Taco Quesadilla Pizzas

Taco Quesadilla Pizza

As many of you know, I like to 'play with my food', experimenting and changing things up! It is always fun to combine two different dishes that are both great by themselves and to make something new and even better like using a taco ingredients as a pizza topping! When I recently came across the idea of combining not just two dishes but three, all very tasty in their own right, into one dish I knew right away that I would have to try making the taco, quesadilla pizzas and soon.

Taco Quesadilla Pizza

The basic idea behind this recipe is that a taco quesadilla is topped in a pizza like fashion and baked until the cheese on the top has melted. For the taco quesadillas I went with a filling of seasoned ground beef, refried beans, salsa and of course plenty of cheese and I grilled them in a pan until the tortillas were golden brown and crispy. These taco quesadillas are great all by themselves but I continued with the pizza toppings going with a simple salsa and a few more taco filling ingredients and of course lots more cheese!

These taco quesadilla pizzas will disappear in a flash and each is pretty large, being big enough for 2 or more servings. One nice thing about this recipe is that you can either go for the convenience of all store bought ingredients or you can make one or more components from scratch and keep things a little lighter. I can't wait to experiment with a few more quesadilla pizza flavour concepts!

Taco Quesadilla Pizza
Just look at all of that ooey, gooey, stringy melted cheese!

Taco Quesadilla Pizza

Taco Quesadilla Pizzas

Taco meat and cheese stuffed quesadillas made pizza style topped with salsa and even more melted cheese!

Servings: makes 2 taco quesadilla pizzas or 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Printable Recipe
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon homemade taco seasoning or 1/2 store bought packet
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 4 (8 inch) tortillas
  • 2 cups cheese such as cheddar and/or jack, shredded
  • 1/2 cup refried beans
  • 3/4 cup salsa
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 2 tablespoons black olives, sliced
  • 4 green onions, sliced
  1. Brown the meat in a pan over medium heat, drain the excess grease, mix in seasoning and water and simmer until most of the liquid is gone, about 10 minutes.
  2. Sprinkle 1 cup of the cheese evenly over two tortillas followed by the meat and the 1/4 cup of the salsa.
  3. Spread the refried beans over the remaining two tortillas and place them on top of the meat covered ones with the bean sides down.
  4. Place one of the taco quesadillas in a large pan and grill it over medium heat until the cheese has melted and the tortillas are lightly golden brown, about 2-4 minutes per side.
  5. Place the taco quesadilla on a large baking sheet and repeat for the remaining taco quesadilla.
  6. Spread the remaining salsa over the tops of the taco quesadillas, sprinkle on the cheese, black olives and green onions.
  7. Broil in a preheated oven until the cheese has melted, about 2 minutes. (Keep an eye on them so they do not burn!)

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Jimmy BoCook said...

Looks very yummy, thx and I am adding this to my pinboard on Grubodex

eatgood4life.blogspot.com said...

This is too much!! You are killing me :-) The colors, and combinations are awesome. I need to make some ASAP!!

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar said...

You are a genius!

Anonymous said...

Looks so good ! I am trying to go gluten free but it is so hard .. because pizza is my favorite food of all time !! :o(


Sara said...

Amazing - definitely need to make these! They look super delicious. :)

boobytrap said...

this reminds me of the mexican pizza they sell at taco bell. which, by the way, is only tasty when you are stoned. your version looks fantastic. totally making this.

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to make this! Ty :)

shutupandcook said...

Look fabulous...two of my favorite meals combined into one!

isaiah43123 said...

I've had a very yummy cheeseburger quesadilla, but never thought of this. Sounds delicious.

Kim said...

That looks so dang good! Definitely going to making that soon!

Expressions & Inspirations said...

i just love your posts! TFS...I will try this.

Expressions & Inspirations said...

I love your blog and thanks for sharing. I'll be trying this recipe. :)

Anonymous said...

Need a calorie Count!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A fantastic idea! That pizza is so droolworthy.



Joanne said...

This surely must be pizza heaven!

MissAlyssaDawn said...

This is definitely happening soon! Well minus the meat add some black beans I think! YUM!

Sarah from 20something cupcakes said...

I swear to you, I've been dreaming about this very same idea! I'm definitely trying this!

Jenna said...

Wow this looks great, even better than Taco Bell!

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

Spicy cheesy goodness. Certainly some dishes were just meant to be in a mash up.

Poornima Nair said...

Delicious!! Love the idea!!

allison said...

Looks really good! I often use tortilla as my base for simple pizza cravings but never thought of making such an amazing looking pizza!

- allison

Sandy said...

Move over, I'm coming for dinner. I'll make some Marquerita's. Not only does that look and sound good, it's sooooooooo pretty.

Sara said...

Just wanted to let you know I made this for lunch today and LOVED it - easy and so delicious. Reminds me of one of my favorite things to order at Taco Bell, but of course way tastier. ;)

Kathleen Richardson said...

What a great idea for a summertime "pizza"! Rather than having the oven on at a high heat for a longer time, just have the broiler on for a few minutes. Love the photographs, Kevin--wonderful combination of colors.

Keep writing...

Cassie/Bake Your Day said...

Um, Kevin, this is beyond brilliant! My husband adores quesadillas of all kinds. I just sent this link to him, I am sure we will be trying it soon!

Anonymous said...

YUM! Did you use flour or corn tortillas?

Anonymous said...

sorry, one more question (it's late & I'm easily confused, lol). What does this mean in step 4: "Place one of the taco quesadillas in a large pan and grill it over medium heat"?

Do you mean place it in a skillet & cook it on the stovetop? Or did you place it on a GRILL?

Thanks! :)

Kevin said...

Anonymous: For quesadillas I prefer flour tortillas and I cook them in a skillet on the stovetop until they are lightly golden brown and slightly crispy.

Lulu said...

I am Mexican and proud of my background.
This recipe is delicious and can be made using shredded chicken or meat too.
Better if flour tortillas are used and heated on a skillet or pan for both sides until little crispy.

joyce said...

I love a lot of your recipes and I wish you would put the nutritional value! My husband & I are trying to eat healthier.


thomasglyons said...

Then top it with sour cream before serving!!

Anonymous said...

Hi, I tried the recipe and it was very nice to look at but the bottom was soggy. I cooked it until golden brown and transferred to baking sheet and broiled it until the cheese melted. Where did I go wrong?

Kevin Lynch said...

Anonymous: Was the beef mixture or the refried beans particularly wet or moist?

RayRay RR said...

The name of this dish truly does say it all - a delicious combination of 3 comfort foods. This is a great option for gluten-free eaters like me because it would be simple to replace the flour tortillas. Those gluten-free tortillas tend to not fold easily anyway. Why not leave it flat and make this?

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