By Luz Ana Osbun

For Parents, the scariest thing on Halloween isn’t the ghoulish costumes, but the barrage of unhealthy foods and candies their kids are sure to indulge on throughout the day. For those planning a party or looking for a quick meal before evening events, a great way to trick the little treat seekers into eating something nutritious is having them create their own personal size mini pizzas. Below is a recipe to get you started, but you may choose from a myriad of healthful and nutritious ingredients. If you choose to use canned refried beans, choose the variety that has no fat added, or use your own healthy recipe for making beans. If your kids do not like beans, try instead, fully cooked lean ground beef.  You may also choose to make your own salsa, rather than purchase prepared. Try creative and fun-filled ways to get your kids involved in learning how to create their own nutritious meals. In the end, this is one little way kids can learn how to feed themselves with “real food” and not just sweets.

Below is a La Tortilla Factory’s “kid tested” and approved recipe. A variation of this recipe was voted as “best tasting” by Mrs.  Jacksons 1st grade class at Hidden Valley Elementary School.








Mexican Pizza

Ingredients per Tortilla:

1 La Tortilla Factory Handmade Style Tortilla

2 Tbsp Refried beans, canned

4 to 5 leaves Baby Spinach

2 Tbsp. Cheese

1 Tbsp. Chunky Salsa, drained

¼ avocado, sliced

1 tsp sour cream

Baking Directions:

1-Preheat oven to 410° F

2-Using a warmed skillet, heat beans stirring frequently

3- Place tortillas on cookie sheet or pizza stone

4- Layer ingredients onto the tortilla in the following order:

  1. Refried beans
  2. Spinach
  3. 1 tbsp cheese
  4. Chunky salsa
  5. 1 tbsp  of remaining cheese

5- Bake 5 to 10 minutes, watching carefully as oven temperatures may vary

6- Top with ¼ of an avocado, and a dollop of sour cream

Variations: use fully cooked lean ground beef instead of refried beans.