This is my recipe and I must apologize for the stated 7-inch tortillas. I've no idea how that happened. I use the standard 5-6-inch ones available in most supermarkets. Do avoid tortillas marked "Thin" or "Extra Thin" because they usually won't stand up to the toppings. For a nice touch drizzle taco sauce or thinned sour cream over the top. I use a narrow-tipped squeeze bottle. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/22/2013
Made this for Recipe Group...These were delicious! The only thing that I didn't have on hand was the cilantro but I wish I did b/c it would've been a wonderful addition. I just made enough for me for lunch today but I plan on making more next week for dinner (with cilantro lol) b/c I know hubby will love them. I ended up folding it in 1/2 and eating it like a taco. These would be great served w/ a bit of sour cream and salsa which is what I plan to do next time. This is a winner YUM! Thanks for sharing.:) Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2017
Delicious! I added avocado and didn't have the cilantro so I left that off but it would have been great with it. Loved it! Read More
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