salsa, sliced jalapeno peppers, tortilla chips, cooked ground beef, refried beans, diced avocado, scallions, taco seasoning, sweet corn, red onion, goat cheese, green olives, garlic chips, chopped fresh cilantro and all other amazing Mexican nacho toppings you can imagine are also good for the Mexican pizza. You can even use some diced shrimp instead of ground beef if you like seafood. Season the Mexican pizza with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Recipe: For the pizza dough recipe go to this page on my blog. Once you have the pizza dough ready for the Mexican pizza, spread evenly over the pizza dough several spoonfuls of salsa and apply your favourite Mexican toppings. Don't forget that one of the main rules for making a great pizza is "Don't put too much of anything". Sprinkle the Mexican pizza lightly with mozzarella and cheddar cheese on top. Cook in a preheated oven at 375 F, or over the B-B-Q until the pizza crust is crispy and golden brown. If you like cilantro, sprinkle some chopped cilantro over the Mexican pizza when it's ready. I do believe that pizza can be not only casual, but also a gourmet food. I, also, believe that a gourmet pizza must be thin and crispy, like this one.
Mexican pizza is a healthy, all-natural pizza reminding me of a traditional Mediterranean pizza. Cooking tip: If you like an extra crispy pizza crust, roll the dough over some panko breadcrumbs mixed with little flour, before putting it in the pizza pan. If using a pizza stone it's better to pre-heated the stone in the oven before using it.
About the author: George Krumov is a Red Seal certified chef with many years of culinary experience working around the world in Europe, the Middle East, the cruise line industry and North America. In the last two decades he has headed the kitchens of several restaurants in Canada, and ran his own restaurant.