Southwest Pizza


I was setting out to make Kylie and I bean burritos for lunch today when I realized I was out of tortillas.  I went to the freezer remembering I had a frozen pizza crust so thought I would try my hand at a southwest pizza.  Oh boy, was it good!  I was really looking forward to that bean burrito, but you know what … everything happens for a reason.  Today, I learned how to make a southwest pizza, it was a win-win.  Kylie and I both enjoyed it, and lucky us, there’s lots left over.

I set my frozen pizza crust out for 15 minutes to rise a bit, per package instructions.  I used a half can of fat free vegetarian refried beans as my “sauce”.  First, I drizzled olive oil on my crust and sprinkled about 1/8 teaspoon cumin on the crust along with a pinch of kosher salt and a pinch of garlic powder.  On top of the beans, I sprinkled light Mexican cheese blend.  I then scattered a jalapeño that I had diced, removing the membrane and seeds.  Next, I spooned a can of mild green chiles and diced red onion over that.  On top of the jalapeños, green chiles and onion, I spooned half a jar of Cowboy Caviar (from Trader Joe’s).  I then added a little more light shredded Mexican cheese.  This was actually quite healthy because I used light cheese and fat free beans.

I placed the pizza in a preheated 425 degree oven for 15 minutes. A drizzle of light sour cream was the perfect finishing touch. Give it a try, I think you’ll love it!


  • 1 frozen pizza crust
  • 1/2 cup light shredded cheese
  • 1/2 can fat free vegetarian refried beans
  • 1 4-ounce can mild green chiles
  • 1 jalapeño, seeds removed, diced
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 jar Cowboy Caviar
  • drizzle olive oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon cumin
  • pinch of garlic powder
  • pinch of sea salt


Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Set frozen pizza crust on counter for 15 minutes.  Heat beans in a pan. After 15 minutes are up, drizzle olive oil on the crust and sprinkle cumin, sea salt and garlic powder. Spread warmed beans on your crust and top with 1/3 cup light cheese. Add diced jalapeño, green chiles and red onion.  Top with Cowboy Caviar and the rest of the cheese.  Bake in oven for 15 minutes. Enjoy!

Until next time, Kris


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