We had friends over last night, and I made a vegetarian taco pizza that was so good, I need to write down what we did so I don’t forget. This isn’t really a recipe, because I didn’t make measurements, but it should give a good idea how to do it.
First, I made this flatbread recipe from Mark Bittman, using half cornmeal and half chickpea flour. While that was baking, I made some pizza sauce with tomato sauce, rosemary, basil and garlic powder. I didn’t measure the spices, but if I had to guess, I’d say about ¼ – ½ teaspoon rosemary and ½ – 1 teaspoon each basil and garlic powder. When the crust came out of the oven, I put about ½ a cup or so of the sauce on it.*
Next, I took a can of black beans, drained and mixed them, then put them in a bowl with about 1 ½ teaspoons Chili 3000 spice blend from Penzey’s, a few shakes of cayenne pepper, and some more garlic powder, probably about ½ teaspoon or so. I mixed it all together, then spread it out on the pizza, topped with half a bag of shredded cheese and baked (oven still at 450 from the crust) for about 10 minutes. We used a soy cheese blend of cheddar and monterey jack cheese.
While the pizza was baking, I chopped a tomato and three green onions. When the pizza came out of the oven, I let it sit for a couple of minutes so that the cheese wasn’t too hot, then I topped with shredded cabbage, and the tomatoes, then crushed some tortilla chips on top of it all and finished with the green onions. I know that lettuce is more traditional, but in my book, there is nothing more disgusting that leftover food with slimy lettuce, so cabbage works better. Plus, I had cabbage, and my lettuce was no longer good.
My children are suspicious of any food with green stuff or fresh tomatoes, but that goes double for pizza, so they did not eat any of this. I like to make pizza on Friday nights, because the kids love it and it is a nice start to the weekend, but I get bored with the same thing over and over. I am glad I had a friend over who likes interesting, flavorful food to share this with me!
* I also made a plain cheese pizza for the kids, who like boring food, so I used more of this sauce than just that ½ cup, but we will still need to do something else with it soon.