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Easy, Healthy, Gluten-Free, and Dairy-Free Mexican Pizza Recipe

Easy Gluten-Free Mexican Pizza

The other night, before we headed out for our family ski trip to Deer Valley, Utah, I decided I wanted to make the easiest, quickest, and healthiest dinner I could get away with.

I did not have time to slave in the kitchen considering I still had packing to do, a dog to drop off at the grandparents, mail to stop, a Parent Group board meeting to attend at the boys school, and lunch to pack for the plane. I also wanted to clean out my refrigerator to prevent any stinky surprises upon our return.  I figured I could surely come up with a meal from the forgotten odds and ends in my icebox.

The star contents lurking in the deep corners of my refrigerator included: some leftover black re-fried beans from the tacos the night before, half of a jar of garlic chipotle salsa, organic micro-greens, a half of a red onion, an avocado, a lime, and chicken breasts from the night before. As I took a peek into my freezer and spied the frozen organic corn and Udi’s pizza crusts, it hit me.  Mexican Pizzas!! With all of these ingredients these would surely make an easy, healthy, quick, gluten-free, and even dairy-free dinner!

I scored on this one.  The kids and my husband devoured their meals. And with how quick and easy they were to put together, I even had time to snap a halfway decent photo of them and then sit down and enjoy a meal with my family.

But, no rest for the weary Mom. I was up and raring to go as soon as my plate was polished off.

And guess what?

It must have been a healthy dinner packed with some good energy. In the next two hours I managed to: finish packing four suitcases, drop the dog off at Nana’s and Papa’s, stop the mail, give my Treasurer’s Report at the Parent Group meeting, and make four lunches for the airplane the next day.

And the next morning, when my husband offered to sit with the boys on the airplane, I took him up on his generosity and was able to have a nice little nap to recover from my busy evening.

Easy Mexican Pizza Gluten Free and Dairy Free

Easy, Healthy, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Mexican Pizza Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 Udi’s Gluten Free Pizza Crusts (or your favorite gluten-free pizza crusts)
  • 1 cup Refried Black Beans (I used Amy’s Organic Refried Black Beans)
  • 1/2 cup Salsa, your favorite works fine
  • Optional: 1/2 – 1 cup cheese, preferably Organic – either Dairy or Dairy-free such as Daiya – the cheese can be totally left out here as this is not a cheese based type of pizza
  • 2 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded – preferably Organic
  • 1 cup frozen sweet corn, preferably Organic
  • 1/2 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup Micro-greens
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt

Directions:

1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2.  Take the 2 Udi’s Crusts and place them on your baking sheet.  Spread the refried black beans evenly over each crust. Then top each with the salsa. Then add the dairy or dairy-free cheese if using (this is a very optional ingredient for this recipe).  Spread the chicken, corn, red onion, micro-greens, and garlic salt evenly over each pizza.

3.  Place baking sheet in preheated oven for about 10 minutes until the pizzas are warmed through and the cheese, if using, is melted and beginning to bubble.

4.  After removing from oven, place slices of fresh avocado evenly over the pizza and then squeeze the lime wedges evenly over the pizzas before serving.  Enjoy.

You can truly top pizzas with anything. They are a great way to get a variety of vegetables into you and your family.  Do you have any unique ideas for pizza toppings?

This post is linked to:

Slightly Indulgent Tuesday

Hearth and Soul Hop

Real Food Weekly

40 Comments
  1. On January 18, 2011 Nancy @ TSP said

    Home run, Kim! My guys (and me!) will love this. Easy, healthy, delicious. Love the photo.

    • On January 19, 2011 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Thanks, Nancy!! I love meals like this where the kids are not analyzing every ingredient on the plate. ;)

  2. On January 18, 2011 Tia said

    Fabulous twist on the pizza. A healthier version. Always good in my book. Thanks! I hope you had a great vacation.

    xoxo,
    Tia

    • On January 19, 2011 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Tia, not that you need any help in the “getting your boys to eat their veggies” department, but this one is good to pack things on and not have them realize it! We had a great vacation. Now it is back to reality and catch-up. Bleck!
      xo
      k

  3. On January 18, 2011 Christine said

    This looks absolutely delicious. My husband, who LOVES cheese on his pizza would probably like this too!

    • On January 19, 2011 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Hi Christine! My husband is also a huge cheese lover and he did not miss it on this pizza at all! ;)

  4. On January 18, 2011 Maggie said

    Mmm pizza! I wish I could get my kids to eat these! They never stray from their usual pizzas! How do you do it Kim? Hope your trip is/was fantastic and relaxing (as much as it can be with two kids in tow!). I can’t take my eyes off the avocado in your picture. Who knew they were so photogenic!

    • On January 19, 2011 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Hey Maggie! Our trip was wonderful. It was so nice to stay away from work and the computer for a few days! And I actually was not going to even photograph the pizzas, but when I cut open that avocado it was the greenest one I have seen so I decided it would make for a good pic. LOL Thus, the reason I blogged about the pizza!

  5. On January 18, 2011 Lisa said

    That pizza looks very yummy. It is good to have a heathier version of our favorite foods.
    Happy New Year.

    Lisa’s Gluten-Free Advice and Healthy Living

    • On January 19, 2011 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Thanks Lisa! You’re right – definitely a healthier version than our normal pizza! ;)

  6. On January 18, 2011 Heather said

    How do you like the Udi’s pizza crust? I haven’t tried it yet. Your pizza looks amazing! Never thought of putting micro greens on a pizza. Great way to get your greens!

    • On January 19, 2011 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Hey Heather!! We actually really like the Udi’s pizza crusts. My kids like the Udi’s and the Whole Foods brand of crusts the best. I also make a crust myself, but these are so nice to use when we do not have a lot of time to whip up my own. And I love adding greens to pizzas, soups, smoothies, etc. A great way to sneak in some extra nutrition! ;)

  7. On January 18, 2011 Gluten Free Diva said

    This would be great with Daiya cheese. That stuff has made dairy-free palatable. Love the pizza! Fast, easy, healthy, and looks delish! Hope your ski trip is great!

    • On January 19, 2011 Cook It Allergy Free said

      HI Ellen!! I have made this with Daiya and it turned out awesome!! The boys could not tell the difference! And the ski trip was awesome, but now it is back to the grind!! ;)

  8. On January 18, 2011 Heidi @adventuresofaglutenfreemom.com said

    I LOVE YOU!!! I have been absolutely stumped over new pizza topping ideas for my brood! My brain is absolutely stuck on the traditional cheese and pepperoni for some reason, LOL! I am definitely going to try this, sans the corn of course. :-D

    I hope you had a wonderfully relaxing vacation with your family, you sure deserved it my friend!

    xo,
    Heidi

    • On January 19, 2011 Cook It Allergy Free said

      LOL! Heidi! I get stumped too sometimes and then every now and then my brain comes up with a good idea (doesn’t happen often, so I have to take advantage of it when it does)!
      We had a wonderful relaxing vacation. We went with another family and we all got in lots of skiing and we got to out to dinner every night because we brought a sitter with us. Plus the kids were so pooped from skiing every day that they were sound asleep before 7 every night!
      xo
      k

  9. On January 18, 2011 nicola @ gfreemom said

    This looks amazing. I’ve eaten dinner tonight – but if you handed me one of those pizzas right now, I wouldn’t say no.

    Have heard great things about skiing in Deer Valley. Hope that it’s heaps of fun and that you have great snow.

    N xo

    • On January 19, 2011 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Hi Nicola! Thanks so much!! Deer Valley was awesome! We had some great skiing, freat snow, and lots of relaxation!
      xo
      k

  10. On January 19, 2011 Celiacs in the House said

    Cooking on the run is a good skill to have. Pizzas made with leftovers have definitely saved me more than a few times. Yours are much prettier. Must be those micro-greens. Son and I are making up pizza crusts to freeze today for those emergencies.

    • On January 19, 2011 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Wendy, I am getting really good at cooking on the run these days. LOL! And pizzas made with leftovers are one of the best ways to do it! ;) I love the idea of making up a bunch of pizza crusts to freeze. I keep Udi’s in the freezer for these emergencies, but I love making my own. Might just have to copy your idea and freeze some!
      xo
      k

  11. On January 19, 2011 glutenfreeforgood said

    I love making “no rules” pizza. =) I say, color outside the lines!

    Yours look delicious and it’s such a good way to use up those “odds and ends” that don’t really have a home in any other recipes. Or, as you mention, could end up a stinky mystery when you return from a trip. I love fresh corn on pizza. I do that in the summer when I get a bunch in my CSA box. Also, a little red chile (homemade red enchilada sauce) brushed on the crust is awesome on a Mexican style pizza.

    I must say, now I’m hungry (missed lunch). Might have to go make myself a pizza. Udi’s is the best!

    Melissa
    xo

    • On January 21, 2011 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Thanks Melissa! “No rules-odds and ends” Pizza. Love that. Could be the name of the blog post. And a little red chile sauce put on there sounds amazing. Great idea!!
      xoxo
      k

  12. On January 19, 2011 Jason@JLHealth said

    Do I ever love pizza but it does a number on my stomach with the grease factor. Yours looks fantastic and I can’t wait to try it.

    The best meals are often the ones that are thrown together in a rush!

    Thanks for sharing with the Hearth ‘n Soul hop this week.

    • On January 21, 2011 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Hi Jason! Yup. No grease with this recipe! Thanks for letting me share with Hearth n Soul Hop this week! ;)

  13. On January 19, 2011 Carla said

    I did almost the same thing the other night, but without all the trimmings. I was in a real hurry! I made it with gluten-free taco seasoning and made a taco sauce. Yours looks way better, though! Great minds…. Thanks for sharing, as usual!

    • On January 21, 2011 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Hi Carla. Taco seasoning and taco sauce sounds like a great idea on a pizza! I just may have to try that! Yum~~

  14. On January 20, 2011 Butterpoweredbike said

    Don’t you just love that pizza is one of those blank canvas sort of foods that you can take in any direction? How clever (and sneaky) to pack so much goodness into one meal, while cleaning out the fridge. Love it! Thanks for sharing with the Hearth and Soul hop.

    • On January 21, 2011 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Hi Butterpoweredbike! I totally agree that pizza is a big blank canvas! Thanks for letting me share with Hearth and Soul Hop this week! ;)

  15. On January 21, 2011 Johanna B said

    I tried this and it was great! easy and tasty my two favorite things.

  16. On January 21, 2011 Lexie said

    Beautiful shot! I could jump right into that picture and eat up an entire pizza. I love your food … it always looks so fresh and full of good stuff.

    xoLexie

  17. On January 23, 2011 Shirley @ gfe said

    Kim, these pizzas look phenomenal! I’m adding them to our pizza party menu for our support group meeting on Tuesday. Just need to get someone who has Udi’s pizza crusts near them to bring them or I need to make a pizza crust with no cheese … something I haven’t done yet. You make THE best food! I knew it before, but I can personally attest to it now! :-)

    xoxoxo,
    Shirley

  18. On January 25, 2011 Jessica said

    Yummy! I love Mexican pizza! You should include this in my upcoming pizza fest :) Hope you are doing well! beautiful photo as well :)

  19. On January 25, 2011 Amy@RealFoodWholeHea said

    This is such a creative combo! Please feel free to come share it at our Real Food Fiesta- a collection of real food Mexican dishes. :) Your tortilla soup would also be a welcome addition. Love chipotles!

  20. On January 25, 2011 Kelly 18Hour Kitchen said

    I’m totally making these for the Superbowl party!

  21. On January 25, 2011 Shirley @ gfe said

    Kim, I made a variation of your pizzas tonight for our support group pizza party and the dairy-free folks were very happy. We don’t have micro greens in our basic grocery store so I just chopped up some fresh spinach. I omitted the salsa from one of the pizzas as one member doesn’t eat tomatoes. So I spread about a teaspoon of olive oil on the crust first to help the ingredients stick. And, I just realized that I forgot to use onions on either. LOL I didn’t have red onions anyway, but can’t wait to try this pizza per your recipe next time. Much appreciated, dear–thanks again!

    xo,
    Shirley

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