Reader Recommended: Taco Pizza

I love when totally unexpected people tell me they read my blog! I was working a few weeks ago in Chicago and one of the local staff had a recommendation for me to try. She suggested a taco pizza! She and her husband like it and seem to have perfected it! Thanks Mrs. M!

I’m not into mixing food from one region to another (hello, taco stuffed shells? No thanks) but pizza is a whole different game to me. Does that make sense? Prob not. Do I make the rules? Sure do! I was super psyched to make this pizza and knew I’d like it.

Ingredients:

Pizza dough
1 can refried beans
¾ pound ground chicken/pork/turkey/beef
3 tbs taco seasoning (or half a packet)
1 ½ cups Monterey jack cheese, shredded
¼ cup salsa
2 cups lettuce, chopped
5 tortilla chips crumbled (optional)

Directions:

Precook pizza dough for 15 minutes at 400 degrees.
Cook ground meat until cooked through and add taco seasoning and a splash of water when the meat is mostly cooked.
Remove pizza crust from oven and spread the beans on it (instead of tomato sauce)
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Top with cheese, then ground meat and cook for 10 more minutes (or until crust is crisped).
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Remove from the oven and top with salsa, lettuce, and tortilla chip crumbles.
taco_crust_slice_590_390This is super easy, quick, cheap, and fun. Phew. What else could you look for in one meal?

I liked the crisp crust topped with everything. Anything Mexican is a great use for any leftover ground meat in the freezer. I had some ground chicken and it wouldn’t have been fantastic as a burger but doctored with some taco seasoning and it’s good-as- new!

Defrosting the dough or meat in the fridge overnight or while you’re at work makes this meal even faster.

Mr. J and I love leftover pizza for lunch the next day and this one didn’t disappoint. I was also thinking corn would be good on it, or using a tortilla would make it an even faster meal! I’ll definitely make this one again!

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