Light and Crispy Spicy Tortilla Pizzas

As you know I picked up a few fatalii peppers recently and here is what I made, light and crispy spicy tortilla pizzas! Ok, no real cooking involved but it’s a great way to enjoy these powerful peppers and they are¬† super quick and easy to make. I find that the best way to get a good sense for how to cook with a chile pepper you never tried is to enjoy it raw. This way you’ll know more or less what foods to pair it with in the future. A few slivers of the fatalii chile peppers on these pizzas is enough to make your mouth burn but also not so much to mask the other flavors. However, let’s keep it real, these chile peppers will definitely make your nose run and your mouth will burn for a good 30 minutes or so but isn’t that what we spicy food lovers seek? The thrill and the anticipation always makes my mouth water even if there is some regret afterwards but no, not regrets this time…

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I love making these tortilla pizzas, they’re super easy and perfect for when you only want to snack or have a light lunch. It’s also a great way to enjoy these wonderfully spicy chile peppers and the flavors in a pizza without all the carbs, calories and fat!

 

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In the Mediterranean style pizza above above I just sliced a few tomatoes, no sauce needed, topped with crumbled feta cheese, basil and a few slices of fatalii chile peppers. The feta has a very sharp flavor but the citrus in the peppers blended nicely with this pizza. For the pizza below I used spicy marinara, fresh mozzarella, sliced red onions, basil and topped with sliced fatalii chile peppers. This wasn’t as hot as I thought it would be since the fresh mozzarella helped tame some of the heat but it was my favorite of the two!

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These tortilla pizzas are light, crispy, packed with flavor and very healthy…well unless you eat a half dozen of them which isn’t too difficult!

Spicy Pinterest Finds for Cinco de Mayo

There are some great recipes and ideas to be found on Pinterest. I really have to watch myself on that site otherwise it’ll be hours of time spent gawking at gorgeous recipes you’d love to make but may never have the time! That’s why I like sifting through loads of them to bring you simple and easy recipes that meet my spicy requirements and get us all back to cooking! Try these great looking recipes this weekend for Cinco de Mayo and celebrate Mexico with lots of spice!

You can also check out my Spicy Mexico board on Pinterest for other great finds!!

Cinco-de-Mayo-Roundup

1. Tequila Lime Halibut Tacos from Use Real Butter. 2. Tomatillo Salsa Verde from She Wears Many Hats. 3. Mexican Paletas from Pineapple and Coconut. 4. Michelada – Spicy Beer from HGTV. 5. Mexican Pizza from Fitness Magazine.

Thin Healthy Pizza to Enjoy Over and Over Again

Who said pizza can’t be healthy? It’s one thing if you’re ordering it with extra cheese and loading it with various meats but if you’re making it at home you get to control the ingredients and can enjoy the flavors while still watching your waistline. Pizza is my all time favorite fast food, actually it’s my only favorite. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good burger but only if it’s homemade and comes off the grill. Pizza on the other hand is something I’ll never get tired of eating and love that there are more gourmet pizza restaurants sprouting up around the city. Nothing like hot saucy pizza coming out of a brick oven with fresh, quality ingredients. I wish I could have it several times a week but I can really do without all the calories and well you know, gourmet doesn’t come cheap! So every once in a while I make these thin pizzas on flour tortillas or wraps for a perfect low calorie alternative.

I made a salami, cheese and jalapeno mini pie and a prosciutto, baby arugula and shaved parmesan pie. It’s perfect for lunch or dinner and won’t have you feeling extra full and heavy afterwards.

Add a thin layer of sauce on tortilla and just top with ingredients. The less meat and cheese you use the better the other flavors will come through. It’s true especially with the prosciutto and arugula pizza, the mild sweetness of the prosciutto¬† and the peppery arugula are delicious and the citrus infused chile olive oil bring it all together.

These would also be great for entertaining as well and you won’t be slaving in the kitchen! Just cut the pizzas into quarters for sharing and pair with some wine, maybe a Syrah or a Chianti?

Prosciutto & Baby Arugula Tortilla Pizza
Pizza Sauce, see recipe below
Parmasean Cheese, shaved
Baby Arugula
Prosciutto, thinly sliced
Citrus habanero infused olive oil
Flour tortilla

Salami, Cheese and Jalapeno Tortilla Pizza
Pizza Sauce
Mozzarella, shredded
Hard Salami, chopped
1/2 jalapeno, chopped
crushed red pepper flakes

Pizza Sauce
Tomato sauce
Sea salt
Ground black pepper
Oregano, dried
Basil, dried
red pepper flakes

Season the tomato sauce with all the ingredients to taste. Make as much as you need based on the number of pizzas you want to make. For the two pizzas above all you’ll need is about 1/2 cup of sauce.