These Mexican pizza tortilla boats came from my favorite Mexican pizza recipe transformed into a mess-free version perfect for noshing on during the big game! These are great game day food and also serve as the perfect kid-friendly dinner recipe too when you add a side of Mexican rice and guacamole!
Will you be watching the big game this Sunday? Whether you are rooting for your favorite team or looking forward to watching the commercials, one thing we can probably all agree on is food! Everyone loves a great game day party filled with delicious food and a constant stream of munching throughout the game. I have the perfect game day appetizer for you! I have taken our favorite Mexican pizza recipe and transformed it into a portable, mess-free version made in a tortilla boat!
My inspiration for this game day recipe came from these awesome Old El Paso taco boats I spotted at Walmart the other day. They looked so fun and perfect for portable, mess-free game day eating. I decided to transform my Mexican pizza recipe into a Mexican pizza boat! The results were mouthwatering. The perfect combination of Mexican pizza flavors, but in a nice little package. I grabbed some Old El Paso salsa and refried beans as well as both whole wheat and flour tortilla taco boats for this recipe. I found them all at Walmart.
You can make these ahead of time and heat them up during the big game (just leave off the fresh toppings until you are ready to eat them) or make them just before the game starts. Begin by placing 6 taco boats on a baking sheet. I used half whole wheat and half flour tortilla so I could please everyone!
Next, in a large skillet cook 1# ground beef, 1/2 medium onion diced and 1/2 tsp garlic powder over medium high heat until beef is no longer pink. Drain the grease and return to pan.
Now you are ready to assemble the layers of your Mexican pizza boat! Traditionally the Mexican pizza is made on flat tortillas in layers. The traditional version is much messier, however this taco boat version retains those delicious flavors and layers!
First, spread a layer of Old El Paso refried beans on the bottom of your taco boats. *I left half of mine plain for my pickier eaters.
Then, add a layer of the cooked beef, using half of your beef mixture divided among the 6 taco boats. Top with crushed chips, then 1 cup of cheese, remaining beef, Old El Paso salsa, and finally another layer of cheese.
Bake for 10 minutes until cheese is melted. Remove from oven and top with diced tomatoes, green onions, sliced avocados, plain greek yogurt and sliced black olives. If you like spice then you can also add diced jalapenos on top!
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- 1 lb ground beef
- 1/2 medium onion diced
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 Tbsp chili powder
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp cayenne powder or more if you like spicy
- 1 16 oz can Old El Paso refried beans
- 6 Old El Paso taco boats wheat or flour tortilla
- 1/2 cup crushed tortilla chips
- 2 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend
- 1/2 cup Old El Paso salsa
- 2 green onions sliced
- 1 to mato diced
- 1 avocado sliced
- 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
- 1 small can sliced black olives
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Place 6 taco boats on a baking sheet.
- In a large skillet over medium high heat brown beef, onions and garlic powder until no longer pink. Drain grease and return to pan. Mix in chili powder, cumin, salt, pepper and cayenne and stir well. Set aside.
- Create layers in your taco boat: Spread refried beans in each taco boat, top with half the beef mixture divided amongst the 6 taco boats. Add crushed chips on top, then 1 cup cheese, remaining beef mixture, salsa and remaining cheese.
- Bake 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.
- Remove from oven and top with diced tomatoes, green onions, sliced avocados, sliced black olives and if you like extra spice add some diced jalapenos!
While I may not be able to tell you who is playing in the big game on Sunday, I can definitely tell you what we’ll be eating!