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Southwest Beef & Chile Pizza
1997 National Beef Cook-off winner!


Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Servings: Serves 3-4
1 lb. lean ground beef
1/4 tsp. salt
1 package (16 ounces) prebaked thick pizza crust (12-inch)
1-1/4 cups prepared thick and chunky salsa
1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded Mexican cheese blend or Monterey Jack cheese
1 can (4 ounces) diced green chilies, well drained
2 medium plum tomatoes, seeded, coarsely chopped
1/3 cup thin red onion slivers
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro




Heat oven to 450F. In large nonstick skillet, brown ground beef over medium heat 6 minutes or until outside surface is no longer pink, breaking up into small crumbles. Pour off drippings. Season with salt.
Place pizza crust on ungreased large baking sheet. Spread salsa over crust; sprinkle with half of cheese. Top with beef, chilies, tomatoes, onion and remaining cheese.
Bake 11-13 minutes or until toppings are hot and cheese is melted. Sprinkle with cilantro; cut into 8 wedges. Serve immediately.