Mexican Pizza

Whole wheat pizza crust beneath flavorful beans, cashew cheese sauce, and lots of fresh toppings.  Whole-food, Plant-based, Oil-free, Vegan, and can be made Gluten-free. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword Mexican Pizza, oil-free, vegan
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 1 large pizza
Author Faithful Plateful


  • 1 recipe your favorite pizza crust, after rising (the recipe I used is below)
  • 1 can fat-free refried beans (or about 1 1/2 cups homemade)
  • 1 1/2 tsp taco seasoning
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 2 small tomatoes (or additional salsa)
  • 1 can pickled jalepenos (or a fresh one)
  • 1 cup corn (fresh or thawed from frozen)
  • 1 green onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 avocado or guacamole
  • Cashew Queso or your favorite cheese

Cashew Queso

  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 2 tsp taco seasoning
  • 1 can green chilies


  1. If using the cashew queso, cover cashews with water to soak. 

    Set oven to preheat to 500 degrees. 

  2. Sprinkle 1 large pizza pan or cookie sheet with corn meal, or lightly grease it. Spread out pizza dough onto a cookie sheet until evenly spread out. Press a thick crust around the edges. 

  3. In a small bowl, stir refried beans with salsa and taco seasoning. If using canned beans, add a little water (about 1/4 to 1/2 cup) until they are thin and spreadable. Adjust to taste and add more salsa or taco seasoning as desired. 

  4. Spread bean mixture over pizza dough. Sprinkle with chopped onion, corn, tomatoes or salsa, jalepeno and cheese, if using (if using cashew queso sauce, save it for after baking). 

  5. Bake at 500 degrees for 10-12 minutes, until beans are bubbling and crust is golden. 

  6. Remove from oven and sprinkle with chopped avocado, chopped cilantro, sliced green onions, and lots of cashew queso (I put mine in a zip lock bag with the tip cut off, but you could also just use a spoon and drizzle it over the pizza).  

    Serve with additional hot sauce, guacamole, or sour cream if desired. 

To make Cashew Queso

  1. Let cashews soak in hot water for at least 10 minutes. Then drain, and place all ingredients in a small bullet or high-speed blender and blend until very smooth and creamy. Add about 1/2 tsp salt if  your taco seasoning is not salted. 

Recipe Notes

You could also make individual pizzas on whole wheat tortillas, whole wheat pita bread, or use store-bought dough to make it faster. I haven't tried any of those versions, though.