Southwest Black Bean and Poblano Pizza

Holy wow! It’s been forever since we’ve made a blog post. What a year it has been!

Mini life-update: I currently work as a full-time social worker at a therapeutic day school in Addison, IL for high school students with emotional disabilities. Francisco is working as Assistant Editor for Hello Mr. Magazine in New York City, NY.

We are still cooking, we are still eating, and we are doing our best to photo document our recipes! Oh, and we’re still best friends!

Tonight I made two pizzas. The first pizza is a staple in my kitchen and a high quality go-to pizza for any occasion: shaved asparagus pizza from my favorite food blogger, Smitten Kitchen.

The second pizza is my latest creation! A quick pizza complete with black beans, poblano peppers, grilled tomatoes, and egg.. I mean, can you really go wrong here? Plus I threw some bacon in for good measure.

Since I made two pizzas tonight using 1 batch of pizza dough, I doubled my ingredients list for this recipe since I figure most people don’t typically make half-pizzas.

Check it out!

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Southwest Black Bean and Poblano Pizza

1 batch of fresh pizza dough*
1 large Poblano Pepper, de-veined and de-seeded, sliced into 3-inch strips
4 T. diced Tomatoes, fresh is best!
1/4 c. minced Onion
2 clove Garlic, minced
1/2 c. fresh Mozzarella, shredded or cubed
1/4 c. Parmesan cheese, grated
1/2 c. Black Beans, cooked and drained or rinsed from a can
3 slices of Bacon, cooked and sliced into 1/2-inch pieces (optional)
2 egg (optional)
Salt and Pepper to taste

*I picked up my pizza dough from a grocer in Logan Square, Half Italian.

Preheat your oven to the hottest temperature it goes, or about 500 in most cases.

In a skillet or a pan, grill your poblano pepper slices until they are tender and have some char then set aside. Next, throw on your hot skillet, the tomato, onion, and garlic and cook until fragrant. Set aside.

If using, cook your bacon and then set it on paper towels to drain out the excess oil.

And now the assembly!

On your pizza dough which is stretched or rolled out to your liking, place a layer of some of the mozzarella cheese and then the parmesan cheese. Then plop on top all of your cooked ingredients except the eggs! Cover with the remainder of your cheeses! Add a pinch of salt and pepper to the pizza to your liking – keep in mind that the cheese and bacon will add a decent amount of salt already!

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Cook for approximately 8-10 minutes or until your crust is golden brown!

If using, when your pizza is about 70% done cooking, crack your eggs on top and ensure that the egg white is cooked before serving.

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This pizza had a ton of flavor! Plus it is so colorful! You can always change up some of the ingredients. Next time, I might try adding on some grilled corn.

If you’re looking to get fancy, you could also drizzle on some chipotle crema.. or your favorite salsa or hot sauce!

Happy Eating!

Love,
Mimi

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