07 Aug Food & Wine Friday’s – August 7, 2015: A Mexican Pizza Recipe That’ll Have You Wine-ing For More!
This Week In Food & Wine: Mexican Pizza and Wine
So, we’ve got to be honest, we’ve been told if you try any of THEGRAPE pizza recipes you’ll quickly realize they’re to die for! And yes, this Mexican pizza recipe is not only a super easy dinner recipe but it’s one of our most delicious pizzas to date. After you’ve tried these Mexican pizzas we’re confident you’ll agree and you’ll be wine-ing for more.
We’ve all been there, at the end of a brutal workweek that’s drained every ounce of energy you have. Well, we believe this easy pizza recipe is the ‘perfect pick me up’. In just under 20 minutes you’ll be enjoying this simple yet satisfying meal and rejuvenate your inner being with that oh so comforting Mmmm sound and a huge ear to ear smile. But we’re not satisfied with just a smile. We’d love to see your eyes roll into the back of your head, so of course, we’ve suggested some delicious red wines that will take the flavors of this pizza recipe to a whole new level! We’re THEGRAPE; you didn’t think we forgot?
Honestly, how can you go wrong with Mexican food, pizza and wine, all in one evening? It may sound strange at first but with every bite you’ll be doing a happy dance, at least in your mind, mouth and belly! So let’s quit the small talk and get to the food and wine rejuvenation! If you’re in need of a glass of wine right now, jump to end of this post, pop a bottle and take a sip. We’ll be right here when you’re ready to get to chef’n!
Here’s a simple recipe for Mexican pizza that’ll surely make your belly smile!
Mexican Pizza Recipe – Serves: 4 – Cooking Time: 15 min
- 1 lb. organic grass fed ground beef
- 1 package taco seasoning
- 2 tablespoons water
- 8 small flour tortillas
- 1 can of refried beans, warmed
- 2/3 cup mild salsa or picante sauce
- 1- cup shredded cheddar cheese, blended Mexican cheese or shredded Monterey Jack cheese.
- ¼ cup chopped tomato
- ¼ cup chopped green onion
- First, use your hands and mix together the beef, the taco seasoning and water.
- Next, brown the beef in a skillet over medium to high heat for roughly 5 to 6 minutes. We suggest using a wooden spoon or spatula to break up the meat as finely as possible while it cooks. Once it’s done go ahead and set aside.
- Now, heat oil in a pan and fry the 8 tortillas for roughly 30 to 45 seconds per side. The key being that you’ll keep them as flat as possible and pop any bubbles that may form. Once done, let them drain on paper towels to remove unwanted oil.
- Now, spread the refried beans on 4 tortillas, then the meat, then salsa or picante sauce and set aside.
- On the remaining 4 tortillas, spread some cheese, tomatoes and onions. When done, stack these tortillas one at a time on each of the others you just set aside forming the pizza.
- Lastly, place the formed pizzas under a hot broiler until the cheese has melted and then they’re ready to go!
We suggest letting the pizzas cool for about 5 minutes and then serve your Mexican pizza with a delicious glass of red wine. You’ll have to let us know if this was one of the easiest and most satisfying wine pairings you’ve recently experienced? We’d like to think so, which is why it’s one of our favorites to share. Cheers!
Tensley Santa Barbara County Colson Canyon Vineyard Syrah 2013 ($48.99)
Style & Appellation: Big & Bold Syrah/Shiraz, Central Coast, California
Wine Rating: 4.7 of 5 – Grape Certified Gold
Brown Family Vineyards Tribute Red Blend 2011 ($29.99)
Style & Appellation: Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
Wine Rating: 4.6 of 5 – Grape Certified Gold
Meiomi Pinot Noir 2013 ($19.99)
Style & Appellation: Smooth Pinot Noir, Napa Valley, California
Wine Rating: 4.6 of 5 – Grape Certified Gold
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Pizza. Pizza. Pizza. Oh, and of course, wine. It's easy to get behind (the idea) of pizza, and when it's paired with a selection of delicious red wines, we're hoping it awakens your senses for something a little off the beaten path; something more adventurous. This week we have a staff favorite: a Mexican pizza recipe paired with a few of our favorite Grape Certified Gold wines, including a Syrah, a Pinot Noir and Bordeaux-inspired red blend. And because it's so inexpensive and quick, you'll be enjoying this meal so fast, you'll be wine-ing for more. Cheers!