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Mini Mexican Pizzas--Kid Approved by "The Lily Test"

Updated on August 20, 2012
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Janine is a published author in Only Trollops Shave Above the Knees, appears on The Huffington Post and at Confessions of A Mommyaholic.

4.5 stars from 2 ratings of Mini Mexican Pizzas
The Ultimate Picky Eater--"The Lily Test"
The Ultimate Picky Eater--"The Lily Test" | Source

"The Lily Test"

For those of you who have read my recipe articles, know that many of my recipes either have come from other family members or from another chef (like on Food Network), because I truly don't believe in fixing something if it isn't broke, but still will sometimes amend it slightly to work even better for my family. Also, most of my recipes are quick, easy and inexpensive too.

I am mom to two small girls, so when I make something the cost and the time to prepare it is truly a concern of mine at this stage in the game. Also, my two girls are as different as night and day on so many levels including their appetites. My older daughter, Emma will eat just about anything I can put in front of her and can eat like a horse, ironically she has always been smaller than average for her age and very petite. My little one is my picky eater and will barely eat even on a good day.

So the recipes that end up being a success in my home are truly the ones that are all of the above, plus pass the "Lily Test". Lily, you guessed it, is my younger daughter and the true test for a recipe is if she will eat at least some of what I prepare. No joke, the "Lily Test" has become a running joke in our house between my husband and I. And sometimes we will take it a step further to see whose food she will take to first too. Well, these Mini Mexican Pizzas not only are easy, quick and inexpensive, but you guessed it--pass the "Lily Test"! So if you are a mother like me and do have a picky child, I definitely would suggest trying to make these for your picky eater.

Also you can make these all at once or freeze the food processed ingredients to make more later in the week. It truly is such a simple and convenient recipe that has become a lifesaver in my house for more reasons than one. Making this one a true winner!!

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 7 min
Ready in: 12 min
Yields: Makes 16 Pizzas
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Ingredients

  • 16 Low-Fat flour tortillas, 6 inch
  • 2 Cans (14.5 ozs each) Mexican Stewed Tomatoes
  • 1 Package (10 ozs) Frozen Corn Kernals
  • 1 Can (19 ozs) Black Beans, Drained and Rinsed
  • 2 Cans (4 ozs) Diced Green Chiles, Drained
  • 2 Tbs. Chili Powder
  • 2 Tsp. Ground Cumin
  • 8 ozs. Reduced Fat Monterey Jack Cheese, Shredded

Instructions

  1. Heat Oven to 400 degrees. Arrange tortillas in a single layer on baking sheet.
  2. Drain tomatoes, sqeeze dry. Puree tomatoes in blender. Combine corn, beans, chiles, chili powder and cumin a bowl.
  3. Spread 3 tablespoons of tomato puree over a tortilla. Sprinkle 1/4 cup corn mixture over sauce. Top with 2 tablespoons of cheese. Repeat with remaining tortillas and toppings.
  4. Bake pizzas in 400 degree oven for 5 to 7 minutes or until cheese is melted. Makes 16 pizzas.

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Janine is a freelance writer and mom of two. She is known for being a stay at home mom to two beautiful little girls right now. Life can totally get hectic and has learned to perfect and improvise at meal times, because of this. You can checkout her profile and more of her scrumptious recipe articles here.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I love it...what a cute hub and beautiful daughter...a fool proof test for sure, and delivered with obvious pride by a loving mother. You are a person I want to meet some day.

      Sending a hug from Olympia!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Oh Bill, I too hope we can meet up someday. I would definitely enjoy that and talk about you often and very fondly I hope you do know this. As for my daughter, she is a keeper to me (yes again I am prejudice). Both my kids are truly my life and I guess I tend to beam a bit when I think of them or speak of them to others. They will always be my pride and joy. But seriously, thank you so much for again being so very kind and from the bottom of my heart I just can't thank you enough!! And thank you for the hug from Olympia, because it was truly enjoyed and sending one right back to you from New York :)

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      These look great! Your kids are beautiful; I know how proud you must be of them. I have a picky eater, too. He is 17 yrs. old!

      I voted this Hub UP, and will share, Mary

      I love your dividers: did you use PicMonkey? I'm just learning.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Mary, I think any mother who has at least more than one child has a picky eater, because I can't imagine that every child is the perfect eater. I got lucky with my first on this, but my Lily really does give me a run for my money and sounds like you can relate. I guess as mothers we are in it for the long haul so to speak, because I can imagine that at 17 years old, Lily will be like your son and still be picky when it comes to food.

      As for the divider, I literally google searched until I came up with an image I liked graphically and then used my IPhoto program to crop the image to my liking. Then I just resaved the file to my desktop and uploaded on my hub. I love IPhoto for the crop feature it really does work wonders!!

      Thank you so much for your very lovely comment, the votes and share too :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Delicious! If Lily won't eat hers I'll take it! I enjoy hearing stories about your youngens:)

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Janine - This is useful and awesome! I have a super picky eater who does love tacos. I am definitely going to try this one. We always have Taco Tuesday so I have a couple of days to get the ingredients!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Linda, right now I am trying to feed her regular cheese quesadilla and she is putting up a good fight over here, if you want some of that you are more than welcome to that too, lol! Seriously, thank you and hope you try these when you too get a chance :)

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Glimmer Twin Fan, definitely let me know how Taco Tuesday works with this one this week, because if my picky eater eats these than I just about guarantee that yours will too! Seriously, thank you for stopping by and commenting too :)

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I use those flour tortillas already to make pizza and it really is an inexpensive treat but I love your recipe, so healthy and sounds delicious!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Janine, this is so useful, I love Pizzas in every shape and form! lol! and your photo of lily is gorgeous! Ahh! lol!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Jackie, I too use tortilla shells to make simple pizzas from them too, but this one literally has the combo of a pizza, plus a bit of a Mexican touch added too. Thanks for stopping by and for commenting too!!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Nell, we too love pizza in any shape or form too, but the added Mexican flair here is a true bonus. As for Lily, I couldn't resist, because she is the one that has gotten me to make this over and over again, lol :) Thank you for your kind words though too!!

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      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      This is wonderful Janine. I was like Lily when I was 5. So I don't blame her. As all the other said. Your Mini Mexican Pizza past my test. Is easy, affordable and could ...already made me hubgry! Gee! Gotta fix myself something now! Your little Lily is so cute! Hope you are doing well and thanks for writing awesome hubs!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Joseph, I too was a bit of a picky eater, so I guess what goes around comes around so to speak. Nice to know though I wasn't alone on this lol! Thank seriously for your lovely comments here, especially about my little Lily. I am doing well and hope you are too!!

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      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi Janine, oh those picky eaters :) Glad this one passes the Lilly Test. What a cute idea which also shows how proud you are of your adorable daughter! Vote up, awesome, and sharing too.

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      Rema T V 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      Hi Janine,

      I couldn't overlook this hub when I saw it shared by Christy on the homepage and I am so glad I came here. Fantastic recipe and sounds very simple too. Being in the eastern end, the word tortilla (I never bothered to Google it too) used to sound very new and difficult and this simple yet lovely recipe here has removed my reservations. Thank you very much for sharing this great recipe. As is every mother's worry, my sixteen year old daughter is too picky for words and wouldn't eat anything 'Indian'.

      I always tell her that she should have been born in the western world because she loves burgers and pizzas - I do love them too :) who doesn't?- I am going to prepare these Mexican pizzas this evening and surprise my daughter.

      Thanks very much. Sharing it across because you have made me very happy :) I am going to follow you and keep myself updated with more of such simple recipes that I can make for my family. Oh and that cute kid of yours! So sweet!

      Cheers, Rema.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Hi Christy, Thank you so much for the share and you are so right about those picky eaters, even though I have been told by the pediatrician that it is normal at her age, I still hate to see her not eat at meal time, so I try my best to find food that she will eat and this thankfully seems to be one of them. I really do appreciate the votes :) Thank you again!!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Rema,

      I just woke up and read your lovely message and had to re-read it again, because you truly made my morning with your kindness. I am sorry to hear that you too have a picky eater on your hands at 16 years old, but then again I do believe that will be my Lily too even as she gets older. So I can truly relate and understand. I can totally understand your comments and your daughter's feelings about burgers and pizza, because as you said who doesn't love them. I do hope you get to try these for your daughter at dinner tonight and you all enjoy them. I am now following you back too and just want to thank you again for your thoughtfulness here!!

      Cheers back at you,

      Janine

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      This should get a hub of the day award! How cute a design and great recipe. Love the "Lilly Test", it would do it for me too! Voted way up.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Dianna, thank you for saying that it should get the Hub of the Day, very much appreciated. Seriously I very much appreciate the comment and votes too!!

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      breakfastpop 4 years ago

      My grandson gives new meaning to the word "picky". I'll try this and see how it goes over. Thanks!

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      Rema T V 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      Hi Janine,

      I am back to tell you that I tried the dish last night and I can't thank you enough for it turned out to be a hit with everyone especially with my daughter. Of course she loves pizzas in any form but this was very easy to prepare and I will remember you every time I make this (which is going to be quite often I'm sure).

      Thanks very much once again. Cheers and hugs, Rema.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Your grandson and my Lily, Breakfastpop, can shake hands then. Hope you do get to try this for him too". Thank you again for the comment and for stopping by :)

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Rema, so glad to hear that you tried it and your daughter loved it too. You made my morning for coming back and commenting again. So very happy to hear from you that your daughter enjoyed and that you will be making it again soon. Rema, thank you as always!,

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      If it is kid approved you can be grateful..at least you know she will eat this for sure. I remember those days.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Carol, believe me when I tell you I am just happy when she does eat something, but it does sound like you could relate to this with your kids in the past too. So that said it is good to know my child is not the only picky eater out there. Thanks for stopping by and commenting too!!

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      Eddy Jones 4 years ago from Wales.

      Oh Janine isn't Lily beautiful ; you must be so proud !!!

      My grand daughter Ellie has been so picky you wouldn't believe it. Would only eat a sandwich if there was no butter /marg on the bread and I could carry on and on!! Today she is nine nad a lot better !!! I love your hubs by the way and I am passing this one onto my family and their little ones.

      Take care my friend and here's to so many more for us both to share on here.

      Eddy.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Eddy, thank you so much for saying that my Lily is beautiful. I am a bit prejudice because she is mine and yes I am so very proud of her, even if she can be a bit of a pain the you know what at meal times :). Seriously the other day, I was trying to feed her vanilla yogurt that came with oreo cookie crumples and she was having none of it and fought me for over 20 minutes until I relented and let her have Cheerios and a glass of chocolate milk. Seriously, I never met a more stubborn child, but I could not imagine my life without her and love her to pieces!!

      Sounds like your granddaughter too was a bit of a picky eater with only eating butter/margarine on bread and as you can see my Lily is clearly very similar. Thank you for stopping by, commenting and for sharing too. And here is to many more reads and shares too :)

      Janine

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Pizzas are always a great favorite, Janine. This is easy to do! Will pin and share.

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I'm stopping by again to say hello to Lily :)

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Michelle, thank you for the comment, shares, pin and tweets. I very much do appreciate your kindness and support as always!!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Linda, Lily says hi back at you :). Seriously, thanks for stopping by and commenting again!!!

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      The Lily Test :o) Ha Ha I think your little guinea-pig is probably sharpening your cooking skills, especially in the pizza department - it's important to keep as many people as happy as possible so this seems like a sensible idea to me.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Julie, so rue about trying to keep as many people (especially little people lol) a happy is so very important. And you are right that little is truly making me hone my cooking and baking skills everyday! Thank you for stopping by and your comment too!

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      I love "The Lily Test"! She is so cute too! These mini Mexican pizzas sound like a great idea. This gives me something new to fix for my older grandkids when they come stay with us. I love your spatula dividers too! Cute kids, great recipe, wonderful hub! Voted up, useful and shared! Have a wonderful day! :)

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Oh thank you Sgbrown for the comments on my little girl Lily and my recipe too. I do hope your grandkids enjoy this when you get a chance to make. Thank you again for the comment, votes and share too!!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      This looks like a perfect recipe for a quick lunch or supper. It's the kind of thing that adults as well as children would like.

      Your daughter is a cutie! So glad it passed the "Lily test" and that you shared it with us! Voted up and shared!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Stephanie, I have to tell you are right about children and adults liking this one. The Mexican flair had me (because I love a good Mexican meal) and the kids love that are mini/small enough for them to hold and eat. So a win-win here. Hope you do get to try it and let me know what you think. Thank you seriously for the comment about Lily and for your votes and share too!!

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Janine, Lily has such good taste :o)

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Oh thanks Julie and seems she does lol :) :)

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      oh...I loved your adorable daughter and the to absolutely try out recipe.

      Voted up and sharing it across!!

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      jenbeach21 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      These look really yummy!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Coming by again, Janine, to say hello to Lily, Emma and Kevin...and please serve me some of this pizza!

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      flacoinohio 4 years ago from Ohio

      I tried your recipe with my Lilli who is also a picky eater. She pulled off the cheese, picked off the tomatoes, peppers, and corn and put them into separate piles. She ate her cheese pile first followed by the tortillas and saved the corn for last which she ate one kernel at a time. After finishing her corn, she handed me her plate and told me I could have the remaining tomatoes and peppers.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Thanks Ruchira, I hope you do try and enjoy this one, too!!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Thanks Jen, they really are and thank god for them with Lily!!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Oh thanks Michelle for stopping by again and they all say hello back. When I make these again I'll send some your way!!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Oh too cute and love how each child eats differently. My kids definitely are so different n their eating styles and have just learned to go with the flow!!

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