Amazing Mexican Pizza

Tired of the same old pizza? This fast and easy recipe will have you shouting, Arriba!

Credit: Catherine Roscoe Barr

Delicious, easy Mexican pizza recipe

Mexican pizza is not only a unique twist on a dinner staple, it also allows you to use up some of the leftovers in your fridge

When my brother was in high school his sports teams used to sell frozen pizzas to raise money for tournaments and new equipment (this is going to date me but I spent my fundraising days selling bingo cards in smoky halls).

Years later, I can still taste the amazing Mexican pizza that we ate so much of in support of him, so I tried to devise my own.

I like to take the path of least resistance toward my meals so this recipe is quick and easy.

Having a bottle of pizza sauce on hand is a great way to use leftover breads and meats. You can use prepared pizza shells or take advantage of things forgotten in your freezer like pitas, bread crusts and English muffins.

You can also repurpose leftover ground meat, deli meat or scraps from a roast, and use your imagination to make your own one-of-a-kind pizza.

Fully embrace the Mexican spirit with an ice-cold Cerveza (beer) or Cuba Libre (rum and cola with a splash of lime).


  • 500 g extra lean ground beef
  • 2 tbsp Mexican chili powder
  • 4 thin-crust pizza shells
  • 1 cup pizza sauce
  • 1 cup grated cheese
  • ½ cup jalapenos, canned or fresh, sliced


  1. In a medium saucepan, cook beef, stirring frequently to break up any big chunks. Add chili powder, stirring well to combine.
  2. Preheat oven to 425F.
  3. Evenly spread sauce over pizza shells, not going all the way to the edges. Top with ground beef, grated cheese, and jalapenos.
  4. Bake for about 10 minutes, or just until the cheese begins to bubble and the crust starts to brown.



Catherine Roscoe Barr, BSc Neuroscience, is a Vancouver-based writer, editor, and fitness professional. Before settling on the west coast she lived in Sydney, Toronto, Oregon, Montana, and practically everywhere in Alberta. She can be found jogging with her adorable dog, dining with her fabulous husband or voraciously reading anywhere comfy.