Nacho Pizza Bites

Lately Solomon and I have started trying lots of fun new recipes.  We had fallen into a bit of a slump and were making the same things too often, and just weren’t excited to cook.  Obviously, that had to change.

I was playing around online looking for some fun dinner ideas that all 3 of us could happily eat.  I came across this amazing recipe for pizza bites and immediately put it on the menu for the first week of the year.  Instead of using pepperoni, I used sautéed vegetables (we keep a kosher home).  These were a huge, huge hit (well, not so much with Aaron), that Solomon and I agreed there were going to make the rotation more often.  While we were eating, we were talking about other ways to make these delicious (yes, we talk about food while eating food).  We brainstormed a whole bunch of ideas, and finally settled on a nacho pizza bite.  I mean, we love pizza, the pizza bites were awesome and we love nachos.  It seemed like a no brainer.  The result was amazing!

Here’s what you need:

  • pizza dough (store bought or make your own)
  • 1 can vegetarian refried beans
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican cheese, plus more for sprinkling
  • jarred jalapenos, chopped (as many as you would like)
  • one tomato chopped

Preheat the oven to 400* and lightly grease an 8 x 8 pan, bundt pan or whatever you would like to use (this is really versatile).

Combine beans, cheese, jalapenos and tomato in a medium bowl.

Divide the dough into 16-24 pieces (depending on size of dough).  Flatten out the dough and using a small ice cream scoop, scoop a ball of the bean mixture into the middle of the dough.

Pull the edges of the dough around and pinch shut to form a dumpling.  Place dumplings seam side down in baking dish.  Depending how many you make, you can put them side by side, or layer them one on top of the other like a monkey bread.Sprinkle the top with a little oregano.

Cook for 20 minutes, then add a sprinkle of cheese to the top and cook for an additional 5 minutes.

Serve with guacamole, salsa, Greek yogurt or whatever you would like for dipping.

Though Aaron is still a little young to really help in the kitchen (though he does like to help stir and pour things in), I think this is the perfect meal for him to help make when he’s a bit older!  It willbbe so much fun to make the dumplings, and to let him and his siblings brainstorm other ideas for pizza bite flavors!

What recipe have you tried lately that became a regular on your meal planning rotation?


5 Responses

  1. Can you freeze these and send them to me??? They look so good!!!

  2. These sounds awesome! I’m always looking for something different to do with pizza dough so I definitely will be trying these out.

  3. These look so good! This stir fry is on our weekly meal plan:

    So easy and healthy!

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