Are you looking for an easy Mexican-inspired recipe that is vegetarian friendly? Then check out this recipe for vegetarian Mexican pizzas! Rather than using a traditional pizza base, this Mexican pizza is made with two large tortillas that are toasted to perfection then stuck together with a layer of refried beans.
We use gluten free tortillas to make this recipe gluten free, but if you do not have a gluten intolerance then you could also use regular flour tortillas! If you are looking for durable, flexible gluten free tortillas that will not crack when folded, Toufayan gluten free tortillas are the best of the best.
In addition to being gluten free, this recipe is vegetarian, egg free, and nut free. It can also easily be made vegan and dairy free by using vegan sour cream and vegan cheese shreds.
What is in a vegetarian Mexican pizza?
What is in a vegetarian Mexican pizza? Here are the main ingredients that are used in this recipe for vegetarian Mexican pizzas.
- Tortillas. Tortillas are the main components that are used to make the base of this Mexican pizza. We use gluten free tortillas to make this Mexican pizza gluten free, but you can also use regular flour tortillas if you do not have a gluten intolerance. If you are looking for gluten free tortillas that are flexible, durable, and ultra bendy then Toufayan gluten free tortillas are the best of the best.
- Refried beans. Refried beans are sandwiched between two toasted tortillas to complete the pizza base. Make sure to look for vegetarian refried beans if you are a strict vegetarian, many kinds of refried beans are made with lard.
- Salsa. A layer of salsa is added on top of the refried bean and tortilla base. If you are a fan of taco sauce then you can also use taco sauce in place of the salsa. This one is really a matter of preference.
- Mexican cheese. A layer of Mexican cheese is spread on top of the layer of salsa. If you do not have Mexican cheese, then you can also use monterey jack cheese or pepper jack cheese. We recommend using a mild, creamy cheese. If you want to make these Mexican pizzas vegan and dairy free then you can also use vegan cheese shreds.
- Tomatoes. Some tomatoes are chopped up and layered on top of the cheese. The tomatoes should be added to the pizza before it is toasted as tomatoes are generally more flavorful after being cooked.
- Black olives. Some black olives are mixed in with the tomatoes and added on top of the Mexican pizza. We add the olives before we toast the pizza, but you could also add them after the fact.
- Green onions. Some green onions are added on top of the Mexican pizza after it is done cooking. You can use most of the green onion for this recipe – both the leafy green parts and the white parts near the stalks will taste great on top of these pizzas!
- Mexican crema. Some mexican crema is drizzled on top of the pizza after it is done cooking to add a nice, creamy element to the Mexican pizza. If you do not have Mexican crema, then you can use some heavy cream to thin out some sour cream. If you want your Mexica pizza to be vegan and dairy free, you can also use a mixture of vegan sour cream and vegan milk.
How to make vegetarian Mexican pizza
How do you make vegetarian Mexican pizza? Here are all the steps you need to take to make this vegetarian Mexican pizza.
- Toast the tortillas. The first step in making these vegetarian Mexican pizzas is brushing the tortillas with some vegetable oil, dusting them with salt, and toasting them in the oven until they turn a light golden brown. This should take around 10 minutes at 400 degrees.
- Chop the veggies. While the tortillas toast in the oven, you can chop any vegetables that need to be chopped. This will include the tomatoes, green onions, and any additional vegetables you want to add.
- Sandwich then beans between the tortillas. After you toast the tortillas, sandwich the refried beans between two tortillas. The refried beans will hold the tortillas together to form a stronger pizza base for the Mexican pizza.
- Add the salsa, cheese, tomatoes, and olives. After the pizza base has been created, add a layer of salsa and a layer of cheese on top of the pizza base. Add the tomatoes and olives on top of the salsa and cheese.
- Toast the pizza. After the pizza has been assembled, it is time to toast the pizza. The pizza only needs to be toasted for around 5 minutes so that the refried beans warm up and the cheese melts.
- Add the green onions and crema. Finally, take the pizza out of the oven and add the green onions and drizzle some crema over the pizza.
Gluten free tortilla brands
Are you looking for gluten free tortillas that will not break when you fold them? We always use Toufayan gluten free wraps when we need large gluten free tortillas. They are durable and flexible and they never break when they are folded! Toufayan gluten free wraps are available at some grocery chains, but it is much easier to find them online!
Other toppings for Mexican pizzas
Are you looking for other toppings that you can put on your Mexican pizza? Here are just a few other toppings that you can add to your pizza.
- Diced avocados
- Diced onions
- Chopped cilantro
- Shredded lettuce
- Fajita style vegetables
- Blackened chicken
- Ground beef
How to store vegetarian Mexican pizza
How do you store leftover Mexican pizzas? We recommend storing the components of Mexican pizzas separately rather than assembling the pizzas and storing them assembled. Otherwise, the liquid from the salsa and refried beans will soak into the tortillas and prevent them from crisping up when they are reheated. All of the components for Mexican pizzas should be stored in the refrigerator and eaten within a few days after they are eaten.
For best results, we recommend waiting to toast the tortillas until you are ready to assemble your pizzas. However, if you decide to toast your tortillas ahead of time, you should store them with a paper towel or two to draw water away from the tortillas. You may need to re-toast the tortillas for a few minutes to get them to crisp up again.
Vegetarian Mexican pizza
- 4 gluten free tortillas (large burrito style tortillas or wraps)
- 1 can refried beans
- 1/2 cup salsa
- 2 cups mexican cheese
- 2 tbsp mexican crema
- 2 tomatoes
- 2 tbsp black olives
- 2 stalks green onion
- vegetable oil
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
- Brush the tortillas with vegetable oil on both sides. Sprinkle some salt on one side of the tortillas.
- Lay the tortillas out on baking sheets lined with tin foil and bake the tortillas at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. The tortillas should be a light golden brown when they are done. They may be darker around the edges.
- While the tortillas are toasting, slice the tomatoes and green onions.
- When the tortillas are done cooking, create the pizza bases by spreading a layer of refried beans on one tortilla then sticking another tortilla on top of the beans. Each pizza base should be made up of two tortillas and one layer of beans.
- Add a layer of salsa on top of each pizza base then sprinkle the cheese over the salsa. Layer the black olives and tomatoes on top of the cheese.
- Bake the assembled pizzas for 5 minutes at 400 until the cheese melts and the beans warm.
- When the pizzas are done cooking, drizzle the Mexican crema over the pizzas and sprinkle the green onions on top of the pizzas.
Substitutions for vegetarian Mexican pizza
- Gluten free tortillas. If you do not have a gluten intolerance then you can use regular flour tortillas in place of the gluten free tortillas.
- Mexican cheese blend. If you cannot find a Mexican cheese blend then monterey jack or pepper jack would word great in place of the Mexican cheese blend. If you want to make this pizza vegan friendly, then you can use vegan cheese shreds.
- Mexican crema. If you cannot find Mexican crema, then a 1:1 mixture of heavy cream and sour cream would also make a great drizzle. If you want to make this Mexican pizza vegan friendly and dairy free, you can also use vegan sour cream and thin it out with a little bit of plant based milk. Vegan sour cream tends to be a little thinner than regular sour cream, so you might not need to add as much milk.
- Salsa. If you are a big fan of taco sauce then you can use taco sauce in place of the salsa and the main sauce that is used on this Mexican pizza.
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