Looking for something out of the ordinary for Pizza Night? This Burrito Pizza is full of south-of-the-border flavors: hearty beans, spicy jalapenos, and a mix of cheeses.
I have really enjoyed experimenting with pizza recipes over the years. I’ve found some new combinations that my family likes to help us bust out of the pepperoni rut but also to save money using less expensive toppings.
We all know that beans are a good cheap eat, but can they work on a pizza? Yes, yes, they can!
This Burrito Pizza may attract a raised eyebrow. My brother and sister-in-law were a little surprised when I served it to them lately, but they absolutely loved it.
My family might not think to request this on pizza night, but it has disappeared in minutes every time I’ve since I first put it together almost seven years ago. So, I know it’s a keeper.
With black beans, jalapenos, tomatoes, onions, black olives, and plenty of cheese, you don’t need the chicken. But, that sends it over the top. Feel free to serve salsa, sour cream and guacamole on the side.
How to make this cheap:
Here are some of the strategies you can use to make this recipe more economical:
- Stock up on ingredients when they are on sale. Whether it’s beans, jalapenos, shredded cheese, or olives, I stock up when things are on sale.
- Shop Costco. Costco has the best price on shredded mozzarella. I buy the big five pound bag and divide it into smaller bags to store in the freezer.
Tools I use to make this recipe easy:
This is a pretty straight-forward dish. You don’t need any fancy equipment. However, having some good basic kitchen tools can really make your time in the kitchen more enjoyable. Over time, I’ve honed my collection so that they are perfect for my needs.
I actually have an arsenal of favorite pizza tools that make the Friday night pizza experience super quick and simple.
Here are the tools that I like to use in this recipe:
- A kitchen scale – to weigh flour quickly, much more quickly than when I use a measuring cup.
- A KitchenAid mixer – I used to use a bread machine, until the 4th — or was it the 5th? machine in 14 years broke. My KitchenAid, circa 2004, has served me well since then.
- A large plastic cutting board – I use this to work my dough.
- A bench knife – for dividing the dough easily into portions.
- Round pizza screens – I have a collection of different sizes that work really well for me.
- A pizza wheel – I have a Pampered Chef pizza wheel that has lasted me over ten years
- 1 12-inch pizza dough
- 1 cup black beans rinsed and drained
- 4 oz mozzarella cheese (shredded) (1 cup)
- 1 cup chicken (cooked and cubed)
- 1 roma tomato seeded and diced
- ¼ onion chopped
- 2 oz cheddar cheese (shredded) (½ cup)
- ¼ cup sliced black olives
- 1 jalapeno thinly sliced
- Preheat the oven to 475 degrees. Spray a 12-inch pizza pan or screen with nonstick cooking spray. Fit the pizza dough into the pan, stretching to fit.
- Spread the beans across the dough to cover. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle over the chicken, tomato, onion, cheddar cheese, jalapeno slices, and sliced olives in layers over the pizza’s surface.
- Bake the pizza for 8 to 9 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly and the crust is crisp. Remove to a cutting surface to slice.
This is a great recipe. I added a spread to this that I felt gave it an awesome treat! Before adding anything on top of the pizza dough; mix together these ingredients and spread on top of dough, followed by the rest of the ingredients.
Spread: mix together
6-8 ounces of sour cream
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp of black pepper
1/2 tsp of Italian seasoning
We’ve done green pizza. White sauce with spinach and artichokes on top, with extra parmasan before putting mozzarella on top. Lots of garlic in the white sauce. 🙂
What do you use for sauce?
@Alicia, no sauce. Just as it’s directed. Beans, cheese, etc. It’s not dry, though I can understand why you might wonder.
This might sound like a silly question, but how do you freeze pizza dough?
I only let it rise for 30 minutes the first time, divide into dough balls and freeze in sandwich bags. It helps to oil the dough first. Then pull out however many you want the night before or morning of baking and put in a greased dish to thaw/rise.
this looks fantastic! I am saving it to my recipe box!
This looks fantastic!
Tammy from Ca
Hi, loved the post.I just came back from the mid west Mo & Ks Olathe .(daughter #2 lives off 119th st) We had a taco pizza from Caseys ( believe or not it’s a gas station for those of you not from the area) that we really liked .It had refried beans,lettuce,tomatoes,cheddar cheese, ground pork,and on top you added taco sauce.I always had them precook the crust alittle more before they added the toppings.Yummy
I lived in Olathe for 5 years and never heard of Casey’s. I missed it! 😉
Tammy from Ca
I will ask my daughter if theres a Caseys around her.We have a small cottage back there about 25 miles south of Sedalia Mo that we go to every yr and I know Sedalia,Lincoln,Warsaw all have Caseys .I forgot to add they crumble doritos or like doritos on top of their pizzas too.After its baked.Yummy We hope to move back there after hubby retires about 8 yrs or so depending on the Ca construction.He’s a union carpenter (28 yrs in)and work here in San Bernadino County is REALLY bad right now so it might be 10 yrs.LOl
Hello, I am thoroughly enjoying this recipe and discussion of Casey’s amazing taco pizza! I am a lifetime Olathian and although we don’t have a Casey’s in Olathe there are many in the metro area especially some of the more rural areas. People always think I’m crazy when I sing the praises of a gas station taco pizza.
Ha! I still haven’t been able to figure out what it’s like. Is it baked with the toppings?
sounds good. our most recent pizza experiment was a new favorite — 1/4 c. of ranch instead of red sauce + chopped, cooked chicken + a mixture of mozzarella and cheddar + chopped, cooked bacon and diced tomatoes. very, very yummy.
@Nancy, That sounds delicious! I think we’ll try it!
This is totally something that I could do on Friday nights with the kids instead of regular pizza! I think they would love it!