I feel like many of us know what chilaquiles are. (111, 336 instagram hashtags)
But there are fewer folks who know what molletes or tecolotes are. (11,849 and 1,395 insta hashtags, respectively). So if you’re one of the folks who do know what they are, just skip over this mini vocab lesson.
Molletes: large Portuguese rolls, sliced in half lengthwise. The bottoms are slightly buttered and the tops are slathered with refried beans and sprinkled with cheese. Toasted till golden and melty, often served with pico.
Tecolotes: Molletes, but with chilaquiles in between the beans and the cheese. No pico.
Tecolotes are what you wish you’d had in college, after long nights of hedonism and revelry. Tecolotes are the ultimate Mexican mashup food. Tecolote is also a Spanish word for owl, btw.
Even though this is technically a tecolote pizza, my SEO is happier with it being a chilaquile pizza. My husband, who has never had chilaquiles (does that make me a bad wife?) called it a Nacho Pizza.
Even though this looks labor intensive, I guarantee it’s actually simple. The hardest part is making sure the oven-baked tortilla chips don’t burn, but I’ll tell you exactly how to prevent that from happening.
Otherwise, it’s just stacking ingredients.
- Pizza crust
- Black beans
- Tortilla chips
The crust is made from Bob’s GF Pizza dough mix (was not paid to say that). I’ve sampled a few GF pizzas, and this is by far the best dough. It is the one that comes closest to that mom-and-pop pizza parlor crust. I can’t wait to make rolls with this.
The beans came from a can (they were put there by a man……🎶)
I usually make my own salsa, but for this recipe, I just purchased some from my favorite local Mexi place. I called a few days ahead and told them how much I wanted to buy, and that I would be bringing in my own containers. I feel like if you do this, they’ll be more than happy to sell you some, even if it’s not on the menu (it wasn’t at mine). But please please please do not used canned salsa, please. Just like with a regular pizza, the sauce one of the key elements to success.
And then I just grated up a block of sharp cheddar. You can use a Mexican or Nacho cheese blend if you like, but I just LOVE authentic salsas with sharp cheddar.
Imagine what a hero you’d be at your Superbowl Party/Puppy Bowl Party 🐶 🐺 ❤️/your friend Janice’s bachelorette party/ your nephew’s baptism…..if you strolled in carrying a pizza with freaking CHILAQUILES on top. I mean, that’s why we’re all at the party, right? The food. Well, I guess friends and family aren’t so bad either…..’long as they share the pizza.
- 1 package of Bob's GF pizza crust mix
- plus - ingredients required by the mix: 2 eggs, olive oil, warm water
- 15 white corn tortillas
- 8 oz of sharp cheddar OR 8 oz or shredded Mexi cheese blend
- 1 15 oz can black beans
- 2 cups of salsa verde or salsa roja, or a mix of the two. I used 1 1/2 cups verde + 1/2 cup roja
- a little olive oil and salt
- Preheat oven to 400. Line two cookie sheet with foil and grease them lightly with olive oil.
- Cut the tortillas into quarters. Sprinkle with lightly with salt and divide them evenly among the two cookie sheets.
- Bake for about 30 minutes, stirring about every 5-7 minutes so they don't stick to each other. Some of them will be done before the others, so be sure to remove the darker-looking ones from the oven so they don't burn all the way
- While the chips are baking, prepare the pizza crust according to the package directions, and allow it to rise. If using a pizza stone, place it in the oven now so that it's good and hot by the time the dough rises. It's also a good idea to grease the stone.
- While the dough is rising, grate your cheese. Blend the black beans to a paste, seasoning with a little garlic if you wish.
- Turn the oven up to 425
- Once the dough is done rising, gently spread it out onto the pizza stone.
- The package instructions say to bake the crust for 7-9 minutes, place your toppings, and then bake for another 15-18 minutes. IGNORE THIS! for this particular recipe, you want to do the exact opposite. Aka, bake for 15-18 minutes, place your toppings, and then bake for another 7-9 minutes.
- To place your toppings, spread the black bean paste over the pizza. Add a layer of chips, then salsa and cheese, another layer of chips, cheese and salsa, chips, salsa, cheese, and so forth until the chips are all on the pizza.
- Serve while hot and melty.