One of the best things about pizza is how versatile it is. While a traditional pizza is focused on Italian toppings, the humble pizza has branched out into many ethnic culinary branches over the years. As a result, you can experiment and come up with fusion cuisine that will amaze and satisfy your friends. Here are two great ways to enjoy pizza using Mexican ingredients instead of Italian ingredients:

Pizza Dough Base

  • 2 1/4 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of instant yeast
  • 1 cup of warm water
  • 1 teaspoon of kosher salt

In a stand mixer, combine the warm water and the instant yeast. Let it stand for 2 minutes, then add the olive oil, salt, and flour. Mix well using a bread hook. Once the dough is fully combined, place the dough in a bowl in a warm room. The ideal temperature for yeast is approximately 95 degrees Fahrenheit, and this will allow your dough to rise quicker. If you aren't able to heat a room to this temperature, a proofing drawer works as great alternative. After an hour, punch down the dough and allow it to sit for an additional hour. 

Punch the dough down again and then coat the outside with a little more olive oil. Roll and stretch the dough out to 16 inches in diameter for a thinner crust or 12 inches in diameter for a thicker crust. 

Chicken Fajita Pizza

  • 6 ounces of tomato paste
  • 4 ounces of hot sauce
  • 1 pound of boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon of dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1/2 a white onion
  • 1 New Mexico green chile pepper
  • 1 pound of queso Chihuahua

Combine the tomato paste and hot sauce until it is well mixed and all the same consistency.

Cut the chicken breasts into 1 inch cubes. Cut the peppers and onion into strips. Add the chicken, salt, peppers, onion, garlic powder, cumin, and oregano to a skillet and cook until the chicken is completely cooked through.

On top of the pizza dough, add the tomato paste and hot sauce mixture. Add the cheese, then the chicken and peppers. For a 12 inch pizza, cook the pizza at 425 degrees for 12 minutes. If you are cooking a 16 inch pizza, cook at 500 degrees for 8 minutes.

When you try this pizza, you'll be amazed at how well the flavors mix and complement each other!