vegan Mexican pizza

Easy Vegan Mexican Pizza

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Easy Vegan Mexican Pizza is a delicious double-layered melty treat. It’s easy to make and flexible based on the ingredients you have at home. This recipe is made with corn tortillas and is gluten-free, or make it with whole wheat tortillas if you prefer.

It is inspired by the popular Mexican Pizza from Taco Bell®. This can be made with just beans or beans and meat there. Mexican Pizza was recently brought back, and has been so popular that some restaurants have run out of them (see: Taco Bell Locations are Running Out of Mexican Pizza from CNBC)! So it’s a perfect time to try making them yourself. My version is vegan, gluten-free, and has more veggies and seasonings for healthy flavor.

What to Serve with Vegan Mexican Pizza

Vegan Mexican pizza is easy, fun, and filling. Instead of meat, cooked onions and mushrooms provide a pleasantly chewy texture. Enjoy it with salad, guacamole, or a Mexican-style rice dish like Arroz Colorido for a tasty lunch or dinner. You can also serve it in wedges for an appetizer! This recipe makes one pizza / one serving: just make more for more people.

Ingredients

  • White button mushroom – one of these or a Baby Bella mushroom is enough for one pizza
  • White onion – use white, yellow, or red onion or even the white parts at the bottom of green onions. It is just to add some flavor to the beans and mushrooms.
  • Corn Tortillas – I used standard 6-inch corn tortillas. You can also use whole wheat or wheat tortillas if you like (and then the recipe would not be gluten-free). I recommend checking after just 10 minutes in the oven to make sure they don’t burn. Also, the wheat tortillas are usually larger, so you will probably need to use more beans and cheese to cover the entire tortilla.
  • Vegetarian Refried Beans – you can also use fresh cooked or canned beans that you have mashed up a bit. These provide protein, fiber, and many important minerals (learn more from this link to All About Beans Nutrition from the North Dakota State University).
  • Marinara sauce – I have tried it with either a marinara/spaghetti/pizza sauce or salsa. Both are good, but I think the Italian-style marinara sauce tastes a little more pizza-like.
  • Vegan cheddar cheese – check your supermarket for a bag of shredded vegan cheddar cheese. Vegan mozzarella or a combo of the two would also be fine.
  • Green onion – slice or cut a length of green onion with scissors for more flavor and colorful interest on the top of your pizza
  • Black olives – just a few sliced black olives provide a ton of flavor once bake
  • Fresh cilantro (optional) – or you can also top with slices of jalapeno pepper or a little sriracha sauce.

How to Make Vegan Mexican Pizza

  • Step 1: Set the oven on 400°F convection (if available).
  • Step 2: Heat the oil in a small nonstick skillet over a medium flame. Add the mushrooms, onion, cumin, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper. Stir and cook for about 5 minutes until soft. Add the refried beans and heat for a few more minutes.
  • Step 3: Place one corn tortilla on a cookie sheet. Spread the bean, mushroom, and onion mixture evenly on it.
beans, onions, and mushrooms on top of corn tortilla
  • Top with 2 tablespoons of marinara sauce and 1 tablespoon of vegan cheese.
sauce and cheese on top of bean layer for vegan Mexican pizza
  • Place the other corn tortilla on top.
adding the second tortilla on top of the first sauce and cheese layer
  • Spread a tablespoon of marinara sauce evenly on top. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of vegan cheddar cheese.
final layer of vegan Mexican pizza 
  • Add the sliced green onions and black onions on top.
  • Step 4: Bake for 14 – 16 minutes until the cheese is hot and melted.

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Vegan Mexican Pizza

Melissa Altman-Traub
Try this easy melty vegan version of a Mexican pizza for a healthy meal or snack!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 4 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 16 mins
Course Main Course, Snack
Cuisine Mexican, Tex-Mex
Servings 1
Calories 247 kcal

Equipment

  • Small frying pan
  • Cookie sheet

Ingredients
  

  • ½ teaspoon neutral oil or light olive oil
  • 1 large white button mushroom,chopped in small pieces
  • 1 tablespoon fresh white onion, minced
  • 2 corn tortillas (6 inches)
  • dash salt
  • dash black pepper
  • teaspoon cumin
  • teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ cup vegetarian refried beans
  • 3 tablespoons marinara sauce, divided
  • 3 tablespoons shredded vegan cheddar cheese, divided
  • 6 inch piece green onion
  • 2 sliced black olives
  • 1 teaspoon fresh cilantro (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Set oven on 400°F convection (if available). Spray the cookie sheet with non-stick spray or put parchment paper on it.
  • Heat the oil in a small nonstick skillet over a medium flame. Add the mushrooms, onion, cumin, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper. Stir and cook for about 5 minutes until soft. Add the refried beans and heat for a few more minutes.
  • Place one corn tortilla on a cookie sheet. Spread the bean, mushroom, and onion mixture evenly on it. Top with 2 tablespoons of marinara sauce and 1 tablespoon of vegan cheese. Place the other corn tortilla on top. Spread a tablespoon of marinara sauce evenly on top. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of vegan cheddar cheese. Add the sliced green onions and black onions on top.
  • Bake for 14 – 16 minutes until the cheese is hot and melted.

Notes

The nutrition estimate is from VeryWell Fit and the Violife vegan cheddar cheese label.
Keyword Mexican, PIzza, Vegan

Nutrition Information

This estimate is from the VeryWellFit nutrition calculator and the Violife vegan cheddar cheese label.

Calories: 247

Total fat: 10.8 grams

Saturated fat: 5.0 grams

Cholesterol: 0 milligrams

Sodium: 596 milligrams

Total carbohydrate: 35.4 grams

Dietary fiber: 5.2 grams

Total sugars: 2.2 grams

Protein: 5.5 grams

Vitamin D: 83 micrograms

Calcium: 90 milligrams

Iron: 1 milligram

Potassium: 90 milligrams

Vitamin B-12: 0.7 milligrams

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3 thoughts on “Easy Vegan Mexican Pizza”

  1. 5 stars
    Delicious, as a vegan I miss pizza, but find takeaway ones really expensive. This was such a good recipe and easily adaptable!

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