Fiesta Corn Tortilla Pizzas


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.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
6 pizzas


  • 1 (15 ounce) can refried beans

  • 6 (7 inch) corn tortillas

  • cooking spray

  • 1 ¾ cups shredded Mexican cheese blend

  • 3 roma (plum) tomatoes, seeded and diced

  • 2 green onions, sliced

  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro

  • 1 (4 ounce) can sliced black olives, well drained


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

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

  3. 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.

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

  5. Sprinkle Mexican cheese blend over refried beans.

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

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

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

  9. 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 (per serving)

154 Calories
8g Fat
14g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 154
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 11%
Saturated Fat 5g 24%
Cholesterol 22mg 7%
Sodium 345mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 5mg 26%
Calcium 162mg 12%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 190mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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