My good friend Megan and I made “Mexican Pizzas” for the full year that we lived together on a very regular basis. They were simple, cheap and really satisfying – the perfect college food! Tortilla + refried beans + cheese + hot sauce all microwaved into a hot, cheesy mess.

I still think about those pizzas a lot (along with the fun we had as 20 year olds) but this time, nearly 8 years later, I thought it was time to class it up a bit. The tortillas are now organic and sprouted, the beans are black, salsa verde and fresh herbs are used along with grilled chicken and mozzarella cheese. A little more grown-up maybe, but still a hot, cheesy, satisfying mess.


Chicken Tostada Pizzas
Recipe type: main, entree
  • 4 whole grain tortillas*, about 10" diameter
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 2 grilled chicken breasts, chopped
  • 1 cup black beans, rinsed
  • 1 cup corn
  • ¾ cup chopped red onion
  • 1-2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • garnishes: cilantro, sour cream, salsa
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Gather all ingredients.
  3. Bake tortillas for about 3-4 minutes until crisp.
  4. Spread salsa over tortillas and top with desired toppings.
  5. Bake for another 4-5 minutes until cheese has melted.
Recipe inspired by Whole Foods Market *I used French Meadow Sprouted Grain Tortilla


13 Comments (Reply )

  1. Faith @ for the health of it
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 8:09 am

    Love the classed up version! I think if my college roomie and I were to “grown-up-ify” our dorm snacks we’d have to upgrade DQ Blizzards and little ceaser’s pizza :)


    • Emily
      Aug 08, 2011 @ 8:31 am



  2. Holly @ The Runny Egg
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 8:22 am

    These look delicious — we had pizzas on wraps over the weekend too!


  3. Mercedes
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 9:54 am

    These look great and are a perfect idea for me this week while my brothers and sister are visiting! And I have not tried the sprouted tortillas yet which I need to do!


  4. smartwool socks
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 11:18 am

    That pizza looks so good, I think I’ll try and make it tonight.

    My husband loves pizza so hopefully he’ll like it..

    Thanks for looking out :)


  5. Michelle {The Lively Kitchen}
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 1:51 pm

    My version of this, which fed me for most of college and grad school, was triscuits, cheese, black beans and salsa. Memories….


    • Emily
      Aug 08, 2011 @ 2:57 pm

      Oooh, melted?


  6. thehealthyapron
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 3:01 pm



  7. Nicole @ Making Good Choices
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 3:02 pm

    this looks SO good! I’m going to make this sometime this week.


  8. Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 4:49 pm

    mmm, i totally make this all the time, but quesadilla-style. yum!


  9. Lori@FakeFoodFree
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 7:38 pm

    Love your topping combo. Tortillas make such a great pizza crust when you want something a little lighter or just a snack. It looks great!


  10. Katie
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 8:04 pm

    I’m going to make this tomorrow night, but use a salmon filet, black beans, mozzarella, tomato, fresh basil, and mango salsa. Love dinners like these, because they are so easy and quick. :)


  11. Becky
    Aug 10, 2011 @ 7:37 am

    Wow this looks so yummy…I love the photos too!!


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