Monday, March 7, 2011

Tostada Pizza

There is a restaurant called California Pizza Kitchen {CPK} that specializes in wonderful pizza of which is the tostada pizza.  I love this homemade version-though if you ever wanted to try the real thing, there are restaurants all over the country...even internationally now.

This pizza is unique in that it has a base of beans and melted cheese and it is then topped with fresh vegetables and crispy tortilla chips.

  • Thin Crust Pizza (pre-made or handmade)
  • Refried Black Beans (we get the non-fat kind)
  • 1 cup Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 cup Shredded Lettuce
  • Ranch Dressing
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup Diced Tomatoes
  • Handful of Diced Cilantro-per taste
  • Handful of Tortilla Strips (or Crumbled Tortilla Chips)
Preheat the oven to 450.

Clearly a lot of these measurements are "guesstimates" but bear with me.  Take the refried black beans and spread an even coat on the pizza crust-about half a can.  Bake in the oven (on the rack) for 5 minutes.  Add the cheese and bake for an additional 5 minutes.  Meanwhile, in a bowl, add ranch dressing to lettuce...enough to coat the lettuce and pepper to taste.  Once the pizza is out of the oven, add the lettuce mixture, tomatoes, cilantro and tortilla strips to the top.  You can also add sliced avocado, if you like.

The end product is Delicioso!  Hope you enjoy!  Bon Appetit!

xo natasha

Linked to: Tasty Tuesdays


  1. Oh, this looks amazing. I love the salads at CPK. I think I will try this for my family . . if it has cilantro I am all over it! Thank you!!

  2. Yum!!!! Must Try this- thanks for posting dinner inspiration.

  3. That looks sooooo good! Sounds pretty easy too.

  4. This is gorgeous! and looks so yummy!

    Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

  5. the Tostada is my absolute favorite!! I just had it Friday night:)

  6. YUM! that sounds so good.. i need to spice up my pizza night and try this one. xoxo jcd :: cornflake dreams

  7. Yummy! Natasha, I love your recipes (:

  8. wow this looks amazing!!!

  9. This looks...sooooo...yummmmm!
    I've saved this in my if I ever learn how to cook well file, which seriously I have.

  10. This looks delicious! I love California Pizza Kitchen. I think your homemade version looks better than their pizza. I will try this soon. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  11. Oh my word! This looks amazingly delicious. I think I'm up for some of this tonight! x

  12. YUM! that may be on the menu for next week! :)

    xo! Lauren @ tickled.

  13. Oh my gosh this looks so yummy! Great post.


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  14. i love this pizza at cpk! yours looks just as good, i'll definitely be trying it.

  15. this is my FAVORITE pizza and i made it often, too! SO delicious!


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