With Cinco de Mayo just a few days away, I’ve got Mexican foods on my mind. Today, I’m sharing one of my family’s favorite recipes that can be made from start to finish in under 30 minutes! Get the recipe for this Vegan Mexican Pizza with Avocado Cream for a delicious Meatless Monday dinner or Mexican-themed meal at home.
I’m back with another Mexican-inspired dish as we gear up for Cinco de Mayo! I recently posted a recipe for a Summery Jicama & Mango Slaw and thought I would continue the trend by sharing one of our favorite go-to Mexican dinners – Mexican Pizza! Because who doesn’t love Mexican foods and pizzas?
This Mexican Pizza with Avocado Cream is a staple in our household and usually shows up on the table on a weekly basis. It can be made with ground beef occasionally, but I prefer to enjoy this dish in all it’s veggie glory.
In this recipe, I use black beans for the “refried bean” pizza base, but you could use any kind you have on hand. Pinto beans would be delicious! I also use 6-inch corn tortillas for healthy portion sizes and to ensure the pizza stays intact. If you use too big of a tortilla, the pizza will get all floppy on you and nobody wants droopy pizza. Am I right?
The main feature of this recipe is the homemade refried black beans. Did you know that “refried” simply means mashed up beans with some spices mixed in? Who would’ve thought! All this time, I thought maybe they were cooked twice somehow.
Let’s talk about the nutritional breakdown of black beans for a moment.
Did you know that in 1 cup of black beans, you’re getting:
- 39 grams of protein (which equals the same amount as it’s meaty counterpart)
- A high dose of iron, which boosts energy and concentration
- A high dose of magnesium, which helps regulate blood pressure, boost metabolism and promotes healthy nerve function
- About 1/3 of your daily needs for calcium to help build strong bones
Now that you know about all of the nutritional goodness that’s nourishing your body in this Mexican pizza recipe, let’s get to it, shall we?
In order to get this meal started and finished in under 30 minutes, I recommend cooking and assembling in the following order:
First, get your beans going. While your beans are cooking, crisp up the tortillas or “crust” in a sauté pan. Once the tortillas are done, make the avocado cream and prep your veggies for the toppings. Next, mash the beans using a food processor until they have reached your desired texture ( I like mine a little chunky, but you could make yours as smooth and creamy as you would like!). Finally, assemble away! Full details in the recipe below.
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Mexican Pizza with Avocado Cream
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 25 minutes
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: 6 1x
- Category: Main
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: Mexican
- Diet: Vegan
Try this Mexican Pizza recipe for a delicious Meatless Monday or a Mexican-themed meal at home. It is a family favorite. And the avocado cream is to die for!
For the refried black beans:
- 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1/3 cup red onion, diced
- 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 jalepeno, diced
- 1 lime, juiced
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 cup vegetable broth
- 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
For Avocado Cream:
- 2 avocados
- 2 limes, juiced
- 1/4 cup almond milk
- 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 6 corn tortillas
- shredded romaine
- 1/2 cup corn kernels
- grape tomatoes (or tomatoes, diced)
- In a medium saucepan, add the olive oil, garlic, onion, jalepeno and bell pepper. Saute for about 5 minutes or until veggies are soft. Add the chili powder, cumin, paprika and salt. Stir to combine. Add the black beans and vegetable broth. Simmer for 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, make the avocado cream. Mash the avocado in a small bowl and add the almond milk, cilantro and salt. Stir to combine. If too thick, add more almond milk.
- Chop the romaine and tomatoes for the pizza toppings.
- To make the crust, heat a large saute pan over medium high heat. Spray each side of the tortilla with cooking spray and cook until golden brown and crisped, about 4 minutes on each side.
- When the black beans are done, add them to a food processor along with the lime juice and cilantro. Pulse until the it is of consistency is of your liking. If you don’t have a food processor, you can mash with a fork or potato masher!
- To assemble, place one tortilla on a plate. Spread with a layer of the black beans. Top with romaine, corn and tomatoes. Drizzle with avocado cream. Enjoy!
Not too hard, right? These Mexican pizzas can be totally customized with different toppings depending on what suits your fancy and is a recipe that can be enjoyed by the whole family!
The recipe is part of the Meatless Monday link up hosted by The Fit Foodie Mama and Running on Happy, as well as Meatless Monday hosted by Confessions of a Mother Runner, Tina Muir and A Whisk and Two Wands.
O yea!!! Start the Monday and week off with some mexican and pizza!!! All smiles 😉
Yesssss… the only way to do it!
Yum! These don’t look like pizza at first glance because they look healthy! And delicious!
Hope you give them a try!
This is definitely going on the list this week! YUM, this looks so good – I always love your creativity with food and ability to make healthy food delicious.
Thanks, Lindsay! That’s my goal 🙂 Enjoy!
I love Mexican pizza! I’ve never made an avocado cream to go on mine, but I have a ripe avocado sitting at home that would be perfect. Thanks for sharing!
Put that baby to good use! Love the avocado cream on anything Mexican flavored 🙂
Well if this doesn’t scream Cinco de Mayo, I don’t know what does! YUM!
Haha, thanks Annmarie!
As always, your food looks delicious! Mexican is one of my favorite cuisines!
Thanks, Chel! Mine too 🙂
My kind of pizza for sure! Love black beans thanks for joining us for Meatless Monday today
Thanks for hosting!
Avocado, pizza, and Mexican I am there!! This sounds delicious, might have to have Mexican every night this week and have these one night.
Thank you for linking up with us for Meatless Monday!
Let me know what you think! Thanks for hosting the linkup!
Two things — when I hear “Mexican Pizza” I think of cafeteria pizza in grade school. Second thing — thank you for making me not think of that anymore. This looks awesome!!
haha, that’s so funny! Glad I could leave you with a more pleasant thought of mexican pizza 🙂
This looks absolutely amazing! Also avocado is the best, so I’m totally down for this sauce.
I’ve been looking for something like this for Cinco de Mayo. Your pictures make me want to make it tonight!
Hope you give it a try, Carmen! Enjoy!
This looks amazing! Then again I love anything with avocados!
Thanks! I always have avocados around the kitchen 🙂
YUM! I’m a big fan of Mexican food but hate how horrible it can be health wise. This is a great lighter idea to still indulge in the great flavors! Pinning now
Yes, I totally agree! I love making it at home so that I know what’s going into it. Thanks for the pin love!
I am more obsessed than ever before with AVOCADOS!!!
Same!! I eat thing every. single. day.
This looks amazing! I’m trying to eat really healthy lately, but Mexican food is definitely the thing I miss the most. I will definitely have to try this!
This would definitely fit into the “healthy” category. Enjoy!
Ah, this looks amazinggggg!!! I am starting Whole 30 today, so unfortunately no gluten or beans for me, BUT I will definitely be trying this once I’m done with the 30 days haha!! Do you have a great recipe for flourless pizza with either cauliflower or zucchini? Every time I make it, the crust is crispy on the ends and soggy in the middle.
Oh bummer! I have actually never tried flourless pizza but I’ll have to put it on my list!
Looks amazing! Just in time for Cinco de Mayo!
Delicious! I too have started to incorporate more black beans (and beans in general) into my meals. I have some health issues and was told to eat up on them. They are so nutritious and filling. I will be needing to try this meal out!
Beans are so good for you and so versatile! Love them!
As a vegetarian, I really appreciate a recipe that is nutritious and not loaded with carbs (pasta recipes, I’m looking at you). This looks delicious, saving this recipe for dinner some time in the near future. 🙂
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Yes! Hope you enjoy the recipe!
Oh my gosh! This looks so delicious <3 Love that its vegan. I'm trying to incorporate more vegan foods into my meals 🙂
Hope you give this one a try! Enjoy!
So festive and the recipe looks amazing! I wish I could eat this pizza through my computer screen! NOM!
I wish I could just send some your way for delivery! Thanks, Natalie!
Oh my goodness! This sounds delicious!
Yumm these look absolutely delicious! I love anything with avocados.
Me too! Give me all the avocados.
Since I love avocados more than life itself, this is the perfect recipe for me! Definitely saving! YUMMY. Oh and you would be proud to know that next week I’m joining a group fitness bootcamp class, so I’m sure I’ll be more motivated to eat better as well.!! I’ll keep you updated on my journey 😉
Yay! I’m so happy to hear that, Chelsea! Way to go! Let me know how you like the class. Enjoy the recipe!
You has me at avocado…I love love love avocados.. This is very bright and welcoming, makes you want to sit down and eat
I know, right? Give me all of the avocados!