Monday, November 28, 2011

FIESTADA- School Lunch Series

I think I did it!!  My first attempt to recreate one of my childhood favorites, along with Carrie David who posted that they were her favorite school lunch!

I do believe the hamburger, and I use the word loosely, that was on it was so fine, so of course mine wasn't quite as fine.  I remember there being only a little meat and cheese.  I decided against using a pre-made crust when I saw the price at the store I was at.  I always make my own dough but, instead got a box of the Jiffy kind for convenience.  This whole recipe was convenience items so, no turning your nose up at my choices for ingredients.  I felt it was my mission to achieve the right taste, regardless of the ingredients and I want everyone who wants to recreate these to be able to do so quickly,  and with ingredients available to them! 

So, this being said, my crust consistency isn't perfect as far as the original Fiestada but the flavor is so near perfect, I wanted to DIE with my first bite.  It was awesome!  I could have browned off my hamburger and then zip zapped it in my processor to make it a more fine consistency but opted out of that to save on dishes.  Hey I feel lazy today, leave me alone! Although I did not even try to obtain the original shape, I don't think in the grand scheme of things you will mind after you taste these delicioso little Mexican pizza's!   

So Carrie, here is what you will need to get your Fiestada going!


1 box Jiffy Pizza Crust Mix (prepared according to package direction)
1/8 - 1/4 tsp cumin
1/2 cup pizza sauce
1 cup ground hamburger (flavored)
1 packet taco seasoning mix
1 1/4 cup mild cheddar cheese
a pinch of salt

Sprinkle seasoning packet on hamburger, brown and drain.  Prepare 2 small pizza crusts from dough that you made earlier.  I flip over a large cookie sheet, spray with nonstick spray and put my crusts on top.  Bake at 450 degrees for 3 minutes and remove from oven.  Prepare sauce by putting 1/2 cup of sauce into a bowl, add in cumin and salt and combine.  Split between both pizza's and spread to cover.  Sprinkle top with hamburger and cheese.  

Bake at 450 for 10-12 minutes or until crust is done and cheese is melted!  

You know you can't resist making these.  If you went to Ord Elementary, or Ord Jr Sr High, you are required to try them!!  The taste is so close to perfect, I couldn't believe it!  Go ahead, obsess over the shape of yours, I obsess over enough, so I will leave that to you! 

Make sure to let me know how yours turn out!  Leave a picture on the Facebook wall even!

Your "caliente" chefwannabe


  1. I think the Fiestadas we had were on tortillas instead of pizza crust. I'm not sure. Your's look great by the way. I'm starving!


  2. Well, I considered that, but, I know that ours were nota torillas, and they might not have been pizza crust. The closest I could come up with was a premade crust which were so expensive I just made a Jiffy box. I rolled it REALLY thin and it was really crunch and almost tortilla like in taste and texture. Was fab........that is all I know!

    1. You can use flour tortillas fried or baked

  3. I asked Sam and he said it's pizza crust! Well done, Chef!! I don't know what I'm thinking about with the tortillas.

  4. I have been thinking about these recently and did I search for the recipe. Gonna try these this weekend. Can't wait to see how they turn out! Thanks so much!

  5. Try using canned enchilada sauce an add a little chilli powder. It will make almost identical.

  6. Try using canned enchilada sauce an add a little chilli powder. It will make almost identical.

  7. Awesome post I so loved this as a kid and will be making this week.
    I think I might mix the pizza crust and a bit or corn meal hot rise to see if that makes the crust more authentic.

  8. Use half taco sauce and half pizza sauce. Might as well have been back in high school it tasted so close. My kids who still get to eat fiestada in school say it's exactly the same tasting :)

  9. You can actually buy the "real" ones by the case from Schwan's Food Service. They did tweak the recipe a bit adding 51% whole grain to the crust and reducing the sodium and grease to Make Mrs. Obama happy but it tastes just the same.