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Taco Pizza

Taco Pizza

It certainly has been a while since I last had a pizza and lately I have been craving one. I have a fairly large list of pizza ideas to try and next up on that list was a taco pizza. The basic idea being a pizza with all of your favourite taco flavours. It seemed only natural to use a spicy salsa in place of the pizza sauce as salsa is almost a required ingredient in your basic tacos. I went with my salsa ranchera which is a quick and easy to make salsa but you could easily use your favourite store bought salsa instead. Next up was the meat and I decided to go with ground beef seasoned with a taco seasoning blend, though I was also thinking that seasoned shredded chicken or even seasoned black beans for a vegetarian version would also work well. I finished the pizza off with some shredded jack and cheddar cheese.

Taco Pizza

When I made the Thai chicken pizza with spicy peanut sauce I found out that topping a baked pizza off with fresh ingredients can be really nice and it is the perfect way to get more of your favourite taco condiments into this taco pizza. I kept things simple and went with shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes and a drizzle of sour cream. I could also see going with a freshly home made pico de gallo or some diced avocado. The sky is the limit here and you could go for pretty much any of your favourite tacos condiments here.

Taco Pizza

I have to say that this taco pizza turned out amazingly well! The pizza was great all by itself with the tasty salsa ranchera, seasoned beef and ooey gooey melted cheese but adding the lettuce, tomatoes and sour cream really took it over the edge. It was just like eating tacos and almost as messy with the topping spilling off with every bite! Once again the fresh toppings on the pizza worked fantastically well and I will have to keep that in mind when making other pizzas.

Taco Pizza

Taco Pizza

Taco Pizza

A taco pizza with a spicy ranchera sauce, seasoned ground beef and ooey gooey melted cheese, topped with lettuce, tomato, and sour cream.


Servings: makes 1 large pizza

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Printable Recipe
Ingredients
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning or 1/2 store bought packet
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 pizza dough
  • 1 cup salsa ranchera or your favourite salsa
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 cup monterey jack cheese, grated
  • 2 cups lettuce, shredded
  • 1 large ripe tomato, diced
  • 1 handful cilantro
  • sour cream to taste
Directions
  1. Brown the meat in a pan and drain the grease.
  2. Add the taco seasoning and water and simmer until the liquid has evaporated.
  3. Spread the pizza dough out on the baking sheet and top with the salsa ranchera, seasoned ground beef and cheese.
  4. Bake in a preheated 500F oven until the cheese is bubbling and the edges are golden brown, about 5-10 minutes.
  5. Let cool a bit and top with the lettuce, tomato, cilantro and sour cream.

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35 comments:

Bev Weidner said...

I'm on my way over. I found a great airfare ticket for cheap!

Oh just kidding. I'm not a freak.

sort of.

Blog is the New Black said...

We're having pizza for dinner, but not taco pizza! Looks stellar!

Sonia The Healthy Foodie said...

What a brilliant idea! Why did I never think of that! I'll think of putting peaches on my pizza, but never to turn it into a mexican feast! Thanks much for that inspiration Kevin!
Super yummy looking photos by the way, wish I could just grab a bite through my screen! That crust looks unrealistically crispy, too! Now I'm hungry... and I've just had supper! :D

Sara said...

This looks so tempting! Yum. How can you get better than combining pizza + Mexican food?! :)

Da & Mer said...

Una delicia!! se ve estupendo!!
Saludos Da & Mer

vanillasugarblog said...

i always forget to add the sour cream when i make this. well not exactly this one, but you know.
this looks good kevin. as always.

robin said...

I'm going to make this! I have everything I need in the pantry right now. Looks great!

~Bee said...

This is refreshing--usually your stuff is so gourmet I am too scared to even think about re-creating them, but this is really good, easy, delicious food. Well done sir! :)

Missie said...

yum! this looks so fresh!

Kristin said...

Yum yum! I love how versatile pizzas are--this one looks like a winner for sure.

Pam said...

I love pizza and Mexican food so I know I would love this one Kevin... bookmarked!

Chicago Cuisine Critique said...

This looks awesome! Well done! :)

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A fabulous pizza! What an awesome choice of toppings.

Cheers,

Rosa

The Mistress of Spices said...

Yummmm I want this NOW! The tostada pizza at California Pizza Kitchen is somewhat similar, and I've always wanted to make something along that line. I will definitely try your recipe!

Joanne said...

This pizza just looks so fresh flavored with all of those greens on top...and delicious with the classic taco fixins underneath!

warmvanillasugar said...

This is freaking brilliant! Awesome idea.

peachie said...

That's a great idea for a pizza! Have you tried a Peking duck pizza topped with roast duck, deep fried wonton skins and drizzled with hoisin sauce? oh soo good!!

Erin said...

The lettuce and tomato topping really make this pizza look amazing!

Kristy Lynn said...

tacos, good!

pizza, good!

taco pizza, good X2!

might i suggest some veggie ground round (healthier & veggie friendly & way less fat) and some fresh bbq'd corn??? What's a taco without corn??

Yum!

knitalot3 said...

YUM! That looks so awesome. Great recipe and beautiful pictures.

:sheila: said...

I have a pizza party coming up & I'm definitely making this!! Great idea...Thank you!

Amy J. and Tiffanie A. said...

SO GENIUS!!!!! I love this!!!!

Charissa said...

I LOVE this idea so much! Such a great, creative pizza...

Adam L said...

This looks great! I've made plenty a mexican pizza, but a friend sent me a picture of a chipotle pizza menu item from a restaurant in Anchorage he recently visited. My mind immediately exploded with ideas. What I'm going to try is a layering of toppings starting with refried beans, a chipotle sauce, Chipotle Restaurant style barbacoa, sauteed mushrooms and onions, black olives, colby jack cheese. Topped with lettuce, tomatoes, avocados and finished with cilantro and a drizzing of Alton Brown's crema.

The Culinary Chase said...

Kevin, this looks good (tummy just growled!).

Patty said...

Looks fantastic! I've got to try your recipe!

Healthy and Homemade said...

I love taking the base flavor from tacos and turning it into a new dish, like taco pasta bowls. This looks really yummy!

Carina said...

Which recipe for the dough did you use?

I have to try this pizza :D

Kevin said...

Carina: I used this recipe for the pizza dough: http://www.closetcooking.com/2008/10/basic-pizza-dough.html

Nancy said...

I made this last night with chicken breast. My husband said it was the best pizza he had ever eaten. I am having the leftovers for lunch right now. Thanks for a great recipe!

Aisha Jameel said...

Hey i'm gonna make this pizza tmrw :)
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Kevin said...

Kristy Lynn: A vegetarian version would also be good. I was thinking seasoned black beans instead of the ground beef. The roast corn would go great with the black beans!

Adam L: I know, there are just so many ways that you could do a taco style pizza! I had a hard time choosing! The chipotle sauce and barbacoa pizza sounds good! When you mentioned the refried beans I immediately thought about doing a tostada style pizza!

Nancy: Chicken would definitely work on this pizza as well!

Aisha Jameel: Enjoy!

Time to get healthy said...

Saw the recipe on Tuesday. I knew it would be a hit in my house. I cooked it tonight. It was delicious! The crust was crispy and the meant, cheese and salsa blended well with the toppings of lettuce, tomatoes and sour cream! Delicious meal with a light feel! -Laverne

angela@spinachtiger said...

Taking the two great favorites, pizza and tacos and combining is a real winning idea, especially for football season, which is right around the corner. Not that I'll be watching, but I might be cooking for a few games.

BrittanyB said...

I just found this recipe of your's and made it for lunch. Turned out delicious. The whole family loved it. Thanks!

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