Tlayuda With Black Bean Puree (Aka Mexican Unpizza)

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 10 mins

This is the genuine article, an Oaxacan specialty. Not to be called pizza. Better than the sum of its parts, the texture is key. I served with a Louisiana hot sauce, you may want to serve with salsa if you are not into things too hot. Other beans would also work well with this. As published in the NY Times. By Mark Bittman, the Minimalist.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. If using dried beans, add salt, pepper, garlic, onion, chili powder and cumin in last few minutes of cooking. Place mixture in blender or food processer with enough liquid to allow machine to do its work and roughly puree.
  3. If using canned beans, add seasonings and warm mixture gently in a saucepan, stirring, to take the edge off of the garlic and onion. Then roughly puree with a little of the liquid as necessary.
  4. Place the tortillas on pizza peel or baking sheet and evenly spread with the bean mixture and then the cheese.
  5. Bake for 5 minutes, then sprinkle with cabbage and cilantro if using. Bake another 5 minutes until the topping is hot and tortilla is crisp on the edges. Cut into wedges if desired.


Most Helpful

I had houseguests (1 vegan-ish, 1 not) and they both really enjoyed this recipe. The only change I made was to replace the cheese with vegan cheese. I will definitely make this again because it is easy, delicious, and healthy! Next time I will add the cilantro after cooking, though, because I don't really like it wilted.

Prose January 07, 2008

So easy and so good!! I used canned beans and added a bit of red pepper in with the garlic and onion...I had whole wheat tortillas on hand, some low-fat mozzarella string chesse snack sticks around... and because I love cabbage and "drink" it everyday, (I'm a big juicer fan) I piled it on and loved the extra crunch it added. I'll be sure to include the cilantro next time to further the textural fun!! (I also would LOVE it with goat cheese or feta; this time I just made it spur of the moment with what was available!!)) Just as easy as dialing up for a take out meal, but so much better for you!! This will be another new regular for my menu that my friend - Kumquat the Cat's friend - has introduced me to!!! A wonderful recipe - THANKS!!

free-free July 06, 2007

Join the Conversation

  • all
  • reviews
  • tweaks
  • q & a