A show of hands- Who likes playing dress up? Regrettably, this post will offer no insight on my longing to see Mrs. Chili365 tastefully adorned as Cat Woman. Rather, it will offer an idea for gussying up leftover cheese pizza.
Chili is my gift, math is not. When ordering pizzas for Pre’s birthday extravaganza, rather than purchasing enough food for eight, I venturesomely opted to requisition pizza sufficient for at least 18. Time to chili-up some of the leftovers.
1 (15 oz) can pinto beans (drained)
1 (4 oz) can green chiles
2 t chili powder
1 t dried minced onions
1/3 C vegetable juice
1 leftover cheese pizza
Shredded lettuce (about 3 ½ C)
Sliced tomatoes (about 8 oz)
Sour cream (2 oz)
Black olives (3 oz, sliced)
1) Combine the chili ingredients in a small pot and simmer (covered) for 1 hour (or less, depending on your time)**
2) Mash the chili until the beans are well broken.
3) Simmer the mashed chili (uncovered) in order to reduce it to a pasty consistency.
4) While chili is simmering, reheat pizza in the oven for 10 minutes at 350F.
5) Top the pizza with chili, followed by the taco ingredients.
** I simmered the chili for a few hours. The pleasant, earthy chili fragrance was fine potpourri when juxtaposed to a houseful for semi-active tween-agers. Oh how I yearn to create a scratch-and-sniff chili blog- for your reference. Stay tuned…
The Good: This was an excellent way to dress up plain old cheese pizza. Not only did it taste fantastic, the tomatoes and lettuce added some nutrition.
The Bad: Messy and required a folk to eat. Translation= Pre and Chili Jr could not stroll the house eating this chili pizza. They “had” to remain stationed at their chairs. I didn’t see “fork” pizza as a downer, I like it.
Mrs. Chili365 (or Catwoman….. purrrrrrrrrrrrr)= “very, very good”
Chili Jr= “very good but messy”
Pre- “I want more later”
The Pirate- “awesome!”
Chili365- I loved this one. In addition to my predilection for Catwoman, I am very partial to this style of pizza. The chili portion of this recipe would make a good dip or (in my estimation) a terrific topping for just about anything. Try this recipe, it’s nearly purrrfect.