Monday, September 24, 2012

Taco Quesadilla Pizzas

I have to admit...I kinda love Taco Bell!  Sure, it's objectively horrible, but there's something comforting about my favorite orders (bean burritos with no onions and tostadas with no lettuce...I don't like my Taco Bell to be too crunchy for whatever reason).  But, it can also be fun to make Taco Bell-style food at home (when you don't need your food in 30 seconds).  These taco quesadilla pizzas remind me of their Mexican pizza, but not too crunchy, just like I like it!  Of course you could also use tostada shells if you want a crunchier pizza.  The assembly is really simple: cheese, refried beans, and ground beef with taco seasoning are layered between flour tortillas and then heated up.  Then the quesadillas are topped with salsa and more cheese, and popped under the broiler until the cheese is bubbly.  The pizzas are cut into wedges and ready to devour! Of course, you can also make these fancier if you like, but I prefer them super simple.

Taco Quesadilla Pizzas (adapted from Closet Cooking, original recipe here)
Serves 2

1/2 pound ground beef
Scant 1/2 packet Trader Joe's taco seasoning
2 large flour tortillas
Refried beans
Grated cheddar cheese

1. Brown the ground beef in a large non-stick skillet and sprinkle in the taco seasoning.  Once the beef is cooked through, remove from heat.
2.  Cover one tortilla with the ground beef and drizzle with salsa.  Scatter some grated cheese over the salsa.  Spread the other tortilla with refried beans, and then place on top of the other tortilla.
3. Heat a non-stick skillet over medium heat.  Carefully transfer the assembled quesadilla to the pan and cook 2-4 minutes per side, until the tortillas are browned and the cheese is melted.
4. Preheat the broiler and line a baking sheet with foil.  Place the quesadilla on the baking sheet.  Spread with an even layer of salsa, and then sprinkle on more cheddar cheese.  Broil for just a minute or two, until the cheese is melted.  Cut into wedges and enjoy!


  1. I made these about a month ago; they are still waiting to be blogged about. They are fabulous!

  2. Shhhh...don't tell anyone but I love taco bell too! This looks delicious!