Taco Pizza


Taco Pizza

Gahhhh!  It’s been one of those days.  My computer has refused to connect to the internet until now.  Our whole house is wireless, which I love sometimes.  But, then there are days like these when it all goes fzzzzt.  Ugh!

So, I am just getting around to posting – in between picking up a child from talent show rehearsal, going to the grocery store to pick up something for tonight’s dinner and dropping off my daughter to a middle school dance.  Yes, we all have days like these but I think I have had too many in a row and am actually considering take-out for dinner tonight.  We shall see what I come up with.

Anyways,….  I love pizza meals because I can get creative with the toppings and if I use pre-made pizza crusts the meal is on the table within half an hour.  I love using my Breadman Bread Maker to make pizza dough but sometimes I just don’t plan far enough ahead to even get the ingredients into the bread maker.  Yes, I am a normal, busy, mom.

Verdict:

My kids LOVED this pizza.  I wasn’t sure how it was going to go over.  Lettuce on pizza?  But, the flavors of the taco were very strong so my son even said it tasted like a flat taco.

I did make my own taco seasoning mix using spices.  Because my family likes things with TONS of flavor I would suggest starting with the minimum spice and adding as you need for your family.

I served this with sour cream, salsa and parsley as a garnish.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1-2 tsp powdered garlic
  • 1-3 tsp cumin
  • 1-2 tsp powdered onion
  • 1-2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 large pizza crusts
  • 1 onion sliced thinly
  • 1 cup taco sauce, divided, your preference on heat I used medium
  • 2 cups mozzarella, shredded
  • 1 1/2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • Iceberg lettuce, preferably shredded but chopped also works
  • 1 pt grape tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/2 cup black olives, sliced
  • sour cream, salsa and parsley to garnish as desired

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a medium skillet over medium heat cook the ground beef until cooked through.  Break the meat into small pieces with the back of a spoon as it is cooking.  Drain off any grease from the pan when finished cooking.
  3. Add water to the pan and return to heat.  Start adding the spices garlic, cumin, onion powder, salt and pepper with the minimum amounts.  Taste the meat and add the rest of the spices as you see fit for your family.  Stir and allow to cook down 8-10 minutes.  Most of the water will be evaporated.
  4. While meat is cooking divide the taco sauce between the two pizza crusts – 1/2 cup per shell.  Spread evenly over each crust leaving a 1/2″ crust around the edges.
  5. When meat has finished cooking divide in half between the two crusts.  Sprinkle evenly over each pizza.
  6. Divide cheeses and onions in half and sprinkle one half over each pizza.
  7. Bake at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes.  Pizza will be browning on the bottom and bubbly on the top.
  8. Remove pizza from oven and allow to sit for 2-3 minutes.
  9. Add rest of toppings as desired.  Dress the pizza as you would a taco.
  10. Slice and serve.

 

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