Tlayuda (Mexican Pizza)

Rather than making an Italian-inspired pizza for pizza night, try using Mexican flavors instead. This tasty pizza recipe uses mole sauce, queso Oaxaca, and black beans in place of traditional pizza ingredients.

Tlayuda (Mexican Pizza)
Photo: Blaine Moats
Prep Time:
40 mins
Bake Time:
4 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
4 tlayudas


  • 1 ½ cup Quick Mole

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

  • 6 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 medium poblano chile pepper, seeded and chopped

  • 2 teaspoon chili powder

  • 1 15.5 ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained

  • 3 tablespoon water

  • 4 12 inch flour tortillas

  • 2 cup shredded Oaxaca or Monterey Jack cheese (8 oz.)

  • 2 cup very finely shredded cabbage or thinly sliced romaine lettuce

  • 2 medium avocados, halved, seeded, peeled, and sliced or coarsely chopped

  • 4 medium roma tomatoes, chopped

  • Snipped fresh cilantro, jalapeño slices, and/or queso fresco (optional)

Quick Mole Sauce

  • 2 tablespoon pumpkin seeds

  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 teaspoon chili powder

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 cup barbecue sauce

  • ½ ounce bittersweet chocolate, chopped

  • hot pepper sauce (optional)


  1. Prepare Quick Mole. Place a pizza stone or pizza pan on the bottom rack of the oven. Preheat oven to 450°F.

  2. In a small saucepan heat oil over medium-high. Add garlic and half of the poblano pepper; cook and stir 3 minutes or until tender. Stir in chili powder; cook 1 minute more. Remove poblano mixture to a food processor or blender; add beans and 3 Tbsp. water. Cover and pulse until bean mixture is spreadable but still chunky, adding more water if necessary.

  3. Working with one tortilla at a time, spread about 1/3 cup Quick Mole on tortilla. Spread with a thin layer of the bean mixture. Top with some of the remaining chopped poblano and 1/2 cup of the cheese. Place on the pizza stone or pizza pan. Bake 4 to 5 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and edges are crisp.

  4. Transfer tlayuda to a cutting board; let cool 1 minute. Top with one-fourth of the cabbage, avocado, and tomato. Repeat with remaining ingredients to make four tlayudas total. Cut each tlayuda into wedges before serving. If desired, top with cilantro, jalapeno, and/or queso fresco, and serve with additional Quick Mole.

Quick Mole Sauce

  1. In same skillet cook onion and garlic in hot oil 3 minutes or until tender. Stir in chili powder, cumin, and cinnamon. Cook 1 minute more or until fragrant. Stir in barbecue sauce, bittersweet chocolate, and hot pepper sauce (optional). Bring to boiling; reduce heat. simmer until chocolate is melted. Cool slightly. Transfer onion mixture and toasted seeds to blender or food processor. Cover and blend or process until smooth. Thin with water if needed; cool. Makes 1-1/2 cups.

  2. In large dry skillet over medium heat toast pumpkin seeds and sesame seeds 2 to 3 minutes or until toasted. Remove from skillet.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

394 Calories
19g Fat
41g Carbs
18g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 394
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 24mg 8%
Sodium 605mg 26%
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 18g
Vitamin C 53.9mg 269%
Calcium 217mg 17%
Iron 4.3mg 24%
Potassium 665mg 14%
Folate, total 53.1mcg
Vitamin B-12 0mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.3mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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