For most people, Cinco de Mayo means celebrating Mexican culture with parties and food. However, many people may not realize the holiday commemorates a significant historical event that occurred May 5, 1862, when the Mexican Army won victory over the French at the Battle of Pueblo.

Regardless of your ethnic background, Mexican fare is one of the most popular foods in America. The ingredients common to most Mexican dishes, like tortillas, onions and bell peppers, are delicious. Another plus is most Mexican dishes are inexpensive to make.

When you think of pizza, you usually think of Italian food, but this recipe for Fajita Pizza offers up a Mexican twist. It’s a change from you typical pizza, offering a delicious Mexican dish everyone will love.

FAJITA PIZZA

1 medium green bell pepper

1 medium red bell pepper

1 medium onion

2 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (about 4 ounces each)

2 (10-ounce) packages refrigerated pizza crust

1 teaspoon vegetable oil, divided

1-2 teaspoons fajita seasoning

1 garlic clove, pressed

1/2 cup thick and chunky salsa

2 cups (8-ounces) shredded Colby and Monterey Jack cheese blend, divided

2 tablespoons snipped fresh cilantro

Additional salsa and sour cream (optional)

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Cut bell peppers into 1/2-inch-thick strips. Cut onion into 1/2-inch-thick wedges. Cut chicken crosswise into thin strips.

Meanwhile, lightly dust large round stone (or pizza pan) with flour. Unroll both packages of pizza dough and arrange side by side on baking stone or tin, shaping into a circle. Roll out or press dough to the edge of pizza stone or tin. Pressing seams to seal.

Heat skillet over high heat. Add 1/2 teaspoon of the oil and chicken; stir fry 2-3 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink. Remove from skillet. Add remaining oil, bell peppers, onion and seasoning mix to skillet. Press garlic over vegetables. Stir fry 1-2 minutes until vegetables are crisp-tender. Remove skillet from heat; stir in chicken and salsa.

Sprinkle half of the cheese evenly over crust. Arrange chicken mixture over cheese. Sprinkle remaining cheese over chicken mixture.

Bake 18-22 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Remove from oven. Sprinkle cilantro over pizza; let stand 10 minutes. Cut into wedges and serve with additional salsa and sour cream, if desired. Makes 8 servings.

Note: You can make your own pizza dough to save money. Use 21 ounces flour, 21 ounces warm water, 1 teaspoon oil, 1 package dry yeast and salt to taste. Combine flour and salt and add yeast to warm water. Add oil to water and add slowly to flour mixture. If dough is too sticky, add enough flour to be able to knead a few minutes and press into pizza pan or stone. Makes enough dough for 2 pizzas.

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