I'm siiiiiiiiiiiick. Pity me! Thanks, that makes me feel better. It hasn't been so bad. I've been watching Buffy (the Vampire Slayer, for those who don't know) non-stop and knitting, so really it's a pretty normal weekend!

I made Mexican Pizza this week; it was very tasty and easy.
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First, you make the crust. I always dread making pizza crust, but every time it's easy and delicious! I don't know what my problem is. I use this recipe except I substitute about half of the flour for whole wheat flour. I love this recipe because it's so easy. You just put it all in a food processor fitted with  a dough blade, like so.
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Then you process until it forms a ball, like so.
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Then you need to let the dough rise for about an hour. So while you wait, start prepping your pizza toppings! First we need to make the black bean sauce. Wash your food processor bowl because we're going to use it again. Rinse and drain a can of black beans and put into the processor bowl. Add cumin, paprika and cayenne pepper, then blend. Add some water and blend some more until it looks saucy.
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Give it a taste and add some more spices if you like. Now brown a 1/2 lb of ground beef seasoned with salt, pepper and cumin. Chop up 1 jalapeno, dice about 1/3 of a tomato, 1/3 of a red onion, gather 1/3 cup corn (fresh or frozen) and about a handful of cilantro. Your dough should be ready pretty soon. Voila! Look how big it got!
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If your fancy you can try throwing it in the air to make it pizza sized, but I just use a rolling pin. This much dough will make a just thick enough 14 inch pizza.
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Spread the bean sauce over the pizza. You probably won't use all of it, but the rest will be perfect for nachos!
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Now top it with the ground beef. Again, you might not use all of it but it will definitely enhance the nachos you'll make with the leftover bean sauce. Then top with shredded cheese, the mexican blend you can find at stores is perfect.
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Next evenly distribute the rest of the toppings all over the pizza.
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Put it in a 500 degree oven and bake for 10-12 minutes and serve!

Mexican Pizza
Adapted from Annie's Eats.

For the dough:
1 package active yeast
1 cup warm water (I microwaved it for 30 seconds)
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil


For the pizza:
1 can black beans
cumin, paprika and cayenne pepper, salt and pepper to taste
3 tbsps water
1/2 lb ground beef
1 cup Mexican Blend shredded cheese
1 jalapeno diced, seeded if you don't want your pizza to be that spicy
1/4 cup red onion
1/3 cup tomato diced
1/3 cup corn
handful of cilantro


Form dough into a 14 inch pizza crust. Preheat oven to 500 degrees.
Brown ground beef seasoned with cumin, salt and pepper.
Rinse and drain black beans and put in the food processor. Add cumin, paprika and cayenne pepper to taste and blend. Add water and blend some more until it has a sauce consistency. 
Spread sauce on pizza dough. Top with ground beef. Cover with cheese, and sprinkle the rest of the toppings on the pizza. Bake for 10-12 minutes and serve.

 


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