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Activity Idea: Taste and Learn Tortilla Pizza
Source: Modified from the Healthy Kids Challenge, Balance My Day™ nutrition curriculum (Grades 6-8)
Description: Kids learn how to choose foods with less sugar and fat and prepare a healthy snack
Grade: 6-8
  • Clean kitchen utensils, pastry brush, frying pan and serving plates for each student
  • Recipe ingredients
  • MyPlate mini-poster

Tortilla Pizza (Prep. time 5 mins., serves 6 servings or 24 (1/4 pizza) tasting samples

12 small corn or flour tortillas
1-16 oz. can fat free refried beans
1/4 cup chopped onion
2 oz. fresh or canned green chili peppers, diced
6 Tbsp. red taco sauce
3 cups chopped vegetables (such as broccoli, mushrooms, bell peppers)
1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
vegetable oil
1/2 cup chopped cilantro (optional)


  1. Brush one side of each of two tortillas with water. Press the wet sides of the tortillas together to form a crust for the pizza.
  2. Brush the outside of the tortillas with a small amount of oil. Evenly brown both sides in a heated frying pan. Repeat with the rest of the tortillas. Set aside.
  3. Heat refried beans, chopped onion, and half of the diced chili peppers together in a medium saucepan, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.
  4. Spread about 1/3 cup of the bean mixture on each tortilla pizza.
  5. Sprinkle each pizza with 1 tablespoon taco sauce, then top with 1/2 cup of chopped vegetables, 1 tsp. of diced chili peppers, and 1 tablespoon of shredded cheese.
  6. Return to frying pan and heat until cheese melts. Top with cilantro, if desired.
  7. Cut pizzas into quarter and serve on dessert plates for tasting.
  8. Clean work area and utensils with warm soapy water. Rinse with clean water.

Taste and Learn Activity:

  1. Discus how Smart Servings means choosing foods with less added sugar and fat, like this tortilla pizza. It also means letting hunger be your guide. If a whole pizza is too much, eat half and share the other half with a friend!
  2. Download the MyPlate mini-poster and ask what food group contains refried beans. Look at the bean Nutrition Facts label for the protein amount. MyPlate state that 1/4 cup cooked beans equals the protein of 1 ounce meat. Calculate the amount of beans in 1 pizza. It is recommended that a typical 12-year old needs 5-6 ounces of meat or equivalent (dairy, eggs, nuts, seeds, beans) each day. How much protein does one tortilla pizza provide? (Answer: 1 ounce meat - 7 grams Protein (approximately).

This activity is found in the Balance My Day™ nutrition curriculum (Grades 6-8). For more healthy eating activities, see the Online Store for descriptors and to view the Table of Content and booklet sample pages.